The little pocket monsters known as Pokemon were first released in the mid-90s as a game for Nintendo’s Gameboy. Fast forward 20 years, and we’re suddenly watching the resurgence of a handheld game that was originally based on the creator’s fascination with insect collecting. The added twist, however, is that augmented reality now makes it possible to let game makers populate our reality with virtual characters that we can spot through our phones. The game has changed.
The rapid, overwhelming success of Pokemon Go! surprised even John Hanke, chief executive of Niantic, Inc., the Alphabet spinoff that co-developed the game with Nintendo. Part of his surprise was the rapidity with which the game surged as well as its immediate, and impressive impact on the company’s bottom line. But should it have been so surprising? (more…)
A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. decided to keep the rules that require Internet providers to treat all web traffic equally. Internet providers had been challenging the FCC’s determination that phone and cable companies should not throttle or block websites from companies that are not willing to pay extra for a virtual fast lane online.
Essentially, it means that high-speed internet should be defined as a utility rather than as a luxury and that no broadband service provider, whether fixed or mobile, should interfere with a consumer or business’ access to a fast, fair, and open internet. The FCC summarizes the rules as follows: (more…)
When will the future arrive? What will be next?
So the “internet” is now lower-case, and my spell check has already been updated to reflect that. Things move quickly when you work from the cloud, and since I use Google Docs to write and edit a lot of my work, the change might have happened well before I really took notice. As I was thinking about this decision to lower the “I” in internet (which was actually made by the Associated Press back in early April 2016), I wondered just how often the lower-case version had been used since it entered our shared lexicon. To answer that question, I turned to the Google Books Ngram Viewer, and this is what I found:
Last week, most of the Art & Logic family came together for our annual conference. As a distributed company, we work remotely from throughout North America, and this annual meeting gives us an opportunity to review the work we’ve done as well as what we anticipate for the months ahead. We share with one another the ways in which our process benefited our clients as well as ways in which we might be able to adjust our process in order to serve the needs of our clients better. We dive deep into our work in custom software development, but also talk about music, art, sports, Star Wars (and other films), our families, our goals, and, of course, our frustrations and successes.
This year, we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary, so our annual conference also afforded ample time for reflection on what it took to get where we are. Paul and Tom, two of the co-founders of the company, shared their memories of how Art & Logic got its name, and how that ampersand doesn’t just link together art and logic in a kind of Venn diagram, with just a bit of overlap, but rather it joins those two faculties of the mind and the imagination in a unified whole that draws on the strengths of each. It’s part of what makes the culture of Art & Logic so unique. (more…)
The Internet of Things. Of Things. When you hear it said or see it written, it might make you wonder what these things are and why they matter. If you aren’t familiar with the idea, it might even make you think that there is another Internet out there, something that exists within the realm of some abstract collective of interconnected things. In fact, the Internet of Things (IoT) isn’t separate from us and our daily use of technology, rather it’s in almost everything we use today.