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Tech's Broken Promises

January 4, 2019

We aren’t living up to the promised potential of technology. Solutions are supposed to make the world a better place. They are supposed to help fix the immense challenges in a difficult world. As of late, technology is falling short of its promised potential. From the recent insight that most of the internet is fake to the influence large scale social media platforms can have on elections aroun...


Every Company is NOW a Technology Company

December 28, 2018

While Netflix was originally founded as a company designed to change the viewing behavior of consumers by sending them DVD’s via mail. Over time, the company began streaming content via the internet using a combination of data & analytics to drive high levels of customer engagement. In order to satisfy the growing demand for content and insulate itself against the competition, Netflix began...


Kids Will Save us from Bad Tech

November 30, 2018

Over the last several months, the rising influence and impact of technology in our daily lives has fallen out of favor in popular culture. From the use of the Facebook platform to influence the Presidential election to Google helping build a censored search engine in China. Everyone is now realizing just how powerful hardware and software companies can be.And while technology has undoubtedly ma...


Didn’t win $1.537 Billion in Powerball? Try Tech Instead!

October 24, 2018

On Tuesday October 23rd, 2018, a single person in the great state of South Carolina won the $1.537B dollar jackpot in Powerball. This was the largest prize in the history of the lottery. A single ticket costs $2 and the odds of winning were roughly 1 in 300,000,000. This led to an unprecedented number of players tossing their hat in the ring for their chance at over a billion dollars.While cong...


3 Reasons Why Every Kid Should Go PRO in Coding

September 14, 2018

Whether it is baseball, basketball, football, tennis, golf or swimming, nearly every kid plays sports at some point during their childhood.  Besides the obvious health benefits, there are some who start early and are able to progress all the way to the collegiate level. For the exceptional, a professional career is the ultimate goal. And what parent doesn’t want their child to reach the peak of...


Helping a billion people with technology

May 26, 2018

Did you know that there are an estimated 1 billion people around the globe who have a disability? Because their disability often prevents them from doing work, their poverty rate is almost twice as high as the general population.  On the other hand, we have witnessed extreme examples of the intelligence and world changing impact of those who are disabled in people like Stephen Hawking.  In orde...


Disruptive Potential of Technological Innovation - Google AI Assistant

May 12, 2018

This past week, Google introduced the Google Assistant – an artificial intelligence powered personal assistant. During the demonstration of the product, the CEO of Google (Sundar Pinchai) let us listen in to the personal assistant using natural language to book a hair appointment.  While booking a hair appointment might seem trivial, the possibilities for humans if computers can begin to better...


Human Are Underrated

April 21, 2018

One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to advances in technology is that humans will become redundant because computers will be better performers for a wide variety of tasks. Unfortunately, this could not be further from the truth. While computers are able to perform simple, repeatable tasks at a high level; there are many areas that human capabilities are underrated. The most like...


3 Ways Kids Can Make Money on the Internet

April 14, 2018

For each new generation, it is important that they gain an understanding of how business works as early as possible. This makes these kids more successful as they get older because they are better able to recognize and monetize emerging trends. When I was growing up, my first job was in retail bagging groceries at Jewel (our local supermarket). A bit later, I transitioned into newspaper deliver...


Facebook Data Scandal - That's What I LIKE!

April 7, 2018

Over the past several weeks, the widespread use of data to influence social media users has come to light. The specific example that has concerned most users is that their behavior on social media was harvested by Cambridge Analytica and combined with external information (voter data records) to build extensive profiles that were then used to place targeted information in their newsfeeds. This ...


The Uber Self-Driving Accident Proves Humans Are Bad at Driving

March 31, 2018

Every day in the United States and globally, people die or are terribly injured in automobile accidents.  Statistically speaking, automobiles are one of the most dangerous ways to travel with ~40,000 people dying annually in the United States and 1, 250,0000 globally. There are many fundamental challenges associated with driving for humans – we are maneuvering very powerful and heavy automobile...


Why Is Apple Showing So Much Love To Chicago?

March 24, 2018

Over the past 6 months, there has been one major announcement after another from Apple about second city – Chicago. In October 2017, Apple opened a newly designed flagship store along the Chicago River. In December 2017, the Cupertino-based company announced that they would be partnering with the City of Chicago to teach every Chicago Public School student to code. In March 2018, Apple plans to...


Does technology development have a responsibility to be ethical?

March 10, 2018

For the past several months, news stories about the impact of technology on society have been front and center. From concerns about the addictive nature of smartphones from Apple and social media applications like Facebook and Twitter to the broader impact of technology on politics including the ability for the popular platforms to be manipulated or the possibility that gig economy tools like U...


4 Groundbreaking Black Panther Technologies & Launch Predictions

February 17, 2018

(Spoiler Alert: This blog post will highlight technologies included with the recently launched movie - Black Panther. If you haven't seen the movie, bookmark this page and come back and see us after you've watched the movie).Black Panther is set in the fictional east African nation of Wakanda. Wakanda is externally perceived to be a poor 3rd world country. In reality, it is the most technologic...


3 Great Lessons the SpaceX Rocket Launch Offers for Kids

February 10, 2018

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay This past week, SpaceX launched a test of their Falcon Heavy Rocket – the most powerful rocket in the world. By all accounts, the test was a huge success. In fact, you may have seen a video clip of the Falcon Heavy booster rockets synchronized return to land. You may have also seen that instead of the traditional concrete block t...