Author Archives: Alistair

24 hours in Virtual Reality

I’m going to spend 24 hours in VR this year. Here’s why—and a plea for your help getting there.

Unlocking our future past

In a few years, algorithms will be able to describe video content as well as humans can. Unlocking the pent up information in petabytes of video will have wide-ranging impacts on society.

Dear Canada: Stop apologizing

It’s time to stop writing press releases and start hacking markets. Because the world’s best startups have a dirty secret: they’re all a little bit evil.

This trifecta drives the next decade of tech

Big data, smart agents, and new interfaces are cool on their own. But together, they’re a virtuous cycle that shows what the next decade of tech looks like.

Can we fix representation?

Representative government is broken. But now we’re all connected, maybe syndicates can fix it?

Can tech fix our carrying capacity?

We humans invent things like sanitation, or disease resistant wheat strains, to increase our carrying capacity. But can new technology features do the same?