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This hack connects you to the Internet via a virtual modem

Legend tells of a programmer named Martin Kirkholt Melhus who worked at a client site where there was no Internet. Realizing most of his work involved cutting and pasting from StackOverflow, he needed

MysteryVibe’s Stephanie Alys talks about a pleasurable future

The MysteryVibe is a snake-shaped vibrator that took the Internet by storm and is still going strong. This week I talked to the co-founder of the company, Stephanie Alys, about the future of pleasure

Zoe Quinn talks about online abuse and her new book, Crash Override

Zoe Quinn went to the heart of Gamergate and has come back with a new book, Crash Override, a meditation on online communities and making the Internet safer. Quinn spoke with me for a few minutes abou

Metacert’s Paul Walsh on ICOs, phishing, and the future of fake news

Metacert is a company that hunts down and kills fake news. Created by Paul Walsh, it can assess whether or not a link is trustworthy and warn you before you click. Further, he’s found great trac

Kristoffer Lawson talks about a future where you zoom into work

Kristoffer Lawson created one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while: Solu, the social computer. His tiny device uses a unique UI and UX to allow you to connect with friends and collaborate

Jakub Krzych sees a world where computers help us do more than we can imagine

Founder of Estimote, Jakub Krzych, expects the world to be a far kinder place. His beacons are already appearing in museums, stores, and public places and helping folks find their way around indoor sp

How Bassem Hamdy aims to disrupt the construction industry

Construction – the actual process of putting brick on brick to build something – is still in the dark ages. While there is plenty of technology out there to help plan massive projects few

Kara Goldin of Hint talks about the future of water

If you’ve spent any time in Silicon Valley offices you’ll see the ubiquitous bottles of Hint water splashed out along kitchen counters and desks. Kara Goldin, this week’s Technotopia

NYU’s Sarah Kaufman talks about the shape of cities to come

On this week’s episode of Technotopia we talk to Sarah Kaufman, the assistant director at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Kaufman is working to create new transit op

Author Ryan Holiday talks about the value of stoicism in a high-tech world

Ryan Holiday made his bones as a PR guy and then revolted against the industry in his tell-all book Trust Me, I’m Lying and then, after much soul-searching, came to embrace the ancient philosoph

Tobias Stone talks about identity, cryptography, and the future of citizenship

In this episode of Technotopia I walk to Tobias Stone, a writer, entrepreneur, and academic. Tobias has been writing on Trump and Brexit and worked with Identity.ee, a workgroup focused on cryptograph

CoSMo CEO Michel Morvan talks about augmented intelligence

Michel Morvan is the CEO of The CoSMo Company, a big data service provider and insight generator. He knows how to use AI to help C-level execs make decisions and he thinks the current crop of AI is ju

Maker Bre Pettis talks about the way forward for tech in this new century

On this week’s episode of Technotopia I talked to Bre Pettis, former CEO of Makerbot and the founder of Bre&Co. Pettis has been thinking about new manufacturing chains, the rise of the local

Big data expert Flavio Villanustre talks about the future of massive data stores

Flavio Villanustre is an expert in Big Data. He and his team at an offshoot of LexisNexis created a massive open source product aimed at allowing first-timers to spin up huge data stores. The product,

EY’s Jeff Wong brings startups into the boardroom

In this episode of Technotopia I talk to Ernst & Young’s Jeff Wong. Jeff is a former startupper and early member of the eBay team. Wong is EY’s future guru now and is helping his clien

ShotSpotter CEO Ralph Clark talks about the future of city surveillance

A guy like Ralph Clark has a tough job: if all goes according to his business plan he’ll put himself out of business. He is the CEO of ShotSpotter, a surveillance system for cities that triangul

Accordion Guy Joey DeVilla talks the future of culture and IoT

Joey DeVilla is my blogging hero. He’s run his blog for most of two decades and he’s worked at Microsoft, Shopify, and Tucows. Most recently he’s taken on the mantle of evangelist fo

The future of books is coming, but it’s coming slowly

This week on Technotopia I had the opportunity to speak Laura Dawson, an expert on all things publishing and the future host of a podcast dedicated to ISBNs. To say that she has her finger on the puls

Autodesk’s Amar Hanspal talks about the future of manufacturing

Imagine a world where manufacturing is no longer geographically mandated, when you can print custom parts in minutes, and anyone can build anything. That’s the world Amar Hanspal, Autodesk&#8217

Inventor Ken Mages sees the Internet as democracy in action

This week on the Technotopia podcast I talked to Ken Mages, a Chicago-based inventor and co-founder of Secure One. Mages has been working in computers since his college days at the University of Illin
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