The State of Face Tracking Technology

I actually worked on face detection and recognition a little bit in college, but that was 11 years ago, and look at how far video-based face tracking technology has progressed! Cameras these days have all kinds of neat features built in: they have shutters that only...

A New Social Platform

Last time, I listed a few of the reasons meeting online is still not nearly on par with meeting in real life. We must achieve parity here. The only alternatives are larger cities (which we can’t seem to build) and/or more travel (unsustainable). Perhaps someday...

Why are online meetings so awful?

What exactly is it that makes meeting people online so unfulfilling compared to “the real thing”? Here are a few things to think about. Body language and gesturing are an obvious one. In response, many would point to video calling, but aside from the often...

The Web’s Empty Promises

Even though social networks like Facebook and Twitter make us feel more connected than ever, physical proximity is still as relevant as it ever was. Just look at geolocation services like Foursquare. But more to the point,¬†people continue to flock to the world’s...

The Web is Dangerous

The web has connected us together, but not the way cities do. It has connected us in a way that has the potential to be quite dangerous. The web has changed the way we consume media and information. In some cases, this can be a good thing. Instead of passively...

The City vs. The Internet

To recap: The human race owes much of its past success to big cities (regardless of whether individuals like them or not). When it comes to cities, bigger is better, but we can’t seem to get more than 0.5 percent of us into any given city, so getting to 5...

Bigger is Better

Cities, unlike, say, corporations, actually become more efficient as they grow. Corporations become more conservative and add more levels of bureaucracy to protect itself from its employees. City governments can sometimes act the same way, but especially in cities...

Mankind’s Greatest Invention

Mankind’s greatest and most lasting invention, which has begotten nearly every other kind of invention, is the city. Cities endure for centuries, even through wars, changes of government, and social upheaval. Seoul is just one example. In the past 600 years, its...

Beyond the City

In the history of the human race, most of our greatest inventions have come from cities. Our very largest, Tokyo, comes in at around 35 million people. That sounds like a lot, and it is, yet that represents just half of 1 percent of the world’s population. I...