This week, Climate Confidential, a new reporting project from me and 5 of my favorite journalists is going live! Our team writes for big-name pubs like NYT, WSJ, Scientific American, The Economist, Wired, and Outside, and now we want to write for you.
A look at the future of human-robot interaction with nine-year-old Carter Bedford.
A series of robotics startup profiles for Robotics Business Review.
Nieman has a little post about the New York Times’ new approach to comments, which incorporates some structured discussion questions/prompts. I think it’s a great idea, and it’s one that we built—albeit in more one-size-fits-all, rudimentary ways—into the original features for GigaOM Pro. Our motivation, like theirs, was to provide a comments section that was an additional feature, rather than a discussion thread. It was my perspective then, as now, that general discussion belongs in an open social forum, not behind a paywall, because you invite voices from outside the community, drawing in new readers and adding more grist to the mill. Providing a structured “comments” thread gives you, as a publisher, to do something different that drives “reader engagement” in new ways. I hope to see the New York Times show us some new examples of what that looks like.
2012 was a year in motion. A look back at the destinations, modes of transportation, and achievements of the year.
A few years ago, I read a book that I couldn’t stop talking about: “Losing Our Cool,” by Stan Cox. One of the trivia items that stuck out for me was the story of Thomas Midgley.
While I’m here in China, I’m cut off from my usual sources of legal streamed content. Thank goodness! I’ve rediscovered the amazingness of The Internet and the public domain.
In the last few months, I’m seeing a larger number of projects come my way with a decidedly different tone: It’s too late. Climate change is here, it’s real, and we’ve waited too long to address it.