About 15 years ago, I was invited to speak to graduate students at Emory University and at Kennesaw State University (then Kennesaw College) about technology innovation. At the time, I was a huge advocate for exploring how technology could advance education. And while I had some significant concerns about technology, those took a rather distant backseat to the exciting potential… Continue reading
I learned that Spotify just updated their Terms of Service (TOS). Like Facebook, they want as much information about me as they can get. They should change their name to Spotispy. For example, they now are collecting:
Where you are 24/7
How fast you are moving
Your contacts’ information in your address book
All of the media files on your… Continue reading
Predicting the Future
I view much, probably most, of the conversation/predictions about what the future holds with a generous amount of skepticism. But some predictions hold a believable level of certainty and, frankly, are worrisome to me.
Self-Driving Cars, for Example
I believe that self-driving cars are in our not-too-distant future. And this frightens more than comforts me. For example,… Continue reading
Crunching the Numbers…
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
In 2013, there were 188 new posts (fewer than usual), growing the total archive… Continue reading
This has been rumbling around in the back of my mind bugging me for the past few weeks; so, I decided to blog about it.
Those who know me well know that for the past 30 years I have been a huge advocate for embracing technology. Of late however, I’ve been seriously rethinking my participation on the technology cheerleading squad.… Continue reading
Sounds boring and geeky? But frankly, it’s absolutely fascinating and should scare the living hell out of you!
Your smart phone contains many sensors that can (and do) capture data at any time. But what if these sensors captured data all of the time: temperature, compass, GPS, gyroscope, WiFi antenna, Bluetooth antenna, cell antenna, accelerometer, etc. What if an app… Continue reading
In light of the fact that AT&T is ending their unlimited data plans for iPhone users, capping them for fees to punish the data hogs, I find this tweet by Josh Helfferich excellent.
“Let’s just get AT&T to fix the oil spill, they’ve been capping everything else lately.” — Josh Helfferich via Twitter“
[Source: “Let’s just get AT&T to fix… Continue reading
The Fitbit accurately tracks your calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled and sleep quality. The Fitbit contains a 3D motion sensor like the one found in the Nintendo Wii. The Fitbit tracks your motion in three dimensions and converts this into useful information about your daily activities.
You can wear the Fitbit on your waist, in your pocket or on… Continue reading
This website has a lot of interesting longitudinal weather-related data. I recommend it. Here is a chart from the site.… Continue reading