VentureBeat: When blockchain meets big data, the payoff will be huge

When blockchain meets big data, the payoff will be huge
VentureBeat

GUEST: If there is a “sweet spot” for blockchain, it will likely be the ability to turn insights and questions into assets. Blockchains will give you greater confidence in the integrity of the data you see. Immutable entries, consensus-driven timestamping, audit trails, and certainty about the origin of data (e.g. a sensor or a kiosk) are all areas where you will see improvement as blockchain technology becomes more mainstream. Beyond data integrity (which is a huge component), the shared data Read the full story

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Fast Company: Designers Are Forgetting One Major Element Of The Design Process

Designers Are Forgetting One Major Element Of The Design Process
Fast Company

What do you do when your toaster breaks? Chances are, you toss it and buy another one. It’s only a toaster, after all. But what if your toaster was designed so that it’s easy to fix? What if a screwdriver and a replacement part could save you that $30 and the device from the landfill? A toaster might seem insignificant, but your inability to fix it and the subsequent impulse to ditch it is part of a broader problem in how products are designed, manufactured, and consumed. Because it’s not just Read the full story

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Salon: LISTEN: 12 podcasts that explore the human side of tech

LISTEN: 12 podcasts that explore the human side of tech
Salon

As technology pervades every part of our lives, someone talking us through what it means can be a comfort (or a terror, depending on how you’re feeling that day). These 12 shows explore how tech affects us. 1. “Exponent” Ben Thompson and James Allworth explore the effect of technology on society as a whole. 2. “Grumpy Old Geeks” Two guys, 40 years of online experience, and a no-holds-barred discussion of how the internet is affecting our lives for good or bad. 3. “The Upgrade” by Lifehacker Read the full story

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