4 obstacles to ethical AI (and how to address them)

Data bias, opacity, data monopoly, and job loss are issues that plague the field of artificial intelligence. Here are some simple solutions to these problems. The past several years have seen a dramatic swell in development of—and discussion about—artificial intelligence. Many of these conversations have a teleological bent: AI will kill us all. Or AIContinue reading “4 obstacles to ethical AI (and how to address them)”

(Series) Toward a New Data-Based Economy

In part one of this series, “Data is the new currency,” we talked about the shift in technology and business strategy from making things to knowing things. In part two, “The smart city is the data economy made manifest,” we investigate how a company will have to alter what they do to thrive in this new environment.Continue reading “(Series) Toward a New Data-Based Economy”

The sounds of North Beach

We recently took a walk through Ready State’s neighborhood, San Francisco’s North Beach, in the morning, at midday, and in the evening, to capture the area’s signature sounds. Those sounds, in the order you hear them, are the Chinese pop music that tai chi practitioners play in the morning in Washington Square; the bells ofContinue reading “The sounds of North Beach”

Beyond the greeting card: A visual interview

The creativity bunker of Jodi Wing, design director here at Ready State, is stuffed with a cityscape’s worth of whirring, sparking, and futuristic technology. Her tools range from a CAT scanner to a 3D printer to an Occulus to a homemade Matrioshka brain. Tech aside, Jodi has retained one tool from the beginning of herContinue reading “Beyond the greeting card: A visual interview”

Conversational AI and the rise of the chatbots

You can hardly turn on the television news, pull a magazine off a rack in a doctor’s office, or check out your social media without being confronted by a discussion about artificial intelligence. Whether the writer or talking head is decrying the imminent robot apocalypse or celebrating our deep-learning-based salvation, most of the coverage hasContinue reading “Conversational AI and the rise of the chatbots”

Exascale computing: The Space Race of our time

Anyone who remembers the time before human beings stepped on the moon can recall the exhilaration of the challenge President John Kennedy made in 1961: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth.”Continue reading “Exascale computing: The Space Race of our time”

How to make the business case for blockchain

You would be forgiven if you thought the first blockchain to ever be developed was the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. While Bitcoin is the highest profile use case of blockchain—a transparent, immutable ledger platform—it is far from the first. “Blockchain is just a shared database with time stamping,” says Stuart Haber, the man behind Surety, the first blockchain,Continue reading “How to make the business case for blockchain”

An oral history of The Machine

The Machine is a computing architecture so radically different than any which has come before that it will affect everything we do in the future. Hewlett Packard Labs has spent the last five years developing the memory-driven computing, photonics, and fabric that has gone into The Machine and which have made the impossible inevitable. We spokeContinue reading “An oral history of The Machine”