“I can’t speak for anyone else, but now I know what it’s good for: communicating simple, primal comfort to a fearful, confused, sometimes-desperate new dad flailing through one particularly painful week of early parenthood.”—How Having A Baby Made Me Learn To Love Comic Sans
At first glance, it’s the epitome of everything wrong with crowdfunding platforms: It’s vaporware, a concept that has no hope of becoming a reality. And so far, the press has met it with skepticism. But after talking to the Swedish creatives behind the device at Studio Total, I, like most of you, will kick myself for not thinking of it first.
Writer Sherry Turkle is using selfies to promote a popular argument: that technology harms the way we relate to each other. But she’s wrong and outdated—and listening to her makes us miss what’s really important. Fast Company editor Jason Feifer calls her out.
When we speak, cinematically, about technology and our future, it is often in menacing tones. Our future movie selves tend to get malevolent things implanted in our bodies. Our cities are dark hellscapes where human survivors of something cower, or sleek utopias where individual will is crushed by the giant corporations that now control all lifeforms. In his new feature, Jonze portrays a different, nicer kind of future, yet his film still deals with a menace that we absolutely know will haunt our tomorrows—loneliness, the longing to connect completely, and the difficulty of doing so.
From GM’s new CEO Mary Barra to Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer, it’s been a good year for women in leadership positions. Here, we’ve gathered advice from six influential women to inspire your own success in the new year.
“It’s official: We’re buying less digital music. Just like vinyl, cassettes, and CDs before it, the digital download may have reached it peak, with total sales dropping 4% from last year. The culprit? It’s complicated, but expect the already-raging debate over Spotify, streaming, and the future of music distribution to heat up.”—As Music Downloads Decline, Expect More Anti-Spotify Anxiety