Predicting Our Future

Predicting Our Future

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Episode 16: How Homes Powered by Artificial Intelligence Will Know You and Take Care of You
February 08, 2018

For most of human history, we’ve accepted that keeping a home clean and filled with essentials is a burden that we must bear. But are we on the cusp of witnessing a technological revolution where our homes will take care of themselves and manage our li...

Episode 15: Amazon, Walmart, & The Home That Shops for Itself
February 01, 2018

If you’re incredibly proficient at using your Amazon Echo, you might already being giving it directions to order more toilet paper or laundry detergent. But how long will it be before the home is communicating directly with Amazon or Walmart and it pla...

Episode 14: Your Home’s Operating System & The Artificial Intelligence That Will Power It
January 25, 2018

Over the past few years, the public has mostly come to associate the voice activation capabilities of Amazon’s Echo and Google Home with smart speakers. But in fact these devices and others like them can be viewed as Trojan Horses being used by the wor...

Episode 13: Designing A Smart Lighting Plan: Voice Control, Presence Detection, & Light Switches
January 18, 2018

The most influential companies in lighting are reimagining one of the most fundamental features of our homes: the light switch. Will the smart home of the future understand our lighting needs without us needing to flip a switch?

Episode 12: Honeywell vs. Nest: The Battle for the Smart Thermostat
January 11, 2018

While Nest wasn’t the first company to offer a smart thermostat, its first product quickly developed rock star status. Nest helped turn the thermostat -- a relatively forgettable device -- into a sexy offering that made consumers excited about other de...

Episode 11: Searching Kickstarter for the Next Killer Smart Home Product
January 03, 2018

The David and Goliath story of startups entering an entrenched industry and disrupting its leading players isn’t a new one. Yet within the smart home space, an unlikely development has birthed a particularly startup-friendly environment.

Episode 10: Smart Homes & IoT: A Century in the Making
December 18, 2017

The idea of a home that can take care of its inhabitants has been around for over 100 years. But only in the last few decades have we seen technological breakthroughs that can make smart homes a reality. In the first episode of a 7-part series on the f...

Episode 9: Disinterested Voters & 500,000 Elected Officials
June 19, 2017

In the United States, there are over 500,000 elected officials. In the overwhelming majority of elections, less than half of eligible voters participate, resulting in one of the lowest levels of voter engagement of any Western democracy.

Episode 8: Hacking Elections, DDoS Attacks, & Online Voting Around the World
June 12, 2017

In a 2016 testimony addressing the House Committee on Space, Science & Technology, Dan Wallach warned that the country’s voting infrastructure was vulnerable to hacking by foreign governments. Computer scientists have long spoken of the dangers of elec...

Episode 7: Can Online Voting Defeat the Broken Electoral College?
June 01, 2017

In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a little over a half of the voting age population cast their votes and the candidate who won the presidency lost the popular vote. Is the problem with low U.S. voter turnout due to culture or lack of accessibilit...