Last year, UK journalist and fringe explorer Ken Hollings produced a fascinating radio documentary on the history of the RAND Corporation, the prototypical think tank that began sixty years ago essentially as a research arm for the US military. RAND has counted an amazing array of big thinkers as affiliates over the last 60 years, including John von Neumann, Margaret Mead, Kenneth Arrow, and Paul Baran, who invented packet switching. In 1968, Baran and other researchers wanted to take their future forecasting methodologies out of the classified realm and so formed Institute for the Future, the non-profit thinktank where I'm fortunate enough to work as a researcher. Hollings's book, Welcome To Mars: Science and the American Century, 1947-1959, is forthcoming from Strange Attractor Press.
RAND: All Your Tomorrows Today (speechification.com, thanks Mark Pilkington!)
Most Facebook users have no idea how the company tracks and profiles everything they do to target ads, a new Pew Research study confirms.
China’s Huawei is the subject of a U.S. criminal investigation in which federal prosecutors say the Chinese tech company stole trade secrets from U.S. business partners including technology behind a robotic device T-Mobile used to test smartphones, called “Tappy.”
Following up on our earlier story about Roku re-platforming Alex Jones and Infowars, it looks like Roku got so much criticism from users, they’ve reversed course and will remove the Infowars app.
Want a career in web design? It’s true that these days, most anyone can throw up a page or two. But for true workhorse web design, you’ll sometimes need to match the platform to the project. Enter the Complete Front-End Developer Bundle, an educational grand tour around the best tools for the web. For beginners, […]
Things move fast in the world of social media, and they don’t slow down for marketers looking to make an impact. Whether you’re grabbing eyeballs for a major company or a local business, you’ll need to adjust your strategy for every platform. Don’t have a strategy to begin with? That’s where the Social Media Marketing […]
It’s a rude awakening for that rookie vacationer abroad when they try to plug in their gear for the night. Veteran jet-setters know that outlet shapes can vary wildly from country to country, which necessitates that most boring must-have for any world-traveler: A sackful of clunky power adapters. Awkward problem, elegant solution: The Twist Plus […]