Robot-Centered Design

The Future of User-Centered Design Has a New Kind of Stakeholder You’re a designer. You create products, experiences, services, buildings, and more. Each time you begin the design process, you consider the multitude
 of touchpoints and features of your design and how they will engage with your intended user. This is the logic of the…

From Robots to Temples: A Neighborhood Guide to Tokyo

Japan has been at the top of travelers’ 
lists for a while now, and Tokyo remains one of the most astounding and complex cities in the world. From its extraordinary culinary scene and trippy technology, to beautiful temples and serene parks, it’s truly a city of extremes. Here, we explore some of the most fascinating…

Building a Better Bot

An Interview With Dr. Angelica Lim About the Future of a More Social Robot I had the opportunity to watch Dr. Angelica Lim speak at the FITC FutureWorld conference in Toronto this past summer. Maybe it was because of her positive enthusiasm about the future of robotics, or maybe it was due to her equally…

The Illusion of Value

When Your Purpose Is Actually Meaningless Nothing you do is valuable. Prove me wrong on that, but for just a short while, I want you to entertain the idea that everything you work so hard at and believe so strongly in simply carries the illusion of value. I want you to challenge yourself to that…

Hacking the Body to Hack the System: What Can Healthcare learn from a Biohacker

Ryan O’Shea runs the business side of Grindhouse Wetware, a Pittsburgh collective of programmers, engineers, and enthusiasts working towards body augmentation using safe, affordable, and open-source technologies. Started in 2012 by a group of colleagues through the Biohack.me forums, Grindhouse has rapidly grown into a key figure in the biohacking movement and gained a great…

Death to Process

We break process not to simply find holes in it and patch or improve them, but to rethink it entirely to constantly and consistently find entirely newer and better ways of doing things. Process is designed to let us be stupid. Though this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Process has a positive side. It affords us consistency, reliability, simplicity, repeatability, and repeatability. It allows…

Artificial Desire: Build Your Own Partner

A cursory search of the all-knowing internet will reveal that I am far from the first person to write about this topic. In fact, in addition to countless books, articles, videos, video games, and preachy religious websites, this past November even saw the First International Congress on Love and Sex With Robots, featuring such panels and presentations as “robot…

The Culture of Innovation Pt. 2

Read Part 1 of The Culture of Innovation PARC Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) was founded in 1970 as the research wing of Xerox. Though still existing today as an independent subsidiary, PARC’s heyday was in its first 15 years of operation under the guidance of Bob Taylor. Anticipating trends a decade ahead of their…

The Culture of Innovation Pt. 1

History is rife with examples of breakthroughs and innovative leaps. However, if we look to the past 150 years, we begin to notice a clustering of breakthroughs around a handful of organizations that set themselves apart from the rest of the world. While many individuals and companies have contributed significant efforts to the development of…

Biobotics: The Automation of Life

When most people hear the term “robot,” they picture a mass of lumbering metal powered by batteries, motors, electrical wires, and circuit boards. However, recent advancements have forced me to rethink my own definition of a field I’ve been dabbling in for over a decade. If we broaden our understanding and try to apply it…

If Corporations Are Persons, Why Do They Have So Few Friends?

Companies grow just as people grow. Somewhere between being an adorable infant and a fully functional adult, both people and corporate persons go through a phase of being annoying, confused, misguided and kinda funny looking. Since Dartmouth v. Woodward in 1819, the concept of corporate personhood has given businesses many of the same rights as…