The Charitable Side of Technology

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One of my favorite authors in high school was Michael Crichton (like it was for many people, Jurassic Park was my gateway drug). I’ve always appreciated Crichton’s stories because he never swayed to one extreme or the other in exploring the implications of cutting edge ideas. As a scientist himself, he understood and respect the […]

Buying a Concept: The Rise of Crowdfunding

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The thing that makes the Internet great is that it breaks down the gatekeepers in a variety of industries. In fact, it doesn’t even know they exist anymore; they’ve been circumvented and don’t usually realize, or admit it, until it’s too late. Making a product for commercial mass-production is a huge challenge. Unlike a many […]

USB-C And The Challenge of Change

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The first patent for an electrical clothes iron was filed by Henry Seely of New York City in 1881. Besides the numerous safety concerns that needed to be solved before bringing it to market, there was also the issue of even being able to use the device in homes. At the time most electrical use in […]

Apples and Pebbles: Comparing Smartwatches

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Kickstarter has produced some whacky projects that have really taken off. Everything from card games about exploding kittens to some dude who got a serious case of the munchies has been successfully funded. It’s become its own Shark Tank reality show in a way; for every good idea, there’s a ton of stuff that would make even […]

AI Part II: The First Threat

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Every generation has that guy standing on a street corner with a big ratty DOOMSDAY sign. Sometimes, like in the recent Cold War era, everyone else joins him. For a while, terrorism was Fear’s employee of the month, but that hot streak has cooled by now. It’s still around, but its desk got stuck in the basement […]

AI Part I: Introduction to the Uncanny Valley

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No conversation about the future is complete without a discussion of artificial intelligence (AI). There are quite a few misconceptions about what AI actually is and everyone has a slightly different way of approaching it. Usually opinions are at one extreme or the other; either gloatingly dismissive or obsessively paranoid. The rational response probably lies somewhere […]

Innovation And The New Space Age

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They always say that hindsight is 20/20. This usually seems to apply to the speculation that is traditionally presented in the science fiction genre. To some degree, at least. There’s so much being explored in the realm of futuristic fiction that it’s difficult to see what’s going to stick until it actually happens. Jules Verne’s […]

Mobile Apps in 2015: Some Numbers

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Here at Wovax we get really excited about tech in general and where its innovations are taking the world. This week though, we’re going to revisit some of our own territory – but it is still exciting and shows what’s coming. Or rather, what’s already arrived and how it will keep growing. Let’s look at how […]

Why Did No One Care About NFC Until Apple Did?

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One of the most talked about aspects of last fall’s new iPhone lineup was the Apple Pay feature. Using contactless NFC (near field communication) technology built into your phone, this software allows for making payment without a physical credit card. And by using your fingerprint instead of an easily stolen PIN, verification is more secure. Staying true […]

Digital Identity Is Becoming Important

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Science fiction is one of the most important and interesting genres of storytelling that we have. Its strength lies in the ability to be a little more on-the-nose than normal and make its own obviousness easier to swallow by transposing the story to a future world that somewhat resembles our own. This isn’t us, but it could […]