Jake Rynkiewicz

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Interactive Infographic: The Possibility of Smarter Schools

Forward-thinking educators are integrating new technologies into their curricula- improving, or even replacing traditional classrooms in the …

Middle School

The City of the Future

From housing to food, Rotterdam is tackling population-scale problems in creative, sustainable ways, most often powered by advanced technology and a bit of old-fashioned imagination.<p>Some cities are defined by their history and tradition. Rotterdam, on the other hand, is defined by its future. After …

Radically Altering Space Exploration—With a Printer

Aleksandar Savić<p>Already prevalent on Earth, 3D printers could be the tool that makes it possible to eventually colonize the moon.<p>The fundamental difference between exploring a new planet and colonizing it is the ability to create a suitable and sustainable ecosystem. It’s one thing to walk around …

The Headset That Could Permanently Change Architecture

Aleksandar Savić<p>Not just for video games, immersive virtual reality is here and ready to forever alter the process behind building design.<p>Ekke Piirisild can move walls with just a flick of his wrist. He’s known to lift chairs with a finger, instantly teleport, and turn off light switches on the …

Building Smart Cities

Can IoT transform urban environments into efficient, interactive smart cities? Yes—as long as governments put the right infrastructure in place.<p>With populations growing faster than their public infrastructure can handle, many cities are getting smart about how they support their citizens. They’re …

Powering the Smart Factory with the Internet of Things

To secure a smart future, manufacturers are leveraging the Internet of Things to reshape product development and production. Selecting the right infrastructure is crucial for success.<p>The first half of the digital revolution was about using machines to connect people—allowing them to share ideas, …

Quit Twitter before you're hard, quit Instagram before you're soft

It took New York a decade to turn me. Friends in the city said it would make me a bit tougher, a bit gruffer and a bit harder, but I didn't believe them. But it has, and I should leave. I'm a Midwest boy. We had a good run, but this is probably for the better.<p>There's a saying that you should leave …

Why Tesla Motors can't sell cars in most of the United States

Tesla Motors makes beautiful, quality electric automobiles. Don't just take it from us; <i>Consumer Reports</i> rated the Tesla Model S the "best overall" car in its 2014 Top Picks report (which includes all <i>non-electric</i> cars as well). Yet, despite Tesla CEO Elon Musk's ongoing effort to expand his EV …

The Viking Facebook

An unusual article recently appeared in the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and American Statistical Association.<p>It featured web-like diagrams of lines connecting nodes, a hallmark of research that analyzes networks. But each node, rather than being a plain dot, was the head of a burly, …

If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

According to the story, the NSA targets anyone who searches for online articles about Tails -- like this one that we published in April, or this …

Inside The Pixar Braintrust

In this exclusive excerpt from Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull unveils one of his key management tools–the Pixar Braintrust, which has helped the animation powerhouse score 14 box office hits in a row.<p>A hallmark of a healthy creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

A Beautiful Corpse

Part 1. Any publicity is good publicity, except when it's not.<p><b>KELLER:</b> McMahon plays a character when he's on television for the WWE — it was WWF when we were together. He plays a character, Mr. McMahon. He plays this bombastic guy that people want to see clobbered over the head with a chair. That …

The inventor of everything

It’s a sunny morning in Camarillo, California, and the fields along Pleasant Valley road are full of berry pickers in colored sweatshirts moving swiftly to gather ripe fruit. I take a left turn down Calle San Pablo into an unassuming industrial park, the research and development center for Cool …

Retrovolution: mining the past to make the future

Anders Warming doesn’t like the word “retro.” Ever since taking over as Mini’s chief of design in 2010, Warming has had to wrestle with the term’s meaning and its application to his company’s cars. Because it stems from “retrospective,” says the Danish designer, “it means you’re looking in the …

Microsoft is finally catching up to the future

Satya Nadella sets the stage by backtracking on Windows 8's design and rolling out a free operating system<p>"We started out as a company that was focused on developers…we’re again in that era now," proclaimed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on stage at the company’s Build conference last week. The stakes …

Icy US-Russia relations revive Cold War fears

Russia's annexation of Crimea marks the beginning of 'a whole new ball game,' experts say<p>When the Soviet Union officially collapsed in December, 1991, the <i>New York Times</i> published a lengthy, obituary-style piece about the former superpower, describing it as "a nation straddling two continents and …

Crowdfunding still has a trust problem

How do you trust a platform that promotes mind-reading pet gadgets?<p>The Danny DeVito to Kickstarter's Arnold Schwarzenegger, Indiegogo has been the perpetual second player in online crowdfunding. Second is no bad place to be in a rapidly expanding market, however, and Indiegogo has managed to …

NASA's breakup with Russia is a manipulative money grab

Why the agency is really leveraging the crisis in Ukraine<p>NASA ordered its officials to put an end to communications with Russian government officials and scientists yesterday. The order was leaked through an internal memo, obtained by <i>The Verge</i>, in which the US space agency explained that …

Driven: how Zipcar's founders built and lost a car-sharing empire

In the late ’90s, Antje Danielson’s son Max and Robin Chase’s daughter Linnea often played together on a tire swing in Cambridge, Massachusetts' Dana Park. The two women had met at their kids’ kindergarten, but supervising the playground is how they got to know each other. As Danielson, a Harvard …

How to make dating games with a little help from your friends

Conrad Kreyling designed a visual novel engine to run games in web browsers, and fell into a job with Namco Bandai along the way.<p>When Conrad Kreyling took a job in game development, he didn't realize it would mean biking into a federal disaster area to rescue a computer.<p>On October 29, 2012 …

These Diagrams Reveal How To Negotiate With People Around The World

You can't expect negotiations with French to be like negotiations with Americans, and the same holds true for cultures around the world.<p>British linguist Richard D. Lewis charted communication patterns as well as leadership styles and cultural identities in his book, "When Cultures Collide," now in …

Can you make gasoline that slows down global warming? Google Ventures thinks so

Cool Planet's tailpipe dream nets $100 million in funding<p>Cool Planet, a startup headquartered in Colorado, announced a major $100 million round of financing today. Investors include a roster of big names including Google Ventures, BP, General Electric, and ConocoPhillips. Last month the company …

Tesla strikes deal to keep its five stores open in New York

Tesla Motors and New York State have reached an agreement that will allow the automaker to avoid the potential closure of its state stores over their failure to comply with dealership laws, as has happened elsewhere across the country. Under the agreement, Tesla will be able to continue operation …

BlackBerry looks to the past to define its future

The company plans to bring back one of its popular phones from 2011 as it struggles to turn around<p>Earlier today, BlackBerry released its fourth quarter earnings statement, reporting revenues of $976 million. That's down 64 percent from the $2.7 billion it reported a year ago, and it's the first …

Sony vs. Facebook: the battle for your reality has just begun

Virtual reality is here, but it's not what you expect<p>Virtual reality is truly coming. There’s no longer any question. In the span of a single week, two titans emerged to proclaim that VR would be the future of their industries. Facebook and Sony, companies which respectively defined social …