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Robert Scoble

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Entrepreneur in Residence at Upload VR

Occupation: Entrepreneur in Residence, Upload VR (Rackspace)

Location: Half Moon Bay, California, USA

Birthday: 01/18

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Ugo Cei75,200Hot on the heels of Olympus' announcement of the new version of one of the best-selling cameras in the mirrorless segment, the OM-D EM-5, we are hosting a special panel discussion about it. Among our guests there will be @117532820310402371002 of mirrorlessons.com, who just published his review, @101192074672321711384 of mirrorlessjourney.com, and others. Tune in at 4PM CET/3PM UK/9AM Eastern to hear all about this new exciting camera.The State of Mirrorless Special Event – The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II2015-02-06 16:00:0052  
Robert Scoble7,566,196@104987932455782713675 and I are talking about how the filters work on Facebook and why they aren't as nice to photographers as Google+ is.  Which got me a ton of questions about my feed, and what I'm seeing/learning about how the filters work and how to "game" them to get things through to more people's feeds on Facebook. I'm linking to here from Facebook, so there. This one is for the Facebook fans (or haters)2014-08-07 01:11:30136  
Robert Scoble7,566,196First look at NAVDY, a new heads up display coming next year for $299. Learn more at http://www.navdy.com but here is founder/CEO Doug Simpson.New heads up display for your car2014-08-05 18:36:3749  
Robert Scoble7,566,196I am hanging out with Jeff Stevens. Back in the 1980s he was the first CTO on Wall Street, when he worked for Merrill Lynch. Today he's keeping abreast of contextual technologies and Bluetooth Smart Beacons, and we have a discussion about where businesses could use such.Hanging out with first CTO on Wallstreet2014-04-11 21:12:2826  
Robert Scoble7,566,196Join Robert Scoble and Shel Israel for the launch of their new book, Age of Context, which is about how sensors, wearable computers, machine learning, social, and location data are changing our world, our privacy, and bringing us highly assistive and personalized products and services. Everyone is invited. To RSVP, please visit EventBrite at http://ageofcontext.eventbrite.com/Age of Context Book Launch with Robert Scoble and Shel Israel2013-11-07 18:00:0082  
Google Developers2,319,610Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005054  
Trey Ratcliff8,850,900*Meeting Time:*  5:30 PM PT on May 14 *Meeting/Starting Location:*  http://goo.gl/maps/6u1gq - Yerba Buena Gardens - in the grassy area in front of the waterfalls  *Route Map:* http://goo.gl/maps/oYzA9  *Ending Location:*  Union Square on the Geary Street Side *Hashtag:*   #GlassPhotoWalk   *How to Win Google Glass:*  This will be a random selection for people at the PhotoWalk.  At the Photowalk you will given a ticket with unique number. Hold onto that ticket! Look for @118191303233704861327 to get yours! At the end of the photowalk we will draw a random winner from the tickets that were handed out. To be elegible to win Google Glass you must be 18 years or older (bring ID), a US Resident with proof of residency, and be present to win when we call your number!  Join @104987932455782713675 and @105237212888595777019 for a once-in-a-lifetime free event!  If you've never been to a photowalk, this will be a great one.  We'll help teach you more about photography and you can join in the fun!  Bring a friend or come alone.  It's a family-friendly event, and we look forward to seeing you! *The Plan*: Look, it's possible security may throw us out of our meeting spot right away, and I may not be able to jump up on a bench and give my Mussolini-esque speech.  If that happens, here is the plan: - _Focus on PhotoWalkers:_  - Even though we'll be taking photos of the city as we weave through it on our route, it's OPEN SEASON on other PhotoWalkers! Take all sorts of photos of your fellow walkers, and later, tag away.  Get close, get far, get creative! - _Photo Lessons_ - I'll be stopping a few times throughout the walk to set up for shots.  I'll talk through my settings and describe my setup.  People are welcome to look through my camera. - _Need Photo Advice_ - Come up any time throughout the walk and ask me or Thomas anything!  We're happy to help.  No question is too dumb, and we are happy to help! - _Sharing_ - Get back home to the sweet internet after the event and upload your photos to the event.  Tag people in the photos, and tag the photos with #GlassPhotowalk    We'll have a TON more details soon...  this will be a great celebration of photography! *Watch Live:* Can't make it?  @112471890387110967375 will be hosting a @106837773805813749834 session.  I'll share it live to my stream too! *What to Bring:* Any camera will do - from a mobile phone to a big DSLR.  It's all good! :) *Party Mode:* Put your Android or iPhone into Party Mode for the event! This means photos you take will be auto-uploaded to the event! Just see this video at http://goo.gl/VA858 in case you don't know how to do this.Google+ San Francisco PhotoWalk with Thomas & Trey! All skill levels are invited - Grand Prize: Google Glass!2013-05-14 17:30:001379  
Google Science Fair3,129,437*The Science of Photography* Digital photography offers amazing flexibility to capture and modify images. But how does the science of photography actually work? What are the basic principles of light, and how do they affect how photographers shoot? How do different cameras and lenses capture images differently? And how do software tools change the way those images are ultimately viewed? Come to this Hangout On Air with +Trey Ratcliff, the world-class photographer whose work is displayed at StuckInCustoms.com. He will be interviewed by +Robert Scoble, well-known blogger, technology analyst, and amateur photographer, as well as our very own Google Student Ambassadors. Here's your chance to learn about the science behind those amazing images. Have questions for our guests? Post comments on Google+ with #GSF2013. Tuesday, May 7, 2:00PM PT / 4:00PM CT / 5:00PM ET / 2200 GMT / 2300 CE / 900 NZT (8 May) ---------- *Find out more about the #GSF2013 Hangout series:* goo.gl/H0pNq *Official Google Science Fair website:* http://goo.gl/FU1hyTrey Ratcliff - Google Science Fair 2013 Hangout On Air2013-05-07 23:00:00646  

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2015-08-07 23:07:07 (151 comments; 12 reshares; 186 +1s; )Open 

Have you ever visited Google Contacts at https://contacts.google.com ?

It never worked for me since the redesign. Finally I just deleted all the circles on Google+ and it started working again. 13,000+ contacts. 

But now I don't have anyone to follow on Google+. 

So, since there are still some people here who say there's interesting people to follow and that not EVERYONE has followed me over to Facebook, who would you recommend I follow? 

Extra points if you are an executive at a company, or a journalist, or someone who writes a ton about technology. 

Yes, I already know about +Mike Elgan. :-)

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2016-01-27 22:49:53 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Watch out Silicon Valley. Small town USA is coming for you!

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2016-03-11 12:31:53 (19 comments; 10 reshares; 199 +1s; )Open 

The news is now out: http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/10/robert-scoble-leaving-rackspace-for-uploadvr-to-explore-augmented-and-virtual-reality/ I’m joining Upload VR, details here…

What a seven years it was working at Rackspace, much of it as its futurist.

As you know, for the last seven years you’ve seen me hop around the world visiting innovation labs, conferences, startups, and other places/companies that could tell me something about where the future is going. I’ve built relationships all over the world and brought Rackspace to many new companies and places but there are deep shifts coming in our society due to new technologies and it’s time to make a career change.

Not to mention I was one of the most recognizable faces at a multi-billion-dollar public company with 6,000 employees and successfully helped it build its brand on social media and on the world’smost import... more »

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2016-06-21 09:00:14 (12 comments; 4 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

Airobotics launches autonomous industrial drones and announces $28.5 million in funding.

What does that mean?

It makes drones that fly, with very little human involvement, thanks to a series of breakthroughs in robotics, sensors, and navigation systems.

Keep in mind these aren’t things that just anyone will be able to buy. Who is in the market for them? Anyone who has a sizable plant that’s worth hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. Oil refineries. Mines. Factories, etc. If you have multiple people providing security for such, for instance, or have to inspect miles of pipes regularly for leaks, you might be in the target market for one of these.

Why is it significant? Because this isn’t a consumer drone retrofitted for continuous use, like previous companies have tried. No, this is a completely redesigned system from a highly-specialized shed thathouse... more »

Airobotics launches autonomous industrial drones and announces $28.5 million in funding.

What does that mean?

It makes drones that fly, with very little human involvement, thanks to a series of breakthroughs in robotics, sensors, and navigation systems.

Keep in mind these aren’t things that just anyone will be able to buy. Who is in the market for them? Anyone who has a sizable plant that’s worth hundreds of millions to billions of dollars. Oil refineries. Mines. Factories, etc. If you have multiple people providing security for such, for instance, or have to inspect miles of pipes regularly for leaks, you might be in the target market for one of these.

Why is it significant? Because this isn’t a consumer drone retrofitted for continuous use, like previous companies have tried. No, this is a completely redesigned system from a highly-specialized shed that houses a robot that changes the payload under the drone to an advanced tracking system to monitor a series of autonomous drones, to the drones themselves, which are designed to be far more reliable than usual drones and that can carry a much heavier payload than, say, a DJI drone can carry.

“We wanted to build a drone that’s as reliable as a missile,” says Ran Kraus, CEO and cofounder. “The computer usually does it better than you,” he told me while explaining why an autonomous drone will be better for a variety of tasks than a human-flown one, or a human on the ground with a camera.

Today it isn’t just announcing this drone system, but $28.5 million in funding. Major investors include Noam Bardin, the CEO of Waze (acquired by Google), Richard Wooldridge, Google ATAP’s COO, and BlueRun Ventures.

When you visit this company in its Israel offices a short drive from Tel Aviv you’ll notice it’s a different kind of startup right away. First, from the outside you’d never expect a multi-million-dollar company inside. Second, when you walk around you see a ton of quotes in huge signs on the wall, with a few cages for testing out new drone designs, along with dozens of workers putting the touches on three different pieces of its business: a base station with a variety of communication radios and GPS sensors, a motorized airbase (looks like a large shed) that houses a commercial robot that grabs the drone, switches its battery and payload, er, sensors, and the drone itself which has blades much longer than your usual consumer-focused drone.

Airbotics’ drone is flying over Israel Chemicals (ICL), a global manufacturer of products based on specialty minerals. ICL produces a third of the world’s bromine, and is the sixth largest potash producer, at its 1,000-acre facility in Israel. The Airbase's door automatically opens and a Launchpad pushes the drone up. Then the drone fires its engines, flies off, and works for up to 30 minutes performing a variety of chores over its site, say providing live video feeds for security purposes or checking fence lines. Then comes back and automatically lands. All of this without humans involved, at about 9:53 into my interview you see one fly off out of its shed.

I wasn’t allowed to shoot it landing, because how it gets guided back into the AirBase is a trade secret the company doesn’t want its competitors to be able to see before being deployed in the field, but I saw it do it and it landed easily on a platform in the shed, which was quickly lowered inside and the AirBase doors automatically closed while the robot inside replaced the batteries with a freshly-charged one, and replaced the sensor payload from a 4K video camera to one that can do 3D mapping (a variety of sensor payloads are available).

At the push of a button the drone can be called home for a new payload. Say you own an oil refinery you can switch the video camera payload out for one that looks for gas leaks.

How much does this cost? A lot, but Kraus says it’s a lot cheaper than having a human who provides the same services. He knows, he had Israel’s first commercial license as a drone pilot. As part of the cost they work with a plant’s team to setup a series of automated tasks for the drones to complete on a regular basis.

Currently it has several payloads and sensors:
A DSLR high-res (4K) camera for mapping and surveying. Combo - RGB and IR video camera for security and inspection purposes. And a HD video camera (4k). Coming soon: LiDAR, Hyperspectral and Multispectral, and a gas sensing video camera as optional sensor payloads. All payloads are kept inside the AirBase and a robot arm inside changes the payloads as needed.

Learn more at http://airobotics.co.il

You may see the full press release here with all the details: https://pr.blonde20.com/airobotics/

Here is a link to the new super cool Airobotics’ video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwCGvUjO6ec&feature=youtu.be___

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2016-05-09 07:07:41 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 155 +1s; )Open 

My new email newsletter: "A new life:" https://www.facebook.com/notes/robert-scoble-scobleizer/life-and-tech-a-new-life/240410022984699

First in a month!

My new email newsletter: "A new life:" https://www.facebook.com/notes/robert-scoble-scobleizer/life-and-tech-a-new-life/240410022984699

First in a month!___

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2016-03-11 12:31:53 (19 comments; 10 reshares; 199 +1s; )Open 

The news is now out: http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/10/robert-scoble-leaving-rackspace-for-uploadvr-to-explore-augmented-and-virtual-reality/ I’m joining Upload VR, details here…

What a seven years it was working at Rackspace, much of it as its futurist.

As you know, for the last seven years you’ve seen me hop around the world visiting innovation labs, conferences, startups, and other places/companies that could tell me something about where the future is going. I’ve built relationships all over the world and brought Rackspace to many new companies and places but there are deep shifts coming in our society due to new technologies and it’s time to make a career change.

Not to mention I was one of the most recognizable faces at a multi-billion-dollar public company with 6,000 employees and successfully helped it build its brand on social media and on the world’smost import... more »

The news is now out: http://venturebeat.com/2016/03/10/robert-scoble-leaving-rackspace-for-uploadvr-to-explore-augmented-and-virtual-reality/ I’m joining Upload VR, details here…

What a seven years it was working at Rackspace, much of it as its futurist.

As you know, for the last seven years you’ve seen me hop around the world visiting innovation labs, conferences, startups, and other places/companies that could tell me something about where the future is going. I’ve built relationships all over the world and brought Rackspace to many new companies and places but there are deep shifts coming in our society due to new technologies and it’s time to make a career change.

Not to mention I was one of the most recognizable faces at a multi-billion-dollar public company with 6,000 employees and successfully helped it build its brand on social media and on the world’s most important stages.

Today I’m announcing that I’m leaving Rackspace to join Upload VR http://uploadvr.com/ — a new media site covering virtual and augmented reality — as its entrepreneur in residence, where I’ll be developing new shows, events, and working with other entrepreneurs in the Upload Collective, a coworking space for virtual reality-focused startups. In particular working with Upload’s cofounders Will Mason and Taylor Freeman.

Why?

Well, two years ago, at Web Summit in Ireland, I watched many people get their first look at Oculus Rift. Nearly everyone came out of the demos with a stunned look on their face and most used expletives to describe their experiences. Me too. I’ve seen that happen dozens of times since, including last weekend in Cape Town, South Africa, where a local entrepreneur threw a VR party in my honor and many people got their first experiences with VR.

It is clear to me that there are new opportunities to build companies in the VR space (duh, just look at the billions of dollars of investment) and the Augmented Reality wave that will follow VR will be even bigger. I wanted to be in a place where I’d have the freedom to create businesses, or at least be part of a media team that was focused on this future.

In the past six months it’s been clearer and clearer that Rackspace was undergoing its own shifts, toward supporting more enterprise customers who were moving existing datacenters to clouds running at Amazon or Microsoft. VR and AR didn’t yet matter to them, at least not to the bottom line. At least not yet and probably won’t make a difference in the bottom line for three years.

As a media guy, though, I know that in three years the market window will have closed. If there will be new brands, and I believe there will be, or new shows, documentaries, conferences, blogs, worlds, whatever you want to call them, they will all be built in the next three years.
I just didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and Rackspace couldn’t invest in me internally to do such. That’s not how companies work.

So, today, I’m announcing that I’m leaving Rackspace to be entrepreneur in residence at a new media property that you might have heard of. Upload VR http://uploadvr.com/ which is my favorite place to learn about new VR headsets, products, experiences, games, cameras, and more.

I’m writing a separate post about what Rackspace, and, in particular, my boss, Robert D. La Gesse, meant to me over the last seven years. It’s been such an honor to be a public face of a public company and, especially one that has such an important role in the tech industry with hundreds of thousands of customers.

Some QA:

Q. What does Rackspace think of this? Were your bosses disappointed?
A. Rackspace invested in me to go follow my dreams and passions. We both are friends and you may see Rackspace involved in what I do in the future. They also gave me my newsletter, content rights to use as I see fit. This move made sense for both sides. We’ve been working on this for a while and figuring out what my future might look like.

Q. How are you going to be compensated?
A. I’m in a very fortunate position because I’ve been asked to speak to corporate events all over the world. I have a new speaker management company, ODE Management, and they are quite positive that there’s enough demand out there for me as a speaker that I don’t need to worry about that short term and that I can work with Upload easily while doing so. That said, I’ll be working on making a series of businesses, including a new book, “Beyond Mobile” that I’m writing with Shel Israel, so I’ll open up new sponsorship and advertising possibilities in the future. More on those soon. I’m also open to new business opportunities, if you have one let’s talk!

Q. What does this mean for what you are doing on social media?
A. You probably won’t see many changes, at least not soon. My Facebook will keep being full of industry news and things that catch my eye. I will still visit with many entrepreneurs and others, albeit with more of a VR/AR focus now. Same on Twitter, SnapChat, LinkedIn, and Google+. They will get my newsletter, like I’ve been doing the past year. Some changes you might notice is that my blog will start up again and I’m playing with some ideas for YouTube, but more on those later in the year.

One idea that I’m noodling on is doing social media consulting, though. Dale Bracey (he worked at Rackspace on the social media team) and I are thinking that through. A lot of the world still doesn’t understand how to use social media well and Dale was amazing at doing the dirty work of what I call “defensive social media” (helping customers out on Twitter and other places) while I did the “offensive work” of building brand, and building storytelling devices for Rackspace (like I did at Microsoft too). I’m working with brands to come up with some ideas, if you have advice or need that kind of service, drop us a line at scobleizer@gmail.com

Q. What will my role as EIR at Upload entail?
A. I’ll be working with the Upload Collective team to help find other great startups to join me in the space, along with thinking through its event strategy for 2017. This is one reason why I wanted to join as an EIR, it would give me time after leaving Rackspace to have discussions with a number of companies without the constraint of worrying about appearances. Being a public representative of a public company does tend to limit the kinds of discussions one can have without causing rumors, brand destruction, or stock price consequences, so this change frees me to work with the marketplace on a number of different initiatives. Want to have a chat? Please contact me at scobleizer@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Q. What will you be doing this weekend at SXSW?
A. I’ll be attending the Upload VR Mixer on Sunday night. I’ll also be hosting a “Beyond Mobile” VIP breakfast for VIP brand representatives on Sunday morning (sorry, that’s sold out). Plus speaking at several events and doing my own reporting on how the VR/AR space is evolving here at SXSW. Am on a panel during the VR day on Thursday with several VR pioneers. Plus having a little fun at the concerts in the evenings and many dinners and parties I’ve been invited to.

Q. Will this mean you will focus exclusively on virtual reality?
A. No. I’m going to continue to cover “Beyond Mobile” technologies, including additive manufacturing, IoT, robots, self-driving cars, artificial intelligence, and other technologies that change our future, all hitting in the next decade. I’m especially interested, though, in VR and AR, and how our culture is deeply changing due to these new technologies. In fact, one advantage of this move is I can spend more time working with Shel Israel on our book, “Beyond Mobile,” which will ship in December. We’re still looking for more sponsors for that, by the way. We’re looking for companies who want to position themselves as leaders in the “Beyond Mobile” space.

Q. Why Upload VR?
A. While most people haven’t heard of Upload, it is my favorite site of those covering the upcoming virtual reality and augmented reality spaces. Plus they have a great office in downtown San Francisco where they are hosting several startups with more coming soon.___

2016-02-27 07:49:01 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 99 +1s; )Open 

The most interesting and important Silicon Valley startup tour I have ever done.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153929292124655

The most interesting and important Silicon Valley startup tour I have ever done.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153929292124655___

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2016-02-26 18:44:50 (2 comments; 6 reshares; 130 +1s; )Open 

This was sent to my email subscribers last night. Every Thursday night I send out a new email newsletter. Subscribe at: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

“Focus beats resources every day of the week.” That’s what Shaan Puri told me when I met with him this week. He’s the founder and CEO of Blab.im, a video chat service that has gotten fairly popular quickly. For instance, he says that every big Google+ Hangout show has already moved to Blab.

Check out this interview with him, where he packs in a TON of tips about how to take on the big companies: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153919907814655/

What did I learn?

1. To grow you must have simple social behaviors that let users share easily.
2. Startups often have an advantage because they don't need to serve a corporate master. Blab has ways to share into both Twitter and Facebook. Nowimagine... more »

This was sent to my email subscribers last night. Every Thursday night I send out a new email newsletter. Subscribe at: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

“Focus beats resources every day of the week.” That’s what Shaan Puri told me when I met with him this week. He’s the founder and CEO of Blab.im, a video chat service that has gotten fairly popular quickly. For instance, he says that every big Google+ Hangout show has already moved to Blab.

Check out this interview with him, where he packs in a TON of tips about how to take on the big companies: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153919907814655/

What did I learn?

1. To grow you must have simple social behaviors that let users share easily.
2. Startups often have an advantage because they don't need to serve a corporate master. Blab has ways to share into both Twitter and Facebook. Now imagine getting that approved at Facebook or Twitter.
3. Having a single investor lets the exec team focus on users instead of worrying about upcoming fundraising. Xochi and Michael Birch are his only investors. They started Bebo, sold it for $850 million and backed Puri to build another great consumer success.
4. Know what you can do as a startup and what you can’t. We had an interesting discussion about captions in videos. YouTube didn’t do that until several years into its life, he said, while pointing out he has to prioritize feature requests and do more important stuff first.
5. Find a user need that isn’t satisfied yet. People like getting together and talking, he noticed, and Blab is aimed at that.
6. Make it hyper easy to share to your existing communities (in this case, Facebook and Twitter).
7. Being in San Francisco helps consumer startups like his. He says he regularly bumps into other entrepreneurs. “Here doing something different is normal.”
8. Finding a technology advantage is important. He’s running on Web RTC, which lets him have high volumes of people talking in real time where other video systems have a delay.

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Think businesses have all joined the modern world? Doppio Group Founder and CEO Erik Kiser knows different. He’s been doing the “boring” work of taking big companies, particularly in supply chain or retail, from ordering off of paper to doing it in the cloud. His interview at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153919701274655/ is telling. It shows that there’s still plenty of places in the world that software hasn’t “eaten” yet.

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A “shocking” wearable that helps you get rid of negative behaviors: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153920619919655

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At this week’s Mobile World Congress, Samsung got ahead of Apple and is the first company to demonstrate end-to-end 360 video. They already have the Gear VR headset, but this week they announced a Gear 360 camera too:
http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/21/11081450/samsung-gear-360-camera-video-specs-mwc-2016

Other notable things from MWC? LG brought out a phone with two cameras, which provides much sharper resolution and more zooming features. Apple is expected to announce the same later this year.

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On Monday morning you’ll find me trying to get through to HTC to buy my Vive Virtual Reality System. Details are up at Engadget:
http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/21/htc-vive-price-release/

Man, the robots from Boston Dynamics are sure getting crazy cool: https://youtu.be/rVlhMGQgDkY

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Andreesen Horowitz investor Chris Dixon wrote a great primer on what’s next in computing: https://medium.com/@cdixon/what-s-next-in-computing-e54b870b80cc - .t27vfd1sl

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Join me at the Upload VR SXSW mixer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153922534269655

I did an interview with the Voices of VR podcast about what I see happening in VR and AR: http://voicesofvr.com/robert-scobles-mind-was-blown-by-the-meta-ar-glasses/

I also did an interview with GeekWire Radio and two tech journalism greats (Todd Bishop and John Cook) while on a trip to Seattle last week:
http://www.geekwire.com/2016/geekwire-radio-robert-scoble-augmented-reality-amazon-technology-changing-means-human/

I interviewed Bertrand Nepveu, CEO founder of VRVana, who showed me glasses with the widest viewing angle I’ve seen so far:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153913211109655/

I’m also doing a ton of travel over the next couple of months. South Africa is next week. Texas for SXSW. Sun Valley for Dent. London for Smart IoT. New York for Datacenter Dynamics. Mumbai, India for Click Asia Summit. New Orleans for Collision. Israel to see startups. And more, details at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153910905124655

See you on the road!

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/.
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2016-02-26 18:29:26 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

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This week I got a very rare look inside Sephora’s Innovation Lab in San Francisco, where they test out new store concepts.

While I was there, I met with Bridget Dolan, the head of innovation for Sephora, who showed me what’s currently possible inside retail stores.

That video is at:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153906685284655/

She showed me how Sephora is using augmented reality on signage and other items in the stores. You aim your phone at the sign, and the sign has virtual items that pop off of it.

In another demo, I saw how you can virtually try on lipstick. You aim your phone at your face and then click on various products and shades.

Fantastic stuff, but ourcon... more »

This was sent to my email subscribers last week. Every Thursday night I send out a new email newsletter. Subscribe at: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

This week I got a very rare look inside Sephora’s Innovation Lab in San Francisco, where they test out new store concepts.

While I was there, I met with Bridget Dolan, the head of innovation for Sephora, who showed me what’s currently possible inside retail stores.

That video is at:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153906685284655/

She showed me how Sephora is using augmented reality on signage and other items in the stores. You aim your phone at the sign, and the sign has virtual items that pop off of it.

In another demo, I saw how you can virtually try on lipstick. You aim your phone at your face and then click on various products and shades.

Fantastic stuff, but our conversations went a lot further. Sephora has developed a color match system that keeps track of not only your purchases, but your color preferences, so that you can easily match other products in the future.

I also got to see the importance of Sephora’s community, hosted on Lithium, which they call “Beauty Talk.” http://community.sephora.com/sephora/

This community includes both employees in stores as well as everyday customers, who discuss Sephora products. On an associated site called “Beauty Board,” they show off their latest makeup and discuss how they did it. http://gallery.sephora.com/

Sephora uses those communities to discover new trends, like contouring, and then quickly develop new products based on those trends and get them into stores. Bridget showed me one such product aimed at the contouring trend they discovered several years ago, and said they’re selling tons of those kits.

They also use beacons to let customers automatically bring up their shopping lists when they enter the stores, among other features. But, they also said they were proceeding very carefully with such features because they don’t want to freak out customers or make them feel uneasy with tracking technologies.

Like other innovators who are using beacons, such as the Coachella music festival, this team focuses on delivering utility to customers and making sure they aren’t freaked out.

One last thing that got my attention -- they aren’t pushing augmented reality as hard as other apps on the market are.

Some apps, like this magic mirror, let you see entire makeup sets, while Sephora so far has focused only on lipstick: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153904336884655

This is because they want to make sure the quality of the experience matches Sephora’s brand promise. Colors must match exactly to what the products actually deliver.

Sephora is hugely important to the future of retailing and you regularly see their work demoed on stage at Apple and other keynotes. They’re worth paying attention to, and I was so happy I got the chance to do a live video with this incredible team.

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Scoble World Tour, research for new book “Beyond Mobile”: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153910905124655

While on the road I’m seeing companies like RealSpace 3D, which does amazing audio systems for VR headsets: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153896359244655/

Here’s the Futurecast I did at CES with Andrew Keen: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153894755694655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654

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Microsoft shows off Hololens (its version of augmented reality glasses) at TED:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153910964134655

The Meta video is coming March 2nd. First images of Meta’s demo are here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153908499494655

If you want a taste of augmented reality, visit the Hunger Games demo at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, or watch this video: https://www.facebook.com/shel.holtz/videos/10156495931695368/

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How will VR change the way you sell things? Check out this demo about how condo sales are changing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153908693704655/

VR Studios builds motion capture rooms for enterprises. Here its founder shows off one such room and discusses how enterprises are using them to both design new things, but also sell new things, like condos that haven’t yet been built: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153908566834655/

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Investor Mark Suster breaks down valuations: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153901930349655

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Nice list of tools to use in business: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153902913949655

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Apple’s CEO Tim Cook spoke up against a government attempt to get Apple to hack a terrorist’s iPhone and Rackspace’s CTO, John Engates, agrees here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153909417639655
I agree with both.

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Can you keep up with me? Rackspace employee Thomas Weeks wrote up what I did in just one day in Virginia. Whew! https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153898406624655

Hope you have a great week, if you see me checking out lipstick don’t worry, OK? :-)

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/.___

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LIFE AND TECH #40: WELCOME TO THE RETAIL STORE OF THE FUTURE

This is my email newsletter that I sent out last week. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

This week I visited a retail store of the future in downtown Palo Alto called B8ta. Not only is it the first store where you can test bleeding edge products like the new Avegant Glyph, but it’s quite unusual in its open use of cameras to study customers in new ways, and its open adoption of “showrooming.”

What’s showrooming? That’s where customers come in, physically check out a product and then buy that product online for a cheaper price.

B8ta has turned that business model around. Manufacturers like Avegant pay a slotting fee of around $1,000 a month for a small display area. That way the store is pretty profitable even if it never sells a product, but of course, sales are great.
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LIFE AND TECH #40: WELCOME TO THE RETAIL STORE OF THE FUTURE

This is my email newsletter that I sent out last week. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

This week I visited a retail store of the future in downtown Palo Alto called B8ta. Not only is it the first store where you can test bleeding edge products like the new Avegant Glyph, but it’s quite unusual in its open use of cameras to study customers in new ways, and its open adoption of “showrooming.”

What’s showrooming? That’s where customers come in, physically check out a product and then buy that product online for a cheaper price.

B8ta has turned that business model around. Manufacturers like Avegant pay a slotting fee of around $1,000 a month for a small display area. That way the store is pretty profitable even if it never sells a product, but of course, sales are great.

Why? Because for each item in the store, there’s a custom-made display with an iPad mini in it, which shows you all sorts of stuff about the product.

Each display also has a camera over it that’s studying customer behavior. Right now they’re most interested in dwell time, or how long each customer hangs out in front of specific products. They use that to understand how interesting each product is and what percentage of the time someone will transact.

Think of it as if Product Hunt and Apple Retail had a child. Also, each product lists the price Amazon and Best Buy sell it for, so you don’t need to pull out your phone to check on competitive pricing.

You can see a video tour of the store here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153889572084655/

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B8ta will soon introduce fantastic new products to the market, including Augmented Reality. I thought VR (Virtual Reality) was enough for this year, but next week, Meta will introduce its latest at TED and I was lucky enough to get one of the first sneak peaks.

I came away highly emotional. Then I declared this was the most interesting demo of my life and certainly, the most important one since Steve Jobs brought us the iPhone.

I’m not alone. The founder of Reddit, Pebble, Wired and Mixbook, among others are RAVING about their demos in this teaser video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxwrXacMe6Y

Here’s what I said last Thursday after getting home from a tour of Meta (come back in a few weeks, we’ll get one we can video after they show off at TED next week):https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153881598764655/

Don’t count Microsoft out, though.

Its Hololens product is also on the playing field. Here they show what watching the Super Bowl will look like in the future. They aren’t kidding either. Augmented Reality will be this good this year for enterprises, and within three years for consumers: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153878751054655

Want to see what Augmented Reality is used for in the enterprise? Check out the videos at this conference: http://www.thingevent.com/

You’ll see Catepillar and others using AR in many situations already, from mechanic training to supply chain management.

Some of AR is already shipping. Here I sit down with VR pioneer David Leavitt, who showed me his new interactive control platform, Pantomime: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153891773039655/

The guy who started Second Life is now at work creating a new virtual world called High Fidelity, and it came out of stealth this week: https://www.facebook.com/uploadvr/posts/959017067514732

Faces augmented with small projectors -- this will be done in AR glasses within three years: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153889786339655

Still confused by all this AR talk? Here’s a good mixed reality primer: http://hplusmagazine.com/2015/01/22/welcome-mixed-reality/

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All that cool AR stuff will run on the cloud, and Techstars has a new class of cloud-focused companies that came out on Thursday. The details are here:
http://blog.rackspace.com/techstars-cloud-class-demo-day-kicks-off-in-san-antonio/

I love Techstars, I was at their first demo day and it’s only gotten better since.

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Last week I also visited Avegant’s new headquarters to get a look at its Glyph video headphones, which are quite amazing for watching videos on planes and other places: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153879264794655/

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Speakeasy came to my house and showed me much better audio conferencing for mobile workers: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153879019339655/

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My speech at AT&T’s FutureCast was written up here: http://developerboards.att.lithium.com/t5/AT-T-Developer-Program-Blogs/This-Tech-Evangelist-s-thoughts-on-innovation-will-surprise-you/ba-p/41218

Whew, what a week. Tomorrow I’ll be at the Unity developer conference and will get to check out plans for a VR theme park, among other things.
Have a great week, and try not to get too distracted by Augmented Reality. :-)

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com.___

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LIFE AND TECH #39: Internet of Things Comes to the Masses

Internet of Things, aka “IoT” is all the rage. You know, all these new connected things like Nest thermostats, Hue lights, digital door locks and other devices that have lights, sensors, motors or switches, along with a small computer and are connected to the Internet.

On Monday, building IoT-based devices is going to get a lot easier and cheaper thanks to Particle.io.

Take a look at its new Electron cellular development kit. This $39 kit lets you build advanced prototypes -- often without writing code -- that connect to the Internet via cell towers. Here's the video I shot at its headquarters earlier this week:htt... more »


I sent this newsletter out last week. Every Thursday I send out a new one to people who subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

LIFE AND TECH #39: Internet of Things Comes to the Masses

Internet of Things, aka “IoT” is all the rage. You know, all these new connected things like Nest thermostats, Hue lights, digital door locks and other devices that have lights, sensors, motors or switches, along with a small computer and are connected to the Internet.

On Monday, building IoT-based devices is going to get a lot easier and cheaper thanks to Particle.io.

Take a look at its new Electron cellular development kit. This $39 kit lets you build advanced prototypes -- often without writing code -- that connect to the Internet via cell towers. Here's the video I shot at its headquarters earlier this week: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153874806314655/

Just think of the things that are now easy to build. Farmers can try out new kinds of drone-based systems. Kids can build new kinds of weather stations. Businesses can do new things on factory lines. Very exciting.

Speaking of Internet of Things, Cisco just bought Jasper Technologies for $1.4 billion. Jasper’s IoT cards are inside GM cars, many of the world’s vending machines and most of the electronic car charging stations you see in the San Francisco area. Details on that here: http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/03/cisco-buys-jasper-technologies-for-1-4-billion/

Other things I’ve been seeing this week:

I visited Menlo Ventures and had a very interesting conversation with Managing Director Venky Ganesan about meta economic trends, startups in his focus areas, marketplaces and cyber security:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153877028489655/

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Speaking of cyber security, Observable Networks CEO Bryan Doerr came to my house and explained endpoint modeling and why this technique will help secure networks that are increasingly seeing devices brought from home, as well as IoT devices that represent new attack surfaces. That video is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153878578209655/

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An in-depth look at one of the newer cameras that will be used at the Super Bowl. It’s a 36-sensor, 108-megapixel, 360-degree camera: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153873173934655/

Speaking of the Super Bowl, Microsoft showed off another sizzle video of Hololens, but this time how it might be used in the future to watch football: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153878751054655

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Hololens isn’t the only thing that made headlines this week. Magic Leap just collected another $800 million investment without shipping a product or having a customer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876201074655

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Last night I visited Avegant to get a look at its new Glyph product, which lets you watch video in private, say, while traveling on planes. This $699 device has small but sharp screens that let you watch videos, see drone camera output, play video games and work on computing tasks -- all in private. Demo and discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153879264794655/

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I visited with Techcrunch Cofounder Keith Teare at his home. We covered some video toys he’s using in his studio, but also a variety of trends in the tech industry: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153866300824655/

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Peter Mullen showed me new conferencing service Speakeasy. This is much easier to use for conferencing than other conferencing services, particularly for mobile workers. Video demo here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153879019339655/

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Here's a tour of the lab at University of Illinois where the first Tesla prototype is hanging on the wall: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153868511804655/

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An interactive mirror at 500 Startups (the iMirror): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153875177819655/

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Rackspace achieves AWS DevOps Competency: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153874478759655

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10 things to do if you're laid off -- a few friends have been laid off recently so I wrote up some tips that got a lot of praise over on LinkedIn: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876563164655

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Lily Drone update: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153877613404655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654 Separately, here's a drone that can swim: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153873306519655

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Check out this VR game: Budget Cuts. Who said VR is anti social?https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153879628029655

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Rackspace sponsored my talk "Beyond Mobile" in Blacksburg, Virginia, and now the video and slides are up here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153868798609655

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A look at the tech behind Star Wars: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153869337774655

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Card Aisle, great idea for Valentine's Day: a vending machine for greeting cards:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153873302724655/

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I'm honored that out of thousands of technology writers, I'm #4 on the most followed by other technology writers list: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153876647949655

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If this isn’t enough new technology and trends for you, JD Meier shared with me the most complete list I’ve seen so far in 2016 of the stuff on the bleeding edge. His list is at:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153879658604655

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

And props to Hugh MacLeod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/. ___

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LIFE AND TECH #38: A TALE OF TWO UNIVERSITY TOWNS

In a typical week, I’m happy if I get to meet one really innovative team, company or person to tell you about.

This week, I visited two college towns where so much of the world’s innovation comes from: Champaign-Urbana Illinois, and Blacksburg, Virginia. I did more than a dozen videos and met more than 15 companies, many of whom are doing mind blowing things.

Instead of linking to all of them here, which seems to get my emails thrown into spam folders, I put up a lengthy article on Medium about my trip:h... more »

I sent out this email newsletter two weeks ago after I got toured startups and innovation labs in Illinois and Virginia. I send out this newsletter every Thursday night, please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #38: A TALE OF TWO UNIVERSITY TOWNS

In a typical week, I’m happy if I get to meet one really innovative team, company or person to tell you about.

This week, I visited two college towns where so much of the world’s innovation comes from: Champaign-Urbana Illinois, and Blacksburg, Virginia. I did more than a dozen videos and met more than 15 companies, many of whom are doing mind blowing things.

Instead of linking to all of them here, which seems to get my emails thrown into spam folders, I put up a lengthy article on Medium about my trip:
https://medium.com/@scobleizer/here-s-how-small-town-america-is-primed-to-beat-silicon-valley-in-innovation-3923049865ed#.54zvq21hj

A separate article focuses on how real self-driving cars are: https://medium.com/@scobleizer/don-t-worry-uber-lyft-drivers-self-driving-cars-won-t-take-your-job-for-at-least-a-decade-3b8c58a7f102#.fflq4kyet

I visited the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in Blacksburg and got a ride on the “Smart Road,” where they’re developing and testing out self-driving technologies. My conclusion is that a real self-driving car (one without a steering wheel) is further away than many people are expecting, at least a decade out.

But, for this newsletter, I want to focus on the very real innovation I saw in Illinois and Virginia.

If you want to get a sense of the density of the innovation, just watch these two videos I made while getting a tour of Enterprise Works, a startup incubator that’s part of the research park in Champaign, Illinois:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852061749655/

Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852130939655/

There you’ll see more than 10 companies, including BioAnalytics, Quicket, PhotoniCare, IntelliWheels,OceanComm, Xerion and RINGR.

IntelliWheels makes devices that help wheelchair-bound people, OceanComm makes communication that works underwater, Quicket makes a system for police officers to do their jobs better and on and on. Both videos are well worth watching to get a taste of all the startups.

Why does it matter? Well, this is the community that brought us Tesla, YouTube, PayPal, Mozilla and much more.

On my trip report in Medium, you’ll see tours of John Deere’s R&D lab, Yahoo’s R&D lab, Agrible’s headquarters, Wolfram Alpha’s headquarters and a walk through the biggest computer in the world, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. All worth watching.

Agrible is worth focusing on, by the way. Its CEO, Chris Harbourt, grows virtual plants for farmers. Well, he does that to analyze what will happen to farms thanks to the weather and other things that are changing. My interview with him is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852241604655/

Out of all the amazing things I did over the past week, what he told me stuck in my head the most. When he was doing his thesis 20 years ago, it took him two years to analyze just 24 hours of data from farms (he pulls in data from satellites, Doppler radar and even drones). Today, his company does the same thing in seconds.

That demonstrates just how quickly data is changing even the act of farming.
I put up so much video in the past week it will be difficult to catch all of the amazing things I saw in such a short span. Thank you to the University of Illinois and VirginiaTech (and the surrounding entrepreneurial ecosystems) for giving me such amazing tours. Did you see the one with the flight simulators? The one with the new 3D metal printing (additive manufacturing)? The new airflow sensors?

What a week, I’ll be tearing into this material for some time to come and, it will lead to the publication of a new book later this year called “Beyond Mobile,” which Shel Israel and I are writing. Let me know if you have something important we should see for that.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5.

And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/.___

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LIFE AND TECH #36: CES WRAPUP

CES wrapped up last week and I can say it was the best one I’ve seen in a decade. Three big stories jumped out this year:

1. VR.
2. Self driving cars.
3. AR.

Inc Magazine (er Joel Comm) interviewed me after CES and I gave them the rundown:
http://www.inc.com/joel-comm/the-3-most-amazing-technologies-at-ces-according-to-robert-scoble.html

For the VR alone, like the HTC Vive (which won best of show) or Oculus Rift, which went on sale at the show, this would have been the most important CES in a decade. Just look at this 17-year-old, as he gets a demo:h... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #36: CES WRAPUP

CES wrapped up last week and I can say it was the best one I’ve seen in a decade. Three big stories jumped out this year:

1. VR.
2. Self driving cars.
3. AR.

Inc Magazine (er Joel Comm) interviewed me after CES and I gave them the rundown:
http://www.inc.com/joel-comm/the-3-most-amazing-technologies-at-ces-according-to-robert-scoble.html

For the VR alone, like the HTC Vive (which won best of show) or Oculus Rift, which went on sale at the show, this would have been the most important CES in a decade. Just look at this 17-year-old, as he gets a demo: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153820064944655/
But then there were AR glasses and self driving cars. I covered the AR side of things last week, but didn’t go into the state of of self-driving cars.

I was one of only eight people to get to drive the new Mercedes E Class with AutoPilot features that ships in March (it costs about $50,000).
While I was driving it, they flipped a switch and the car was fully autonomous, driving itself. This was such a big deal I did four separate videos. If you care about self driving cars, you’ll want to watch all four.

They’re all linked here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153829767304655/

The big takeaway is that the technology is ready to do more, but the lawyers are holding it back. Tesla reported it’s throttling the self-driving features too:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153826224564655

Why? Everyone is scared of being the first to have an accident, so they’re keeping these features out of customers’ hands.

That said, Mercedes has pointed out that cars with some of these features (front facing radar, which they called “Dystronic”) have, for example, already reduced bumper sales by 30%.

The new AutoPilot features in the E Class and in the Teslas are even better, as you can see in the videos.

While we’re on cars, my friend Anton Wahlman, who is one of the top auto analysts, says that the big winner at CES was Chevy, who introduced us to the new Bolt:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153826306214655

He says that’s 18 months ahead of the rest of the industry because it’s a well-designed, $35,000, 200-mile range, all electric vehicle. Wait a second, you mean GM beat Elon Musk? Can’t be!

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In this hour-long conversation with Bain Capital Ventures partner Ajay Agarwal, I learned that slow-driving entrepreneurs aren’t as good as those who exceed the speed limit and demonstrate some need for urgency:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153830771134655

That wasn’t all he shared with me, as we walked through the stock market duldrums, got a bunch of advice for entrepreneurs who are just entering the game and took a look at quite a few businesses that are just gaining fire. Many people are commenting “Excellent interview.”

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I took my viewers on a tour of the closed-to-the-public Broadcom booth where we saw new wireless charging, new payment-enabling chips and more:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153821550594655/

They make many of the chips that are inside your phones and computers. Note the new low-power wifi that’s coming, which will make wearables last a lot longer.

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The big TV deal this year was Quantum Dots. It makes colors much richer and dynamic range higher. I interviewed the company that invented these way back in 2011: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153822016374655/

We visited Dolby to get a look at the state of the art systems that use Quantum Dot. They showed us that they’re pushing said technology even further. Here Dolby’s CTO explains how: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153829767304655/

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An amazing demo by VR pioneer Dan Thurber of Intel’s RealSense and Google’s Tango technologies:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153820426459655/

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Intel drones use RealSense to navigate around things: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816517564655

Parrott shows off my favorite new drone: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153833929569655

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Scott Jordan followed me around at CES and saw how many times I get pitched on one aisle. Here you see clothing with sensors built in: https://www.facebook.com/sevscottjordan/videos/10205197853012784/

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We visited a drone race at Zappos and broadcast it. During the broadcast I met the guy who invented the league and learned a lot about how it works: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153824346264655/

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I hope your company never suffers a cyber attack or breach, but if you do, you’ll want Rackspace Chief Security Officer Brian Kelly on your team. Here he offers some steps to take if you are being breached: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153832363184655

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The Wi-Fi Alliance has introduced a new standard, 802.11ah which gives longer range and uses less power. Details here: https://www.facebook.com/reesejones1/posts/10154538499469899

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I always come across something weird when I'm in Vegas. This year it’s the “Drunk Mode” app which, among other things, keeps you from drunk dialing your friends or bosses. Video with the guy who came up with that app at:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153831133459655/

Don’t laugh, he’s already got a million downloads.

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Next week I’ll be at the University of Illinois, which brings us so much of the world’s technology and technologists. Then I’ll be on to Virginia for this:https://www.facebook.com/ThomasW.Weeks/posts/10204225963249633

On Saturday, 200 of my friends are gathering in Napa to listen to a bunch of great music, have fun, see some new toys and put the focus onhttp://www.preventchildabuse.org. You might not know, but I was sexually abused when a child, so I feel strongly about this cause. I hope this brings the organization more funding, but even more so, attention from parents, as the website there gives you skills to head off abuse.

Anyway, it’s not just my close friends who are invited (this started as my 50th birthday party last year, then grew into something much deeper this year). You’re invited too, and we’ll be live streaming the event starting at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Details are here: http://scobleizer.com/8515-2/ Come and join us!
Finally, as I do my research for a new “Beyond Mobile” book that Shel Israel and I are going to announce on Saturday, I’m seeing very advanced tracking technologies available from a number of places.

Here is a good article in the Harvard Business Review about how businesses should make their customer tracking technology work without being creepy:
https://hbr.org/2016/01/customer-tracking-technology-can-work-without-being-creepy

Think businesses aren’t going there? Think again. Harley Davidson’s R&D and innovation teams told me they're using face detection technology in its dealerships. If Harley Davidson is using it, you know everyone is going to be using it soon.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #37: EVERYTHING WILL BE DIGITIZED

On Sunday I visited the Periscope Summit – a four-day gathering in San Francisco for fans of this live video streaming platform. There were a ton of people there who LOVE it, which tells me you can’t ignore it.

While I was there, I saw Nick Mattingly, the founder of Switcher Studio, which lets you use multiple iPhones or iPads together to build a TV studio.

He shows it to me here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846758869655/

This $25-a-month service lets you do a lot of advanced stuff, all from iPhones. If you’re a small business and you want to build your own videostudi... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #37: EVERYTHING WILL BE DIGITIZED

On Sunday I visited the Periscope Summit – a four-day gathering in San Francisco for fans of this live video streaming platform. There were a ton of people there who LOVE it, which tells me you can’t ignore it.

While I was there, I saw Nick Mattingly, the founder of Switcher Studio, which lets you use multiple iPhones or iPads together to build a TV studio.

He shows it to me here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846758869655/

This $25-a-month service lets you do a lot of advanced stuff, all from iPhones. If you’re a small business and you want to build your own video studio at a low cost, this is certainly something to consider. Heck, I’m looking at using it.

Cons? Today it doesn’t support Periscope or Facebook Live. Only YouTube Live, along with a few other live streaming platforms. Hopefully that gets fixed soon, as it seems Facebook would want more “pro style” video broadcast to its users.

Speaking of video, at CES I tried a new Giroptic 360-degree video camera. I used it in the self-driving Mercedes (so it’s probably the first 360-degree video shot in that car): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153846877689655

This camera costs less than $500, it’s pretty darn capable and it’s nice and small. It compares to Ricoh Theta. I think the Giroptic gives a better image, but I need to get them side by side to really know for sure. Either way, the sub-$500 camera market is seeing a lot of competition, which is why GoPro is having trouble in the stock market.

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At the end of every talk I give, I ask my audience, “how many people are freaked out by what I just showed you?” Every time, at least one third of the hands go up. It doesn’t matter where the audiences are, either. I spoke to Draper University in Silicon Valley and got the same response as I did in Dubai or Australia or other places.

One thing our industry has to do is earn trust with “freaky” kinds of data (and the data is going to keep getting freakier and freakier as we’re asked to wear sensors, drive sensors, walk through fields of sensors, etc). How do we earn that trust? Step up our game when it comes to security.

Last week Rackspace announced we were the first to encrypt Mongo DB at rest:
http://blog.rackspace.com/encryption-at-rest-storage-engines-and-disaster-recovery-with-objectrocket-mongodb/

How do you earn trust? With advanced technology that’s designed to keep your customers’ data secure and safe. Why don’t you give us a call and see if it’s appropriate for you? Or, come to Rackspace::Solve in New York on February 11th and hear about it firsthand: http://solve.rackspace.com/nyc2016.html

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Regarding freaky data, a weird drone was flying over my birthday party last Saturday. Oh, it was piloted by George Krieger, who made this scan: https://sketchfab.com/models/145e4d49059f40b8a031aa1f3dc126aa

He didn’t know it at the time, but he firmed up a trend I’ve been seeing lately: that the entire world will be turned into a point cloud of data. Just look at this video from Occipital. It gives us a tiny taste of how that digital world will look and feel once we get there with augmented reality glasses and new software that’s being developed: https://youtu.be/cEnnbCSbijo

Think it’s not close? I saw these glasses from Carl Zeiss at CES: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153843067839655
They looked very much like regular glasses. It was hard to tell that there was a screen in one eye.

I figure consumer AR is only three to five years away. Enterprises already have it. We’ve been covering that a lot in my newsletters from CES, but before we move on, all of this is why Shel Israel and I just announced that we’re working on a new book titled “Beyond Mobile.” I discussed it with Shel here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153846437464655/

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As my son drove to my party last Friday they stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge to take some photos. When they got back to the car a bunch of their stuff was gone: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153846994584655

Turns out thieves can now open your car doors if you use those new keyless entry systems. A few of my commenters posted links to how the thieves work: they extend the range of your keyless fobs through a power amplifier. Then, they pop the doors, and open and steal your stuff without having to break a window.

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At my party I spent a bit of time with singer/performer Peter Hollens. His songs on YouTube have millions of hits and backstage he was singing the praises of Petreon to me. That’s a crowdfunding site that helps creative types like him raise money from their fans. I took note and then the next day it was announced that they had raised $30 million to be able to grow faster in this role. Details on Techcrunch here:
http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/19/patreon-gains-30-million-series-b-funding-experiencing-major-growth/

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Chris Messina, who now works at Uber in customer experience, wrote a very important piece about how messengers are taking over and disrupting many businesses: https://medium.com/@chrismessina/2016-will-be-the-year-of-conversational-commerce-1586e85e3991 - .5ut8xcf33

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One significant product introduction this week was a printer that automatically orders ink from Amazon:
http://www.geekwire.com/2016/these-printers-will-order-their-own-ink-from-amazon/
I’m predicting that over the next few years, we’ll see many products order their own refills, from coffee makers to dishwashers to more.

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Here’s a dog toy that got my vote at the Extreme Tech Challenge at CES: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider/posts/457617914436570

This robot plays a game with your pet all day long and rewards your pet with a treat for doing well. Impressive thought went into this. I think it’ll do very well, after all, who won’t spend some money on keeping their pets happy?

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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Here's the slides from my talk, the video of which is up at https://youtu.be/M9_J3ERWOIo

This is the beginnings of the book Shel Israel and I are working on, titled "Beyond Mobile" that's coming later this year. If you have something that fits, or want to sponsor the book/be part of it, please email me at scobleizer@gmail.com

Here's the slides from my talk, the video of which is up at https://youtu.be/M9_J3ERWOIo

This is the beginnings of the book Shel Israel and I are working on, titled "Beyond Mobile" that's coming later this year. If you have something that fits, or want to sponsor the book/be part of it, please email me at scobleizer@gmail.com___

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2016-01-28 01:21:26 (15 comments; 6 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

We have overhyped self-driving cars. Here's why your Uber/Lyft driving job is safe for a decade.

We have overhyped self-driving cars. Here's why your Uber/Lyft driving job is safe for a decade.___

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2016-01-27 22:49:53 (7 comments; 14 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Watch out Silicon Valley. Small town USA is coming for you!

Watch out Silicon Valley. Small town USA is coming for you!___

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2016-01-24 12:01:59 (3 comments; 8 reshares; 118 +1s; )Open 

Join me for a tour of one of the biggest computers in the world: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852335334655/

Join me for a tour of one of the biggest computers in the world: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153852335334655/___

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2016-01-14 00:17:39 (17 comments; 3 reshares; 81 +1s; )Open 

This is a reprint of my email newsletter from last week (a new email newletter is sent out every Thursday night). You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

I’m kicking off my first newsletter of the year from CES 2016, where thousands of companies from around the world are showing off their latest and greatest products.

We’re only about halfway through the weeklong event, but here’s what you should take away from this massive show, which has more than 150,000 attendees in Las Vegas every year:

** Cars are now quickly moving to self driving technologies that have deep implications on a whole raft of things, from manufacturing to new kinds of cameras.
** Augmented Reality glasses made a HUGE leap in quality this past year. They’re still not ready for consumers, but it’s time to start using these in your business.
** Virtual Reality is here and it'snot going... more »

This is a reprint of my email newsletter from last week (a new email newletter is sent out every Thursday night). You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

I’m kicking off my first newsletter of the year from CES 2016, where thousands of companies from around the world are showing off their latest and greatest products.

We’re only about halfway through the weeklong event, but here’s what you should take away from this massive show, which has more than 150,000 attendees in Las Vegas every year:

** Cars are now quickly moving to self driving technologies that have deep implications on a whole raft of things, from manufacturing to new kinds of cameras.
** Augmented Reality glasses made a HUGE leap in quality this past year. They’re still not ready for consumers, but it’s time to start using these in your business.
** Virtual Reality is here and it's not going away. If you’re in the media business, it’s time to put big money into building content. There are a ton of new 360-degree cameras to enable just that.
** IoT and Bluetooth connectivity keeps spreading to everything, which enables not just new products, but new business models as well.
** Home automation is finally becoming easier, thanks to new products like Amazon’s Echo or startups like Seven Hugs, which has a new remote that changes depending on what device you’re aiming at.

What can you take away from CES for your business? Well, for me it’s more of an expectation that all products will be smart, connected and easier to use. Amazon Echo is a great example of that. You just talk to it and it talks back. “Alexa, play the Beatles.” “Alexa tell me the news.”

Further off, you see that augmented reality is going to be huge. Already companies like Caterpillar are using it to conduct training for its mechanics, but this year the screens got a lot smaller and sharper, so you’re seeing them being used in more projects.

This year, for consumers, though, is when they will discover VR. The line to get to the Oculus booth was more than an hour long yesterday and today we’ll be getting a private run through with the HTC/Valve Vive. Yesterday I ordered my Oculus headset, which cost me $599 (and then you’ll need a high-end gaming PC to run it too).

Here’s a look at the best I’ve seen come out of CES over the past week:

I talk with Gary Shapiro for 20 minutes, he runs CES: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153813159579655/

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Kopin shows off smart eyewear that has very small screens and the best audio capabilities I’ve seen:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153817407904655/

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ODG shows me its augmented reality glasses, which have a wider field of view than previous versions:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153812695049655/

Infinity AR showed me its AR glasses, which have two video cameras that do depth sensing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815469519655/

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I get a look at Amazon Echo, from a developer’s point of view: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153811243564655/

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16 sensors let Withings new thermometer make it easy to take readings: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153813704444655

There were a ton of Bluetooth-connected smart devices like this. Here’s another, a smart pregnancy test:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816500399655

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Nvidia had a couple of important announcements, the first is its new Maxwell GPU: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153814154184655

The second is a powerful box that will enable better self-driving features:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153814155259655

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Here announced new maps that are optimized for self-driving cars: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815589979655

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Magic announced a new “super human” assistant that runs $100 an hour: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815790494655

This will be a trend this year, as a variety of messengers add new ways to get help.

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Parrott has a new fixed-wing drone that flies 50 mph: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153813706109655

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Nikon hit at GoPro with a 360-degree sports action video camera: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153815578719655

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Vuze showed me a new $700 3D 360-degree video camera coming in August. This is a breakthrough because the rig I used last year cost $5,500 and doesn’t do 3D: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815108339655/

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Avegant Glyph started shipping its new headset, which lets you work or watch a movie in privacy. I have one and the screens are very sharp. I’ll be using it while traveling so people next to me on a plane can’t see what I’m doing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816224824655

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Google’s Tango depth sensing technology started to be demonstrated and here’s a great primer on what that is:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153812527579655

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Lots of car news came out of CES, here’s some:

GM and Lyft announce a partnership: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153812496129655

GM invested half a billion in Lyft, and is working on self driving technologies.

Volkswagen announced a bunch of stuff including an electric van prototype: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816507339655

Chevy Bolt, the $30,000 200 mile range electric car: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816510114655

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Intel shows off a drone that can navigate itself: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153816517564655

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Finally, something fun. The Mix Fader is a Bluetooth-connected tool for those of you who want to be a DJ:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153815360724655/

But what’s it really like to see a ton of companies at CES? In this 40 minute video you meet dozens of companies at the Pepcom Digital Experience event (a press event where hundreds of companies are in a room, all showing their latest): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153816146624655/

This was the first CES I could broadcast live on Facebook. Others were doing Periscope. People around the world loved watching as I went from booth to booth to get pitched on everything from a smart plant pot to digital locks.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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Life and Tech #34: The Convenience, er, Concierge Economy Gains Steam

As I travel for Rackspace and visit new companies looking for the future, I sometimes see new trends taking place. One that has been catching my eye lately is what I call "the Convenience Economy." Some are calling it the "Concierge Economy," but I think that technology is bringing convenience to our lives in a broader way than just a concierge.

Why is the convenience economy something you should pay attention to and start using? Because these services are already appealing to many.

Next year you'll see http://www.viv.ai/-- I got a preview a few weeks ago. What is it? This startup is run by two ofthe... more »

This is my email newsletter that was sent out last week (it’s the last one of 2015, the 34th I’ve published since starting it in May). Subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Life and Tech #34: The Convenience, er, Concierge Economy Gains Steam

As I travel for Rackspace and visit new companies looking for the future, I sometimes see new trends taking place. One that has been catching my eye lately is what I call "the Convenience Economy." Some are calling it the "Concierge Economy," but I think that technology is bringing convenience to our lives in a broader way than just a concierge.

Why is the convenience economy something you should pay attention to and start using? Because these services are already appealing to many.

Next year you'll see http://www.viv.ai/-- I got a preview a few weeks ago. What is it? This startup is run by two of the visionaries who made Siri. They quit working for Apple a few years ago and built a new Internet brain that will make your life more convenient.

You'll use it to order Uber rides, flowers for your wife, find tickets to movies and much more.

Why is it different? Well, Siri can't answer questions such as, "how many people are checked in on Foursquare at the Half Moon Bay Ritz?" Why not? Because Siri is hard coded. Foursquare has an answer. Foursquare has an API. And Siri understands the question. It just isn't "hooked up," so it fails and provides a stupid answer.

Viv is going to fix a bunch of those problems, but even better, it’s going to build a profile around you, which will assist in the future and save you clicks.

Ask it to bring you a "large pepperoni pizza from Dominos," and it will know you find Dominos to be an acceptable pizza restaurant and that you like pepperoni pizza. The next time you ask for pizza it might ask you, "would you like your usual large pepperoni pizza from Dominos?" Generally, it will be right.

But Viv won't be alone in making your life more convenient.

Facebook is readying "M" - a service you talk to and that does stuff for you. Built into Facebook Messenger, this service is probably the most interesting of all the Convenience Economy offerings because of the potential scale it will hit. Let's be honest, how soon will Viv have access to almost a billion people around the world? Even if it's hugely successful, Viv will take years to get there. Facebook already has the users; it just needs to figure out how to scale the technology up (right now it's only available to a small number of people).

Why will scale be a problem for "M," though? Because at first you are talking to a human. Here Verge shows how it works: http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/26/9605526/facebook-m-hands-on-personal-assistant-ai

As humans answer questions like "can you buy my wife a dozen long-stem red roses and have them delivered tomorrow?" they have artificial intelligence systems both assisting the humans who are answering the questions as well as learning from the answers themselves. So, eventually, a technology system will do most of the answering.

Yesterday Uber announced UberEats: http://www.wired.com/2015/12/ubereats-is-ubers-first-app-thats-not-about-rides/ This service delivers food to you, and makes life more convenient. It is certainly part of the convenient economy.

What else is part of the Convenience Economy?

Operator. This service is similar to M and was developed by Uber cofounder Garrett Camp. It was just named one of the top 25 apps of the year by Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-startups-that-launched-in-2015-2015-5

Apple named it one of its top apps too, and you can try it at: https://www.operator.com/

Here are some examples of what Operator can do: http://www.businessinsider.com/operator-launches-to-public-2015-11

Magic. This service will deliver you anything: https://getmagicnow.com/

Tapingo. A mobile ordering app (only available to college students at the moment): http://www.tapingo.com/

Amazon Echo. A device that you talk to and ask for a variety of tasks. "Alexa, buy me some more toilet paper." http://www.amazon.com/echo

Dispatch. http://dispatch.pm/ Request anything on demand. Also, send a photo of something, and they will find the item for you.

Lugg. It provides moving services: http://themacro.com/articles/2015/12/interview-with-lugg-founders/

Sprig. A delivery service for healthy, organic meals: https://www.sprig.com/#/

Reserve. This assists with reservations at restaurants: https://reserve.com/

Easy Post. Offers simple shipping API: https://www.easypost.com/

MyTime. Books appointments: https://www.mytime.com/

ZeusLiving. An apartment rental market (coming soon): http://www.zeusliving.com/

Saambaa. A live event data service: http://go.saambaa.com/

So, why does this trend matter? Well, as Augmented Reality glasses start to arrive in 2016 (things like Magic Leap, which Google has invested half a billion in, or Meta, or ODG, or Microsoft Hololens) we'll want to have services that we talk to and ask to get things for us.

These services are how we'll interact with the world - how we’ll buy things and have them delivered to us.

I've only touched on a small part of this trend, too. Your sports stadiums soon will bring food to your seat (at Levi's Stadium they have 2,000 beacons and a system to already do that for you). Your airline app will assist you in airports. American Airlines app just added indoor positioning in several US airports to do just that. And on and on. Data and new business models and artificial intelligence are bringing us a whole new breed of business and it's worth paying attention to before it disrupts your business.

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It’s been a big honor having thousands of you sign up for my email newsletter this year. This will be my last newsletter of 2015, and I’ll be back in early January from the Consumer Electronics Show.

It’s been quite a year for me and Rackspace.

One question I get a lot is, “why does Rackspace ask you to see the future and basically post it on Facebook?” Well, it’s part of how we’re becoming recognized as one of the world’s great service companies. By studying the world’s most innovative companies, we not only help them gain recognition, but we can bring what we learn back to our 300,000 customers.

This year Rackspace has seen huge change. We now support a variety of Internet-based business infrastructure from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, email on a variety of systems including Microsoft Exchange, ecommerce on Magento, Intranets on Sharepoint, to high-speed cloud on OpenStack Carina, among quite a few others. And there’s more on the way in 2016.

It was also a year of major change For me personally, and this newsletter is just one example. It’s amazing to look back at the 33 other newsletters from this year. They are all on my LinkedIn account at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobleizer

Next year I’m planning a bunch of travel to see new companies, since the future is often happening in places other than Silicon Valley. I’m looking forward to seeing you on the road, and let’s meet back here January 7th from the Consumer Electronics Show.

Talking about CES, I’ve been doing some previews of cool things you can expect to see at this year’s CES. Here’s a taste:

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153750235379655/A new camera for your iPhone which brings us much better quality.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153751956579655/ Depth sensor from Stereo Labs. This adds the “eyes” onto robots, self driving cars and augmented reality.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153752209874655/ The technology inside WowWee’s coolest toys.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153753734094655/ PlayDxtr is making intelligent building blocks.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153754056784655/ A $15 64-bit computer. Amazingly low price for a powerful computer.

Hope you have a happy holidays with your family and friends.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #33: Getting Pitched on Startups

This morning I spoke to business students at the University of California and one of them asked me, “what was your favorite pitch?”

Of course I remember my winners.

Things like seeing Instagram, Siri or Flipboard early on. I also remembered all the crappy ones. I told the student, “if you pitch something in a crowded market, you put me to sleep, so you better have a few reasons why I should wake up.”

In other words, if you pitch me yet another phone, you better explain why I should care. After all, I’ve already decided on my phone and so have most of my readers. If I’m going to tell my readers about a new phone, it better have something that makes it interesting (like if it hasa bunch of ... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #33: Getting Pitched on Startups

This morning I spoke to business students at the University of California and one of them asked me, “what was your favorite pitch?”

Of course I remember my winners.

Things like seeing Instagram, Siri or Flipboard early on. I also remembered all the crappy ones. I told the student, “if you pitch something in a crowded market, you put me to sleep, so you better have a few reasons why I should wake up.”

In other words, if you pitch me yet another phone, you better explain why I should care. After all, I’ve already decided on my phone and so have most of my readers. If I’m going to tell my readers about a new phone, it better have something that makes it interesting (like if it has a bunch of new sensors).

Earlier this week I asked you to pitch me your startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153733047854655

More than 400 pitches rolled in. Here’s my top ten:

1. Sara Sakowitz - Blue Moon Box: a monthly science kit subscription service for kids. This engages kids through fun science projects they can do on their kitchen tables. Every box contains all the materials you need to complete each experiment.

2. Aik Arutunian - On-Demand Engine: a modular platform for building on-demand Uber-like apps easy and fast, for businesses across the board.

3. Chhai Thach - Go Reception: an office automation management system that helps enterprises manage visitors registration, room booking, event ticketing and contractor management. It's being used at Rackspace Australia.

4. Kirill Zubovsky - Receipt Donkey: Save and track your business receipts with Dropbox.

5. David Burrows - GetLaundri.com: launched in Dallas, TX. App-based pick-up and delivery service for employees, households and hotel guests for dry cleaning, laundry and shoe service. All returned in 24 hours. Also, free pick-up of clothing for donation to one of three participating area charities. It's growing 250% each month.

6. Michal Wendrowski - Rublon: cloud-based security software that helps companies protect their data and control employee logins with two-factor authentication via email, SMS and mobile app (2,000+ deployments worldwide, SaaS).

7. Lane Campbell and Mark Graves - MyIRE.com: a platform that is changing the way medical and scientific research is conducted. Democratizing the process with a soon to be publicly released platform that's currently being used in phase three and phase four clinical trials.

8. Yol Sot - StartupBlink.com: an interactive global startup ecosystem map which has tens of thousands of registered startups and other related entities such as co-working spaces, accelerators, startup organizations, tech reporters and much more.

9. Randy Creighton - StoAmigo: cloud file management and storage that unifies users’ storage devices and makes the files accessible from one UI. From the UI you can access your PC, Mac, online storage, NAS device and Android-powered smartphone or tablet. All with nothing uploaded to the cloud.

10. Nitish Kannan - Circlepluspay.com: allows anyone in 23 countries to accept credit cards, bitcoin and invoice globally. Free app with no hardware. Think square without dongles and it works around the world.

Some lessons about pitches:

1. The best are short. Think about it, did you really need to know much more about Uber than, “way better than taxis?” No.

2. A great pitch hits real pain.

3. To win contests, like this one, you pretty much have to be for everyone. But I did find a new app for parents with autistic kids by doing this (https://www.facebook.com/birdhouseforautism/), so it’s worth trying, no matter how narrow your company is.

4. A great pitch has a URL or a call to action, or, preferably both. “Download Uber athttp://www.uber.com.”

5. A great pitch has some social proof: “used by Starbucks in all of its stores.”

6. It tells us what makes the company different.

7. It uses clear English with a minimum of jargon.

8. In a few words, it makes us CARE about the product or company.

9. It uses as few words as possible. If hyperbole is used, you can reduce the number of words. “Uber is better than taxis” is better than “Uber is the leading service that’s better than taxis.”

10. Startups done by kids win. Renata Kotscho Velloso ·http://www.healthymission.us is a startup created by my 11 year-old daughter that uses Instagram to help kids enjoy eating right.

Here are some other things I’ve done or collected over the past week:

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I visited a new kind of startup, which doesn’t even have a good market yet (they make games for VR headsets) to see how they might pitch me.

That pitch, by the founders of Temple Gate Games is here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153738588954655/ (I filmed it live, so my readers could ask questions as they talked about their company).

You’ll learn a lot about the VR industry and also see their frustrations as they try to explain a new UI that people don’t have context for yet.

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First Round Capital released its report on startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153740564459655 Interesting read about results from a study of 500 entrepreneurs.

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VTech got hacked and its customer data was shared on the Internet. In this case, it was data that belonged to children. Look at this analysis of how the hack went down, and you’ll see a bunch of really basic mistakes. Like not upgrading servers. This stuff makes me livid because if you use a cloud computing company that invests ANYTHING into security this wouldn’t happen. First rule of security is to do the basics: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153735461409655

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Apple open-sourced its Swift programming language: https://github.com/blog/2089-apple-open-sources-swift-on-github

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Symmetry Labs makes lights for stages behind musical performers (among other places you need digital art). I visit them and get a look at these very cool cubes: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153737003354655/

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I got a video of a fun robot that teaches kids to code at the Big Ideas Festival, an innovation conference for educators: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153742609259655/

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Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (which makes Wordpress) came on the Gillmor Gang to talk to me about the new version of Wordpress and how the publishing industry is evolving: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153732960449655

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Eclipse comes out with a browser-based IDE. Damn is that a controversial topic, evidenced by the comments here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153737260454655

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Ello changed things around, continues being for “artsy fartsy” types:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153738284494655

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New Django ships: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153739027534655

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Why Metabase picked Clojure: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153740489104655

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Amazon showed off new drones: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153734819024655

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Facebook is now adding live video for non celebrities: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153742071064655 (I’ve been using this feature for a while, but until now it was only for a small group of people).

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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LIFE AND TECH #32: The First Thanksgiving with a $5 Computer

This year has seen a lot of personal change for me and a lot of change for the tech industry. Whether it be the preparations of a ton of VR product announcements that will come at CES next year, to a bunch of real innovations in the real-time video space (Periscope and Facebook Live, being the most interesting of those). I wrote about some of my personal struggles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153728773849655

I’m thankful for so much this year, but instead of taking this newsletter into a personal bent (that’s what Facebook is for) I thought it would be good to look back on some of the technology we’ve seen this year.

First, it’s important to note that this week we lost a greattech jo... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #32: The First Thanksgiving with a $5 Computer

This year has seen a lot of personal change for me and a lot of change for the tech industry. Whether it be the preparations of a ton of VR product announcements that will come at CES next year, to a bunch of real innovations in the real-time video space (Periscope and Facebook Live, being the most interesting of those). I wrote about some of my personal struggles on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153728773849655

I’m thankful for so much this year, but instead of taking this newsletter into a personal bent (that’s what Facebook is for) I thought it would be good to look back on some of the technology we’ve seen this year.

First, it’s important to note that this week we lost a great tech journalist, Steve Wildstrom: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153726831174655

He and I attended the big IFA together and if you look at his Facebook wall you’ll see so many wonderful things written about him. I started reading him when he wrote for Business Week. Sending love to his family and friends at this tough time. He set a high bar for those of us who report on the industry.

This weekend I visited a major art/design factory, Million Stone, in Xiamen, China: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153725551874655/ You’ve probably walked by some of the art done by this great entrepreneurial couple in a famous hotel or retail chain. They are set up well to play a key role in the world of Magic Leap, and I explain why in that post. I’m so thankful that I got to know them and got a tour of one of China’s great cities.

On the way home, I met the VP of ride design at Disney’s new resort, which is opening next year in Shanghai. We talked ride technology:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153724045474655

This is yet another reminder of why I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to travel to places that Rackspace doesn’t have a strong business interest in.

There is so much in just the past week to be thankful for.

Whether it’s a $5 computer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153727837669655

Or a new version of Wordpress: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153724129764655 (more on that on Saturday when we put up an interesting Gillmor Gang we did with Automattic’s founder, Matt Mullenweg)

Or amazing entrepreneurs like Kash Shaikh, founder of #besomebody:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153722439184655

Or new VR headsets: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153717242119655

We all have a lot to be thankful for. The truth is, after visiting China, I see that the rate of change is only going to speed up. Why? Because the markets have gotten so much bigger -- you really need to visit China or India to see how much bigger the world’s markets have gotten in just a few short years.

Our connectivity is so much better (I wrote several times in the past week of my experiences with WeChat and other apps in China). Our world is more competitive. Noisier. I met a product manager working on self driving cars at Alibaba. She says they are behind Google and others in Silicon Valley, but the streets in China are so much more chaotic than ours that I bet they pass by Silicon Valley-developed-and-tested automotive systems pretty quickly. Unless we too move to more chaotic places.

Anyway, who isn’t thankful for a world that now has drone racing?https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153727370959655

Thank you for subscribing to and sharing this newsletter with others and for all the kind notes you have sent me since starting it earlier this year. Hope you had a great day with your loved ones if you live in the United States, and if you don’t, hope the week was as good to you as it was to me.

A few other things:

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O’Reilly details its real-time tech running on Rackspace’s Carina (makes OpenStack simpler): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJTUkLTr74

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Wired plants -- these plants are grown with circuitry inside:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153718272189655

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Happy Birthday Microsoft Windows (now 30 years old): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153717243124655 How the world has changed since the 1980s when Windows was pretty ugly.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more athttp://www.gapingvoid.com/___

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LIFE AND TECH #31: Redefining Luxury, Self Driving Style

Whenever my mom would pass by a Mercedes Benz, she would say to me, “someday it would be fun to own one.”

This week I visited Mercedes Benz’s Silicon Valley R&D center. I recorded several videos there: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153711577834655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654

Why was I at Mercedes?

To meet the teams working on Mercedes’ autonomous driving technologies. Self-driving cars.Why is Mercedes hosting journalists and influencers to see its self-driving technologies?The unmentioned name is Elon Musk. It must grate on car makers that Tesla gets so much free press about its self-driving features.https:/... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #31: Redefining Luxury, Self Driving Style

Whenever my mom would pass by a Mercedes Benz, she would say to me, “someday it would be fun to own one.”

This week I visited Mercedes Benz’s Silicon Valley R&D center. I recorded several videos there: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153711577834655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654

Why was I at Mercedes?

To meet the teams working on Mercedes’ autonomous driving technologies. Self-driving cars.Why is Mercedes hosting journalists and influencers to see its self-driving technologies?The unmentioned name is Elon Musk. It must grate on car makers that Tesla gets so much free press about its self-driving features. https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=tesla%20self%20driving

I think at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we’re going to see a wide range of auto makers that are more open about their self-driving roadmaps. This is in part because they don’t want Tesla to take over too much of our mindshare, but also because they’re fighting to hire the best machine learning experts in the world. If they aren’t “cool” to work for, they will have no chance when it comes to competing with Google and Apple.

In several of the presentations at Mercedes, they made the point that Tesla, and others in the market, are not true autonomous driving cars.

With these technologies, your hands must remain on the steering wheel, both for legal reasons and because the technology just isn’t good enough to plug in an address and let you go to sleep.They took me in an S500 that was outfitted with several cameras, several radar sensors and two LIDAR sensors in the front bumper (see the link above for links to videos of all that).

We drove around town with the car doing the driving for about 10 minutes. It works. Roughly. Twice the driver had to take control because it didn’t quite get things right. To be expected, this is an early stage for this kind of thing. It is clearly still in development mode and Mercedes is training the system to recognize more and more things. Earlier this year, Google gave a talk at TED and showed off the state of their self-driving technology. It looks like they do have a lead, but not a major one.

Since most people keep their cars for seven years or longer, and since it takes six years to plan out new cars, particularly ones that need new sensors built into grills and windshields, having even a two-year lead might not be all that significant.

As we drove along you could see the car recognize trees, signs, stop lights, pedestrians and obviously, other vehicles on the road, along with lane markings.

The technology seems like it’s three to six years away from being “Mercedes Quality.” Which gets me to where customer expectations are going. At one point the design team said that they, along with other auto makers, are going to redefine luxury.

They let me drive around a $140,000 car to experience the current state of the art in luxury automobiles. It had a heads up display and a screen that let passengers watch TV (but it didn’t let the driver see the video content). As I turned, the seat automatically “hugged” the opposite side of my body so that I wouldn’t slide as I took a turn too fast.Really great stuff, but in the future we won’t judge luxury by whether or not our car has features like that. We’ll judge it based on how easy it is to use self-driving features.

Will we be able to just get in and say, “take me to church?”David Pakman says no, the auto industry won’t create the future: https://medium.com/backchannel/the-auto-industry-won-t-create-the-future-ba1867c9f0d7

I sense he’s both right and wrong.

The teams at Mercedes pointed out that they are going to call upon their history as an auto maker to make people feel comfortable with this new technology. But they have a lot of work to do, even to make me feel comfortable. At several points during the drive it went too slow, wasn’t properly centered in the lane (something Tesla owners complain about) or didn’t feel “human” in its driving.

Mercedes also says that they have an advantage: there are dozens of sensors on the car that they already use to keep drivers safe. At one point we talked about how brakes change their behavior automatically if you move quickly off of full power to full braking. It knows that reaction only happens in a panic stop, so it assists you by making braking easier. It also does several other things before you even get to that point, to warn you if traffic is building up in front of you.

To rub in David’s point, Google Maps has recently gotten better at traffic: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153715330009655 Can Mercedes get there? To do so it’ll have to get over its German fear of collecting too much private information, or else it’ll just have to partner with Google or others. The problem is that Google keeps asking Mercedes for its sensor data, which demonstrates just how deep the car wars in Silicon Valley already are.Redefining luxury? Soon luxury will be “which product knows the most about me?”

Who is in the power spot? Viv.ai, started by the former Siri team from Apple. That thing could be plugged into Mercedes for voice support, and it could handle the tricky private contextual data (Mercedes is working on a contextual car too, which will know your favorite places to go, but it won’t even be close to the depth of knowledge that Viv.ai will collect about you).

By 2020 we are going to have true self-driving cars that are pretty good. By 2025 they will be mass market, and will be improved to handle more conditions (the first self-driving cars probably will only work in good weather conditions). Luxury? Which car will serve us best? For that they will need to collect a LOT more data about us than they currently are. Which makes Apple’s stance on privacy pretty interesting indeed!

How will auto makers collect that data without freaking us out? The design team at Mercedes says that’s what they are putting a ton of research and development into.Anyway, what an interesting visit to the R&D center of one of the most important companies in the world.

Here are some other things I saw this week:

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How do you get young people into programming? Let you control Docker containers from Minecraft, of course: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153712554749655

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Google released an interesting virtualization technology this week. If you hit a link that points to a mobile app you don’t already have installed on your smartphone, it will offer you the option to “stream” the app instead: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153713781544655 Rackspace’s Carina system lets O’Reilly Media do something similar, too. Virtualization tech is getting so fast now that it lets us bring new capabilities to users and these are two great examples.

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Microsoft announced a ton of news for Visual Studio: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714076949655 That includes open sourcing Visual Studio Code. You might not remember, but I got my start in the industry working at Visual Basic Programmer’s Journal, which covered early versions of Visual Studio, so I still have lots of friends at Microsoft improving this great developer tool.

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Earlier this year I visited Lily, which makes a drone that will follow you, with my 360-degree camera. It’s a real Silicon Valley garage-started startup! https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153709677719655/ Since I recorded this video they have hired 30 people and moved out of the garage.

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I also visited Light.co and did a live Facebook broadcast. This is the startup that’s building a camera that will compete with DSLRs with 16 lenses. It does computational photography and was created by the guy who built LTE. You meet him, and get really in depth about this new camera: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153714303224655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654&type=3

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Now even your dog will have an IoT-based food dish: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153710879599655

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I sit down with social pioneer Ross Mayfield to get a look at his PingPad, a consumer collaboration service, and talk about the collaboration space (you know, where Yammer and Slack are): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153711549184655/ Interesting conversation.

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Parrot invited me to their press conference to see their $550 drone. This is the best one on the market for everyday people: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153711770964655/ I recorded the press conference.While at that press conference, I got a look at the Headplay headset that lets you see your drone in first person view. The headset looks dorky, but it was light and the screen was huge. It’s not very expensive, either, at $250, which shows how much mobile R&D on screens affects all sorts of products: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153711875249655

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Analysts IvyWorldwide named me top among 25 influencers in tech to watch in 2016: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714346004655

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As jobs get disrupted by technology, often the best paying jobs are in technology itself. Here’s one awesome article about a group of coal miners who learned to code: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714556729655

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Soon you will eat technology. This article shows a tiny pill that monitors vital signs from deep inside your body: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153714745809655

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If you thought Google Glass was gone forever, Everysight is yet another example that you’re wrong. Wearable computers are coming back, and in the next five years they’ll be huge. My coworkers keep telling me I got Google Glass wrong. Nope, I didn’t. Just wait: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153715315889655 I was just too early.

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Finally, the banking system is hard to disrupt, due to significant barriers to entry, but these folks at Australian Tyro Payments are doing their best to disrupt payments. They talk to me about how hard it is to get a banking license and where they’re making banking easier: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153708666419655/

Even better? They’re a Rackspace customer.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more athttp://www.gapingvoid.com___

2015-12-01 17:50:37 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

My new profile cover photo is of the custom electronics inside Symmetry Labs' LEDs used for music events. Here's a video I recorded yesterday in their headquarters: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153737003354655/

My new profile cover photo is of the custom electronics inside Symmetry Labs' LEDs used for music events. Here's a video I recorded yesterday in their headquarters: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153737003354655/___

2015-11-28 21:10:19 (28 comments; 6 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Pitch me your startup here:

Pitch me your startup here:___

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LIFE AND TECH #30: Music and Tech are Ready to Rumble!

The music and tech industries haven't been the deepest of friends over the past two decades, but I'm seeing signs that is about to change.
 
Why?
 
1. Virtual Reality is coming and that will open major new opportunities.

2. Beats showed how mixing music into brands can create billions in value.

3. Innovators like Claire Parr have shown that sponsorship is a viable business model (she works with brands like Southwest Airlines, Aloft Hotels and Stella, to bring music to new audiences). Check out an earlier interview I did with Claire, here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/

Listen to Jason Flom.He’... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #30: Music and Tech are Ready to Rumble!

The music and tech industries haven't been the deepest of friends over the past two decades, but I'm seeing signs that is about to change.
 
Why?
 
1. Virtual Reality is coming and that will open major new opportunities.

2. Beats showed how mixing music into brands can create billions in value.

3. Innovators like Claire Parr have shown that sponsorship is a viable business model (she works with brands like Southwest Airlines, Aloft Hotels and Stella, to bring music to new audiences). Check out an earlier interview I did with Claire, here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/

Listen to Jason Flom. He’s a longtime music executive who used to run Atlantic and Virgin Records and discovered many of today’s top artists, including Rob Thomas:  
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153693931329655/

He thinks subscription services like Spotify will make the industry bigger than it’s ever been. Just today, the new YouTube music service was termed a game changer: https://www.facebook.com/verge/posts/991304400905903
 
But Flom’s mind is exploding at the very thought of VR.
 
Why? Well let's visit Absolut Vodka: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153685816799655/
 
In that video, you hear the results behind their first VR campaign, where they sent thousands of headsets out to contest winners who were able to watch a live Bob Moses concert.

The average time the winners spent listening was 19 minutes. Afdhel Aziz, an Absolut marketing exec, told me they had never seen engagement numbers like that.
 
Finally, let's talk to a guy who has sold 80 million records. Rob Thomas himself: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153694353724655/
He says he’s looking forward to having thousands of people watching him in VR.
 
The real reason I’m spending so much time building relationships with musicians is because I saw firsthand how GoPro’s founder, Nick Woodman, used music from the Glitch Mob to help get people excited about his cameras. He isn't alone. Who doesn't want to listen to great music? And many are influenced by the products and experiences musician bring to life.
 
I hope the tech and music industries will take advantage of these new opportunities and find new ways to make businesses together.
 
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Facebook shipped 360 video capabilities on mobile today: https://www.facebook.com/zuck/videos/10102472128331801/
 
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Ethereum with its next generation Blockchain technology, comes to Microsoft Azure: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153701402769655
 
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A new personal air sensor that will warn you of unhealthy situations:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153697848954655/
This startup, Atmotube, is yet another example of how new, low-cost sensors are coming along and enabling new products and companies.
 
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Facebook ships a news notification app. I’ve been using it since it came out and it’s good for those of us who are news freaks:
http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9714340/facebook-notify-news-app
 
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Cola makes new things possible in messaging, like comparing calendars quickly: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153703343169655/
 
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Yesterday, we celebrated Veterans Day at Rackspace Headquarters in San Antonio and heard from Major MJ Hegar.

Her helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan and she detailed how hard it was to get a job when she came home as a veteran: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153701240549655
It’s an eye opening talk from this American hero.
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
 
And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com/___

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2015-11-09 19:45:23 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

LIFE AND TECH #29: You will be tracked and you will like it.

This is a reprint of my email newsletter that I sent out last week. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Airports are doing it.
Shopping malls are doing it.
Nightclubs are doing it.
Stadiums are doing it.
It’s happening to you on freeways.
In your homes.
In your grocery stores.
Even your clothes will do it.

What is it?

Location tracking. Context tracking. Tracking of nearly everything.

Do you like it?

Most of you tell me no. I see the fear. During one speech a guy stood up and said, “I’m turning that s**t off.”

My answer: no you won’t turn it off. You will like it.

A controversial position to be sure, and one that many people are still struggling to wrap their privacy policies around.

But hearme out.... more »

LIFE AND TECH #29: You will be tracked and you will like it.

This is a reprint of my email newsletter that I sent out last week. You can subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Airports are doing it.
Shopping malls are doing it.
Nightclubs are doing it.
Stadiums are doing it.
It’s happening to you on freeways.
In your homes.
In your grocery stores.
Even your clothes will do it.

What is it?

Location tracking. Context tracking. Tracking of nearly everything.

Do you like it?

Most of you tell me no. I see the fear. During one speech a guy stood up and said, “I’m turning that s**t off.”

My answer: no you won’t turn it off. You will like it.

A controversial position to be sure, and one that many people are still struggling to wrap their privacy policies around.

But hear me out.

This stuff will eventually save your life. Literally. Wait until your watch recognizes that you're having a heart attack, uses your shopping mall’s indoor positioning technology to direct paramedics to you and saves your life. Don’t believe me? Other technologies from Lively have already saved several lives (that track your senior parents and whether or not they’ve gotten out of bed).

In the meantime, it saved me a night in Chicago. How? I was on a plane headed towards the runway. Tripit told me my flight was being cancelled. It was tracking me because I gave it access to my Gmail account, where it found a United Airlines ticket. It also had access to my GPS and my credit card. Think about THAT if you are a privacy advocate or someone who is scared of all this stuff.
 
Why was the flight cancelled? Well, two minutes later the pilot came on and explained why. An engine wouldn’t start and the pilot was heading back to the gate. Every one of the more than 150 passengers stayed in Chicago that night. Except for me and two others, who had already purchased a ticket on another airline before the pilot told us about the engine.

How did it beat the pilot? Back when the founders showed me Tripit, they explained how it’s hooked up to the air traffic control system. So the data it gets is the most accurate, and it uses tracking tech (crude as it may be, compared to some of these other examples) to serve its users. And we like it.
 
How about Waze? I witnessed an accident one day on the highway near my house. Two lane road. The map turned red within 30 seconds of the accident. How did that happen? Well, it turns out cell phone companies (Verizon, in particular, in the United States) gather real time data from cell phones. Your phone knows how fast it’s going. In fact, today, Waze shows you that it knows. Verizon sells that data (anonymized) to Google, which then uses that data to put the red line on your map.

Or, visit Levi’s stadium, where these technologies will eventually let you into the stadium. Today they already bring hotdogs right to your seat, and will navigate you to the closest bathroom, with the shortest line. Here you can see just what can be tracked there: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153515274754655/

Or visit American Airlines in Chicago, among other cities, with many more on the way. Their app tracks you indoors (thanks to Locus Labs technology) and shows you how to get to bathrooms, restaurants, bars and even places to charge your phone. That’s detailed here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153688433989655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654
 
Want to know where your friends are in a night club? You’ll turn on tracking thanks to this app: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153690300804655
 
Or you’ll use Area 360, which lets you track workers through an Amazon Echo: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153687051229655/
 
Now let’s get real. These tracking technologies are scary. “Over the freaky line,” I say. But they’re coming big time to you and your businesses.

They will let you deliver very real features that your customers will love.

Yesterday, I got a first look at just how deeply this “track everything about everything” system will serve you. I met with the folks who started Siri and sold that to Apple. Three years ago Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer left Apple and started working on a new system/company called http://www.viv.ai

They call it the “Internet brain." They aren’t over selling it. This system will let you as things like, “can you buy tickets for Star Wars, deliver flowers to me and find a pizza place with a high Yelp rating near the theater?” It keeps context so you can follow up with “and get me an Uber there?”

These systems will all track you, follow you and know you. The new Viv system shows you everything it’s learning about you as you use it. It’s extensive. And you will love it. More on what I saw here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153688881809655
(I call it a Siri killer).

This stuff will change a TON.

Here I go more in-depth about this new world and what it will look like in the 45-minute talk I gave at the Pivot Summit in Geelong, Australia: https://youtu.be/2nw5VAIMgoE?list=PLBX6O2E-l4Eb-NHRIzXs6Q3FEWW0kVtbY
I explain how technologies that track you, and service providers, like Tapingo, HouseCall, Magic Leap and others will make your world nicer, easier and faster.
 
Anyway, you might be afraid, but you will use this stuff and you will like it. Trust me on this. It’s gonna happen anyway and it already is.
 
More from my week:
 
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How can you track people inside your business? Here Cisco shows me the Hyper Location Module, which tracks people down to 1 meter accuracy: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153687285529655/

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Look at this dress I saw the other night, which tracks your heartbeat and displays that on the front, thanks to built in LEDs: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153687759664655/.
 
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Congrats to Docker for shipping Swarm, it helps DevOps folks (people who run large scale systems) do clustering easier: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153687681094655

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Wireless charging for jewelry, smartwatches and other wearables: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153689331144655/
 
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Cool LED sculpture by artist Daniel Siden: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153685854524655/

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New lightfield camera coming for virtual reality applications: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153689871279655

Google is bringing YouTube to Cardboard. VR is now getting more real every week. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153690330734655?comment_id=10153690339999655

Vodka company Absolut is using Google Cardboard’s plans to make their own branded VR experience:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153685816799655/

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21 apps picked out of the thousands at Web Summit by Techcrunch: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153690336619655
I didn’t get to go this year, as I decided to keynote the Location and Context World conference instead. I’m glad Mike Butcher visited for us and picked out some apps for us to consider.
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
 
And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com___

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2015-11-01 20:48:28 (7 comments; 4 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

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LIFE AND TECH #28: The Switzerland of Cloud

I don’t usually talk much about Rackspace online. Some might wonder why that is. I often focus on innovations taking place outside the company, to show you where they’re taking the future. After all, how can you be great if you don’t keep up on what other great things companies and people are doing?

Lately you might have noticed a shift in Rackspace’s strategy. We’ve invested in providing support for all sorts of different clouds, from Microsoft Azure to Amazon Web Services to OpenStack (which we developed, together with NASA, and offered as an open source platform to the world).
 
This is why I love working for Rackspace. We are now helping customers where they are on thetechnologie... more »

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LIFE AND TECH #28: The Switzerland of Cloud

I don’t usually talk much about Rackspace online. Some might wonder why that is. I often focus on innovations taking place outside the company, to show you where they’re taking the future. After all, how can you be great if you don’t keep up on what other great things companies and people are doing?

Lately you might have noticed a shift in Rackspace’s strategy. We’ve invested in providing support for all sorts of different clouds, from Microsoft Azure to Amazon Web Services to OpenStack (which we developed, together with NASA, and offered as an open source platform to the world).
 
This is why I love working for Rackspace. We are now helping customers where they are on the technologies they want to use (not the ones we want to push them onto). I tell friends, "we're the Switzerland of the cloud,” and we can now take a real customer-centric approach to businesses trying to figure this technology out.
 
That all said, we’re still investing a TON in tooling on top of these clouds. Like ScaleFT for security, that you can see here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153663982584655/
 
We’re also continuing to invest in OpenStack itself, and two days ago we announced a major OpenStack simplification initiative, Carina.
 
Let's dig into Carina for a second. https://getcarina.com/ It simplifies OpenStack for the enterprise by bringing the container magic that Docker brought to the world, but here it’s deeply built into OpenStack. Read Scott Crenshaw's blog where he explains how and why Carina makes OpenStack simpler for enterprises to use: http://blog.rackspace.com/rackspace-simplifies-openstack-for-the-enterprise/
 
For the technical look, check out Adrian Otto's post at https://blog.rackspace.com/tech-deep-dive-with-carina-magnum-containers/
(Adrian’s one of the smartest people I’ve met either inside or outside of Rackspace, by the way).
 
Companies from Comcast to Nike rely on OpenStack, so this will be welcomed by many of you.
 
OpenStack is KEY to our ability to help customers innovate, even as we support other clouds and the innovation they bring. Another example of this investment is the Intel partnership we announced in July: http://blog.rackspace.com/newsarticles/rackspace-collaborates-with-intel-to-accelerate-openstack-enterprise-feature-development-and-adoption/
 
As cloud becomes more complex, thanks to companies like Microsoft, IBM, Google, Amazon and others bringing new capabilities to the market, you'll want a partner who can help you not only navigate those, but someone who will answer the phone when you need help (you'd be shocked at how hard that is at some of these companies).
 
You’ll want a partner who hasn’t only invested in tooling, opinions, education or services, but someone who can and will be an accountable partner in building the future of your business. Someone who can fill in the gaps in the other clouds with innovation both on top of them, in tooling, as well as investment in a competitive cloud itself, OpenStack.
 
Here is Techcrunch's writeup of the news: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/27/rackspace-launches-carina-a-hosted-container-environment-for-running-docker-containers/
 
Other things I saw this week, which was a busy one, included traveling to Australia to meet Rackers and our customers, along with speaking at the Telstra Digital Summit and the Pivot Summit in Geelong.

The latter was aimed at helping think through how to build an innovation zone in a place that has been rocked by some major manufacturing plant closures (they flew me over a Ford plant that’s closing early next year to show the problems this community is facing, but also the opportunities it has in turning this into a place supportive of technology startups). More on that next week.

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A new kind of smart travel lock: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153678376779655/

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What’s the future of IoT? A week ago I asked my readers what the future of IoT is and today Cédric Bollag put together the 230 answers here: https://www.facebook.com/bollag/posts/10156071456920161
 
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When I was in Australia, Atlassian’s developer advocate Chris Mountford told me about how Atlassian develops software. It should know, its tools are used by developers all over the world. We talked about everything from methodology to Blockchain in this two-part conversation:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153674573339655/
Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153674658934655/

I visited a few other startups and will get those up on Facebook over the weekend and will include them in next week’s newsletter.

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We are entering a post mobile era. I told 1,100 business executives and founders at the Telstra Digital Summit this week in Sydney, Australia. Watch my speech here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153672637234655

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As just a little evidence of this post-mobile era, here is a new kind of bot. It’s a conversational messaging platform and uses a bunch of text based platforms. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153666853419655/
 
I’m seeing more and more evidence that we’ll soon have a radically new user interface thanks to not just glasses like Magic Leap, but things like Amazon Echo.

Business is going to be forced to build new conversational “bot” systems and Rackspace will be first there to help businesses build the future. That’s when our “Switzerland” strategy will make sense to everyone. Until then, keep building and hope you have a great weekend!
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
 
And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more at http://www.gapingvoid.com___

2015-10-25 22:29:22 (17 comments; 5 reshares; 88 +1s; )Open 

About to speak to 1,100 business executives in Sydney, Australia.

New talk. "The post-mobile era."

We are going to see the smartphone be devalued more and more over the next decade. I will show why.

Watch live. I am the fourth speaker. Recordings will be up soon.

Shel Israel and Brian Solis are speaking too with a raft of impressive tech and business leaders.

Watch live at http://telstra.com/summit

About to speak to 1,100 business executives in Sydney, Australia.

New talk. "The post-mobile era."

We are going to see the smartphone be devalued more and more over the next decade. I will show why.

Watch live. I am the fourth speaker. Recordings will be up soon.

Shel Israel and Brian Solis are speaking too with a raft of impressive tech and business leaders.

Watch live at http://telstra.com/summit___

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2015-10-24 03:49:02 (5 comments; 7 reshares; 92 +1s; )Open 

(This is my newsletter, sent out every Thursday evening to subscribers at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 ).

We live in a push world that Apple and Google control. More on that a little later.

It’s been 22 days since the Notification Summit at Betaworks’ offices in New York.

I wanted to make sure you knew about this event, which was hosted by Steve Gillmor and John Borthwick, and included participants such as Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (the folks who do WordPress) and Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare.

Put it on your watching schedule. I’ve posted links to videos from the event below, which will get you thinking about the future of mobile in a whole new way.

I’ve watched several of the sessions multiple times, and find that I change my thinking about where mobile is going every time I watch.
Before I get into what I learned, JohnBorthwic... more »

(This is my newsletter, sent out every Thursday evening to subscribers at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 ).

We live in a push world that Apple and Google control. More on that a little later.

It’s been 22 days since the Notification Summit at Betaworks’ offices in New York.

I wanted to make sure you knew about this event, which was hosted by Steve Gillmor and John Borthwick, and included participants such as Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic (the folks who do WordPress) and Dennis Crowley, founder of Foursquare.

Put it on your watching schedule. I’ve posted links to videos from the event below, which will get you thinking about the future of mobile in a whole new way.

I’ve watched several of the sessions multiple times, and find that I change my thinking about where mobile is going every time I watch.
Before I get into what I learned, John Borthwick wrote up his thoughts here: https://medium.com/@Borthwick/notification-the-push-and-the-pull-87af21ee69fa#.1u1h9wps0

Steve Gillmor posted his here:
https://medium.com/liner-notes/notification-day-8d34efc3c33f#.rgg72s1ps

Their lengthy notes are way more in depth than I’ll be able to go in my newsletter.

What I learned at the summit is that we’re witnessing the move away from apps and towards streams of interactive user interface elements that stream down our screens.

When you hear developers speak the way they did at the summit, you can hear their excitement about seeing a new world delivered (and one with many more users than previous human/computer interface revolutions, like when the Macintosh arrived with its drag-and-drop user interface).

You also hear fear and exasperation with Google and Apple, due to the lack of context around their interfaces. Take the Apple Watch for example, where all notifications are treated the same whether you’re in a meeting, driving, exercising at the gym or sitting on your couch watching a movie.

All of this will seem quite stupid in a decade I’m sure, but we have to wait for the big platform owners to innovate before we can get to the promised land.

I also noticed that we’re all struggling with noise. At the beginning of the day, Adam Bosworth noted that he’s still trying to convince people to make business connections on LinkedIn rather than Facebook.
Why does he have to convince people? Our notification streams aren’t filterable or granular enough, and we’re afraid we’ll miss out on the wedding announcement of a good friend, all while being deluged with a ton of business requests.

As we get more “bots” (or apps that interact with you almost wholly through notifications) this problem is going to get worse. Making sure you don’t miss important things from your channels is going to be an increasing problem and everyone will solve it in different ways.
Some will go as far as leaving all social channels except for email, to try and escape the demands of engagement. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, for instance, recently closed down his Facebook account because he was overloaded after his Dreamforce event.

The onus is on Google and Apple to give us new tools to handle our incoming notification streams in better ways, all while giving developers even more capabilities to let us move more application functionality into the notification stream itself.

Soon I’ll be visiting with Adam Cheyer, one of the cofounders of Siri. He’s set to reveal the audio operating system his new company is building. One of the things I’ll be asking him is where he needs this world to go to make it possible to interact with these new bots and streams via audio on mobile.

So much is covered in the videos about what the bleeding edge of mobile app developers are thinking, I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss it:

#1: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/16/notifications-summit-session-1/  A conversation with Adam Bosworth, Salesforce’s CTO.

#2: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/17/notifications-summit-session-2/  Matthew Panzarino (Techcrunch), Or Arbel (Yo!), and Peter Rojas (Betaworks).

#3: The missing conversation with Foursquare’s CEO Dennis Crowley

#4: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/18/notifications-summit-session-4/  Slash Keyboard founders Nick Barr and Cem Kozinoglu. Media using notifications: Jon Steinberg (Daily Mail), Andrew Mclaughlin (Digg), and Alex Danco (Share the Bus).

#5: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/19/notifications-summit-session-5/ News and Notifications with Stacy-Marie Ishmael (Buzzfeed) and a data perspective from Gilad Lotan (Betaworks)
#6: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/20/notifications-summit-session-6/ Demos XoXco with Ben Brown, Poncho with James Cooper. Then How Web Services are using contextual data to drive relevant notifications: Robert Scoble (Futurist Rackspace), Steve Cheney (Estimote), Joe Stump (SimpleGeo).

#7: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/21/notifications-summit-session-7/ A conversation with Linden Tibbets (IFTTT), John Milinovich (URX), and Josh Elman (Investor in Facebook, Twitter, at Greylock).

#8: http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/21/notifications-summit-session-8/ A conversation with April Underwood (Slack)_, Naveen Selvadurai (Expa), and Ben Brown (XoXco).

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24 hours in Dubai: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153660709649655

One thing I took away from my visit to Dubai is how having a few highly connected folks can totally transform what you think of a region. First, Prashant K Gulati, known as “PK” to everyone, gave me a whirlwind tour of the huge GITEX event (the CES of the Middle East). Here he is in front of the Google booth: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153660696959655&set=pcb.10153660709649655

He’s been playing key roles here for more than a decade and is running an innovation accelerator in Dubai called “The Assembly,” which is teaching people to code and build new things from drones to a foosball table with Arduino boards and sensors inside: https://www.facebook.com/makesmartthings

Another one of the connectors that really impressed me is Tina Yd. She runs accelerators in Dubai and Iran, and is one of the rising stars of business in the region. I predict you’ll hear a lot more about her: https://www.facebook.com/tinadot

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Here you meet ScaleFT, which is helping Rackspace provide better security to our AWS customers:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153663982584655/

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New user interface device you put on your finger. Ten sensors inside: “Bird.”https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153652775364655/

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Tesla had an up and down week. First it shipped a major update to its latest car, which brought automatic driving capabilities. Here Oculus Rift’s cofounder Palmer Freeman Luckey says “it’s incredible:”
https://www.facebook.com/palmer.luckey/posts/10206691877429941

Then, however, Consumer Reports pulled its best rating for Tesla’s Model S, saying it has a ton of quality problems. Here re/code writes about the Consumer Reports decision:
http://recode.net/2015/10/20/tesla-stock-is-falling-fast-after-consumer-reports-rescinds-recommendation/

That, of course, got Elon Musk to respond about the problems:http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-hy-tesla-reliability-consumer-reports-20151021-story.html

Me? The future of Tesla is safe. I’m jealous of the owners who now get these new features (far better than the ones my Toyotas have) and the market - not Consumer Reports - will judge Tesla by its ability to get a $45,000 or less car on the road.

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Startup June has a new oven. One that recognizes food you put into it and cooks it accordingly. Here’s first look: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153664327994655

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Is there no such thing as bad PR? Well, here The Information studied data on Uber and found that bad PR caused a few days of downward pressure, but overall it didn’t stop them from growing: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153662557224655

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Magic Leap has the hot video of the week and I explain why this company matters :https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153662516479655

Google invested half a billion, for one. Can’t wait to try it.

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I’ve seen an Intel prototype that has seven sensors on the back of it. What is that for? 3D depth mapping. Here’s a report that talks about Google’s Project Tango (which is what that prototype is designed for): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153658623819655

Is this the next mobile innovation set?

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Thinking of going for venture funding? Here Ethan Kurzweil takes a look at the internal memos behind funding in Periscope and Twitch: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153658612129655

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On the other hand, if you’re looking to join a startup that’s already venture backed, here’s how stock options work and things you need to consider as you negotiate your next job:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153660864219655

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This list of futurists has me in the #1 spot: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153655163769655

Think it’s good time to ask for a raise? ;-)

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A post about why Virtual Reality won’t come to mainstream anytime soon: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153653418499655

I don’t care. Back in 1977 I’m sure some were saying that personal computers wouldn’t become mainstream. Truth is I want an Oculus or a Valve or both and I want them bad. I really don’t care if the mass market doesn’t get one for a while.

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My talk at the TAP summit: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153652504219655 

“Who here has an Amazon Echo?”

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I’m off to speak at Michael Gelphman’s Compute Midwest in Kansas and then to Australia where I’m speaking at Telstra’s Digital Summit with Shel Israel and Brian Solis. Details on that here: https://www.facebook.com/BrianSolis/posts/10153246614232887

Then onto the Pivot Summit on the 28th in Geelong. Details on that here: https://www.facebook.com/montyhamilton/posts/10153594942266223

I’ll also be meeting with several Rackspace customers and employees in Sydney. Looking forward to a whirlwind week, hope your week goes well too!

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.

Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.

I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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2015-10-17 19:27:44 (1 comments; 7 reshares; 103 +1s; )Open 

This is the newsletter I sent out via email this week to people who subscribed at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

I had lunch today with entrepreneur and investor Jason McCabe Calacanis. We compared notes on some cool things. He had just seen DeepStream VR, which lets hospital patients escape pain by using virtual reality instead of hitting the drug button:http://wp.deepstreamvr.com/
 
We started comparing different things we had seen and social networks we’re into. He’s a Twitter guy, I’m a Facebook guy. I’ve noticed that people who are either rich or running companies tend to like Twitter more (Marc Benioff, who runs Salesforce, recently closed his Facebook account). I asked him why that was, and Jason answered, “there are more business over on Twitter.”
 
Funny, that’s the reason I’m on Facebook. But it shows that we’re both always hustling, looking forcustomers and people... more »

This is the newsletter I sent out via email this week to people who subscribed at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

I had lunch today with entrepreneur and investor Jason McCabe Calacanis. We compared notes on some cool things. He had just seen DeepStream VR, which lets hospital patients escape pain by using virtual reality instead of hitting the drug button:http://wp.deepstreamvr.com/
 
We started comparing different things we had seen and social networks we’re into. He’s a Twitter guy, I’m a Facebook guy. I’ve noticed that people who are either rich or running companies tend to like Twitter more (Marc Benioff, who runs Salesforce, recently closed his Facebook account). I asked him why that was, and Jason answered, “there are more business over on Twitter.”
 
Funny, that’s the reason I’m on Facebook. But it shows that we’re both always hustling, looking for customers and people building businesses.
One reason, I told him, that Facebook works better for me, is because most of the journalists agree with him, which has left me with more “space” to take over on Facebook. In journalism school I learned that the real story isn’t where the herd is going, but where the herd is not. Often that’s where a new answer is.
Which brings me to the Light.co camera. Where Nikon and Canon and other manufacturers have set out to perfect the SLR (Single Lens Reflex), and are making row after row of cameras with single lenses, Light.co has innovated by using 13 different low-cost sensors and joining those with software.
When Light.co cofounder and CTO Rajiv Laroia wanted a new camera, he thought, “Why am I carrying all these lenses?”
He didn’t start out with old assumptions. Of course, he knows technology deeply, he was one of the key players behind LTE, which our mobile phones now use to communicate.
He knew that a new approach to cameras was possible, so he studied optics, but he also looked away from traditional approaches that used a single lens. Instead, he used the R&D of the smartphone world to his advantage.
Every time you shoot an image with his new camera, it joins 10 sensors together thanks to algorithms and lenses that will capture everything from wide angles to telephoto images, in one photo.
I got one of the first looks last week at the Code/Mobile conference that Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher run. Why did I get a first look? I had videoed CEO Dave Grannan on his previous startup and he called me over.
 
The video I shot has been viewed 3.8 million times:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153637361384655/ 
It's my most popular video by far, and it shows that putting yourself in play, even in weird places, often brings opportunities all on its own.
Now, some questions still remain. Grannan showed me the images it shot on his laptop. They looked great, but will they stand up against a modern DSLR? I doubt it, at least at first. That point of view though, is missing the point.
This is arguably the future of photography. Will Nikon and Canon have the economic power to improve big sensors more than Google and Apple and the rest of the smartphone industry have? No.
So long term, this “computational photography” camera is the way forward. It won’t be the last one we see, either. Now that we’re headed into a virtual reality world we’ll see many new camera designs.
For instance, watch the video of me interviewing the CEO of Jaunt, which just got $67 million in funding for its VR camera and service, and the former chief engineer of Oculus:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153648067164655
You can see two pioneers who aren’t looking at the world through the lens of “the way things once were.”
 
I hope you’re watching these things, because they are inspiring people and inspiring products/companies.
More of what I’ve been seeing over the past week:
 
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Here’s the amazing Oculus demo I got that turned me ultra bullish on VR:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153649326009655
 
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Daqri shows off how it is enabling AR in enterprises: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153648865314655
 
You look at a knob, and it “augments” and shows you what to do. Think this isn’t happening? Yesterday I visited a manufacturing line of the future at Jabil. My photos are at: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153651160534655&set=a.10150326718589655.360975.501319654 
 
They showed me a workstation where the work surface itself directed me on how to build a new product (and a camera overhead validated that I did it properly). This stuff is becoming real very quickly.
 
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Hive brings us a new, simpler collaboration service, which lets you use a bunch of different collaboration or messaging apps from Slack to email:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153648381149655/
 
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HomeCare apps get noticed by people who need to care for elderly parents:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153646884814655
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EMC sold to Dell in the largest tech deal ever: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153646172869655
 
All I have to say is “wow.” This means we’ll see a lot more Dell logos as we walk through our datacenters.
 
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Mobile developers:
Fuse Tools make building mobile apps and syncing changes easy:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153635304899655/
 
HelpShift lets mobile developers add support systems to their apps:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153622599434655/
 
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Great look at IFTTT’s data-handling back end: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153651685554655
 
I love that companies share this kind of data. It helps everyone figure out how to build complex back ends. It also helps our support teams figure out new patterns to build tooling and opinions for our customers at Rackspace, now that we’re supporting a number of different clouds, including AWS and Azure.
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Addappt shows me a contact manager. One that actually works and doesn’t spam your friends: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153637705629655/
 
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PARC shows me exploding chips: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153638953649655/
 
This is good for making sure data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, or, maybe to help make chips more recyclable in future.
 
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Hello Alfred’s CEO shows me its butler app, which is doing well in New York and Boston: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153624992109655/
 
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Alphonso’s CEO shows me how he tracks TV: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153637692129655/
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Sync your smartphones’ speakers for louder music: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153646377069655/
 
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My SocialChat on Monday where we talk about Facebook on Blab.IM:https://www.facebook.com/alanknecht/posts/10153683800727152
 
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New luggage coming for you heavy travelers: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153650028569655/
 
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Reactions App shows a new way to engage smartphone users:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153637331184655/
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Personal trainer for everyone, Fitnet: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153636086709655/
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Google Hangout: Meeting with Rackspace’s Fanatical Support for AWS teams:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153651704269655
 
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AWS for IoT: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153639422024655
This is a big deal; both Amazon and IBM announced new IoT-focused clouds. Add in Salesforce. Which one are you going to use?
 
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A new hybrid 3D printer (It extrudes, it cuts, it burns): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153651950379655/
 
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Ask this service any question — great for questions that Google can’t answer:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153651982359655/
 
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One app I keep using on my Apple Watch is Facebook’s Messenger. Great, now you all will send me more messages knowing you can get my attention even if I’m not looking at my phone:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153638984084655
 
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Google has released a VR version of Street View for its Cardboard users:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153639469329655
I’m hearing that soon the New York Times will send millions of Cardboards to its subscribers.
 
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My talk to marketers at Hubspot’s Inbound conference: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153640264799655
It’s all about the latest innovations I’ve been seeing.
 
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Ubeam has an interesting way to send power through the air to your devices via ultrasound and here they reveal how it works: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153640782969655
 
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CalledIt — Social Network for predicting things:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153652193229655/
 
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A look at how music has been devalued both by technology and culture:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153644680359655
 
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How is San Francisco different? This startup shows where you can borrow a mobile battery: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153652254169655&set=a.458123019654.251938.501319654
 
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John Borthwick, who runs the Betaworks startup accelerator in New York, held a “Notification Summit” for developers a couple of weeks ago that I attended (it was quite awesome). Here’s what he had to share: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153640845894655
 
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It’s neat that Rackspace has partnered up with the Airforce:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153646471559655
Ahead? I’ll be in Dubai on Monday to meet Rackspace customers and speak at the large GITEX conference there. The week after that I’ll be in Kansas and then head to Australia. I’m always looking to find out where the future of business is headed. Do you know? Drop me a line at scoble@rackspace.com
May your week see lots of great partnerships!
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
Please share this newsletter on your social networks or via email. If you received this from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
 
And props to Hugh Macleod and team for creating art each week. Find more athttp://www.gapingvoid.com___

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2015-10-06 13:20:55 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Big news for us at Rackspace today.

You can read the press release for the particulars about what Rackspace and Amazon are doing together and I’ll link to the best news reports I’ve seen below. In short we made a deal to provide Fanatical Support for AWS plus three additional beta offerings, Managed Security for AWS, Compliance Assistance for AWS, and Managed Cloud for Adobe Experience Manager (which runs on AWS).

What I’m here for is to explain the why.

For that you have to go back to when I first saw Flipboard. That was way back in 2010. I saw it months before it was released and knew it would be a really amazing company. I turned to founder/CEO Mike McCue and asked him “what cloud are you using?” (Even by then in Silicon Valley nearly every startup had decided to use cloud, rather than hosting their own infrastructure in a cage somewhere).. He gave an answer Iheard man... more »

Big news for us at Rackspace today.

You can read the press release for the particulars about what Rackspace and Amazon are doing together and I’ll link to the best news reports I’ve seen below. In short we made a deal to provide Fanatical Support for AWS plus three additional beta offerings, Managed Security for AWS, Compliance Assistance for AWS, and Managed Cloud for Adobe Experience Manager (which runs on AWS).

What I’m here for is to explain the why.

For that you have to go back to when I first saw Flipboard. That was way back in 2010. I saw it months before it was released and knew it would be a really amazing company. I turned to founder/CEO Mike McCue and asked him “what cloud are you using?” (Even by then in Silicon Valley nearly every startup had decided to use cloud, rather than hosting their own infrastructure in a cage somewhere).. He gave an answer I heard many times before and since: AWS.

Since then, though, the cloud space has gotten a lot more competitive. Microsoft Azure and Google’s App Engine both came along from companies with deep pockets. They are pouring billions into their cloud offerings. At Rackspace we gifted OpenStack to the open source world and it’s taken off, with companies from Comcast to Nike using that to run their businesses. The world of cloud has gotten flatter and more complex, even if you just stay on AWS you’ll see that it has hundreds of APIs, many of which have been added in just the past few years.

Because of that the press has noted that there’s a full on war over cloud. Innovative businesses from Uber to Instagram have bet on it and bet big. Plus, most enterprises are now hosting on cloud, or, at minimum, cloud technology hosted in their own datacenters. Yeah, it’s easy for the highly-technical folks that start new companies. But, let’s be honest, if you know how to build and scale a new service like Uber why would you want to work for, say, a pizza chain when your skills can be used at a pre-IPO startup? Isn’t your local mom and pop pizza chain being asked to build the same kind of apps and systems that Uber has built?

Not to mention there are lots of businesses who don’t know how to deal with being on, say, Shark Tank, or, for the bigger businesses, staying up during a Super Bowl commercial. Getting on that show can bring a 5,000% increase in traffic and if you haven’t built your system properly it can be tough slugging on the busiest and most important day of your company’s life. Heck, I was hanging out with the guy who runs Coachella’s music festival (200,000 attendees) and after I interviewed him he told me he couldn’t get through to his cloud provider on its busiest day of the year — they weren’t answering their phones and forcing him to deal with a slow ticketing system. The day when all of his customers were registering their armbands and loading its app up with the latest schedule — his business was down.

When you say Fanatical SupportⓇ most people don’t recognize just what it means. Unless you’ve either experienced what it means, or the lack thereof, like the chief geek at Coachella.

For companies it means they can focus on their core value proposition — and possibly even save money because they need fewer highly technical staff on their payrolls. It also means that they have an accountable partner (one neck to wring!) that can help them prepare for, and execute, systems that will deal with the business demands they are seeing, whether it be sensor workloads from IoT devices or new millions of new customers that will pop up on a concert tour in one of the new “smart stadiums” like Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara that will host the Super Bowl (it runs on AWS by the way).

Why go with Rackspace support over AWS support? Simply: support and managed services are different. This is why Amazon has a Managed Service Partner program. While we do support the AWS platform as part of our offers, we go beyond that with managed services that speak to how customers should design for, and operate applications on AWS. These opinions are reflected in our tooling, automation, and templates for Navigator (one of our service levels). In our Aviator service level, we operate and manage customer application environments, which go beyond AWS infrastructure support and into in-guest/instance support here. For example, we provide SysAdmin/DevOps expertise to do GuestOS support — logging into servers, configuring, making changes, patching, etc. (i.e., day-to-day operational management with an army of technologists that operate on a 24/7 basis).

We are a managed service provider at our core, it’s who we are. Rackspace has a 16-year heritage of working with businesses to help them make applications more effective and efficient to operate, and we’re the trusted service partner for more than 300,000 customers across 120 countries.

This is why I’m so excited to be part of the 6,000+ employees who are working with Amazon and its CTO Werner Vogels to provide better support to the world that wants to use AWS as its business infrastructure. Now, can we talk?

That’s all sweet and stuff, but this is just part of Rackspace’s new strategy: to provide Fanatical Support for a variety of clouds your business might need. For instance, Microsoft Sharepoint, Exchange, or Azure. Or Magento. Or OpenStack. What this means is we’re the Switzerland of clouds. We’ll support you in the best place for your business. And, in some cases, we’ll recommend different clouds for different parts of your business and support them all.

This is why I’m such a good fit for Rackspace and why I haven’t left to join some startup or head to Alphabet or some other company. Rackspace is uniquely positioned to provide this support. It maps perfectly to my interests in where the future is. IoT? Rackspace supports it. Contextual apps? Rackspace supports those. Enterprise workflows? Rackspace supports those. Robot operating systems? Rackspace will be there. :-) Why? Rackspace has hired for years employees with strengths in people skills. Rackers, as we choose to call ourselves, are curious, listen, and are highly technical. Walk through one of our buildings in London, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Austin, Sydney, or our 1.2-million-square-foot home in San Antonio and you’ll find thousands of geeks who keep the Internet running for 300,000 customers. Many of whom have gone “back to school” over the past couple of years to learn AWS deeply.

To wrap it up, we’d love to be your business partner. Let’s talk! You can find me at scoble@rackspace.com For more, see http://www.rackspace.com/managed-aws (our official site on AWS Support), http://blog.rackspace.com/newsarticles/rackspace-announces-aws-managed-service-offerings-at-reinvent/ (Press release) and http://blog.rackspace.com/why-is-rackspace-supporting-amazon-web-services/ (Our official “why” from our CEO, Taylor Rhodes). I’ll post more links here as they come available.

Oh, and what does this mean for me?

Well, for the time being I’m doing the same thing I’ve always done: visit the world’s best entrepreneurs and innovators and keep bringing what I learn as Rackspace’s Futurist to Facebook and other places. It is that learning and relationships that is a key part of Fanatical Support and I’m happy to keep looking for the future, no matter what cloud it is running on. I will be doing a wrap up of the news in my weekly newsletter tonight. Please subscribe to that at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 to get everything I do.___

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2015-10-02 10:37:50 (7 comments; 7 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

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I’m currently sitting at the feet of Dennis Crowley, the founder and CEO of Foursquare, as I type this newsletter. Literally. You can see photos here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153626287954655

Over on that thread, Dave Wilson asked why Foursquare needed to split into two apps, and Crowley explained why: to let him get more granular notifications so people won’t turn them off.

I sort of disliked that move. It meant giving up some features that I cared about. At least at first. Crowley admitted that he wanted to get rid of check-ins to save people time and keep them from having to “work” to use the app. When they complained, he added those features back in.

If you really listen to Crowley, it’s clear that the two apps aresplit funct... more »

This is my newsletter, sent out via email each week. Subscribe at  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 

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I’m currently sitting at the feet of Dennis Crowley, the founder and CEO of Foursquare, as I type this newsletter. Literally. You can see photos here:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153626287954655

Over on that thread, Dave Wilson asked why Foursquare needed to split into two apps, and Crowley explained why: to let him get more granular notifications so people won’t turn them off.

I sort of disliked that move. It meant giving up some features that I cared about. At least at first. Crowley admitted that he wanted to get rid of check-ins to save people time and keep them from having to “work” to use the app. When they complained, he added those features back in.

If you really listen to Crowley, it’s clear that the two apps are split functionally into these two pieces:

Swarm, which is a contextualizer and data generator, and Foursquare, which is a data viewer.

As you walk around the world, Swarm knows where you are and what space you just walked into, thanks to the pattern it has recognized at millions of places. This is why Foursquare was able to accurately predict how many iPhones would sell based on Swarm users.

It watches how many people enter Apple stores around the world each day and figured out that it can accurately predict how many products Apple will sell. Vic Gundotra, formerly at Google, told me the same thing. He knew that if you walked into a store, that was a form of intent.
 
So Swarm is the app that can let you know things as you walk around the world, and Foursquare is the app you open up if you want to figure out where to walk in said world. Subtly different.
 
Crowley gave hints about other apps that might be coming to show you different things as you move around the world.

All of this leads me to Frictionless.

I’ve noticed the most interesting new mobile businesses remove friction, or pain, from life.

Think about Uber. It removed friction at nearly every step thanks to mobile. Now the system knows where you're standing and where the driver is. It can charge you automatically at the end of the ride, and it lets you properly rate the driver. By the way, the driver rates you as well, and we talk about that here:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153625769604655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654 ).
 
One story I talk about is Tapingo. Most people I speak to have no clue about Tapingo, yet it currently processes 70 percent of the transactions at Santa Clara University. What is Tapingo? It's a mobile app that students use.

Let’s say you're a student at Santa Clara University. You wake up at 7 a.m. and order your iced latte. Using your mobile phone, the order is made on the app, and tells you it will be ready roughly 30 minutes later. In the meantime, it sent the order to a box in the Starbucks that lights up, beeps and spits out a receipt that goes into the workflow of the coffee shop.

So there’s one piece of friction removed. You don’t even need to get out of bed to order. No waiting in line. When you get there, you don’t need to wait in line, you just pick up your drink and leave.

This year Tapingo added delivery. Another student can now offer to pick up your drink and bring it to your class. They get paid in a virtual currency (Tapingo has its own crypto currency). The system removes friction at every level and is very disruptive.
 
All year long I’ve been bringing you mobile app news from developers who are building frictionless systems. From Levi’s Stadium, which has 2,000 beacons and an app that lets you order food from your seat (among many other things), to NUBank in Brazil, which makes your expense reports easier by sending you notifications and emails sourced from its credit card every time you make a purchase (and it also includes a ton of data about where you spent the money).
 
It all comes back to notifications. If the notifications get spammy or uninformative, people will turn those features off and/or delete apps altogether. It’s why we were at Betaworks in New York today at the Notification Summit, which John Borthwick and Steve Gillmor put together. It was small, intimate and awesome, and they recorded it and will put some of it up on Techcrunch in the near future.
 
We're quickly heading into a frictionless world — are you building a piece of it?

By the way, if you are, check out the Button Marketplace that was announced this morning: http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/10/01/button-marketplace-lets-developers-link-to-services-like-airbnb-and-uber-in-any-app/

This lets you incorporate various mobile-focused services into your own app, or it lets you offer your services to other app developers.
 
Another item worth pointing out here. This week Rackspace announced a new security service:
http://blog.rackspace.com/an-army-of-security-experts-and-weapons-now-at-your-command/

As more mobile services are created, we'll also need more help figuring out how to secure our systems and not just keep private data secure, but protect the financial instruments these apps are increasingly relying on.

Tapingo, for instance, uses its own virtual currency. No bank or government is backing that. So there’s a LOT at stake in the future of security and we’re investing in the best people and the best infrastructure to help your business in this critical space.
 
Other things I did this past week:

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A quick chat with Siri cofounder Adam Cheyer:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153622945604655/
 
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How Medium and Twitter could beat Facebook: https://medium.com/startup-study-group/how-could-medium-and-twitter-withstand-facebook-s-moves-to-get-the-journalists-and-celebrities-to-54da443ab7e2

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Nest releases Weave communication protocol to connect other devices to its products:
http://venturebeat.com/2015/10/01/nest-is-releasing-its-weave-communication-protocol-for-other-connected-devices-to-use/

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The CEO of Hello Alfred tells me about the numbers behind this butler app/service:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153624992109655/

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Facebook adds new video profiles and I’m one of the first to get them:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153624756809655
 
This is another small and seemingly unimportant update, but it’s clear Facebook is heading toward a pretty different user experience over time. This is particularly nice for mobile users.

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Smart toy cars teach programming: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153623471379655

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New wedding registry Zola:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153623466059655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654

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A social network for doctors: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153623362859655

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New Tesla released to rave reviews: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153623312264655
 
I hope you have a five star weekend, see you next week!
 
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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.
 
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Oh, VW. What a mess.

The other day I wrote about the chances its CEO would last the week and avoid going to jail. If you've been living under a rock for the past few days, it was recently revealed that VW has been programming its diesel-powered vehicles -- and those under at least one other nameplate, Audi -- to cheat when measured for emissions requirements. That cheat has shipped on millions of vehicles over six years, so the numbers of people who have been involved must be pretty stunning.
 
The axe fell hard and fast. CEO Martin Winterkorn was gone within hours of me asking that question, along with a ton of other executives.

And the bleeding still hasn’t stopped. Investigations as to who knew and participated are ongoing. I won’t beshoc... more »

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Oh, VW. What a mess.

The other day I wrote about the chances its CEO would last the week and avoid going to jail. If you've been living under a rock for the past few days, it was recently revealed that VW has been programming its diesel-powered vehicles -- and those under at least one other nameplate, Audi -- to cheat when measured for emissions requirements. That cheat has shipped on millions of vehicles over six years, so the numbers of people who have been involved must be pretty stunning.
 
The axe fell hard and fast. CEO Martin Winterkorn was gone within hours of me asking that question, along with a ton of other executives.

And the bleeding still hasn’t stopped. Investigations as to who knew and participated are ongoing. I won’t be shocked if someone goes to jail. But that will all play out in due time.

On Thursday, Wired Magazine had an interesting point -- we should open up the Internet of Things to avoid such problems and also to make them more secure:
http://www.wired.com/2015/09/volkswagen-open-iot/

I agree. Over and over again we learn the positives behind open source and how it enables people to fix bugs, add features and better understand systems.

It’s going to be interesting to see how far this goes. Now it’s being reported that government officials knew:http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/24/german-ministers-reportedly-were-warned-vw-test-beating-software/.

I imagine the ones that will really get harmed here are the engineers. They don’t have golden parachutes and expensive lawyers to protect them. Even if they only lose their jobs, they will find it hard to get rehired, since they're tainted with this scandal/syndrome, and many may have to spend months in court as this plays out.

I can’t defend them. If the company I worked for asked me to break the law, I’d refuse and make a big stink. Shame on engineers who coded these kinds of law breaks into products.

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One of my favorite memories was attending the original Maker Faire a decade ago. I’ve been several times since and each time I am inspired by people who make things from small jewelry, to wondrous robots, to amazing pieces of art. This weekend, Maker Faire visits New York, and that’s brought a slew of new product announcements along with it.

3D printers are having their “laser printer moment.”
 
Remember back in 1985, when Apple showed the world the Laser Writer? A $7,000 printer that changed desktop publishing?
 
Before today, the sub-$5,000 3D printers produced items that had a crude feel to them, or were hard to use.
 
Well, this week Formlabs brought us its new Form 2 printer. This printer makes much higher resolution objects than other extrusion-based printers can do. Here, you can see how it’s easier to use, and can make objects with soft and tough materials too: 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153608656544655/ This is the printer I want to own. It gets rid of the negatives of previous printers.

It isn’t alone this week either. Glowforge showed me a laser cutter that can cut through ¼-inch-thick organic material (wood, plastic, leather, etc.) and can etch metal. Here you can see their new printer:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153613547769655/

Why are these important? Because so many entrepreneurs rely on them to make prototypes and other products. Watch for them to pop up at future Maker Faires like flies on honey.
 
Here’s some other things I saw and did this week:

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This week I traveled to Brazil to meet executives and startups. I was quickly pointed to NuBank by a customer who told me that people are waiting six months to get one of its credit cards.

Why? The credit cards from Nubank are awesomely integrated into the mobile lifestyle that so many of us are getting used to with our smartphones. This Sequoia-backed company (makes my heart warm, since Rackspace was Sequoia backed too) is the hottest startup in Brazil and is growing so fast they don’t know where to put new hires:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153609764644655

The three founders showed me around and gave me a unique look inside its customer-centric culture (another thing Rackspace shares a love for) and explained why there was such demand. Their credit cards are free, for one thing, and they work to keep expenses very low. But everything is designed for the mobile-centric user, from their welcome kit to the notifications that show up in real time after you make a transaction. I posted some screen shots here:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153607833564655 
You can see the care it takes and why customers are very evangelistic about this company and its credit card.
 
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Oculus shows off its latest: http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/24/ready-to-rift/

This is the most important product introduction since the first iPhone. Now, most of you won’t agree with me there. At least not until about 2017. Then we’ll look back on today’s announcements as far more important than we can currently recognize. This isn’t an upgrade of an already loved product, like the iPhone really was (a lot of us had Palm Treos or Blackberries or Nokia Phones back then, and the iPhone just was a more usable version).

No, this is a new category of products. It's a category no one has in their homes yet, so its real usefulness won’t be recognized until later. That doesn’t make it any less important. Imagine being around on the day the Apple II was announced. Barely anyone in society cared. But we can all look back on that day and know it was a very important one for the industry and all of us. Same will be true here.

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Shel Israel’s new book, “Lethal Generosity” is getting great reviews:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153606756449655 (I wrote the foreward, it’s a great follow-up to our earlier book, “Age of Context” which is still relevant two years later).

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Web Summit moves to Lisbon. This move shocked a lot of people because Ireland is the home of Web Summit (my favorite startup conference, which will have 30,000 attendees this year in Dublin). I’m skipping this year’s because I was asked to keynote another conference back in San Francisco, but I will be at Web Summit’s “Collision” event in New Orleans next year as well as the first Lisbon event:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153611553639655

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Pebble ships a new watch:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153611546874655

There are rumors on the street that Pebble will get bought by a big company soon. I think that makes sense. Pebble has a great brand, demonstrated in that it can ship great products, but to really get to the next level, it needs the integration with a bigger partner. It’s hard to take Pebble too seriously when the big companies like Samsung, Microsoft and Apple are shipping great products in this space too. But there are companies, like Facebook and Amazon, that don’t yet have a play in wearables. I wonder if they're ready to make the move?

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Facebook’s new 360 video showed off in Star Wars video:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153613733914655

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A basketball with sensors:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153605388719655

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Apple Watch saves someone’s life:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153605798254655

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Big data nerds: Rackspace now is offering managed Cassandra:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153609199534655

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Curiyo, content discovery system and app:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153613733914655

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I’m off to speak in New York next week at http://www.tapconference.com/ and also will be seen at BetaWorks on Thursday where we’ll be broadcasting Gillmor Gang.

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As a Rackspace futurist, I keep my finger on the pulse of Silicon Valley and global trends, to offer insights into what’s coming next in tech and why it’s important to you.
 
Since 2009, I’ve traveled near and far, meeting with startups, innovative companies and visionaries, as well as evangelizing the Rackspace managed cloud story.
 
I read all my email at scoble@rackspace.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble.  
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Marc Benioff is the master.
 
170,000 people showed up this week to watch Salesforce CEO and Co-founder Marc Benioff perform in front of the ever larger audiences at its Dreamforce event.

Since I was able to sit in the front row and study Steve Jobs when he was still around, I wondered what I’d learn by sitting a few feet from Benioff. Disclaimer, Rackspace is a Salesforce customer, and Benioff wrote the forward for my book, “Age of Context.”
 
Here’s some things:

He leaves nothing to chance. They released the real news last week, long before the press would even show up at the event.

Why? Well, that way attendees would already know what sessions they needed to attend to learn about the latest. Also, journalists often get caught intraffic, ge... more »

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Marc Benioff is the master.
 
170,000 people showed up this week to watch Salesforce CEO and Co-founder Marc Benioff perform in front of the ever larger audiences at its Dreamforce event.

Since I was able to sit in the front row and study Steve Jobs when he was still around, I wondered what I’d learn by sitting a few feet from Benioff. Disclaimer, Rackspace is a Salesforce customer, and Benioff wrote the forward for my book, “Age of Context.”
 
Here’s some things:

He leaves nothing to chance. They released the real news last week, long before the press would even show up at the event.

Why? Well, that way attendees would already know what sessions they needed to attend to learn about the latest. Also, journalists often get caught in traffic, get tired or just don’t have the ability to understand what speakers said on stage.

By meeting with them a week earlier, Salesforce can control the message a lot better than by trying to rendezvous with the hundreds of journalists that show up at Dreamforce.

It also means journalists have an outline of articles, like this one in Venture Beat, that they fill in with photos and quotes from the event itself: http://venturebeat.com/2015/09/16/everything-announced-at-dreamforce-2015/

Brand tying is religion. If you walk around San Francisco this week, you’ll see sign after sign for the brands that Salesforce is trying to align itself with, from Uber to Aetna.

On stage, Benioff is a master of walking around the huge pavilion and either saying hi to representatives from different brands, to having them on stage. Many times brands like Cisco, get many minutes all to themselves on the Dreamforce stage.

Dreamforce is where he pushes his teams. I’ve been to a half dozen of them now.
 
Benioff regularly announces new technology (yesterday he announced IoT support). But when you push the teams for real software, or even pricing, they answer, “we’ll have those details soon.”

Sure enough, over the next year, those details trickle out of Salesforce at various events. I even used this to write a book. I knew that to get my book featured at Dreamforce, we needed to ship it before Salesforce announced a feature on it.

Here’s a hint: I bet that next year Salesforce will be all over Virtual and Augmented Reality. It was too early this year, but next year look for sexy demos with Microsoft Hololens, which is rumored to ship next summer, at least in beta form.

Benioff's team does a masterful job at trying to make the show entertaining and not just dry. Stevie Wonder opened up the keynote yesterday. One of the co-founders, Parker Harris, showed up on stage in a funny “Lightening Man” suit.

They’ve pushed themselves to get closer to customers, with a round stage that Benioff visits infrequently as he walks through the audience. When I walked up to get a better photo, I found each section is watched by executives and others, and they make sure nobody blocks camera angles, or gets out of line.

It makes sense, since the theme for the last few years has been that Salesforce helps you build a customer-centric company.

Benioff is an amazing listener, even as he obviously has to keep track of many things while he walks around and presents. During his interviews with other execs, it’s clear that he’s not scripted, and he adds value on the fly.

Very few execs can pull off this “scripted non scriptedness.” Watching him you can tell he’s rehearsed most of it though, the same way a jazz musician knows just how many bars he/she can improvise before getting back on script.

After the talk I walked through the expo hall looking for other hints of where the industry is going. If you walk through the expo hall, like I did athttps://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153596186599655 , you’ll see some industry trends too. I was looking for technology that could help us improve the lives of Rackspace customers. 

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Look at the 360 Fly video camera. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153593410979655/ Unfortunately for most of us, there are so many innovations coming soon. Kodak and Ricoh just announced new cameras that have better quality (360 Fly themselves admitted off camera that they have a newer model coming at CES). Translation: buy only what you need and expect it to be obsolete nearly instantly.

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My first try at Blab.IM, including an interview with the investor behind it, Michael Birch, and the founders:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153592874469655 Many of my friends have been pushing me to try this for weeks now. Why? It lets you do video conferences with four participants easily and without software (on the Web). The viral features (it’s very easy to push a discussion you like to Twitter) and chat features are awesome, and you can see just how good a community Blab has here.

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Facebook open sourced React Native, the framework that lets it easily change the UI on its mobile apps. It also lets developers make cross-platform mobile apps. Are you using it? What’s your experience? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153590967259655:0

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Gillmor Gang. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153581815894655Every weekend a group of us gets together to talk about the nerdy news of the week. Here we tear into Apple’s announcements.

Since then I’ve gotten iOS 9 and love it. My battery on my iPhone 6+ seems to last a lot longer, and my phone is snappier. It fixed a few nagging bugs too (like scrolling through photos in Facebook Messenger is a lot faster), and I love the updates to notifications and other places. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. Here’s some hidden features in Mashable: http://mashable.com/2015/09/17/ios-9-hidden-features/We’ll do another Gillmor Gang on Saturday morning, probably at 10 a.m., so watch my Facebook for news of that. We’ll wrap up all the Salesforce news (and take a fresh look at iOS 9 on Apple devices too).

Next week? Watch out for a bunch of 3D printing news as Maker Faire arrives in New York next weekend. Have a great week, stay geeky.
 
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It isn’t every Facebook post that gets Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, along with Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Apple CEO John Sculley all to leave comments.

But that's what happened here: 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153568918249655

The comments were in response to a post I made about yet another Steve Jobs movie, er, documentary, titled “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.”

You can read more about that documentary, which was released in theaters and on Apple TV last Friday, here: http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/04/steve-jobs-documentary-debuts/ .
 
Why did they all comment? Well, Benioff says that the latest documentary is heavy on the “Steve Jobsdark side,... more »

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It isn’t every Facebook post that gets Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, along with Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak and former Apple CEO John Sculley all to leave comments.

But that's what happened here: 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153568918249655

The comments were in response to a post I made about yet another Steve Jobs movie, er, documentary, titled “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.”

You can read more about that documentary, which was released in theaters and on Apple TV last Friday, here: http://www.macrumors.com/2015/09/04/steve-jobs-documentary-debuts/ .
 
Why did they all comment? Well, Benioff says that the latest documentary is heavy on the “Steve Jobs dark side,” but light on the magic that made Steve Jobs.

Woz hasn’t seen the latest documentary, but is praising a yet to come movie, which he says gives insights into Steve Jobs, the man. He gave faint praise to an earlier movie, in which Ashton Kutcher plays Jobs.

So, to figure out what Benioff was saying, last weekend I sat down with Andy Grignon, who is in “The Man in the Machine,” and watched it. He’s one of the dozen people who built the original iPhone for Steve Jobs.

I agree with Benioff. “The Man in the Machine” just doesn’t give any insights into why Jobs was able to come back, save Apple from death and make it the most profitable company around.

For instance, do we learn how Jobs got AT&T to do visual voicemail? Grignon told me that when he pitched AT&T on the idea, they treated him like a child and refused to do the feature. He went home, “cried” to Steve, and somehow, months later, the iPhone had the feature. AT&T had capitulated.

I asked Ed Whitacre, former AT&T CEO about his side of the story, and he said he walked away with a five year exclusive from Jobs because Jobs wanted the feature so bad.

"The Man in the Machine” was lacking just that type of detail, although it was heavy on a bunch of the items that made him out to be a jerk of the first order. I’m not saying those things aren’t true, I’ve heard many stories about Jobs’ lack of empathy towards other human beings too, but it’s just that the story is incomplete.
 
It also didn’t demonstrate why Jobs had such a “reality distortion field,” and could convince you the sky was purple. His charisma, along with his social proof, and pedigree as founder of Apple all fit into it, and those things are just hard to communicate through a screen.

Some key quotes from the Facebook post:

Woz: “Some personalities are nice and some aren't, and they rarely change much after they form around 18-23 years old. For Jobs this was when Apple started, with money coming to sponsor the Apple ][. He switched from an average fun loving joking person to a serious businessman, since that was now his destiny and goal. Nothing would get in the way of him being #1.”

Woz: “One thing nobody likes to point out is that John Sculley himself, as well as almost all of us at Apple, believed that the Macintosh was Apple's future. We all sacrificed the growing personal computer market (10x over a decade and MS got all the growth) in this belief. We (Sculley leading) had to work very hard for 3 years to make the Macintosh as successful (in dollars) as the Apple ][ had ever been, following Jobs' vision. The choices can be argued because you can never go back and say what decisions would have what results, but it was a business decision to SAVE Apple as a company, after the stock dropped by a third in about a day when the Macintosh failed to sell due to not much software. Steve Jobs wasn't pushed out of the company. He left. I supported him in his belief that he was made to create computers. But up until then he'd only had failures at creation. He was great at productizing and marketing the Apple ][ and the revenues financed the failures Apple ///, LISA, Macintosh and NeXT. This is not shown in the movie. After the Macintosh failure it's fair to assume that Jobs' left out of his feeling of greatness, and embarrassment about not having achieved it. That is not shown either. This movie is more about Steve Jobs inside, his non-feeling about a lot of things including how others thought of him, and some pushes to reform that in the end.”

John Sculley: "Woz you are amazing. I am one of the few who remember how you personally inspired and trained some of our best Macintosh engineers to look for clever ingenious ways to make really expensive technology affordable. Your genius was appreciated by so many of us. Now the rest of the world should know too.”

There’s a lot more too, you should read all the comments at:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153568918249655
 
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Which brings me to yesterday. If you haven’t been living under a rock you know that Apple announced lots of new stuff yesterday, from a new Apple TV, a new iPad, to new iPhones. Ben Thompson does an awesome job about asking why Apple didn’t bring us a better iPad: https://stratechery.com/2015/from-products-to-platforms/

I’ll reserve more discussion until Gillmor Gang on Friday, which will be on Techcrunch on Saturday.

Some other fun things from my week:
 
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Holy fighting Megabots! I sit in the robot that will take on Japan. This was the crowd pleaser at Maker Faire earlier this year: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153571276449655/
 
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Visit to Eko digital stethoscope startup. I told you about this startup in last weekend’s newsletter, but here I visit the company and meet with the founders:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153571087274655/

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Vanity Fair backs up what I’ve been telling you for weeks, that Oculus Rift is cool (among other insights about why Zuckerberg bought it): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153570868139655

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An oldie from last year, but it's still good to watch - a look at my Stir Desk:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153564941304655 I love this desk, which reminds me to switch it up and stand instead of sitting all day long. Unfortunately it’s very pricey, cost me $4,100, but I feel like Elon Musk when standing at this desk.
 
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Life and Tech #20: Burn it up

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It’s a slow week here in San Francisco. Why? It seems like much of the tech industry is at Burning Man. Over the weekend, I asked why you weren’t going to Burning Man: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153547389974655
 
There were a lot of fun answers, like Lou Covey’s: “To go to the California desert for a week, live in a tent, crap in a bucket and hang out with a bunch of pretentious rich people? Yeah sounds great.”
 
Then I asked a bunch of other people. Hey, I’ve been thinking about going to Burning Man for years, and have been trying to get my wife to go with me too. She refuses, even after at least 30 of our friends have told her it’s the most amazing thing they’ve ever done.

The answersto such evangelism... more »

Life and Tech #20: Burn it up

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It’s a slow week here in San Francisco. Why? It seems like much of the tech industry is at Burning Man. Over the weekend, I asked why you weren’t going to Burning Man: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153547389974655
 
There were a lot of fun answers, like Lou Covey’s: “To go to the California desert for a week, live in a tent, crap in a bucket and hang out with a bunch of pretentious rich people? Yeah sounds great.”
 
Then I asked a bunch of other people. Hey, I’ve been thinking about going to Burning Man for years, and have been trying to get my wife to go with me too. She refuses, even after at least 30 of our friends have told her it’s the most amazing thing they’ve ever done.

The answers to such evangelism are very similar to answers I hear about new technology:

“Hell no, no way.”
“I see no need to do that.”
“It’s a religion with those people.”
“I can’t stand that idea.”

Those are from people who never have been. Compare them to answers from people who have been:

“It’s the best thing you’ll ever do.”
“Life changing.”
“You must go.”
“Amazing experience.”

I realized those are the same answers I hear when I talk to people about Virtual Reality or self driving cars. They even remind me of things I've heard in the past, like when I was pushing Twitter on my blog back in 2006.

What do I learn? That the answers from people who have tried the technology or experience differ radically from other people’s experiences or answers.

Here’s the problem: some technologies are so expensive, very few people will be able to try them. How many people will really be able to afford an Oculus Rift, or a self driving car anytime soon? Very few. Same as being able to afford going to Burning Man. Many of my friends can’t afford to go. Taking a week off of work and off of life is a luxury.

Instead of saving up the money and figuring out how to go, it’s easier to deride the experience. Plus, having fun takes some effort. I get it. Back in 2014 I asked “how much are you willing to suffer to have fun?” https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10152349750524655

I noticed that going to the Coachella music festival meant putting up with a high level of discomfort. It was hot and dusty there too, and you needed to walk about a mile just to get into the venue.

I don’t know where I’m going with this, but since I’m talking to mostly people who have never been to Burning Man (since most of those who told me they went in the past said they were going again this week) I figure I’d take your side.

By resisting change, by resisting the costs, you're making life easier for yourself. I know it’s easier for me, I didn’t have to rent an RV, figure out how to get tickets, wait in line, deal with bugs, get a costume, pack a bunch of water and food or get things to give away on the Playa. It’s easier to just say, “no way in hell,” or “what a bunch of nuts.”

All while harboring just a bit of jealousy.

What does this mean for technology? Think about your reactions to VR or self driving cars. I can’t stand how people talk about them, because the opinions are often so uninformed. See the reactions around the web to this article, which shows that humans are to blame in accidents with self driving cars because the cars are too “perfect” at following the laws:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153555474609655 
 
I hear almost the exact same words from people who don’t want to save a few hundred bucks to get a VR headset. It’s easier to just say, “it’s not for me,” or, “that thing is hideous/dorky/geeky/etc.”
 
I’ll be honest, I’m disappointed in myself for not finding a way to go to Burning Man this year. I’ll make up for it by being first to get an Oculus Rift. But get ready for an onslaught of articles praising VR, the same way that Burning Man attendees evangelize that event.
 
Here’s a couple:

Tad goes raving mad about VR: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153555172254655

He’s not alone. Here’s a report from a tech journalist at GeekWire: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153550441514655
 
Anyway, enjoy the quiet week and try to tell yourself that you’re really having much more fun than all those weirdos wearing costumes in the desert listening to crappy electronic music.

Here are some other things I collected over the past week:
 
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Blab.IM is getting praise for its multiparty videoconferencing features: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153547380959655

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VMWorld was this week, here’s a writeup of the news: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153553689479655

Rackspace announced a deal with VMware to deliver an interoperable OpenStack Cloud Architecture: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153552800164655

A tool to enable you to move from your on-premise datacenter to cloud: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153560073659655/

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Petersen’s Automobile Museum is going to have some awesome Indy footage featured in a “wrap around VR-like screen.” I learned about it by running into a Motor Trend camera crew shooting with this camera that has seven GoPros: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153549883814655/

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I visit Clustrix to learn about its scalable database in a talk with its CEO:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153558184234655/
 
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There's a new Nest thermostat coming: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153554925799655

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Samsung’s SmartThings launches a powerful, privacy-friendly home automation hub: http://mashable.com/2015/09/03/samsung-smartthings/

Amazon’s Dash buttons: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153557657964655
 
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Kym McNicholas' interview of me where we talk about the Extreme Tech Challenge, great contest for startups: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153559684579655

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Denmark’s ad guys come by and talk about how startups should think about storytelling: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153557820414655/

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Digital stethoscope from Eko shows how sensors continue to change our lives: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153557670459655
 
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Here’s our best chance for patent reform, says Van Lindberg, who is a Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Rackspace: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153555619239655

Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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2015-08-28 17:21:23 (7 comments; 9 reshares; 97 +1s; )Open 

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What an honor.

You’ve gotta understand, when you visit SRI http://www.sri.com/ it’s like going to church for anyone technology-minded. In just a few buildings, so much has been invented. Let’s start with the Internet itself. The first node on the Internet was installed there (the other first node was at UCLA).

The mouse was invented there, along with hypertext linking and much more by Doug Engelbart (who gave the “Mother of All Demos” way back in 1968. Info about that is here: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos).

But the invention list goes on and on. Surgical robotics. SIRI. HDTV.

So when they invite you over, it’s a big thrill.

What did I learn?
First, a f... more »

This is a reprint of my newsletter sent out last night. I send out a new one every Thursday night. Please subscribe at: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

What an honor.

You’ve gotta understand, when you visit SRI http://www.sri.com/ it’s like going to church for anyone technology-minded. In just a few buildings, so much has been invented. Let’s start with the Internet itself. The first node on the Internet was installed there (the other first node was at UCLA).

The mouse was invented there, along with hypertext linking and much more by Doug Engelbart (who gave the “Mother of All Demos” way back in 1968. Info about that is here: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mother_of_All_Demos).

But the invention list goes on and on. Surgical robotics. SIRI. HDTV.

So when they invite you over, it’s a big thrill.

What did I learn?

First, a few lessons about why Silicon Valley continues to be an innovation leader, mostly thanks to military spending, but more on that later in the newsletter.

What else did I learn? Let’s start with the revelation that our phones can still get much smarter. Look at this set of demos, which show that your phone will soon be able to recognize you simply by your voice:

Voice Recognition: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153535018584655/
Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153535022454655/

Using that technology, your phone can figure out who is talking, and even unlock at the sound of your voice. I can think of dozens of places where that will improve our lives. Think about Amazon’s Echo, which is a device that sits in your home, listening to you. Imagine if it could tell that it’s you speaking, and not your wife or your kids.

But let’s see something else they showed me at SRI: contextual video search. Watch it in action here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153534062499655/ 

You could search “man eating a hamburger,” and it would take you to videos of people doing exactly that. It can also take you right to the part of the video where that activity is happening.

How does this work? Artificial intelligence and machine vision learning systems. I want this so bad for my Facebook videos. Imagine being able to search for specific people talking and doing different things.

As we walked through the halls, our guides (both the current and former president of ventures there) said, “the next guy is probably our smartest employee.” Who were they talking about? Patrick Lincoln, director of the computer science lab at SRI (his info can be found at: https://www.sri.com/about/people/patrick-lincoln).
 
Here, he gives me a first look at how SRI does computer and network security:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153533744664655/ 
It's an amazing look inside how this lab protects itself against hackers.
 
Then it got more fun, they put a robot on me!

What was that for? Well, it was developed for the military. For soldiers. Why? They need to carry 100 pound backpacks and walk long distances. The task of the robot is to assist you when walking. Now the researchers are working on making it commercially available to all of us. I can imagine a version you buy at mountaineering stores that will help you backpack.

They outfitted me with the robot, and had me walk around. It has a little motor on both sides that pulls on a cord headed down to my shin. It puts up to 100 pounds of force to assist me in walking. Very cool. In the two-part video you see the robot, the sensors that were designed to figure out where my legs and feet were and how fast I’m walking, and the computer and motor pack on my back.

Robots you wear:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153533842699655/
Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153533957779655/

Finally, we visited a part of the campus I hadn’t visited before (2,200 people work at SRI, mostly in Menlo Park, California and Princeton, New Jersey, but here I was visiting its headquarters in Menlo Park). It's David Cooper’s lab, where he does sensor systems. Here they use new kinds of sensors to figure out what kinds of illnesses people have:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153534253909655/

Which brings me to the point. Why do Silicon Valley and Israel still stand out in the world of innovation? Largely due to labs like these, which are doing government-focused work. Siri, for instance, was built for the government to enable workers to do new kinds of searches.

That’s why I keep going back. These labs continue doing long-term research that takes four to 10 years, maybe longer, before it bears fruit commercially. In fact, as we walked away from the interview, Norman Winarsky, former president of SRI Ventures, agreed when someone else said, “we’re going to be commercializing some of the stuff Pat’s working on now for the next 15 years.”

It shows just how important even a single extremely smart person is to a lab, a region and to a country.

I walked away thinking how just a small number of people have really changed my life in very deep ways. Many of whom have walked through the doors of this lab.

Here are some other things I’ve done, or that caught my eye, just in the past week.

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I got a tour of smart clothing manufacturer Athos:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153536233849655/ These clothes help athletes have better workouts.

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My friend Ken Yeung looks into the top startup helper, Y Combinator:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153531358724655

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Startups. Here Andreessen Horowitz schools you about your phony metrics:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153529206464655

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Lots of data about the collaborative economy from Jeremiah Owyang:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153529114734655

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State of Artificial Intelligence in one post: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153529106419655

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This startup told me to fly a kite. PhotoKite lets you fly a drone with a camera in a new way. Useful for journalists and others who want to fly a camera in places where drones won’t be allowed:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153538548794655/

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Facebook announced it's developing “M” which is a personal assistant built into Messenger. Here I sit down with Bob Rosenschein and talk about it. He started Answers.com. He's a great one to talk to about this:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153538834484655/

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Steve Rubel podcast: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153526922189655 We talk about my role at Rackspace, marketing trends and the innovation I’m seeing around the world.

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On September 2nd, I’m speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco:https://www.facebook.com/Kevin.M.OMalley/posts/10153495363143605

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My wife and I are enjoying Blue Apron, which ships food to you that you make at home. We're eating healthier and learning how to cook more things, too:
 https://www.facebook.com/maryamie/posts/10207608289949481

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I sat in the front row at Obi Worldphone launch last night. Here John Sculley, former CEO of Apple and Pepsi, launched a new set of very nicely designed smartphones for less than $200. Here is the video I shot and why it matters:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153541066019655

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The hot development trend: React lets you reuse code for Web, iOS, and Android:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153540199749655 My developer friends are talking a lot about React lately.

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My first live video on Facebook was on a boat cruise with a few computer science professors:
 https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153524425424655/ All at the Think Big Festival (a conference about robotics and artificial intelligence). Fun times, and I had a robot chasing my orange shoes!

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I visited the drought-resistant shower company, Nebia, which is getting a lot of attention since the shower head it developed uses 70% less water:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153539510724655/

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Something fun to end the week. I was behind the scenes as country music performer Pete Stringfellow filmed his latest music video: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153532253254655/

Cool look into one of the summer’s musical hits: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153536149809655

Sneak peek at music technology soon to come from Retronyms:https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153539423549655/ this was a fun visit to a startup that many musicians are using to create their music.

Thanks, what an incredible week, and thank you to so many at SRI who gave me an amazing tour!

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2015-08-26 01:20:46 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 91 +1s; )Open 

(Every week I send out a new email newsletter. This is last week's edition. Subscribe to the newsletter here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 and you'll get the next one emailed to you every Thursday evening).

Today, Facebook gave me access to its new live video feature.

Here I broadcast a bunch of computer scientists as we cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, where I'm helping moderate the sessions tomorrow at Nick Smoot’s robotics conference: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153524425424655/
 
This is an incredible event with about 1,000 attendees. Nick has pulled together all sorts of interesting people, including Burt Rutan, who built the first plane that traveled around the world without refueling, among others.

The conference, titled “The Think Big Festival,” starts tonight. Watch my Facebook page for moreinfo, or ... more »

(Every week I send out a new email newsletter. This is last week's edition. Subscribe to the newsletter here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 and you'll get the next one emailed to you every Thursday evening).

Today, Facebook gave me access to its new live video feature.

Here I broadcast a bunch of computer scientists as we cruise around Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, where I'm helping moderate the sessions tomorrow at Nick Smoot’s robotics conference: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153524425424655/
 
This is an incredible event with about 1,000 attendees. Nick has pulled together all sorts of interesting people, including Burt Rutan, who built the first plane that traveled around the world without refueling, among others.

The conference, titled “The Think Big Festival,” starts tonight. Watch my Facebook page for more info, or the event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/610178355751456/

But that’s not what I was most excited by this week.
 
Over the weekend I attended the Taylor Swift concert at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Before the concert, I was lucky enough to get a tour of all the technology in the stadium. The tour was led by John Paul, CEO of http://www.venuenext.com/ who is the geek running the tech at the most technologically advanced stadium in the world.

I split the tour into two parts here:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153515223549655/
Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153515274754655/
 
This is where the Super Bowl will be played in February 2016.
 
TL;DR: Get the app BEFORE you come to this stadium and you can do a ton of things - from logging into your parking space and walking into the stadium, to getting directions to your seats and ordering food that will be delivered right to your seat.
 
OK, I've been in a lot of stadiums. The wifi never works. The app doesn't do all that much. But this isn't true at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

Located a few blocks from Intel's headquarters, right in the heart of Silicon Valley, you might imagine the stadium would be a heavy technology user.
 
You'd be right.
 
The stadium holds 2,000 beacons. I've never seen a deployment elsewhere that had more than 100 (and Shel Israel and I wrote a book, "Age of Context," about how this kind of technology might be used). 
 
There are 1,200 wifi hotspots. Last night Rackspace CTO, John Engates, was watching Taylor Swift with his daughters. He wrote me, "the wifi is amazing."

Yes, it is. It's the only stadium I've been at where the wifi actually works. It's backed up with a 45 gigabit pipe, too.
 
Two 4K screens, the best in the world at the moment, are on both sides of the stadium.
 
But it goes on. John's team of 50 custom built ticket scanners for each entry and there are also these "Kezars" at the entries to each suite area and club area.
 
They monitor how many people have checked into each parking lot (passes are sold by people checking in cars, or you can buy them ahead of time like I did. My mobile phone showed a bar code and I was checked in that way through a hand-held scanner).
 
In this video you also meet the guy, Aaron Kennedy, who runs the scoreboards’ control team and room and see all the tech that controls all the video screens in the stadium and the scoreboards.
 
Hope you enjoy this look behind the scenes.

Here’s some other things from my week:

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52 Startups born at Y Combinator: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153522330039655
 
I interview the cofounder of Ticket Fairy, one of the top new YC companies: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153518046679655/ (makes a new ticket system for performances).

Product Hunt has a great system where you can see most of the YC companies, ranked by popularity: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153517782329655

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I chat with Techcrunch cofounder and Chat Center founder, Keith Teare, who shows me how companies can use chat to increase customer service: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153517675009655/  

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Tagatoo shows me its new email client, helps with tracking tasks: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153521755144655/

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Rackspace announces Fanatical Support for Adobe Experience Manager: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153522297534655 While I’m pitching Rackspace, here’s how Rip Curl (the surfing equipment manufacturer) is growing its business as a Rackspace customer: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153522098184655

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Slick has a new gimbal for steadying GoPros: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153519952434655/ First one that is waterproof, ships in March, you can preorder now. This will help you do professional-quality video on your GoPro camera.

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Ngrok has a new way to setup a server that is getting raves:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153518742044655
 
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Google has a new, easy to setup, wifi router. I don’t have one yet, but seems they made it simpler and more useful. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153519434719655
 
Hope you have a great week, see you next Thursday night!
 
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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!
 
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2015-08-16 17:58:59 (18 comments; 8 reshares; 79 +1s; )Open 

Eat your heart out. I got a tour of the technology behind the scenes at the Taylor Swift concert last night at Levi's Stadium. The videos are up on my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

This is the most technologically advanced stadium in the world, with 1,200 wifi hotspots. 2,000 beacons. 45 gigabits of bandwidth. Two of the best 4K video screens. And more. You see it all with the guy who built it.

This is a sneak peek at the tech that will run the Super Bowl, too. 

Hint: if you ever visit Levi's Stadium make sure you download the app before you get to the stadium. It does a TON of stuff while you are the stadium.

Eat your heart out. I got a tour of the technology behind the scenes at the Taylor Swift concert last night at Levi's Stadium. The videos are up on my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble

This is the most technologically advanced stadium in the world, with 1,200 wifi hotspots. 2,000 beacons. 45 gigabits of bandwidth. Two of the best 4K video screens. And more. You see it all with the guy who built it.

This is a sneak peek at the tech that will run the Super Bowl, too. 

Hint: if you ever visit Levi's Stadium make sure you download the app before you get to the stadium. It does a TON of stuff while you are the stadium.___

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2015-08-14 18:16:41 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Thanks for letting me take a few weeks off of the newsletter. This is what I sent out last night to my email subscribers. Subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 (It includes both my best work, as well as the best things of the week I see around the Internet).

Yesterday, I spent some time on the phone with someone from Facebook. They are planning on expanding their live video features to people who aren’t just celebrities, but they're also rolling it out slowly. Here’s the Techcrunch article about that: http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/12/facebook-live-livestreaming/
 
At Rackspace we're very interested in using Facebook’s Live Video to bring you into places, provide training and do other things to let our customers and partners know what’s up. You might be interested too.

Today, I was on MSNBC discussing live video:http://w... more »

Thanks for letting me take a few weeks off of the newsletter. This is what I sent out last night to my email subscribers. Subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 (It includes both my best work, as well as the best things of the week I see around the Internet).

Yesterday, I spent some time on the phone with someone from Facebook. They are planning on expanding their live video features to people who aren’t just celebrities, but they're also rolling it out slowly. Here’s the Techcrunch article about that: http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/12/facebook-live-livestreaming/
 
At Rackspace we're very interested in using Facebook’s Live Video to bring you into places, provide training and do other things to let our customers and partners know what’s up. You might be interested too.

Today, I was on MSNBC discussing live video: http://www.msnbc.com/code-forward/watch/is-facebook-live-killing-internet-equality--504263235765

Marketers who think it’s another way to push through messages are salivating, but Facebook is holding them back. So far, only verified celebrities have access to the feature (I’m expected to get an early look “within hours,” according to Facebook).

What will I do with it? The same thing I’d recommend you do with it: be careful and use it sparingly. Yes, you can get your content pushed out right now, but if you overuse it and don’t provide value, people will remove you from their notifications and/or unfollow or unfriend you. At Rackspace we just say, “be helpful.”

So, even if I broadcast myself eating dinner, there will be some sort of payoff for the folks who watch my live videos. An interview with someone interesting, how-to content or a look at a new technology or product.
 
Another way to look at the video market is how to make a video go viral. Here I talk with Samir Arora, CEO of Mode Media (seventh largest media company on the Internet). He walks me through the stats behind a video they had that went viral (58 million views in 21 days). He also shares how dominant Facebook and YouTube are:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153488066244655&set=pb.501319654.-2207520000.1439467138.

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This week’s big news was Google’s major reorg under the brand “Alphabet.” I was over at Shel Israel’s house (longtime journalist and strategist, who wrote two books with me) and we talked about what it all means: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153500929474655/

Basically, it will help Google unlock a lot of value as it allows its member “companies” like YouTube or Nest, to thrive separately from the Google brand and business model.
 
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I also spoke at the PR Summit this week. Here Rich Reader captured me talking about why I’m so passionate about Virtual Reality:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153507886774655?pnref=story

This afternoon, the founders of Upload VR (who are doing the VR pavilion at Techcrunch Disrupt, among many other things) came over and we also talked about VR: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153509592729655/

Can you tell I’m a bit excited by VR?

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Even security cameras are coming to the cloud. Here, founder and CEO Dean Drakko shows me Eagle Eye Networks: 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153505887959655/
It isn’t his first time starting a company. Years ago he started Barracuda Networks, which got very big. He is a passionate evangelist for cloud technology and shows off many features that make a video security system better than when it was hosted on-premise.
 
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Do you want to do your own PR, but need help figuring out which journalists to hit? Then Press Friendly will be great for you. Take a look here: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153503165074655/

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Do you watch Product Hunt? I do. This is where you can find tons of new products before anyone else on your block learns about them. Here they've put together a collection of Drone-oriented software: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153501531879655

Here’s another Product Hunt compilation of things that will automatically do stuff for you: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153503185589655

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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. 
 
Please share this newsletter on social networks and email. If you have gotten it from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

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2015-08-10 21:31:03 (72 comments; 11 reshares; 110 +1s; )Open 

Big news about Google splitting up into smaller companies under one called "Alphabet" is ALL OVER MY FEED. I am feeling like this is a rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. But wow. Microsoft should have done that in 2000.

Big news about Google splitting up into smaller companies under one called "Alphabet" is ALL OVER MY FEED. I am feeling like this is a rearranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic. But wow. Microsoft should have done that in 2000.___

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2015-08-09 03:58:09 (3 comments; 11 reshares; 147 +1s; )Open 

Great sunset in Half Moon Bay.

Who is this demonstrating how to shoot on an iPhone while holding wine?

+Andy Grignon, who was one of the dozen or so people who built the first iPhone at Apple.

Great sunset in Half Moon Bay.

Who is this demonstrating how to shoot on an iPhone while holding wine?

+Andy Grignon, who was one of the dozen or so people who built the first iPhone at Apple.___

2015-08-07 23:07:07 (151 comments; 12 reshares; 186 +1s; )Open 

Have you ever visited Google Contacts at https://contacts.google.com ?

It never worked for me since the redesign. Finally I just deleted all the circles on Google+ and it started working again. 13,000+ contacts. 

But now I don't have anyone to follow on Google+. 

So, since there are still some people here who say there's interesting people to follow and that not EVERYONE has followed me over to Facebook, who would you recommend I follow? 

Extra points if you are an executive at a company, or a journalist, or someone who writes a ton about technology. 

Yes, I already know about +Mike Elgan. :-)

Have you ever visited Google Contacts at https://contacts.google.com ?

It never worked for me since the redesign. Finally I just deleted all the circles on Google+ and it started working again. 13,000+ contacts. 

But now I don't have anyone to follow on Google+. 

So, since there are still some people here who say there's interesting people to follow and that not EVERYONE has followed me over to Facebook, who would you recommend I follow? 

Extra points if you are an executive at a company, or a journalist, or someone who writes a ton about technology. 

Yes, I already know about +Mike Elgan. :-)___

2015-08-03 06:33:53 (73 comments; 10 reshares; 71 +1s; )Open 

The last word on Google+ from its most passionate fan? Wow. Sad to see this coming but I have seen the writing on the wall for two years now.

My take on the Mashable Google+ story.

https://www.facebook.com/thomashawk/posts/10153491617114886___The last word on Google+ from its most passionate fan? Wow. Sad to see this coming but I have seen the writing on the wall for two years now.

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2015-07-30 07:19:59 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

Talking India and Android on stage with Punit, who runs product for Flipkart, India's largest eCommerce company.

The numbers blew me away.

Fun time chatting with +Robert Scoble at MobileBeat 2015.

https://youtu.be/JaxS2NYj1og?list=PLMQoSwszBxm6Ct9x5JAYaqyOxS-eD8ZtR___Talking India and Android on stage with Punit, who runs product for Flipkart, India's largest eCommerce company.

The numbers blew me away.

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2015-07-24 06:15:03 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 82 +1s; )Open 

My 16th newsletter. Life and Tech: The disruption Continues.

Subscribe to this email newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And with that I really am on vacation until August 5th.

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This morning Rackspace announced a deal with Intel to work on OpenStack. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rackspace-collaborates-with-intel-to-accelerate-openstack-enterprise-feature-development-and-adoption-2015-07-23-12173032 This is significant, because both Intel and Rackspace are pouring new resources into OpenStack, which will mean good things for our customers.

Yesterday I visited Facebook to get a look at how Oculus Rift is going in an off-the-record meeting. But, what I saw yesterday showed me there is an infinite need for new software to be written by many companies around the world. Soon we’ll be playing and working together in virtual worlds andt... more »

My 16th newsletter. Life and Tech: The disruption Continues.

Subscribe to this email newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

And with that I really am on vacation until August 5th.

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This morning Rackspace announced a deal with Intel to work on OpenStack. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/rackspace-collaborates-with-intel-to-accelerate-openstack-enterprise-feature-development-and-adoption-2015-07-23-12173032 This is significant, because both Intel and Rackspace are pouring new resources into OpenStack, which will mean good things for our customers.

Yesterday I visited Facebook to get a look at how Oculus Rift is going in an off-the-record meeting. But, what I saw yesterday showed me there is an infinite need for new software to be written by many companies around the world. Soon we’ll be playing and working together in virtual worlds and those worlds will need new things built for them. They won’t all run on Facebook’s datacenters (not to mention Valve, Sony, and Samsung, among others, who are working on competitors, as you know if you've been reading my recent newsletters).

Earlier this week I ran the closing session at AppNation’s IoT Influencers Summit, where a panel of VIPs wrapped up an interesting day talking about innovations from farming to jewelry. http://iotinfluencers.com/siliconvalley/agenda/

Over the weekend I was at a camp hosted by the founder of Coral Group, http://www.coralgrp.com/ Yuval Almog and Israel’s famous VC, Yossi Vardi (he funded ICQ).

What did we talk about? The innovation that is still to come and how scary it is. How we will deal with the jobs displaced by companies like Uber, who is changing work and could dramatically change it when self-driving cars arrive.

At the camp I talked with the team from Tapingo. http://www.tapingo.com/ Don’t know who they are? Of course not, unless you're a college student or an investor. At Santa Clara University, 70% of students’ food transactions are already going through its app. It lets you order, say, a latte while still in bed. It’ll tell you “your latte will be ready at 8:09 a.m., come pick it up.” You walk in, don’t wait in line, don’t touch anything or give anyone a credit card or cash. It works great and students love it because it saves them tons of time. But Daniel Almog, CEO/founder, told me he’s moving into new areas. He’s having students deliver to other students and they are paid in a virtual currency (done so they can avoid paying bank transaction fees).

Think about just how much cloud computing and technology is changing the world at this bleeding edge. It’s changing what we think of as a job, or as a reward. Is your company studying companies like Tapingo?

How are you pushing your company to stay up with the disruptions? Let me know, I’d love to feature the best examples in future videos with me and in future newsletters.

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Robotics Conference coming up. I’ll be speaking at this very cool robotics and AI conference in Idaho on August 20th. https://www.facebook.com/events/610178355751456/ You should be there, this is probably going to be the most bleeding edge of all the events I’ll visit this year and I’ll bring you tons of video, of course.

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Drones face new PR challenges. Will drones be even more regulated due to people flying them over fires, which keeps emergency crews from flying their helicopters and saving property and potentially lives? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153444642744655 I keep hoping that people will refrain from behaving badly, but it looks like new laws are needed to keep drone operators from interfering with emergency crews.

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What do most Americans miss about China’s tech companies? Gary Rieschel, one of the top investors in China, tells me “don’t miss the speed.” https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153444748904655/

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Mashable says Sony’s Project Morpheus VR headset has the best chance at winning the fight for your living room. http://mashable.com/2015/07/19/sony-project-morpheus-hands-on-2/?utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial I say it’s too early to decide on winners. Based on what I saw at Facebook yesterday this fight hasn’t even begun. But damn, is 2016 gonna be huge in consumer electronics.

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Why I never brag about Rackspace’s security. Last year the PR team for Ashley Madison, a site that lets people cheat on their spouses, bragged to me that their security was best of breed. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153447889029655&set=a.18390289654.24496.501319654 Turns out it wasn’t. This week it was disclosed that the site was hacked and the hacker is threatening to turn over customer info to the public on its 37 million users. For me? It’s yet another reason why I’m so public about what’s going on in my life (both good and bad). Turns out privacy is just not going to be easy to come by for human beings anymore. But it reminds me not to brag about security. Why? It invites bad karma. That said, security is everyone’s job, and we’d love to work with you to make your security better.

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PayPal splits off of eBay. This is a big deal for eBay, but, watch PayPal run away with the show. It’s growing a lot faster than eBay is, and there’s a lot of future in it. eBay needs to be rethought and it’ll be interesting to see if it can shake the perception that it is an old company that the cool kids don’t use anymore. I'm wishing them luck in competing with Amazon, which has been out innovating eBay for some time now. I know how that feels, and it’s not fun, but Rackspace found a way to remain relevant, so I bet eBay can too. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153449023394655

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Thank you. Inc Magazine named me #5 on a list of 30 Power Players in Tech You Need to Know. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153451152324655 Very honored by that, but I have some unfair advantages thanks to working at Rackspace. We have 300,000 customers from tractor companies to TED. That lets me see the future in a way very few do, more fun to come.

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Are you a member of the App Developer’s Alliance? Rackspace is. Here we meet up with Jon Potter, CEO of such. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153451965684655/ That helps 60,000 developers with education, advocacy, and more.

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The smart home is here. Got a look at iControl’s use of Jasper. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153454739754655/ What is Jasper? It makes connectivity solutions for Internet of Things companies (it's used in things from vending machines, to GM’s connected cars, to iControl’s home security system, which you’ll learn about here).

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Are you a photographer? Photographer and Rackspace customer Trey Ratcliff shows me the new bag he designed with Peak Design. Very useful. https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153456232194655/

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Hackers have their way with a connected car. http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/self-driving/hackers-take-control-of-a-moving-jeep This stuff needs to be far more secure before consumers will trust a self-driving car. I’m seeing a new kind of fear of new technology. We aren’t good at figuring out real risk. Non-hacked cars kill 1.2 million people around the world every year, while I still haven’t seen a death from a car hacking, but it doesn’t matter. New technology scares us, the media takes advantage of that fear, and so the future will be slower to arrive than it otherwise should be. That said, we’re up to the challenge, I believe. I'm a technology optimist for a reason: it improves our lives more than it brings bad things into them.

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Be back August 13th.

Today I’m leaving on vacation with my family on a road trip through Oregon’s coast. So, we’re going to take a few weeks off, I'll be back publishing August 13th. I really appreciate the many nice notes I’ve gotten from the first 15 weeks of my newsletter.

So, what were my favorite few interviews of the past 15 weeks since I started this newsletter?

1. Music promoter Claire Parr: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/

2. Second Life founder Philip Rosedale giving a talk about the future of VR: Philip Rosedale, Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153434334909655/

3. Talking tech and disruption with the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics Show, Gary Shapiro: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153422227344655

4. Talking about leadership with Mary Ann Davidson. She runs security at a huge Silicon Valley company: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426342009655

5. Talking about the sharing economy disruption with friend Jeremiah Owyang. This is coming up in so many conversations, I know it touched a nerve:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153425671509655

6. Talking with the investor in Starbucks, Dan Levithan:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153393544334655/ He is one of the best investors in consumer tech companies and his insights are deep.

7. Scaling companies/databases with the guy who helps do just that at ScaleArc: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153408879729655/

8. Inside the 7th most visited media company, Mode: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153402001204655/

9. Visiting Microsoft Research and talking about Quantum Computing:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153391118514655/ Wow.

10. Talking about indoor mapping with the founder of Aisle 411:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153375322959655/

11. A look at Augmented Reality glasses of future from ODG:
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153345275139655/

12. A look at Augmented Reality that’s here today from Blippar’s CEO: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153350520704655/

13. How surgery is changing due to AR tech with cofounder of Vital Medicals: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153330329514655

14. A look at professional VR cameras for sports stadiums: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153290637224655/

15. Augmented Reality in Children’s Coloring Books: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153277316249655/

16. A look at how a famous music festival is using beacons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUJ8Hu-KELs&feature=youtu.be

17. Tim Draper (famous investor, he’s the “D” in DFJ) tells me how blockchain is changing how he does the legal “paperwork”: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153263857234655/?type=2&theater

18. Inside the world of casual gaming with President of SGN, Josh Yguado (they just announced a big funding round this morning): https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153219641849655

19. My talk with drone lawyer, Brendan Schulman, about regulations that are hitting that industry: https://youtu.be/E-N6wL1Kn2Y

20. Mark Allen showing me the flight simulator of the future: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/vb.501319654/10153391970529655/

Whew, what a year it’s been so far, much more to come!

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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!

Please share this newsletter on social networks and email. If you have gotten it from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here: http://eepurl.com/bjalx5

Thank you to Hugh MacLeod, who does the fabulous art each week for my newsletter. You can find his work at http://www.gapingvoid.com
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2015-07-21 16:48:27 (2 comments; 14 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

So honored to be #5 on this Inc. Magazine list put together by John Rampton. As +Rackspace's Futurist I have a lot of advantages others don't (we have 300,000 customers in all sorts of businesses from tractors to sunglasses to TED videos so I get to see lots of stuff before others do).

I try to use my powers to help those building new things. Anyone building the future? Leave a comment!

Anyway today am headed over to Drew Ianni's conference about Internet of Things where I am on stage this afternoon.

Then Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble is taking us on a family vacation to Oregon for 10 days. When we get back I am speaking to the cable industry at CableLabs thanks to Phil McKinney, who runs that.

What a year! Oh, and while we were driving around Yellowstone a couple days ago Shelly Palmer, who has a tech newsletter with millions of subscribers that... more »

So honored to be #5 on this Inc. Magazine list put together by John Rampton. As +Rackspace's Futurist I have a lot of advantages others don't (we have 300,000 customers in all sorts of businesses from tractors to sunglasses to TED videos so I get to see lots of stuff before others do).

I try to use my powers to help those building new things. Anyone building the future? Leave a comment!

Anyway today am headed over to Drew Ianni's conference about Internet of Things where I am on stage this afternoon.

Then Maryam Ghaemmaghami Scoble is taking us on a family vacation to Oregon for 10 days. When we get back I am speaking to the cable industry at CableLabs thanks to Phil McKinney, who runs that.

What a year! Oh, and while we were driving around Yellowstone a couple days ago Shelly Palmer, who has a tech newsletter with millions of subscribers that he's written since the early 1990s, was giving me tips about mine, that I'll put in play. First tip? Make it easier to find how to subscribe. Shelly, that's at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 But he gave me a ton of other tips, as well, that I'll work on when I get back from vacation.

See ya on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble___

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2015-07-17 16:39:26 (2 comments; 11 reshares; 75 +1s; )Open 

This is my newsletter from last night, but think it's worth reprinting here today. Please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 so you always have it. Sorry, today there won't be a Gillmor Gang because I'm in Jackson Hole (I might get a few videos up this weekend, though, and based on the people who are here, they will be worth watching).

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DON'T DEVALUE YOUR MUSIC

Yesterday I sat down with friend and music promoter Claire Parr. But that’s way underselling her.

Claire helps build brands, music brands, and she’s studied under the best (her grandfather did this for MGM back in the early 1900s, and her father was an accomplished musician so this work runs in her blood).

If you've seen Southwest Airlines' “Live at 35” music on YouTube or other social media outlets, you’ve seen her work. She also does branding andmusic for... more »

This is my newsletter from last night, but think it's worth reprinting here today. Please subscribe at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 so you always have it. Sorry, today there won't be a Gillmor Gang because I'm in Jackson Hole (I might get a few videos up this weekend, though, and based on the people who are here, they will be worth watching).

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DON'T DEVALUE YOUR MUSIC

Yesterday I sat down with friend and music promoter Claire Parr. But that’s way underselling her.

Claire helps build brands, music brands, and she’s studied under the best (her grandfather did this for MGM back in the early 1900s, and her father was an accomplished musician so this work runs in her blood).

If you've seen Southwest Airlines' “Live at 35” music on YouTube or other social media outlets, you’ve seen her work. She also does branding and music for all sorts of companies, from Aloft Hotels to CocaCola. And her concert series, http://www.liveinthevineyard.com , is amazing (I’ve been lucky enough to have attended several times).
 
We sat down in Napa where she and her team are preparing for another series of concerts. Funny that she doesn’t sell tickets to her main event, Live in the Vineyard. You have to win them, and every year, millions of people apply to win tickets to this exclusive concert series in Napa.

She talks to me in this 50 minute interview about talent and how to use music for brand building. 

What I took away from this fascinating interview is that businesses can use music to build remarkable brands (look at how GoPro used Glitch Mob’s music to build a brand in their Hero 2 videos, or how Beats sold headphones, largely based on getting popular musicians to wear their headphones on shows like American Idol). But, they should also proceed carefully, and they better have a real passion about music if they want to go down that route.

The other thing I got out of it is that she believes streaming has devalued music. She says it has radically changed the business and that the smart people change along with disruption like that.

That resonates with me as a public face at Rackspace. This week we announced that we’re providing Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure and that’s an example of how we did the same thing.

“Find ways to marry music to new technologies coming down the pike,” she recommends. In Part III of the interview, she talks more about that philosophy while she talks to me about musicians that make millions from advertising on their YouTube channels.

Enjoy, this is a special one, and I know it’s long at about 50 minutes. I split it up into three pieces:

Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438461124655/  Covers cool things that have happened in her career, changes in selling music. “Selling music is brutal.” She defends Taylor Swift.

Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438515044655/ Talks about her work for Southwest Airlines. Breaks down streaming services. Why the freedom to create is so important. “I had freedom to fail.”

Part III: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153438578389655/ Whether she thinks musicians should work for a label. How technology affects music. Why people should know what they are good at AND what they aren’t good at. How she’s measured by brands. And finally, how she thinks VR and 360-degree cameras will change the business. She finishes up with branding tips for companies.

Musician Roem Baur gives his opinion about streaming and the music industry at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426356139655 We had him on our videoconference system at Tech on Deck and he took a few minutes away from recording his latest album.

Neil Young yanks music from streaming (reflects Taylor Swift’s earlier choice, and what Claire says above): http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/neil-young-pulls-music-from-streaming-for-pono-player-high-resolution/

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http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/14/flipkart-wants-to-predict-fashion-trends-with-your-photos/ On stage with Flipkart at MobileBeat. The numbers that are hitting India’s #1 ecommerce company are obscene.
 
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Convo, a collaboration tool that Techcrunch uses, just got some new features and the CEO shows them to me at: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153436039614655/

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Tech on Deck wrapup from SCOTTeVEST’s CEO/founder Scott Jordan. What a great week, he wraps it up well: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153437859259655

While we’re talking about Tech on Deck, here the founder of NorthFace, Hap Klopp, is on with Scott and I. It's a fun discussion about the future of wearable technology: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153436198389655

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Rackspace and Google invest in security company: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153436325019655

Rackspace provides support for Microsoft Azure: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153434110864655 We’re looking to help you build your company, service or product, even if you use someone else’s cloud.
 
https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153440080669655 Google joins OpenStack. Wow.

http://stories.rackspace.com/customers/atilus/ Are you a Rackspace customer? Here are some of our customers talking about their technology stories. We’d love to have you on.

https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426363959655 Rackspace’s CTO, John Engates, joins us on Tech on Deck and talks about our new plans to help customers build their businesses - whether they chose Rackspace’s own datacenters, or Microsoft Azure.

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Google announces Eddystone beacons: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153437188344655 Beacons are bringing cool new features to iPhones, but now Google jumps in for the other 80+% of people who use Android.

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Philip Rosedale, Part I: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153434334909655/

Part II: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153434334909655/

She was in the room when Oculus Rift was first built: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153436954274655/

VR Controller of the future: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153435392604655/

This VR headset won’t make you sick: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153427810454655/

VR Content Company Steven Spielberg joined: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153432312939655/
 
Nvidia lays out why you need a high end graphics card and PC to power the best Virtual Reality systems like Oculus Rift: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153435396384655/
 
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I just started a new Facebook list of the best PR people in Tech, let me know if I’m missing your favorite, but I do expect these people to be public and active on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153435206449655

Gillmor Gang, every Friday afternoon we get together to talk about the geeky stuff of the week. Here we discuss music, VR, and wearable technology: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153430294164655

Be careful with Facebook’s new “See First” feature: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153427831179655
 
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I read all my email at scobleizer@gmail.com and anything done in response to this newsletter goes to the top of my inbox. I’m also at +1-425-205-1921 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble. Please let me know how I, or Rackspace, the leading managed cloud company, can be of service to you. Thanks too to Hugh Macleod and team for helping me do art each week for this. We love his work!
 
Please share this newsletter on social networks and email. If you have gotten it from a friend, you can subscribe (or unsubscribe) here:  http://eepurl.com/bjalx5
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2015-07-10 14:47:29 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 74 +1s; )Open 

My newsletter for this week. This was sent out last week to everyone who subscribed at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 and includes all the links to everything I've done over the past week. All my newsletters are up on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobleizer

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What I learned in Sun Valley.

This week I’m in Sun Valley, Idaho. Why? Because Allen and Company has an annual event here where nearly every HUGE name in tech is attending. I’ve been hanging out with the press taking photos and I’ve seen Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Tim Cook and about 300 other huge names in tech and publishing.

For years Scott Jordan, founder and CEO of SCOTTeVEST www.scottevest.com (I wear his clothes almost every day) has been begging me to come up, hang out and network with the billionaires and the elite. That didn’t really interest me, after all, I’d rather hangout with ... more »

My newsletter for this week. This was sent out last week to everyone who subscribed at http://eepurl.com/bjalx5 and includes all the links to everything I've done over the past week. All my newsletters are up on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/scobleizer

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What I learned in Sun Valley.

This week I’m in Sun Valley, Idaho. Why? Because Allen and Company has an annual event here where nearly every HUGE name in tech is attending. I’ve been hanging out with the press taking photos and I’ve seen Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Tim Cook and about 300 other huge names in tech and publishing.

For years Scott Jordan, founder and CEO of SCOTTeVEST www.scottevest.com (I wear his clothes almost every day) has been begging me to come up, hang out and network with the billionaires and the elite. That didn’t really interest me, after all, I’d rather hang out with startups since they usually show me something new. The big folks are far less likely to show me something really new that the rest of the world hasn’t seen yet.

So, instead of hanging out on the lawn with the rest of the press hoping for some scraps (I did some of that too, for instance, here’s Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, as he takes questions: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153422418099655/ ) we decided to hold our own event, called “Tech on Deck” where we are doing interviews on the deck of Scott’s home, as seen on http://www.techondeck2015.com (he and his wife have built a stunning home that looks right into the famous ski resort here).

What did I learn? Nearly every person talked about how hard it is to get attention, or get people to buy things, or get people to care. We’re being flooded in a sea of content, with social media quantity going up exponentially every year. Facebook is really changing the market here. Just listen to the media industry VIPs we had on Tuesday morning at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153421743254655 (Samir Arora, who runs seventh-most-visited media company, Mode, along with Jim Louderback, founder of Revision 3 and Moshe Hogeg, founder of Yo, Mobli, and EyeIn). You can see how they all are having to pivot around Facebook, not to mention the move to mobile.

Look in on the interviews we held this week:
 
Leadership with Mary Ann Davidson, Chief Security Officer at Oracle: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426342009655
 
The State of the Sharing Economy with Jeremiah Owyang: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153425671509655

Geek out your car with Automatic’s cofounder: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426402069655
 
Look at Cisco’s videoconference quality with a senior vice president: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153422716574655/

Talking gadgets with the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics’ Show, Gary Shapiro: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153422227344655

The musician’s point of view on music streaming services with musician Roem Baur: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426356139655

Startups from around the world: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426391224655

A look at the video switcher, Newtek Tricaster, that we use at Rackspace and for Tech on Deck: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153426375254655
 
We’re not done, either. Tomorrow I’ll post video from an amazing startup that’s going to change the face of Virtual Reality. Find me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble tomorrow, and I’ll be on Gillmor Gang at 1 p.m. Pacific Time to talk more about what I’ve learned this week.

Here’s some other stuff that caught my eye this week:

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What’s the first day at Rackspace like? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YG0jogquRw
 
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Your email is being spied on. I love this new tool that blocks all email tracking: TrackBuster: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153425682574655/

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The vending machine of the future demonstrates how Internet of Things is changing tons of businesses: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/videos/10153411073994655/

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Facebook doing sneaky stuff to app developers? https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153425697029655

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Leap Motion’s cool new augmented reality: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/leap-motion-glimpse-at-the-augmented-reality-desktop-of-the-future/

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I give you social media tips in Mashable: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153421257074655

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Google shows off its self-driving technology in a TED speech. If you haven’t seen this, you should watch: https://www.facebook.com/RobertScoble/posts/10153413702124655

Next week I’ll be in Jackson Hole at another exclusive event, meeting with some of the best entrepreneurs who didn’t get an invite to the Allen and Company event. Follow me on Facebook if you want to see it in real time, or see you next Thursday night with my email.
 
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2015-07-07 21:29:31 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 60 +1s; )Open 

It's not every day you talk about electronic toilets with Gary Shapiro who runs the Consumer Electronics Show.

It wasn't the only thing we talked about, though. Covered virtual reality, self-driving cars, cloud-connected devices, and more.

What a day on http://www.techondeck2015.com

The show continues tonight at 5:30 p.m. with musician Roem A Baur and then music promoter Claire Parr. Later we'll have a Cisco senior vice president on to wrap up the evening.

Tomorrow the fun starts with Jeremiah Owyang at 8:45 a.m. Pacific Time, talking about the disruption, opportunity, and troubles in the Sharing Economy.

Thank you Rackspace Hosting for encouraging me to make media about the future. NewTek for providing the video switching technology and Philip Nelson to run the NewTek TriCaster™ behind the scenes. Cisco for providing a ton of stuffi... more »

It's not every day you talk about electronic toilets with Gary Shapiro who runs the Consumer Electronics Show.

It wasn't the only thing we talked about, though. Covered virtual reality, self-driving cars, cloud-connected devices, and more.

What a day on http://www.techondeck2015.com

The show continues tonight at 5:30 p.m. with musician Roem A Baur and then music promoter Claire Parr. Later we'll have a Cisco senior vice president on to wrap up the evening.

Tomorrow the fun starts with Jeremiah Owyang at 8:45 a.m. Pacific Time, talking about the disruption, opportunity, and troubles in the Sharing Economy.

Thank you Rackspace Hosting for encouraging me to make media about the future. NewTek for providing the video switching technology and Philip Nelson to run the NewTek TriCaster™ behind the scenes. Cisco for providing a ton of stuff including the amazing videoconference gear we were using to call Gary in. SCOTTEVEST from TEC for providing this stunning set (actually Scott's deck). Ustream for providing the live video streams.___

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2015-07-07 17:55:09 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Our first "Tech on Deck."

Hey, Robert D. La Gesse thanks for funding me to do this on behalf of Rackspace Hosting -- we have hosted so many great media companies over the years, from YouTube to TED and many others. Really is an honor to do this on your birthday!

Thanks Samir Arora (CEO of seventh-most-visited media company, Mode), Jim Louderback (former CEO of Revision 3), and Moshe Hogeg (founder of The Official Yo App, Mobli, and EyeIn).

Wonderful conversation about the state of media.

Next up? Gary Shapiro (the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics Show). He'll be on at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. at http://www.techondeck2015.com ).

Thanks Scott Jordan for hosting us in your stunning home and to photographer Thomas Hawk for adding so much great media and conversations.

Our first "Tech on Deck."

Hey, Robert D. La Gesse thanks for funding me to do this on behalf of Rackspace Hosting -- we have hosted so many great media companies over the years, from YouTube to TED and many others. Really is an honor to do this on your birthday!

Thanks Samir Arora (CEO of seventh-most-visited media company, Mode), Jim Louderback (former CEO of Revision 3), and Moshe Hogeg (founder of The Official Yo App, Mobli, and EyeIn).

Wonderful conversation about the state of media.

Next up? Gary Shapiro (the guy who runs the Consumer Electronics Show). He'll be on at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. at http://www.techondeck2015.com ).

Thanks Scott Jordan for hosting us in your stunning home and to photographer Thomas Hawk for adding so much great media and conversations.___

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