Tesla teardown finds electronics 6 years ahead of Toyota, VW

The interesting thing here is not just that Tesla is that far ahead (though that certainly is interesting); rather, it’s how they got there and what it means for the rest of the auto industry. “Most parts inside the Model 3 do not bear the name of a supplier. Instead, many have the Tesla logo, […]

U.S. tops surveillance cameras per capita

I’ve written a few times about the growing surveillance state in China, but while China tops the world in sheer number of cameras, I was very surprised to find that the U.S. tops the list on a per-capita basis, coming in at 15.28 cameras per 100 people (China is 14.36, and the next closest is […]

Not just fake meat, but fake milk

I wrote previously about the serious advances in the fake meat business. A lot of the drive around this has nothing to do with health, and a lot to do with the environment. Cows are problematic for the environment both because they emit a lot of methane, and because they require clearing of a lot […]

Don’t buy Ring as a gift (or for yourself)

There is a long way to go in the discussion on privacy, facial recognition, etc…; and even further to go in terms of legislation; and it’s going to play out differently around the world. But there’s no reason to accelerate the surveillance state — and Ring is extra bad. Not only do they have previously-secret […]

China, Uyghur, TikTok

China is spreading Uyghur recognition across the country At least twelve projects across China are mandating that the ability to identify Uyghur be built into their facial-recognition systems. Imagine if US police RFPs started mandating Navajo recognition? Or if the English started mandating Welsh recognition? Remember, TikTok is controlled by China Seventeen-year-old Feroza Aziz wanted […]

Fake meat is all the rage

Vegetarian versions of meat products are nothing new. The Boca Burger has been around since the late 70s, and even tofurkey has been around since 1995. But no one who had ever eaten meat would confuse these analogs for the real thing. Recent technology advancements, however, have resulted in products that are much closer in […]

Beijing is going all-in on blockchain

Chinese President Xi Jinping said China should “seize [the blockchain] opportunity”. There’s a lot in there, but the big play is that they’re intending to launch a state-backed crypto currency. Of course, this won’t have the purported benefits of true, open cryptocurrencies, but it does represent a huge opportunity for China, including (by no means […]

Disney+ predictably struggles, but it’s fine

Disney+ launched with a wide swath of technical glitches. They later explained the problem as their having been unready for the large demand. Of course, one could have predicted both the large demand … and that they wouldn’t be ready for it. This stuff is very hard to get right. But in reality, these launch-day […]

What’s up with SoftBank and WeWork?

Over the last few weeks (months?) there’s been a ton of news around WeWork, its planned IPO, and its valuation. There’s an old saying, “If you borrow $1,000 from the bank, and can’t pay it back, you have a problem. If you borrow $1 million from the bank, and can’t pay it back, the bank […]

When is it legal to hack?

Facebook entered new territory this week by suing Israeli cyber-intelligence firm, NSO Group, in California federal court. There are lots of issues here. Most people want private communications to be private. Most people want to be able to have criminals prosecuted.  But what’s a criminal act in one country may not be in another, and […]

VOD wars are here

In 2007, Netflix started streaming (rather than mailing DVDs), really kicking off the world of “VOD” (Video on Demand), and starting the cord-cutting revolution. People, weary of $100+/month cable TV bills with 100+ channels of garbage, started to jump ship — cancelling their cable subscriptions and signing up for Netflix. Over the coming year, Hulu […]

Have you heard about Twitch? What about Mixer?

If YouTube is the go-to site for free, recorded video, Twitch is its equivalent for live-streaming. Owned by Amazon, Twitch is the go-to site for live streamers in the burgeoning eSports market. But Microsoft doesn’t want to be left behind; Mixer is their competitive product. Two of the biggest eSports streamers are Ninja and Shroud […]