Archive for the ‘Best Articles’ Category

The Next Step for Intelligent Virtual Assistants

September 2nd, 2014

When we talk about the future of artificial intelligence (AI), the discussion often focuses on the advancements and capabilities of the technology, or even the risks and opportunities inherent in the potential cultural implications. What we frequently overlook, however, is the future of AI as a business. IBM Watson’s recent acquisition and deployment of Cognea […]

Bottlenose Nerve Center 2.0 Released – Milestone for Real-Time Big Data Analytics

June 19th, 2014

I’m happy to announce the release of Bottlenose Nerve Center 2.0 today. Analyzing 3 billion messages an hour (72 billion messages a day), and doing real-time predictive analytics on nearly 300 million data points an hour, it’s a big step in real-time big data analytics.   Think about it for a moment: 3 billion messages is several […]

How Bitcoins Could Restructure the World

January 18th, 2014

Read my article in VentureBeat about how Bitcoins may restructure our civilization, and the need for advocacy to support this transition, if it is going to happen. Here’s an excerpt: Bitcoin is a trend with all the ingredients necessary for changing the world. It spreads virally, funds its own growth, and can’t be controlled from […]

Why Cognition-as-a-Service (CaaS) is the Next Operating System Battlefield

December 7th, 2013

Read my article in Gigaom on the coming cognition-as-a-service wars. The next thing after the Semantic Web. The Semantic Web may have failed, but higher intelligence is coming to applications anyway, in another form: Cognition-as-a-Service (CaaS). And this may just be the next evolution of the operating system. CaaS will enable every app to become as […]

Can Humans Fall in Love With Bots?

November 20th, 2013

I was quoted in this New Yorker article about whether relationships between humans and bots are real, along with some other AI experts. Can bots experience love? Read it and find out.

Is Twitter’s Business Model Going to Work?

November 7th, 2013

Twitter could have been the exclusive seller of data to an industry of 3rd party apps that needed that data. But by decreeing last year that third-party consumer Twitter apps were against the rules, Twitter’s management choose not to take that route. Why did they do this? Twitter’s management believed that they could make more money in the […]

Bottlenose Announces Free Live Visualization of Global Social Trends

October 16th, 2013

Bottlenose has just launched something very very cool: A free version of it’s live visualization of trends in the Twitter firehose.  Check it out at http://sonar.bottlenose.com and get your own embed for any topic. This is the future of real-time marketing. And by the way it’s also an awesome visualization of the global mind as […]

Consolidate This: Quantified Self Edition

October 14th, 2013

Read my article in Gigaom on the Quantified Self market and how it is developing. There are too many choices available for consumers when it comes to devices and apps that track your steps or daily activities. What needs to happen is consolidation across the industry and a focus on storytelling, not just activity.

The Future of Virtual Assistants

August 27th, 2013

Check out my article in Forbes on the future of Virtual Assistants. What’s after SIRI and IVR? All of the interesting stuff happens when data collides. A voice-based interface to a single data set is a thing of the past. A voice-based interface that talks to over 400 applications, representing over 10,000 unique units of […]

The Present IS the Future: Real-Time Marketing In the Era of the Stream – Part Two

June 7th, 2013

In Part I of this article series, we looked at how the real-time Web has precipitated Nowism as a fundamental shift in how we understand and engage with information. Nowism is a cultural shift to a focus on the present, instead of the past or future. One example of Nowism in action is Nowcasting, which […]

Bottlenose Beat Bit.ly to the First Attention Engine – But It’s Going to Get Interesting

July 27th, 2012

Bottlenose (disclosure: my startup) just launched the first attention engine this week. But it appears that Bit.ly is launching one soon as well. It’s going to get interesting to watch this category develop. Clearly there is new interest in building a good real-time picture of what’s happening, and what’s trending, and providing search, discovery, and […]

How Bottlenose Could Improve the Media and Enable Smarter Collective Intelligence

July 23rd, 2012

How Bottlenose Could Improve the Media and Enable Smarter Collective Intelligence This article is part of a series of articles about the Bottlenose Public Beta launch. Bottlenose – The Now Engine – The Web’s Collective Consciousness Just Got Smarter How Bottlenose Could Improve the Media and Enable Smarter Collective Intelligence (you are here) A New Window […]

Bottlenose – The Now Engine – The Web’s Collective Consciousness Just Got Smarter

July 23rd, 2012

Recently, one of Twitter’s top search engineers tweeted that Twitter was set to “change search forever.” This proclamation sparked a hearty round of speculation and excitement about what was coming down the pipe for Twitter search. The actual announcement featured the introduction of autocomplete and the ability to search within the subset of people on […]

How I Got Into College (by Doing the Opposite of What I Should Have Done). An Essay.

April 12th, 2012

Today I had an interesting phone call with an alumnus of my alma mater, Oberlin College. He called me for an informational interview, asking for some career advice. It was a good conversation. At one point, on a tangent, he asked me why I went to Oberlin? It’s a funny story actually. In fact, I […]

I Get 13,000 Messages/Day via Different Streams – Here’s the Analysis

April 12th, 2012

Continuing with the theme I’ve been writing about lately, focused on the growth of the next phase of the Web, what I call “The Stream,” I’ve started to analyze the messages I get on a typical day. First of all, through all the different channels I use, I now receive approximately 13,000 messages a day. […]

Keeping Up With the Stream — New Problems and Solutions

April 10th, 2012

This is Part III of a series of articles on the new era of the Stream, a new phase of the Web. In Part I, The Message is the Medium, I explored the shift in focus on the Web from documents to messages. In Part II, Drowning in the Stream, we dove deep into some of […]

Drowning in the Stream — New Challenges for a New Web

April 10th, 2012

This is Part II of a three-part series of articles on how the Stream is changing the Web. In Part I of this series, The Message is the Medium, I wrote about some of the shifts that are taking place as the center of online attention shifts from documents to messages. Here in Part II, […]

The Message is the Medium – Attention is Shifting from the Web to the Stream

April 10th, 2012

Shift Happens A major shift has taken place on the Web. Web pages and Web search are no longer the center of online activity and attention. Instead, the new center of attention is messaging and streams. We have moved from the era of the Web to the era of the Stream. This changes everything. Back […]

Consciousness is Not a Computation

March 24th, 2012

In the previous article in this series, Is The Universe a Computer? New Evidence Emerges I wrote about some new evidence that appears to suggest that the universe may be like a computer, or least that it contains computer codes of a sort. But while this evidence is fascinating, I don’t believe that ultimately the […]

Is the Universe a Computer? New Evidence Emerges.

March 22nd, 2012

I haven’t posted in a while, but this is blog-worthy material. I’ve recently become familiar with the thinking of University of Maryland physicist, James Gates Jr. Dr. Gates is working on a branch of physics called supersymmetry. In the process of his work he’s discovered the presence of what appear to resemble a form of […]

StreamGlider Launches Today!

December 21st, 2011

Today I’m happy to announce the launch of StreamGlider, a new tablet app (initially on iPad) that provides the first live streaming dashboard for keeping up with your interests. TechCrunch just broke the story. The inspiration for StreamGlider was a product that launched in the early 1990’s called Pointcast. Pointcast streamed news, entertainment, ads and […]

The Problem with Stream 3.0

December 13th, 2011

After my former project, Twine.com, was sold, I began to turn my attention to the Next Big Challenge: How to make sense of the growing real-time Web, or what many call, “the Stream.” I could see the writing on the wall, and it was less than 140 characters: Social media’s own success was going to […]

Bottlenose has Launched!

December 12th, 2011

Today, after almost two years of work in stealth, I am proud to announce the launch of Bottlenose. While I have co-founded and serve on the boards of several other ventures (The Daily Dot, Live Matrix, StreamGlider, and others), Bottlenose is different from all my other projects in that I am also in a full-time […]

The Daily Dot – Our Newest Venture Production – Launches Today!

August 22nd, 2011

Today I’m pleased to announce that, The Daily Dot, our newest “venture production,” has launched into public beta. The Daily Dot is the first of its kind – it’s the Web’s newspaper — the first community newspaper about the Web. We cover the Web like a town paper covers its community. Here’s a video overview […]

Sharepocalypse Now

July 31st, 2011

The social media landscape is changing quickly, but this change won’t be immediate, or for that matter, efficient. And that’s going to be a big problem for all of us. I believe that Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn are fundamentally different, and thus, should not be in competition. However, I’m not sure the companies themselves […]

The New Social Media Landscape: A Roadmap

July 20th, 2011

It may look like Google+ is competing with Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t think that is what will happen in the end. I think Google+ is a very different kind of service and it’s not clear that it can or will, or should, replace these other services. In a series of articles here on […]

Should Facebook be Worried About Google+?

July 20th, 2011

In previous articles, I’ve written about how Google+ can build a developer ecosystem on Chrome that is different from Twitter’s ecosystem, and how Twitter must change to survive against that. It’s clear that Google+ and Twitter are very different animals. Now what about Facebook? Should Facebook be worried about Google+? Are Facebook and Google+ really […]

Why Twitter’s API Strategy Must Change in a Google+ and Facebook World

July 20th, 2011

As a result of the emergence of Google+, Twitter could soon find itself in a tough spot. A large chunk of their core developer base might migrate to Google+ because there is simply more opportunity there. Why? Well for starters, it’s really easy to crank out Chrome extensions and you can market and sell them […]

The Google+ Developer Ecosystem Will Be Different from Twitter

July 20th, 2011

Google+ has seen some good initial uptake from early-adopters in its first few weeks. But how will it leverage developers and partners? In order to really build value around Google+, of course Google will integrate it with their other products, including Search, Gmail, and more. That will get it in front of a lot of […]

My Best Interview: About Global Brain, Consciousness and AI

May 31st, 2011

I was recently interviewed by Stephen Ibaraki and Alex Lin (CEO of ChinaValue) in what turned out to be the most interesting, far-reaching, and multi-disciplinary (and long) interview I’ve ever given. I was very pleased with the depth of their questions and the topics we covered. You can listen to the MP3 version here, or […]