Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends Presentation

On June 1, 2016, at the 2016 Code Conference held this week in California, Mary Meeker, a world-renowned Internet expert and partner in the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, presented her fifteenth annual in-depth and highly analytical presentation on current Internet trends. It is an absolutely remarkable accomplishment that is highly respected throughout the global […]

Pushing the Envelopes: New US Postal Service Report Assesses Possible Blockchain Applications

Way before the advent of email, when people exclusively wrote letters on paper and mailed them to each other (yes, this really did happen once upon a time), there was a long-running scam known as the “chain letter“. Recipients who received such a letter were asked, often through manipulative language, to copy it and send […]

Digital Smarts Everywhere: The Emergence of Ambient Intelligence

The Troggs were a legendary rock and roll band who were part of the British Invasion in the late 1960’s. They have always been best known for their iconic rocker Wild Thing. This was also the only Top 10 hit that ever had an ocarina solo. How cool is that! The band went on to […]

Smart Dust: Specialized Computers Fabricated to Be Smaller Than a Single Grain of Rice

Back in 1977, Steve Martin put out a live album of his stand-up comedy performances called Let’s Get Small. Included was one of his signature routines called Well, Excuse Me. It went on to sell more than a millions copies. Much of it was laugh-out-loud hilarious. Now, 48 years later, when the Internet of Things […]

Artificial Intelligence Apps for Business are Approaching a Tipping Point

There have been many points during the long decades of the development of business applications using artificial intelligence (AI) when it appeared that The Rubicon was about to be crossed. That is, this technology often seemed to be right on the verge of going mainstream in global commerce. Yet it has still to achieve a […]

What’s Succeeding Now in Multi-Level Digital Strategies for Companies

[This post was originally uploaded on January 16, 2015. It has been updated below with new information on March 22, 2015.] It almost seems simple at first: What works and what doesn’t when companies implement their digital strategies in today’s highly competitive world of retailing? Answers such as “great social apps” or “full mobile implementation” […]

The Mediachain Project: Developing a Global Creative Rights Database Using Blockchain Technology

When people are dating it is often said that they are looking for “Mr. Right” or “Ms. Right”. That is, finding someone who is just the right romantic match for them. In the case of today’s rapid development, experimentation and implementation of blockchain technology, if a startup’s new technology takes hold, it might soon find […]

Eight Proven Factors to Help Make Your Web Content Go Viral

On a daily basis, we see news, commentary, videos, photos, tweets, blog posts, podcasts, articles, rumors and memes go viral where they spread rapidly across the web like a propulsive digital wave. From YouTube postings of dogs and cats doing goofy things to in-the-moment hashtags and tweets about late-breaking current events, attention grabbing content now […]

Studies Link Social Media Data with Personality and Health Indicators

[This post was originally uploaded on January 27, 2015. It has been updated below with new information on March 20, 2015.] Reports of two new studies were issued recently describing meaningful connections between the predictive value of Facebook Likes and personality types, and next the parsing of language in Tweets to forecast the likelihood of […]

Updates on Recent Posts Re: Music’s Big Data, Deep Learning, VR Movies, Regular Movies’ Effects on Our Brains, Storytelling and, of Course, Zombies

This week has seen the publication of an exciting series of news stories and commentaries that provide a very timely opportunity to update six recent Subway Fold posts. The common thread running through the original posts and these new pieces is the highly inventive mixing, mutating and monetizing of pop culture and science. Please put […]