Category Archives: Technology

Humans Can Improve Technology without Really Understanding It

Participants in a study on how technology evolves adjusted the position of four weights attached to the spokes of a wheel in an effort to increase its speed down a sloping track. Credit: Maxime Derex Did early human inventions—bows and arrows, houses, kayaks—result from innate smarts that bested the intelligence of chimps, lions and other species? Or did these artifacts arise Read More


This Year’s Biggest Story In Mobility Is Oil, Not Technology

Amid all of the excitement around new mobility technologies, a single, inescapable reality often gets lost: modern transportation does not run on lidar, telematics, or any other technologies. That is why 2019’s biggest story in mobility is not about Waymo, Hyperloop, or Lime – nor is it about innovations coming out of Detroit, Silicon Valley, or Germany. It’s in the Middle Read More


COMMENTARY || Using technology to support caregivers of older people with dementia

In June, the government of Canada released its long-awaited Dementia Strategy for Canada: Together We Aspire. As a family caregiving researcher for more than two decades and a former family caregiver to my Dad, who had dementia, the strategy was welcome news. But my own research and personal experience suggest that we’re falling short of the aspiration to be “a Canada Read More


How To Vet The Best Technology Stack For Your Employees

The technology you’re using may be driving employees to distraction — or out the door. While your company’s decision to use Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive may not seem like a life-changing choice at face value, your employees feel otherwise. It may be the single thing they interact with most in their daily work lives, and workers need a tech Read More


What Technology Is Most Likely to Become Obsolete During Your Lifetime?

Certain Boomer basements are little shrines to obsolescence, untidy stockrooms of the one-time cutting-edge: VCRs, corded telephones, immense beige PC monitors, etc. Way fewer Millennials will have basements to store trash in (‘home ownership’ itself quickly verging on obsolete), but presumably, once climate change really hits and they’re all renting cots in corporatized storm shelters, they’ll have little lockers to Read More


Transformation Without Technology

In our present age of digital disruption, it makes intuitive sense that companies would want to “fight fire with fire,” employing the latest and greatest technology to gain competitive advantage in a digital world. This is flawed thinking. Indeed, just because digital technologies are causing many of the challenges companies face, it doesn’t mean that technology is necessarily the solution to those problems. One Read More


How re-engineering an old technology could give us EVs with 700 miles of range

One of the challenges facing the electric vehicle industry is battery supply. In May of this year, Tesla’s global supply manager stated that the company is planning for a shortage of key battery materials. Automakers are working to vertically integratebattery manufacturing into their business to ensure that they will have access to batteries when needed. In large part, this is happening because Lithium-ion batteries Read More


In the woods outside Seattle, technology fuses with art in hackathon-style ‘Electric Sky’ gathering

Tech-infused art projects from previous Electric Sky events, an annual gathering in Skykomish, Wash. (Electric Sky Photos) Technologists and artists and anyone else who can appreciate the intersections where creativity is fostered are invited to head to the woods northeast of Seattle later this month for the fifth annual Electric Sky Art and Tech Weekend Retreat. In a Skykomish, Wash., ballpark Read More


Enterprises need to plan for deepfake technology

The new AI-based technology known as deepfakes allows people to produce or alter video content so that it presents something that didn’t, in reality, occur. Although there may be some practical and positive uses of deepfake technology — an effort to help people with ALS is an example — the nefarious uses of deepfakes have politicians and technology executives rattled. Deepfakes may have been Read More


How Baseball Teams Are Using Technology To Change The Game

Rapsodo have produced a range of pitching and hitting monitors RAPSODO In 2002, Oakland Athletics changed baseball with their much-lauded “sabermetrics” approach, bringing data into the game in a way never seen before. Now, 17 years on, clubs are taking the next step in using data on the baseball field, able to track and measure every facet of a game in Read More