Ranjan Jagannathan

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Unbundling Reality

Reality is bloated.<p>It started off as a lean, mean MVP with a minimal feature set — hunting and gathering, procreating, a little story-telling around …

The Evolutionary Paradox of Our Sense of Smell

Two Paths Toward Our Robot Future

In 1970, <i>Life</i> magazine published an article about a Stanford University research project that had resulted in the construction of what it called the first-ever “electronic person.” This creature, called Shakey, was a six-foot-tall robot on wheels, and it looked like a filing cabinet carrying around …

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Ways to think about market size.

When you try to work out the market potential for something fundamentally new, you’re actually trying to resolve two, linked problems.• First, you have …

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It’s probably a myth that we’re not getting enough sleep

We’ve been told that the modern, connected life is taking a toll on our sleep. Compared to previous generations, studies report, we’ve been sleeping less and less every year. And that is making us “more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, …

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People Don’t Want Something Truly New, They Want the Familiar Done Differently.

If your new product or service isn’t gaining traction, ask yourself “What’s my California Roll?”<p>I’ll admit, the bento box is an unlikely place to …

Technological predictions: 1903 - 1970

<i>Popular Mechanics</i> has been making predictions of technological innovations since it first started publishing in 1903. Greg Benford, a science fiction …

The next 800,686 years, in sci-fi predictions

When will humans land on Venus? When will we have robot cats? And when will the aliens finally come? Science fiction offers some potential answers to these burning questions.<p>The timeline below, created by designer Giorgia Lupi and her design team at Accurat for the blog Brain Pickings, lays out 62 …

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Designing with Science

Last year at Facebook, a small team was given a big problem to solve.<p>This was nothing new, except the problem we were given was unique for both …

The Coming Wave of Bionic Hearing Gadgets - MIT Technology Review

In a windowless office on a tiny San Francisco side street, Noah Kraft is making me hear things in a way I’ve never heard them before.<p>I’m wearing a …

Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming for Robotics?

Illustration: IEEE SpectrumThe author argues that when the growth of robot capabilities begins in earnest, it will likely be explosive—a Cambrian …

How Hearing Works

A decline in hearing acuity is not only an occurrence that happens in the aged. An article in the August <i>Scientific American</i> by M. Charles Liberman, a …

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Top 10 books for high-tech entrepreneurs<p>Top 10 ways to do personal outsourcing<p>Software -- the velvet revolution and the multicore conundrum<p>How to …

No Death, No Taxes

The libertarian futurism of a Silicon Valley billionaire.<p>Peter Thiel pulled an iPhone out of his jeans pocket and held it up. “I don’t consider this to be a technological breakthrough,” he said. “Compare this with the Apollo space program.” Thiel, an entrepreneur who runs both a hedge fund and a …

Why Old Ideas Are a Secret Weapon

A series of explosions shook the city of St. Louis on March 16, 1972. The first building fell to the ground at 3 p.m. that afternoon. In the months …

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The Neuroscience Of Music

Why does music make us feel? On the one hand, music is a purely abstract art form, devoid of language or explicit ideas. The stories it tells are all …

Tomorrow’s Advance Man

Marc Andreessen’s plan to win the future.<p>On a bright October morning, Suhail Doshi drove to Silicon Valley in his parents’ Honda Civic, carrying a laptop with a twelve-slide presentation that was surely worth at least fifty million dollars. Doshi, the twenty-six-year-old C.E.O. of a data-analytics …

Transhumanism: An Attempt To Use Technology To Turn Men Into Gods

Did you know that the word “transhuman” literally means “beyond human”? All over the world, scientists and intellectuals are joining the …

The Big Reverse Of The Web

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dries Buytaert is the co-founder and CTO of Acquia and the inventor of Drupal.</i><p>Here is one idea that arrived before its time: the push-based web, where information comes to us, versus the search-dominant web we’re most familiar with. Those who are looking at the push web in the context …

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Peter Thiel on what works at work

Peter Thiel is often described in techno-hyphenated words: Techno-philosopher. Techno-libertarian. Techno-utopian. Technology, after all, is how he first made his name and built his billions. Yet his reach has since stretched beyond that, with his political opinions now getting him nearly as much …

This is what the future holds as Moore's Law turns 50

It's been 50 years since Gordon Moore published his paper (dated 19 April 1965) detailing a simple theory that revolutionised computing, making all …

Thinking with Animals: From Aesop to Darwin to YouTube

How metaphors of nonhuman beings help us give shape to the human experience and make sense of our inner lives.<p>We think in metaphors — they are our bridge of meaning between the familiar and the unfamiliar. Anthropomorphism — the tendency to project human qualities onto nonhuman beings and objects — …

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Moore's Law Hits 50, but It May Not See 60

Intel's CFO says it can keep turning out chips with less expensive transistors for a few more generations. Science says it can't go on forever.<p>Moore’s Law turns 50 years old this Sunday. It may not make it to 60.<p>Since Intel co-founder Gordon Moore first made the observation in a 1965 paper …

Here’s What It Looks Like When A Startup Wins Big at Y Combinator

The first stage of YC success is fundraising. How Mashgin went from a pitch to more than $1 million in seed funding in four business days.<p>“The only thing you need to remember about this presentation,” Abhinai Srivastava began during his time on stage at Y Combinator’s Demo Day last month, “is that …

How Steve Jobs Trained His Own Brain | Inc.com

Steve Jobs is one of the two or three greatest icons of high tech, rivaled only by Bill Gates and perhaps Mark Zuckerberg. He's mostly known for his legendary ability to create innovative, groundbreaking products.<p>What's less known, though, is that Steve Jobs was a pioneer in what was once a rather …

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