'technology' Category

  • Emerging sectors in Japan: interview with FrenchWeb

    April 7, 2017

    France’s tech media site FrenchWeb visited Slush Tokyo last week. Here’s an interview I gave them about Japanese innovation in IoT, AI, Fintech, and Agtech (in French). Also joining were: Benjamin Joffe of HAX, Jean-Dominique François of LaFrenchTech Japan, Vincent Bruneau and Steve Furukubo of Magency, Yan Fan of Code Chrysalis, and a demo with […]

  • ‘Empathy’ is jumping the shark

    March 31, 2017

    One of the most powerful yet understated human emotions is under threat. Empathy is the capacity for understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another. In contrast with its close cousin sympathy, empathy approaches a truer shared experience. It is more credible because the empathizer has […]

  • You can’t manage what you can’t measure (or, How to enter the multiverse)

    March 15, 2017

    I just read a sci-fi thriller about parallel universes that may be a candidate for this year’s summer reading list. Part of the plot invokes the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. In the past I’ve reflected on the impact of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in journalism, but this novel in combination with this excellent interview with Chris […]

  • This week’s conferences on Mobile and Gaming trigger a nostalgic trip down memory lane

    March 3, 2017

    [Note: this is the English version of yesterday’s piece I wrote for Japan’s publication, The Bridge. The Japanese version can be found here.] This week we have the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Both major technology conferences; both happening at the same time. So difficult to choose… […]

  • Act Globally, Eat Locally

    February 1, 2017

    By 2050, we’ll need to find a way to feed 9.7 billion people. Current food production methods will not suffice. They’re too inefficient (it takes at least 9 calories of food production to produce 1 calorie of edible meat) and harmful to the environment (see Environmental impacts of farming). Many developed countries will even struggle […]

  • A few more predictions for 2017

    January 7, 2017

    I sincerely appreciated all the positive feedback on publishing my past predictions scorecard as well as on this collection of 2017 predictions from an exclusive all-women cast of investors. Thank you. Some readers also prodded me to stake out my own set of tech forecasts for the year ahead. While I contend that the best […]

  • My prediction scorecard

    December 26, 2016

    I ruffled a few feathers back in February when I wrote how I think HTML5 games will become trendy again. Nine months later, Facebook launches Instant Games, offering HTML5 games directly inside the chat feed. Perhaps a bit premature to brag, but I’d like to suggest that I really nailed this one. . In contrast, […]

  • France’s tech incubators and accelerators [infographic]

    December 14, 2016

    In complement to my post last week about Station F, which proclaims to not be an incubator but rather a ‘startup campus’, I figured it would be helpful to publish an infographic of the numerous incubator/accelerator options for startups in France. If the chart below appears cluttered, that’s because tech incubators/accelerators are beyond the saturation […]

  • FB Messenger Instant Games: A new era of friendly play (except for iOS/Android)

    November 30, 2016

    Quick primer for the millenials in the audience who weren’t yet born: computing used to be performed by these (relatively) powerful, monstrous machines called mainframes. Mainframes were programmed and accessed via dumb terminals which resembled not much more than a keyboard, screen, and wired connection to the mainframe, kind of like on those portrayed on […]

  • Instant speculation abounds with FB Messenger’s Instant Games

    November 6, 2016

    Subscription media service The Information broke a story on Friday about Facebook Messenger allegedly planning to integrate HTML5 games into their platform, enabling users to play “Instant Games” directly in their chat feed.  Assuming the reports are accurate, I find this development quite interesting for a number of reasons. First, this represents further confirmation that the […]

  • The no-item-left-behind app

    November 5, 2016

    People that know me know I’m rarely caught without my sunglasses (combination of light-sensitive eyes and a genetically Californian expectation of daily sunshine). That’s why I’m often found with a pair of shades resting on my greying hairline, even at the risk of breaching protocol in business meetings (hey, I recall a guy who would […]

  • Free tech conference ticket

    October 30, 2016

    For those who are interested in playing… Nearest guess on the location of this photo will go on my list for a complimentary ticket at a tech conference TBD (e.g. Slush, Web Summit, Next Web, VivaTech, etc.). Send any guesses via DM to me on Twitter, no later than Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2016.

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