Year: 2016

  • Samurai Smartphone

    Samurai Smartphone

    Shot in the old black & white style of a Kurosawa movie, this PSA from Japanese cell phone provider DoCoMo is done quite well. Hat tip to Shunan for sharing on the SmartNews Slack channel.

  • Rich Jaroslovsky on the Future of News

    Rich Jaroslovsky on the Future of News

    There’s an on-going series of video interviews with journalists on the futureof.news site. Two recent interviews were with Rich Jaroslovsky, my boss at SmartNews. Rich and I crossed paths years ago. He not only has a good instinct for what works for media online but also a history in both the print and online journalistic […]

  • Never Give Up

    In the final lap of a 4×400 relay Phil Healy, the anchor runner for University College Cork women’s team, was a quarter lap down and in 5th place. She had to make up a massive gap and ahead of her and runners to chase down included a future representative for Ireland in this Summer’s 2016 Olympics. Not only will […]

  • Prince – Rest In Peace

    The story behind Prince’s solo above Had to also include this rare 13 minute recording of the debut of Purple Rain which was so epic that long passages of it were used on the album.

  • Facebook F8 2016

    Facebook F8 2016

    Many years ago when broadband internet was still emerging, I spent an afternoon with a colleague in the company cafeteria trying to imagine a world with unlimited bandwidth and storage. We imagined that distances would collapse when the location of data would no longer matter. Music and video would be instantly available and you could call […]

  • Trikala’s Magic Bus

    Trikala’s Magic Bus

    While driverless trucks, taxis, and race cars have been all the rage this past week, little ol’ Greece has been quietly running a trial for the past six months of their driverless bus system. The town of Trikala, Greece has been running the trial since November of last year and it seems to be serving […]

  • Roboracers and Race Conditions

    Roboracers and Race Conditions

    Driverless truck convoys, driverless taxi fleets, it’s only natural that we take the driver out of the racecar as well. Sometime in the next year or two the Formula E electric car racing series plans to have its first driverless Roborace. Not only will speeds top 300mph, because there is no driver, it frees up lots […]

  • Driving Thy Self

    Driving Thy Self

    News about autonomous vehicles is coming thick and fast. Yesterday we learned about truck platoons that can drive themselves across Europe and today I bring you a fleet of self-driving taxis is launching in Singapore from a company called nuTonomy. According to a post from MIT (where nuTonomy started out three years ago) the company passed […]

  • Autonomous Truck Platoons

    Autonomous Truck Platoons

    Self-driving trucks took another step towards commercial reality as five different teams sent convoys of autonomously driven truck “convoys” from all over Europe to Rotterdam as part of the Truck Platoon Challenge. Challengers such as Mercedes and Volvo sent their trucks from as far away as Germany and Sweden proving that these self-driven truck trains […]

  • Baseball Opening Day

    It’s the first day of the Japanese baseball season today which gives me occasion to share this excellent commercial from last year.