The Comic Book Story Of Video Games

The Comic Book Story Of Video Games

Video games fit nicely at an intersection of technology, art and culture. So it’s fun to see their history expressed in an artistic, comic-book form. The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution…

The Startup Way

The Startup Way

As founders – here at Civilizr and other enterprises like Refinery Lab – we were naturally intrigued to get a copy of Eric Ries’ The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth…

WSJ: The Future Of Everything

WSJ: The Future Of Everything

The May/June 2017 installment of WSJ’s The Future of Everything series has quite a bit of food for thought: – Hardware upgrades for your brain? Yep – Art inspired by CCTV? Indeed – Femme-forward fintech? Sure – 3D printed home…

She’s Got The Look: Amazon Echo Goes Fashionista

Last month, Amazon announced the Echo Look – a camera-equipped, Alexa-powered device for analyzing your outfits, including a Style Check service when you really need AI to give you an opinion on whether it’s okay to go out of the…

Hidden Portraits: Art With Watson

Cadillac House on Hudson Street in NYC always has something interesting on exhibit (oh, and pretty good coffee too); from April 25-May 7, 2017, stop in and check out Art with Watson: Hidden Portraits. The project is a collaboration between…

Attack Of The Robo-Models

Attack Of The Robo-Models

Attack of the Robo-Models! That is, robotic clothing models with proportions that can have their measurements adjusted electronically. Okay, so we’re not sure what they’re attacking just yet, but there’s probably SOMETHING. Retailers are probably hoping they’ll attack the high…

Microsoft Open-Sources Cognitive Toolkit

Deep learning is all the rage these days, and a new package from Microsoft professes to make it accessible to everyone. Cognitive Toolkit – available now on GitHub – even runs on a single laptop if needed, for those who…

Alexa, Meet Geneva: Control GE Appliances With Amazon Echo

Alexa, Meet Geneva: Control GE Appliances With Amazon Echo

You can control a lot of household items with Alexa on the Amazon Echo: lighting, security, music and the like are common choices. Now, appliance manufacturers are getting into the game. With “Geneva,” all GE WiFi Connect appliances will now…

Sonobi Wants To Save Us From The Bro-Bots

If you think ad-tech algorithms are unnecessarily complicated, inaccurate and in desperate need of an overhaul, you’ll probably like these ads from startup Sonobi. They follow the adventures of “Bryn Bottenfeld, CEO and Chief Disruptor for Adifibly” – yep, he’s…

Coping With Humans, The Robot Support Group

This amusing video from IBM shows how hard it is out there in meatspace for a sci-fi bot that doesn’t want to be collaborative. Oh, and there might be a song…