Fred McIntyre

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How Automation Will Change Work, Purpose, and Meaning

The vast majority of humans throughout history worked because they had to. Many found comfort, value, and meaning in their efforts, but some defined work as a necessity to be avoided if possible. For centuries, elites in societies from Europe to Asia aspired to absolution from gainful employment. …

The Agony and Ecstasy of Building an Online Music Business

When SoundCloud announced mass layoffs last month and that the music-streaming service might not have enough cash to see out the year, panic rippled …

Facebook is working on futuristic smart glasses — here are new details

Facebook is hard at work on the technical breakthroughs needed to ship futuristic smart glasses that can let you see virtual objects in the real world.<p>A patent application for a "waveguide display with two-dimensional scanner" was published on Thursday by three members from the advanced research …

Dear Startups, It’s Freakin’ VUCA Out There!

No, it’s not an Eastern European carmaker. That was Yugo. And yeah, it’s not an Italian restaurant in SOMA either. That’s Buca. I’m not a big fan of …

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Music AI: A Close Look at How Gracenote Uses Artificial Intelligence – Variety

It’s all about that vibe. Anyone who has ever compiled a mix-tape, or a Spotify playlist for that matter, knows that compilations succeed when they …

Artificial Intelligence

Can small businesses survive on the internet?

Hype Machine, a small but beloved music streaming site, attempts a comeback without selling out.<p>It’s a tough time for streaming music services. …

What is blockchain?

Circle CEO Jeremy Allaire answers your questions about bitcoin and other uses for blockchains on the latest Too Embarrassed to Ask.<p>You’ve heard about it, maybe in relation to a digital currency like bitcoin — but what is blockchain and how does it work? On the latest episode of <b>Too Embarrassed to …

Liberal Arts Majors Are the Future of the Tech Industry

Alexei Vella<p>College students who major in the humanities always get asked a certain question. They’re asked it so often—and by so many people—that it should come printed on their diplomas. That question, posed by friends, career counselors, and family, is “What are you planning to do with your …

What Marketing Leaders Need to Know About Voice Search

The future of search marketing is here. Take a look — or rather, listen. Voice search will be responsible for half of all queries by 2020, and a …

Money from Messaging: The Impact of Brands In the Messaging Ecosystem

<i>This post is the combination of ideas that can happen today and those that we would love to see happen tomorrow. We have developed a handful of</i> …

OK Google, Siri, Alexa, Cortana; Can you tell me some stats on voice search?

I’m not going to pretend this post is anything more than a list of statistics. Statistics on voice search that you can read and refer to in order to …

The Three Eras Of Paid Streaming

Streaming has driven such a revenue renaissance within the major record labels that the financial markets are now falling over themselves to work out …

Report: HTC Getting Serious About Potential Of Spinning Off Vive

A new report by Bloomberg suggests HTC is getting serious about exploring its options with its VR division, considering a “strategic investor, …

Social VR: Who Is Going to Get It Right in This Industry First?

Virtual Reality is quickly moving beyond novelty experiences and showing its potential for enabling new types of social interaction. But which …

Music Business Models

101 | Design<p><i>By</i> <i>Tommy Darker</i> <i>|</i> <i>Downloadable on Patreon</i><p><b>Intro</b><p><i>“It’s the 18th of November 2014. The day of my birthday. I wake at 8am and go upstairs to</i> …

AR will be startup dominated, VR will not

[I really meant to write this in a longer post because it’s arguable and I like to argue. But while this is timely because of the excitement around …

The Epic Battle for Social VR

<b>Pitfalls, Promises, Phones, Known Unknowns & Big Predictions</b><p>Digital products succeed because they make something we are already doing better, cheaper, faster and/or easier. The success of social media is an affirmation of the power of human connections, of belonging. This need will follow where …

What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class

My father-in-law grew up eating blood soup. He hated it, whether because of the taste or the humiliation, I never knew. His alcoholic father regularly drank up the family wage, and the family was often short on food money. They were evicted from apartment after apartment.<p>He dropped out of school in …

Startups Are the New Canary in the Coal Mine for Big Brands and Marketers

In the late 1800s, John Scott Haldane dedicated himself to improving the safety of coal miners by studying the effect of gases on human physiology. …

Applied History Project

Applied History Working Group<p>Fellow<p>Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program<p>Faculty<p><b>Current Affiliation:</b><p>Affilate, Applied …

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a16z Podcast: Centers of Power, War, and History

“When a rising power threatens to displace a ruling power, shit happens.” It’s true of people, it’s true of companies, and it’s even more true of …

Ten Year Futures

Now that mobile is maturing and its growth is slowing, everyone in tech turns to thinking about what the Next Big Thing will be. It's easy to say …

Best VR headsets 2018: HTC Vive, Oculus, PlayStation VR compared

The ultimate VR headset buyer’s guide

<b>If you go back to the 1990s</b> and start reading about "virtual reality," you’ll quickly realize that the term could refer to anything from a full <i>Lawnmower Man</i> simulation system to a 3D model on a computer screen. Things have gotten simpler since then: outside a few special circumstances, we’re now …

You’ll Never Miss the Booze: The New Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Now a fixture of fine dining, alcohol-free mocktails may well be the most interesting option on the drinks menu these days. Pair them with a multicourse restaurant meal, or mix them at home with these nine refreshing recipes<p>ONE NEEDS NO excuse to order a cocktail. The pure pleasure of sipping is …

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“Alexa, Understand Me” - MIT Technology Review

On August 31, 2012, four Amazon engineers filed the fundamental patent for what ultimately became Alexa, an artificial intelligence system designed …

Growing Up with Alexa - MIT Technology Review

When it comes to digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa, my four-year-old niece Hannah Metz is an early adopter. Her family has four puck-like Amazon …

Artificial Intelligence