Qualcomm Writes 5G’s Next Chapter With New Chips, Previews Key CES Theme

Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon at the company's 2019 Snapdragon Summit in Maui, Hawaii (photo credit: Qualcomm)

Like the “chicken-and-egg” metaphor, many are wondering when 5G will start to take off. Carriers such as T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and AT&T have added support to their respective networks but there are few phones currently 5G-enabled. And for those that can take advantage of the new speed, there are caveats—it’s anything but a perfect system… Continue reading Qualcomm Writes 5G’s Next Chapter With New Chips, Previews Key CES Theme

Facebook’s VR (Dys)topia

A screenshot from Facebook's Horizons VR promotional video.

As I watched Facebook unveil the latest developments in virtual reality at last month’s Oculus Connect developer conference, there were two things going through my mind. First, there’s excitement in hearing about the latest game titles that’ll be available with Oculus VR, but it’s the second that has me the most concerned: the VR incarnation… Continue reading Facebook’s VR (Dys)topia

Facebook Touts Privacy Future, But Critics Question Sincerity

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on stage at the company's F8 developer conference on April 30, 2019. Here he's discussing Facebook's position on privacy, saying that "the future is private." (Photo credit: Facebook)

“Today we are going to talk about building a privacy-focused social platform,” said Mark Zuckerberg as he began his keynote address at this year’s F8 developer conference. Facebook’s soon-to-be 35-year old chief executive took the stage to introduce the world to what he hoped his creation could become, one that pressured its users to be… Continue reading Facebook Touts Privacy Future, But Critics Question Sincerity

As AI Dominates More of Our Lives, How Design Can Mitigate Unethical Behavior

John Maeda from Automattic and former Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Design partner, at South by Southwest Interactive 2017 before presenting his annual #DesignInTech report. Photo credit: Ken Yeung

Last April, former President Barack Obama released a video warning us not to believe everything we see and hear on the internet, at least many thought it was from the ex-president. In actuality, it was produced by actor and director Jordan Peele using artificial intelligence (AI) and highlighted deepfakes. There are many examples of how… Continue reading As AI Dominates More of Our Lives, How Design Can Mitigate Unethical Behavior