Eleven Reasons to Be Excited About the Future of Technology – Medium →

oktober 5, 2016

Chris Dixon:

 Just as cars reshaped the world in the 20th century, so will self-driving cars in the 21st century. In most cities, between 20–30% of usable space is taken up by parking spaces, and most cars are parked about 95% of the time. Self-driving cars will be in almost continuous use (most likely hailed from a smartphone app), thereby dramatically reducing the need for parking. Cars will communicate with one another to avoid accidents and traffic jams, and riders will be able to spend commuting time on other activities like work, education, and socializing.

Guides and Technological Pace — the Brooks Review →

augusti 26, 2016

Ben Brooks:

 Why are medical records still pulled up on a large laptop, a desktop in the exam room, or a bunch of paper files — instead of every doctor having all of humanities knowledge at their finger tips on an always connected tablet? Why isn't Watson involved in every diagnosis?

Why am I signing 80 page documents to get a new mortgage (which by the way can't be signed electronically, and must be printed only to then be scanned) instead of just signing on an iPad and being done with it?

Why and how, are school books still a thing? It makes very little sense for a child to go to school with anything more than an iPad and Apple Pencil. They can write, research, study, collaborate, draw, paint, photograph, code, and so much more with less than a couple pounds in their backpacks.

These things are changing, but slower than the rest of the pack. Uber will be shuttling people to and from places without having a human drive those people well before any of those above things change. Kids will still be schlepping text books in self driving cars. Medical records still passed around in folders while robots perform flawless surgery. Loan documents still being signed on physical paper while a machine goes through the house to remodel it.

Kanye West's Poem About McDonald's →

augusti 22, 2016

Jason Kottke:

 Frank Ocean dropped his long-awaited album the other day and to go along with it, he gave away a magazine called Boys Don’t Cry for free at four pop-up locations in LA, NYC, Chicago, and London. Kanye West contributed to the album and magazine, penning a poem about McDonald’s for the latter. Here’s the poem:

McDonald’s man
McDonald’s man
The French fries had a plan
The French fries had a plan
The salad bar and the ketchup made a band
Cus the French Fries had a plan
The French fries had a plan
McDonald’s man
I know them French fries have a plan
I know them French fries have a plan
The cheeseburger and the shakes formed a band
To overthrow the French fries plan
I always knew them French fries was evil man
Smelling all good and shit
I don’t trust no food that smells that good man
I don’t trust it
I just can’t
McDonald’s man
McDonald’s man
McDonald’s, man
Them French fries look good tho
I knew the Diet Coke was jealous of the fries
I knew the McNuggets was jealous of the fries
Even the McRib was jealous of the fries
I could see it through his artificial meat eyes
And he only be there some of the time
Everybody was jealous of them French fries
Except for that one special guy
That smooth apple pie