The Downside to Virtual Reality

A few weeks ago, I tuned in to the TED channel on my Apple TV to catch up on some TED talks. One of the most popular that week was Alex Kipman’s demonstration of the HoloLens (I've embedded it at the end of this post). I have a lot of ambivalence about augmented reality and virtual reality technology. I can see benefits for sure—especially for advancing scientific understanding and medical … [Read more...]

Is My Phone Spying On Me?

We're approaching the point when smartphones and tablets become the primary communication and internet-access device for a majority of users in the United States. Mobile phones, smart or not, are the way most people around the world now communicate. Thanks to the ease with which these devices can track every move, every contact, and many of the choices we make each day, we're faced with a … [Read more...]