Forecasting Tech with Dave Farber

Dave Farber, the Internet’s grandfather, makes some insightful and surprising predictions for the Internet in 2017. Augmented reality will penetrate social and business life, and work on a more secure Internet will begin in earnest.

December 28, 2016 0

Rural Broadband is the FCC’s Top Priority

The FCC needs a commissioner with close ties to Capitol Hill who can help the members of her party forge alliances with Republicans to address the rural broadband problem more effectively. Improving the rural economy is in everyone’s interest because that’s where our food comes from. Continued advances in high-tech ag depend to a great extent on connectivity, so rural broadband is more important than idling away the hours watching TV reruns can ever be.

December 20, 2016 0

Trump Meets Tech Leaders

President-elect Trump’s meeting with tech leaders made the news, but nobody had any details. The press pool was admitted for opening remarks and photos but quickly ushered out. Attendees included Apple…

December 15, 2016 0

Augmented Reality in Business

Our ability to take advantage of information age technologies has always been limited by our means of interacting with programs, computers, and networks. For most of the high tech era,…

December 13, 2016 0

Telecommunications Issues, 1979

Check this discussion of the need for a new communications act promoting competition, deregulation, and consumer choice. It features Tom Wheeler and Barry Goldwater and it took place in 1979….

December 13, 2016 0

Augmented Reality Drama

Augmented reality drama makes the viewer part of the action. This is new, so it’s going to take some fairly close coordination among all the vertical parts of the entertainment supply chain to make it happen quickly. If we stick to old ways, it may take hundreds of years to create a Holodeck. But I hope it doesn’t.

December 8, 2016 0

The Year of Augmented Reality

AR leap-frogged VR on the strength of Pokèmon Go, the app that showed millions what it’s all about. Rather than VR paving the way for AR, they’re both going to develop in parallel. Here are some devices and apps.

December 6, 2016 0

DirecTV Now Too Good to be Legal

AT&T’s Monday announcement of the DirecTV Now streaming service drew nearly unanimous applause from tech pundits. This is a new business model for cable TV that harnesses some of the power of the broadband networks to provide personalized sports, entertainment, and news packages to TV viewers. But some are critical, albeit for strange reasons.

December 1, 2016 0