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  • The app to nowhere Crunch Network

    The app to nowhere

    Smartphone apps have improved convenience for public transportation in many urban centers. In Washington, DC, riders can download apps to help them figure out where to go, when to show up and how long to wait for a bus or train. However, the problem with public transport in DC is not the lack of modern, helpful and timely information. The problem is that the Metro subway system is on fire. Read More

  • Not all startups need the bright lights of the big city Crunch Network

    Not all startups need the bright lights of the big city

    In an office park overlooking a lake in Southern New Hampshire, Rajesh Mishra is working to change how cell networks are created. Rajesh and his company, Parallel Wireless, along with a dozen or so other nearby startups in Southern New Hampshire, are taking on a variety of challenges that face tech infrastructure that most people are not aware of, but impact our daily lives. Read More

  • Transportation technology will be the next Internet protocol Crunch Network

    Transportation technology will be the next Internet protocol

    A communications test was performed in 1975 between Stanford and University College London for what was to become arguably the most important communication innovation of the 20th century: The Internet Protocol (IP). At its core, IP was focused on speed and simplicity. This required decentralization of ownership of the “web” and resulted in no one owning the Internet, nor the… Read More

  • How I moved my startup from San Francisco to San Diego Crunch Network

    How I moved my startup from San Francisco to San Diego

    Companies have long come to the Bay Area to plant their seeds, and for good reason. The stretch of land from San Jose to San Francisco encompasses some of the most revolutionary technology in the world, and the best of the best call it home. But that’s beginning to change. Read More

  • Hate the games, not the players Crunch Network

    Hate the games, not the players

    Imagine that you are lead strategist for the Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump campaign (take your pick). Your job is to maximize voter turnout in November. You hypothesize that more people would vote if doing so were fun. If your campaign could turn rallies and voting into a game, you’d drive more people to the polls, right? Not exactly. Read More

  • FirstMark Capital’s Matt Turck on the big data landscape Crunch Network

    FirstMark Capital’s Matt Turck on the big data landscape

    Today, the big data sector amounts to more than 7.5 percent of total venture investments. So where are we in the world of big data, and is the recent obsession with AI still fundamentally related to big data? Read More

  • Robots add real value when working with humans, not replacing them Crunch Network

    Robots add real value when working with humans, not replacing them

    In the popular media, we talk a lot about robots stealing jobs. But when we stop speculating and actually look at the real world of work, the impact of advanced robotics is far more nuanced and complicated. Issues of jobs and income inequality fade away, for example — there aren’t remotely enough robots to affect more than a handful of us in the practical sense. Read More

  • Human obsolescence: Are we ready for an artificially intelligent future? Crunch Network

    Human obsolescence: Are we ready for an artificially intelligent future?

    “Enjoy your com-FORT-able stay,” says a robot front-desk clerk at Japan’s Robot Hotel. Do you thank the robot for its awkward salutation? Or maybe you hesitate for a moment before shuffling off in silence. If our digital screens are separating us from human interaction, you better believe AI will further tear that tenuous social fabric. Read More

  • Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology Crunch Network

    Technological innovation is often simply an innovation in how we think about technology

    It may slip our notice, but technological innovation is often reducible to an innovation in the marketing and conceptualization of technology. While there are undoubtedly many technological breakthroughs that can’t be reduced to linguistic and conceptual changes, it’s surprising how often apparent innovations depend on shifts in terminology and discourse. Read More

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