Think about death when you start your next company

Think about death when you start your next company

Back in high school, my favorite teacher said to me: ”Jonathan. Remember to die a little every day.” Back then, I thought it was a strange thing to say. Both him and I were and are generally optimistic people, so why even bother thinking about such a sad thing as death? And why did he mention it to me, when I shared my passion for starting new projects with him? Today, I understand what he meant. Hans Oluf, which was

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We need robot driving schools for our autonomous cars

We need robot driving schools for our autonomous cars

Utopian fantasies centered around miraculous autonomous cars have existed for some time now, but recent developments in the automotive industry have led to an unprecedented amount of hype surrounding these cars of the future. Despite the fact that self-driving cars have made some notable gains over the past few decades, we still have a long way to go before they can hope to become commonplace throughout the world. As a matter of fact, we may need to embrace a new

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Want to score press coverage for your startup? Deliver value to journalists first

Want to score press coverage for your startup? Deliver value to journalists first

If you’re working on any sort of promotion, whether as a PR person or simply trying to get the word out about your own company, you’ll need to understand journalists. Rebecca Grant who was a journalist at VentureBeat for a number years wrote a blog post describing how she felt at her job: I thought this was a perfect way to describe how dysfunctional PR has become. Everyone is obsessed with “Lights over Broadway PR” — i.e. getting featured on

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How IoT-enabled scooters, bikes, and cars are making streets safe

How IoT-enabled scooters, bikes, and cars are making streets safe

The flurry of anti-dockless electric scooter headlines reached critical mass last summer. “This town seriously hates electric scooters,” screamed the link to a story focused on Santa Monica, Calif. “San Francisco Is Fighting the Scooter Trend With Poop and Vandalism,” blared another. There’s even an Instagram account devoted to images of destroyed rideshare scooters. And, of course, “bike share” bashing is old news by now. Chalk it up to predictable, initial backlash to disruptive technologies. The ironic truth is that these

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The only way to stop fake news is for you to take responsibility

The only way to stop fake news is for you to take responsibility

Trump has made a lot of things buzzworthy, but perhaps none more than “fake news.” Everyone has strong opinions about who is at fault for spreading lies in the press. It’s “the media’s” fault. It’s Trump’s fault. Before Trump, it was the National Enquirer’s fault. It’s Facebook’s fault. You name a source, and they’ve probably been blamed. And while all of those entities have played their part in this epidemic, I’m going to tell you something that might be hard

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We’re missing the ‘Skynet’ to complete our connected robot future

We’re missing the ‘Skynet’ to complete our connected robot future

Throughout history, innovators have strived to create automata, or robots as we now know them, to augment labor intensive and dangerous human jobs. As far back as 322 BC, Aristotle predicted that fleets of mechanical automata could finally rid the world of the scourge of slavery by taking over backbreaking manual roles forced upon human workers. However, over time as robotics has advanced, Hollywood and the media have become skeptical — and even fearful — of the risks of empowering robots too

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2018’s political mess is a boon for VR escapism in 2019

As the late screenwriting legend William Goldman famously said; “nobody knows anything” so predictions – especially about technology – always run the risk of making people look silly in the not-so-distant-future. That said, I’m going to go out on a limb and say in the next few years we’re going to see more people becoming “Virtual Reality Refugees.” By which I mean immersive technologies will provide increasingly attractive alternatives for those wishing to escape the dreamlike madness that has overtaken

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Fear of ‘chemicals’ is stunting our scientific progress

During casual conversations with Uber drivers and new acquaintances on flights across the country, it sometimes comes up that I’m a chemist. The reactions run the gamut, most latching onto the baggage associated with ‘chemicals‘ in today’s society. The most common sentiments being along these lines: “Chemical companies are making the environment and people less healthy.” “We should avoid chemicals in foods, cosmetics, and other consumer products.” “Things labeled “all-natural” are good. Ingredients that are difficult to pronounce are bad.”

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Here’s how a second-hand game market for digital copies should work

Here’s how a second-hand game market for digital copies should work

The last weeks have been abuzz with players trying out Red Dead Redemption 2, a long-awaited title by Rockstar games, offered at around $60. Despite its popularity, it’s already entered the secondary market, available for around $50. However, only people who buy physical discs could benefit from this price drop, as a secondary market for digital game copies simply doesn’t exist. But what if we did have a secondary market for digital copies of video games? How would it work,

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Email on mobile sucks, but it’ll get better in the next 10 years

Email on mobile sucks, but it’ll get better in the next 10 years

It’s not the apps – they’ve got better. It’s not even the devices – they’re faster, slicker, with shortcuts and enhancements that make it easier, but not good. The problem is the medium itself – mobile communication has aspired to take over the entirety of our business communication, but the awkward way in which we type and the inconsistencies of a purely touch-based interface utterly shred precision and accuracy. I should also be clear that I’m talking about phone-based communication.

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