It’s our seasonal finale where we review our predictions for the year and review what happened. There’s a lot packed into the 45 minute show (the prediction show, #275, was 3 hours!) Each of the predictions are captured below.
It’s the end of the year and that means the most important question we need to answer is: What were the dumbest inventions of 2017? From useless inventions to inventions that aren’t actually inventions at all, we cover a list of the worst ideas people based entire business around.
Uber has a new CEO: Dara Khosrowshahi. It’s been a long road to get here. And since Uber is still the largest non-public tech company and genuinely changing the transportation industry (just like Waymo in last week’s episode), we’re taking this week to review all that happened and talk about their future prospects.
Well friends, this is our 300th golden episode! It’s hard to believe it’s been that many. It’s been an awesome run and we’re super excited about hitting this milestone. We talk about Kickstarter Gold, SpaceX double launches, ARKit examples, golden ages, Snap getting into maps, moving the navbar on your phone, Kalanick getting booted from Uber’s CEO spot, and Intel getting out of low end processors. It’s a great show and all the links are below.
Mary Meeker shared her 2017 internet trends report this week. It’s super long, but we broke it down to the good stuff. We also talk about the future of AI and how it’ll get smarter in a beyond-exponential way. The rest of the stories are below.
The future of tech is ambient computing according to Walt Mossberg… and he’s probably right. In the future, technology won’t be about gadgets and hardware because it’ll be always present, in the background, waiting to help when you need it. It’s a very cool picture of the future he leaves us with. The rest of the stories are below.
What a great week to be interested in tech! Google held their annual conference and showed off some sweet new tech that will be released… someday… Honestly, it felt more like an awesome TED talk than an actual product announcement, but it was still cool! Matthew also visited the Maker Faire and TechCrunch held their conference in New York. All the stories are below.
This week Microsoft announced a new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S. The laptop is meant to compete with the MacBook Air and Windows 10 S only allows you to download apps from their store. Personally, I think the new hardware looks cool, and as long as the app store has the apps I want, I’d welcome the extra security. The rest of the stories are below.
This week’s podcast was all about self driving and flying cars. For whatever reason Tesla, Waymo, Apple, Uber, and Kitty Hawk all felt the need to share updates. There’re all super cool (below) and it’s clear that many companies are getting closer to real products. We also touch on stock trading, social sharing and net neutrality. All the summaries are below.
Facebook held their F8 developers conference last week and they continued to build out their platform. The big focus was creating a camera effects platform where developers can create their own filters for people. They also created more bots for Messenger and showed of some new VR spaces. Facebook continues to demonstrate that they’re a technology company and not just a social media website. The rest of the stories are below.