Entries by matt

The happiness challenge to Google's Project Glass

Imagine the moment when you can wear Google’s Project Glass spectacles.  Real-time information, all the time.  The ability to take video and audio, and transmit it wirelessly to another storage medium.  Which means, in theory, the ability to remember absolutely everything, forever. And while I doubt many scientists at Google have thought about it, that […]

TEDActive 2012: Billy Collins, Michael Tilson Thomas

Though I was a bit distracted by the Hackathon, I still managed to listen to and watch several talks from TED while out in Palm Springs.  Here are a couple of brief notes and opinions, and links to the talks themselves from TED.com when available. Billy Collins: It wasn’t shocking when Collins got a standing ovation […]

We Bought A Zoo (that makes everyone cry)

So I’m on a plane to Seattle. Middle seat, between a business guy (you can always tell who has a corporate card, they’re the only ones who buy food) and a woman in her mid-40’s with incongrously sparkly green nails. And we’re all crying. Repeatedly. To “We Bought A Zoo”. And of course we’re quiet […]

TEDActive 2012: Reuben Margolin, Andrew Stanton

Though I was a bit distracted by the Hackathon, I still managed to listen to and watch several talks from TED while out in Palm Springs.  Here are a couple of brief notes and opinions, and links to the talks themselves from TED.com when available. Reuben Margolin: This was almost painful to watch, as Margolin literally […]

TEDActive 2012: Susan Cain, Quixotic

Though I was a bit distracted by the Hackathon, I still managed to listen to and watch several talks from TED while out in Palm Springs.  Here are a couple of brief notes and opinions, and links to the talks themselves from TED.com when available. Susan Cain: This was one of those talks that everyone loved […]

TEDActive 2012: Paul Gilding, Peter Diamandis

Though I was a bit distracted by the Hackathon, I still managed to listen to and watch several talks from TED while out in Palm Springs.  Here are a couple of brief notes and opinions, and links to the talks themselves from TED.com when available. Paul Gilding: It is probably not surprising that I didn’t much […]

TEDActive 2012: Brian Greene, Sarah Parcak, Peter Wayland

Though I was a bit distracted by the Hackathon, I still managed to listen to and watch several talks from TED while out in Palm Springs.  Here are a couple of brief notes and opinions, and links to the talks themselves from TED.com when available. Brian Greene: One of the nice things about this talk […]

TEDActive 2012: The Hackathon

About two weeks ago, I got a generous invite from Stefan Weitz over at Bing to be the product guy for their first ever TEDActive Hackathon.  The format was up in the air for awhile, and eventually settled on the format I prefer (which could only loosely be called a Hackathon): a single team (me, […]

The Equal Pay App challenge: Good, Frustrating

Challenge.gov recently announced the Equal Pay challenge, to create an app that helps publicize and correct the pay gap between men and women. 1) Good.  Though some people will dispute that the gap exists, the science is pretty clear and most of the academics I know won’t dispute that this is a serious problem. 2) […]