In this episode of The MechCast, we talk about the impact that our own digital experiences will have on our lives one year from now. From our dependancies on smart phones and tablets, to the color of the web, we cover a wide array of topics in this installment, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
In this episode of The MechCast, Team Mechanism gathers to discuss the connected world in which we live, better known as The Internet of Things. We take a slightly different approach to this episode, in the form of a QI episode. We hope you enjoy!
On this episode of The MechCast, Michael (our host), Tope, Dhruv, George, Dave, & Joe discuss privacy on the internet, how safe we really are while surfing the web, and how we as individuals feel about our own digital footprint.
After a long deadline-mandated hiatus The MechCast returns with a promised discussion on productivity. We begin by introducing new members of our growing team and then get into a passionate discussion on how we each define being productive and in turn productivity. We then talk about the tools and inspirations of our productivity.
On our last podcast, recorded last December, we promised that we would kick-off 2013 with a podcast on productivity. As it happens we've been very busy and very productive. So, after a deadline-induced hiatus, The Mechcast is scheduled to make a return in the near future.
In preparation for the podcast we are all reading Mason Currey's Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. The book is a compilation of 161 inspired — and inspiring — individuals, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do.
You can read along and look for the podcast in a couple of weeks, where we'll discuss the many peculiar things we've learned about the people we admire.
Happy Holidays! Give yourself the gift of Indie Game the Movie, then be sure to tune into our discussion on this excellent documentary. Antonio, Ben, and Roma sit down to talk about the many interesting ideas covered in this film: from the challenges faced by small independent teams of creatives to the growing role of video games in our lives. It's been a great year and we hope you have all enjoyed the return of the Mechcast. If you're looking for that perfect gift for the wonderful geek in your life, be sure to check out our gift guide. See you next year!
Hurricane Sandy might have rained on our parade but we're marching on. Dave and I quickly catch up on the Frankenstorm, Halloween and upcoming Mechcast segments. Read your homework for next episode, What Technology Wants, and look forward to an upcoming episode on Indie Game the Movie.
We are going back to our book club and for this edition we are reading futurist and Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly's What Technology Wants. Read along and join us in a few weeks when we discuss the book in a podcast.
In this provocative book, one of today's most respected thinkers turns the conversation about technology on its head by viewing technology as a natural system, an extension of biological evolution. By mapping the behavior of life, we paradoxically get a glimpse at where technology is headed-or "what it wants." Kevin Kelly offers a dozen trajectories in the coming decades for this near-living system. And as we align ourselves with technology's agenda, we can capture its colossal potential. This visionary and optimistic book explores how technology gives our lives greater meaning and is a must-read for anyone curious about the future.
For the latest edition of The Mechcast we try something different. Instead of the usual discussion around a book or a film I ambush everyone with my attempt to emulate QI, the BBC comedy quiz show where interesting answers are awarded more than a right one, and boring answers are penalised more than a wrong one. Ben ends up playing Alan Davies to my Stephen Fry. For 30 minutes much nerd silliness ensues and negative points are awarded.