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Techonomics: Disruptive Technologies and The Effect on Business and Humanity

Techonomics: Disruptive Technologies and The Effect on Business and Humanity

My friend Jason Middleton hosts a fascinating program on KGO 810 in San Francisco/Silicon Valley…Techonomics. On the show, he interviews some of the most interesting minds in tech to explore the latest trends and what’s on the horizon. Jason recently invited me to join the program and I jumped at the chance. I wanted to share our conversation with you here… In 9 action-packed minutes we discuss: – The need for changemakers and rainmakers – The importance of digital anthropology…

Level Up: An Introduction to the 5 Different Levels of Self-Driving Cars

Level Up: An Introduction to the 5 Different Levels of Self-Driving Cars

With all of the talk about self-driving cars, you’d think that they were already on our streets. Well, technically in some states such as California, Nevada and Pennsylvania, automakers and technology vendors are already publicly testing autonomous vehicles¾with human drivers and engineers onboard. You might have also heard about the Tesla’s driving around town in “Autopilot” mode where drivers are doing everything but driving. Not all autonomous cars are the same. While engineers are striving for full self-driving mode one…

Google’s Autonomous Driving Group Spins Out as Waymo; Becomes the Android of Self-Driving Cars

Google’s Autonomous Driving Group Spins Out as Waymo; Becomes the Android of Self-Driving Cars

This week, Google surprised the technology and automotive industries by announcing that it would spin-out its self-driving vehicle group as a formal business unit under the Alphabet umbrella. What does Waymo mean? Waymo CEO John Krafcik explained at its press conference that the company name stands for, “Way forward in Mobility.” After years of speculation as to whether or not Google (now Waymo) would introduce its own fleet of self-driving cars, its now clear that the company will become an enabling partner…

Self-Driving Cars Drive Closer To Reality and Uber Is or Isn’t Behind the Wheel

Self-Driving Cars Drive Closer To Reality and Uber Is or Isn’t Behind the Wheel

I spent the day at Mercedes Benz Research and Development North America (MBRDNA) in Sunnyvale, California getting a full briefing on the state of the company’s EV, machine learning/AI and autonomous work. More on that soon. By the time I arrived home later that evening, thank you Guy Kawasaki for the ride, I received an email from Uber that it was set to debut a bold new autonomous pilot in San Francisco effective immediately. Wait. What? Wow. Indeed. Uber is extending its…

WTF (What’s the Future) of AI, Autonomous Driving, Brand and Experiences

WTF (What’s the Future) of AI, Autonomous Driving, Brand and Experiences

I’ve been a big fan of John Biggs for a long time now. He’s the East Coast Editor for TechCrunch. John is also a fellow geek, global speaker and prolific writer on emerging tech and also fiction and non-fiction books. on top of it all, he’s the host of the popular Technotopia podcast. Recently, John and I were speaking about the future of AI, autonomous driving and other disruptive technologies. As a result, we turned it into an episode for…

SnapChat Changes Name and Focus; Snap, Inc. Now a Digital Lifestyle Company

SnapChat Changes Name and Focus; Snap, Inc. Now a Digital Lifestyle Company

SnapChat officially changed its name to Snap, Inc. as the company restyles itself from a one-[major] hit app company into a digital lifestyle brand. To mark the occasion, Snap, Inc. introduced Spectacles, fashion and tech-forward sunglasses that record 10-second clips, which can then be uploaded to SnapChat Memories via wifi. Following the Apple playbook, Snap, Inc. also designed a fashionable case that doubles as a charger. Spectacles will be available this Fall and will cost $130. Spectacles are the result…

Uber Loses $1.2 Billion by Q2 2016: The Hard Costs of Innovation and Disruption

Uber Loses $1.2 Billion by Q2 2016: The Hard Costs of Innovation and Disruption

Goodbye sharing economy, hello to the on-demand economy… Bloomberg’s Eric Newcomer reported that on a recently Uber quarterly call with shareholders, the company’s head of finance, Guatam Gupta announced that Uber’s losses continue to escalate. Total losses in the first half of 2016 totaled an astounding $1.2 billion. According to Bloomberg’s sources, there are several reasons for this. For one, subsidies for Uber’s drivers are responsible for the majority of the company’s losses globally. On top of that, Uber has been investing billions…

Why I Study Disruptive Technology AND People

Why I Study Disruptive Technology AND People

Sometimes I struggle with trying to stay present and relevant. There are so many thought leaders and personalities with exceptional marketing behind them. All I can do is share my work and hope it finds and helps you in your work. Every now and then, I open my door to personal interviews. I did just that for Kimberly McSweeney. I wanted to share that discussion with you here… Why do you study technology and its impact on society? What first sparked your…

Where the Streets Have No Drivers: Mercedes-Benz and Its Autonomous Future

Where the Streets Have No Drivers: Mercedes-Benz and Its Autonomous Future

As part of my ongoing research on innovation, I’ve been on a quest to visit as many innovation centers in Silicon Valley and around the hen weorld as possible. Outside of my reports with Capgemini, I’m going to share those experiences with you as they happen. The list already includes Westfield, Levi’s, Target, Walmart, Sephora, among many others. So, there’s a backlog of experiences to publish. In this post, I wanted to share two recent experiences with Mercedes-Benz and my introduction to…

The Opposite of Change is Conformity: A framework for driving meaningful digital transformation

The Opposite of Change is Conformity: A framework for driving meaningful digital transformation

Digital transformation is a buzzword. On top of that, the term digital transformation causes debate amongst those working in or studying the field and confusion among everyone else. But at the same time, digital transformation is also one of the most promising and impactful trends in business (r)evolution today. Why? It carries with it the ability to modernize how businesses work, market and serve. And more so, digital transformation offers a unique glimpse into how disruptive technologies are affecting human behavior, expectations and values. It has…

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