Tag Archives: technology and society

What’s Next In Tech? Some Obvious Changes, Plus The Ultimately Most Significant Unknowables

By | December 23, 2015

This column previously appeared in Forbes.   The annual deluge of year-end predictions is as predictable as the winter solstice and about as dispiriting. Ironically for such a dynamic industry, those in the tech world are among the most predictable. That’s because most technology predictions extrapolate existing trends. Granted, most ‘experts’ will throw in a couple outliers, the… Read More »

What’s a Personal ‘Computer’? It’s Complicated. Changing Technology and Usage Upset PC Hegemony

By | January 19, 2015

Every quarter tech watchers and Wall Street traders pour over the latest shipment figures from the big technology analysis firms looking for signs of renewal in the moribund PC business. The latest numbers for Q4 2o14 show an industry coming off the ‘sugar high’ induced by upgrades from Windows XP refugees needing hardware capable of running a modern OS,… Read More »

What Do a Tesla, Xeon and Mac Pro Have In Common? Tech Products Still Made in the U.S.A.

By | July 2, 2014

As Americans prepare to celebrate the 238th anniversary of our founding document, there’s hope for a renaissance in technology manufacturing in the land of opportunity. I explain why and list examples in this column. It seems overly optimistic looking at the economic data since it shows the last decade hasn’t been kind to domestic computer and electronics manufacturing, with… Read More »

Apple-Beats Deal Epitomizes the Preeminence of Design Over Technology

By | June 2, 2014

Commodification means we’re leaving the era of technology and entering the era of design and style Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats is an event that highlights technology’s march through consumer products, creative content and now, fashionable style. More importantly, the deal demonstrates the ascendance of design over technology, form over function, style over features. In the era… Read More »

Malaysian Flight 370 Foreshadows Many Unanticipated Consequences of the Internet of Things

By | May 3, 2014

The hunt for a missing Malaysian Flight 370 Boeing BA+1.15% 777 has transfixed the world for more than a week. For an aircraft of this size and sophistication to utterly vanish is unprecedented in the history of modern aviation. With little for investigators to work with, perhaps the most important piece of information hinting that this was no… Read More »