It was easy to predict mass car ownership but hard to predict Walmart. -Carl Sagan The human brain is a wonderful, powerful thing – but it has some blind spots. One of these, I believe, is the way we compare things. Our go-to comparison method is “This versus that”, and it has a close cousin: “Before – After”. We’re good at comparing things that are similar – that’s why the scientific method, for instance, relies on controlled experimentation. Hold as many variables still as possible; test one at a time. This method… Read more Predicting Walmart →
One day, software will have eaten healthcare. That day has not come yet, but it will. And it’ll come just in time. First of all, what do we mean… Read more Software Eats Healthcare, For Dummies →
Last week, I wrote a post about notifications– how they’ve evolved, why they matter, and where we’ll be able to handle more. (We also talked about notifications at length in… Read more Notifications, part 2: Gradually, and then suddenly →
We’re back with another episode of Emergence Podcast! Matt and I talk about notifications, and argue about whether contextual relevance or ambiguity resolution is more important. In the episode, we refer back to my previous post, Notifications our lives now: is there room for any more? so I recommend reading that post before giving it a listen. https://soundcloud.com/emergencepodcast/emergence-episode-4-notifications Enjoy!
As software eats the world and takes control over the jobs and services we care about, it also generates an awful lot of notifications: 3 new emails. 4 new interactions on Twitter.… Read more Notifications run our lives now. Is there room for any more? →
For anyone who isn’t yet completely fed up with EVERYTHING THIS WEEK BEING BROUGHT TO YOU BY DRAFTKINGS, get ready for a whole lot more: looks like they’re buying a… Read more Why fantasy football is so hellaciously pervasive right now →
One perennial prize that always seems up for grabs for tech companies – but has yet to be really conquered in any large capacity – is payments. There’s a considerable… Read more Disrupting Visa will be really hard – but here’s how it could happen →
Breaking news! The stock market is crashing! Everybody panic! Unicorns are going to die!!! Ok, so maybe we’re overreacting a little. But today (Monday, August 24) saw a nice… Read more Dropbox: the first dead decacorn →