The Present and the Possible: FutureWorld 2017

FITC recently hosted FutureWorld, a one-day event in Toronto where leading roboticists presented their perspectives on the recently possible, and their visions for what the future could look like. And, as artificial intelligence and robotics move out of research labs and into our daily routines, it’s undoubtedly time to ask questions about what’s on the horizon. The…

Our Experience at KeyShot RenderWorld

On May 15th and 16th, Luxion hosted their second annual KeyShot RenderWorld conference in sunny Huntington Beach, California. The conference brought together designers, product engineers, creative leaders, and artists from around the world to share knowledge and enthusiasm for KeyShot – a digital rendering software that allows users to generate photo-realistic product images from 3D…

The Real Dangers of Facebook Live

“Secrets are lies. Sharing is caring. Privacy is theft.” – Dave Eggers, The Circle Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel The Circle told the story of a giant company—think Facebook, Google, and Apple, all rolled into one—pushing for extreme “transparency” in a not-so-distant future society that has taken social sharing to a new level. Despite its clear…

Key Takeaways from ResolveTO

ResolveTO was a great couple of days. Despite the conference only being in its first year, its ambitious goal was to bring together big companies, startups, government groups, and others to talk and listen to each other. Here are a couple key takeaways that emerged from the conference and were reinforced by the winners, who…

Intelligence Delivers Excellence

Why Adopting a Threat-Focused and Intelligent Approach to Financial Crime Will Help Drive Fintech Success The 21st century has been characterized by an interconnectedness that impacts every aspect of business and society. This level of connection itself is not new, especially in business, where there have always been long, connected chains of actors, actions, and…

Finding a New Purpose for Old Technology: A Conversation with Nick Gentry

Many of your materials are sourced by external contributors, including film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-rays, and floppy discs. Why did you choose to work with these items and how is this collaborative effort significant to your artwork? Art is becoming much more inclusive and collaborative. The renaissance days of having this separate, isolated object are…

Natalie Ebel on the Future of Education

Natalie Ebel envisions a future where all children will have equal access to basic education. She’s the Director of Marketing at Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit providing quality education in developing countries. Natalie believes that educating women will have a significant impact on the world’s economy, increasing the annual per capita GDP by 25%. For…

Designing Products for the Most Important Decision Makers: Women

It’s becoming a well-known fact: women are the world’s most powerful consumers, controlling 85% of all purchases. Not only do they buy for themselves, but also for their children, parents, extended family, and friends. Even if they aren’t spending the money directly, they often still have influence or veto power over what enters the household.…

NewCo: An Antidote to Industry Conference Anemia

If you asked high achieving yet highly athletic twelve year olds who they’d rather be, Lebron James or Mark Zuckerberg, what do you think their answers would be? What do you think those answers would’ve been five years ago? I can confidently bet that at least one of the children from the previous fictitious survey…

Simply Beautiful

Can we reconcile the desire for efficiency and clean UX with the aesthetic considerations of good design? Back in 1995, Masaaki Kurosu and Kaori Kashimura, working at Hitachi at the time, performed a research study to see whether aesthetics had an effect on usability. The results showed that a basic (but functional) UI was perceived…

The Fall of the Doctor & the Rise of the Nurse

Healthcare, and in turn the patient experience, is undergoing and will continue to undergo massive change. All healthcare ecosystem stakeholders are affected and their futures are in flux, raising questions, concerns, and a sense of uncertainty as new precedents and norms will need to be set. However, one factor has arisen to be certain. One…

Survival of the Fitness Wearable

What many wearable developers fail to see is that fitness wearables lack a “part two.” The past few years have shown fitness wearables to be very popular. However, their popularity has begun to dwindle. Observe most local parks, basketball courts, or gyms and you will be unlikely to find many people equipped with them. Although…