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India Tackles Corruption with Currency Chaos
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi interrupted most evening news in his country last Tuesday to announce that in just three hours, the Indian government would bar the use of 85% of its existing currency. This dramatic announcement comes as India seeks to root out untaxed “black money."
By Jack LynchNov 18, 2016
The House Science and Tech Committee Disregards Both
The U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee is a joke, but not a funny one. It spends much time on witch hunts against climate scientists, because climate change denial is its chairman's passion. The ranking member of the committee's Democratic minority calls it "mean-spirited and meaningless." Rather than helping, it actively harms our nation's ability to develop policy for science, tech, and innovation.
By Jack LynchOct 1, 2016
Cloud Software Fights Zika in Florida, Zip Code by Zip Code
As the Zika virus begins a worrisome spread in Florida, cloud-based healthcare services company athenahealth is using big data to seek out those in danger and then reach out. Working with local healthcare providers and a rich database of individuals, it has winnowed out 1850 people at serious risk and provided preventive information.
By Jack LynchAug 8, 2016
Employees Losing Faith With Companies That Don’t Get Digital
The digital future has taken the corporate world by storm, but many employees are jumping ship. A new study by MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with Deloitte, finds that fully half of employees who feel their company is not digitally developing fast enough plan to leave within a year. Corporations worldwide need to get on board the digital wave or risk a massive talent drain.
By Jack LynchJul 27, 2016
A Zimbabwean Pastor Built an Anti-Corruption Movement with Facebook
With his country falling apart around him, straining under the weight of corruption and oppression, Evan Mawarire took to Facebook Live to vent his frustration. What has emerged is a nationwide movement of Zimbabweans, united under the hashtag #ThisFlag, who are eager to restore Zimbabwe to its former glory and end the scourge of corruption.
By Jack LynchJul 22, 2016
Billion Dollar Shave Club
A company that first gained fame with its goofy YouTube ads has now been bought for close to $1 billion, as a European consumer good giant tries to catch up with Amazon and other titans of the digital world. Dollar Shave Club's big money buyout from Unilever means good things for digital commerce startups looking to turn a nice profit.
By Jack LynchJul 20, 2016
Building a Universe in a Video Game
A tiny video game studio in England has reinvented the cosmos. The game No Man's Sky, set to be released this summer, uses procedural generation to create an entire explorable universe. Complete with 18 quintillion planets and all the geography and biodiversity to go with them, No Man's Sky pushes the limits of what a video game can be and what virtual simulation can achieve.
By Jack LynchJul 19, 2016
UPDATE: What You Should Know about Mike Pence and Tech
After weeks of conjecture, we finally know who Trump's running mate will be as he enters the final months of the presidential race: Governor Mike Pence of Indiana. His tax cuts have helped turn Indiana into the Silicon Prairie (or so he claims), but he also lost a fight with tech executives like Marc Benioff over LGBT discrimination. Here's what you should know about Mike Pence and tech.
By Jack LynchJul 15, 2016
A Quick Tech Guide to Trump’s Potential VP Picks
As we wait for the final announcement on who will accompany Donald Trump during his boisterous run for the White House, we take a look at the top three contenders and what their history is with tech. Why does Elon Musk hate Chris Christie? Exactly when did Newt Gingrich become an online tech reviewer? And why are some Silicon Valley companies picking up and moving to Indianapolis?
By Jack LynchJul 14, 2016
China’s Empty Incubators are a Sign of Development Run Amok
For years, the Chinese state has managed to strong arm the country’s economy through global crises by making huge investments into sectors like real estate and infrastructure. That top-down capital strategy is hitting a wall when it comes to China’s new dream: growing start-ups. Across the country, brand new innovation centers sit empty as education levels fail to meet China's demand for entrepreneurs.
By Jack LynchJul 13, 2016
Giant Texas School System Makes a Giant Internet Commitment
The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, with 114,000 students, is decidedly Texas-sized. But the district's latest project lives up to that grand scale: updating its entire digital network to bring 100G broadband internet access to every square inch of its classrooms and offices. Cypress-Fairbanks CTO Frankie Jackson is on the front line of an emerging challenge in education.
By Jack LynchJul 11, 2016
Consumers to Health Insurers: Keep it Simple
The American healthcare markethas undergone a period of rapid change in recent years. Chief among these changes has been a general shift towards consumer choice, prompting the rollout of new tech products in a bid to entice customers. But a new study suggests the best way to win over consumers is to bring things back down to earth.
By Jack LynchJul 8, 2016
Parking ticket? There’s a Bot for That
A legal chatbot called DoNotPay helps users appeal parking tickets through a series of simple questions: Was the signage confusing? Were signs clearly visible? Was the parking bay large enough? It has already helped overturn 160,000 parking tickets in New York and London and has saved users over $2 million, but for its young creator, parking tickets are just the beginning.
By Jack LynchJul 7, 2016
Nobel Laureates Tell Greenpeace to Ditch the GMO Conspiracies
On the list of misunderstood technology, genetically modified organisms might take the top spot. Now, more than 100 Nobel laureates have written an open letter asking the environmental group Greenpeace to reverse their stance on GMOs and promote potential breakthrough technologies like Vitamin A rich Golden Rice. Despite the pressure, Greenpeace remains skeptical.
By Jack LynchJul 1, 2016
Obama’s Big Start-up Seminar
President Obama wants to encourage young entrepreneurs, and if he has to go out and lecture them himself, he’s willing to do it. Over the course of the two-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit last week, the president found time to share tips with young business owners on pitching their ideas. Plus, he talked with Mark Zuckerberg, and interviewed young entrepreneurs from Rwanda, Egypt, and Peru.
By Jack LynchJun 30, 2016
As Race Heats Up, Clinton Talks Tech
Having fought off an ambitious Bernie Sanders and now preparing to enter a brutal fight with a fiery and unpredictable Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton is taking a bit of a detour this week into the world of tech. She wants to forgive student debt for young entrepreneurs, bring broadband to every home in America, and defend net neutrality. Plus, Silicon Valley is starting to get on board.
By Jack LynchJun 28, 2016
The Internet in China is Censored, Controlled, and Flourishing
Behind an ever-expanding protectionist wall – The Chinese state calls it the Golden Shield – nearly 700 million regularly use the internet to send chats, buy merchandise, order car services and more, sometimes on platforms more innovative than anything back in the U.S.. As Chinese citizens start to access the internet, China has ensured that the economic benefits do not leave its shores.
By Jack LynchJun 13, 2016
Can Renewable Energy be Too Much of a Good Thing?
For years, Germany has been on the fast track for adopting renewable energy technology. Today, Germany leads the world in solar energy and has massively reduced its cabrbon emissions. Now, it faces an unlikely problem: the country has too much energy on its hands. As regulators jump to fix the problem, the hidden challenges of expanding renewable energy technology are coming to light.
By Jack LynchJun 6, 2016
A Robot the Price of a Smartphone Could Bring Humanoids into the Household
The big dream of consumer robotics has always been the in-home robot. In movies and television, friendly robots help with daily chores, talk and interact with their owners, and generally become a part of the family. Now, a new robot from Taiwanese company Asus could make the family robot an affordable reality. It’s name is Zenbo – and at $599, it costs less than an iPhone 6S.
By Jack LynchJun 3, 2016
Trucking Could be the First Destination for the Self-driving Revolution
Self-driving cars tend to spur the selfish parts of our imagination. When we read the latest article about Google’s or Tesla’s self-driving experiments, we picture quiet naps on the commute home from work as the steering wheel turns in front of us: An idyllic moment in the future of personal transport. But despite our earnest […]
By Jack LynchMay 19, 2016
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