The Good Data Contest has come to a close; learn what eight concepts caught the imaginations of PSFK and Watson alike
Throughout May and June PSFK and IBM Watson ran The Good Data Contest calling all creatives to submit visionary and innovative concepts that would harness unstructured data and Watson’s capabilities to mitigate a specific communal or societal issue.
In partnership with Flavorpill and Starbucks, Lyft delivered six-packs of bottled iced coffee as an afternoon pick-me-up
Need to beat the afternoon slump? On Tuesday, we did just that without having to leave the building—thanks to a partnership between Flavorpill, Starbucks and Lyft that delivered free packs of iced coffee.
PSFK speaks to Nico Sell, co-founder of the world’s most secure peer-to-peer encrypted messaging system, about the perils of digital security
Innovation is the new currency in today’s Idea Economy. In recognition of the leaders who are disrupting our tech-driven world, the editors at thought leadership site PSFK.com partnered with HP Matter to create the Innovators Index, a roster of digital pioneers making a global impact. Each week, we’ll share POVs from these experts on their work and process, sharing insights on reinvention and how to embrace change.
Indoors or outdoors, HGTV's David Bromstad talks about how consumers are taking on the rising cultural trend of "glamping"
Over the years, glamping has become a huge trend in design and business. Glamping is a term derived from the words “glamorous” and “camping.” The goal of this new cultural trend is to create the ultimate travel experiences while exploring the world. Glamping has spawned AirBnB-like home sharing sites like Glamping.com and GlampingHub.com, and has become big e-commerce business for retailers like Grass Haven Outdoor.
Systeme U supermarket in Thourotte is using augmented reality to help foster trust with their shoppers
Finding out about the origins of the products you buy every day, especially when it comes from food in grocery stores, requires quite a bit of research. With food laws allowing companies to make claims that are not always true, it is hard to know if what you’re putting in your cart really is organic or locally grown. However, French supermarket chain Systeme U has decide to present some of that information to its customers using augmented reality technology.
Luxury hospitality venture Villa Stephanie encourages guests to "power off" during their stay
For travelers who desire a digital detox but require a third party motivator to power off their phones, a German hotel has implemented an Internet kill switch in each guest room. At Villa Stephanie, silver switches can be turned on to activate a Wi-Fi grid blocker. In off mode, the rooms’ walls keep out 96 percent of Wi-Fi signals, greatly limiting the ability to inundate all free time with Web surfing.
A patent from Amazon uses ear recognition technology to tell who is using a phone and on which side of their face
The iPhone has eliminated the need for a phone password with Touch ID, but a future edition of the Amazon Fire might not even require your fingertips at all—just your ear.
Tzekwan Technology teams up with Tsinghua University to produce a facial recognition ATM
As biometrics are beginning to overthrow traditional PIN and character-based passwords, the financial industry has been making herculean efforts to keep up-to-date with these fresh technologies so as to safeguard consumers from theft and fraudulent activities. Among these monetarily centered companies is Tzekwan Technology, a financial security protection corporation, who recently teamed up with Tsinghua University, an engineering based institution in Beijing, to produce the world’s first facial recognition ATM.
PSFK talks to Nuala O’Connor about the importance of advocating for basic human rights in the online space
Innovation is the new currency in today’s Idea Economy. In recognition of the leaders who are disrupting our tech-driven world, the editors at thought leadership site PSFK.com partnered with HP Matter to create the Innovators Index, a roster of digital pioneers making a global impact.
The antipathy we hold for AI isn't as rational as we think
A fascinating thought experiment which consumes the attention of some of our greatest minds and authors alike is the incipient singularity event for Artificial Intelligence (AI). This singularity is defined as the moment humans invent an AI capable of improving on itself, or of building other AI better than it. Theoretically, once that point is reached, the computer will be able to self-improve or replicate at such a rapid pace we’ll but have to blink before it has transcended our own capacity for thought. Thus commences the end of the world.
In partnership with the Lexus Design Awards, STORY has curated a collection that explores future-thinking design elements from corners of the globe
STORY, a retail concept store in Chelsea, recently unveiled its newest theme: Creativity. In a partnership with the Lexus Design Awards, the site is using eight of the content’s finalists as inspiration for a collection that explores future-thinking design elements sourced from across the world.
‘Bottles of creativity,' drinking vessels and greenery make for a more mindful office environment
Take a moment to look around at your desk: what do you see? A cup of water? A succulent? Natural light flooding in through the office windows? Some workers casually notice the items kept at arms reach throughout the work day while others pay no attention to them at all, but these objects can greatly impact the work effectiveness of a creative professional. As our work habits demand constant interaction with technology, subtle reminders of health are increasingly important for companies and individuals.