Data Is Eating Us

Is analyzing big data more fun than eating? Well, it might just be. For some, at least. Anyway, that is one of the premises of Platfora’s recent Soylent giveaway promotion. For those who need catching up: Platfora is a Hadoop-native big data analytics platform. Soylent is an instant meal replacement, designed to provide 100% of […]

Bigger than We Realize

I think maybe big data is being under-hyped. That’s right. Under. And, yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds. And I know how suspect it sounds coming from a guy who spent all those years in product marketing, specifically marketing a product with strong big data tendencies (although we didn’t use that word to position […]

It’s Pronounced “COL-um-nar”

Oracle is making a big, big splash with the release of Oracle 12C, touting it as “the future of the database.” If you’re as interested in the future as I am, you are probably wondering what, exactly, the future of the database will look like. In the video below, Larry Ellison lays it all out […]

A Matter of Days

Let me tell you something important about your life. This is something that you know to be true about your life, but maybe you haven’t thought about it in a while, or maybe you have never thought about it in exactly these terms. Your life is a matter of days. So is mine. So is […]

What’s Real? Does It Matter?

In my new piece at H+ Magazine, I provide not so much a review of the movie Her as an exploration of the one of the bigger issues it raises, an issue that I don’t think is getting as much attention as it deserves. Some take the film to be a biting commentary on the state of […]

We’re Better Off Now; We’ll Be Much Better Off Soon

Virginia Postrel has written an intriguing piece at Bloomberg that some dill-weed of an editor gave a really unfortunate, and misleading, headline. Her piece suggests that quality of life, in this instance measured by something as seemingly trivial as entertainment options, is increasing even as other standard economic markers of well-being stay flat or dip […]

How Likely Is Your Life?

Check out this wonderful video from Jason Silva. I love what Jason says about changing perspectives. Right now I am standing at a desk, but I am also standing on the surface of a planet. (Actually, I’m standing a bit below the surface, seeing as I’m in the basement.) I’m also hurtling through space, following […]

Becoming Less Human

On this week’s podcast we talked about disturbing futures — future worlds that aren’t necessarily dystopias, but that nonetheless don’t look terribly appealing to us back here in the past. I focused mainly on futures in which the population has abandoned some traditional aspect of the human experience. It isn’t always a bad idea to […]

How Long Is the World’s Longest Book?

Our new book project, a collection of ideas for making the world a better place entitled The World Transformed, has been going by the nickname “the World’s Longest Book.” I want to be quick to point out that the proposed Abridged Edition of the The World Transformed will not be anything remotely approaching the world’s […]