Technology

3D Touch Will Touch Our Lives

Mark your calendars: September 9th, 2015 was a giant leap forward for mankind, because on that day, our day-to-day interactions with technology such as tablets, mobile phones, and laptops, changed forever. How so? On that day, in a manner that barely registered a notch of media attention, Apple unveiled its 3D Touch, a new feature being included into the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S plus. It was as bre...

The “Shared” Future of the Economy

“Sharing economy.” The phrase is omnipresent enough these days it has achieved the status of a buzzword. But what exactly does it mean? Essentially, the sharing economy is a socio-economic system built around the sharing and optimization of human and physical resources. Although peer-to-peer (P2P) networks are the most common form, the sharing economy can take on many other forms as well, such as ...

Goal Line Technology

The FIFA World Cup is one of the most, if not the top, watched sporting event in the world. Since its establishment in 1930, there has been very little change to the structure of how the competition is run. Four referees regulate the game: one main referee on the field, two linesmen, and a timekeeper/substitutions tracker. Despite the presence of referees with specialized positions, human error en...

Algorithms Take The Wheel: The Coming Age of the Self-Driving Car

Over the past decade, the transportation industry has been rejuvenated by technology, allowing for more efficient methods of getting from Point A to Point B. Ride-sharing apps like Uber, Lyft, and SideCar have simplified the process of hailing a cab for both drivers and consumers, replacing the frustrating experience of lingering on the street with a few taps of a phone screen. Our next stop in th...

Exploring Teamwork Through Collegiate Hackathons

Our writer Karen Lin spent the first weekend of October at UC Berkeley’s own hackathon. In this piece, she explores the what participants at these events learn from each other, and how navigating team dynamics translates into engineering skill. The weekend of Cal Hacks 2.0, approximately 30 organizers, 47 sponsors, 120+ volunteers, and 2000+ participants from universities all over the nation...

The Smart Home: Choosing between Privacy and Progress

“Good morning Eric. It is 6:30 a.m. and today is November 18th. The weather forecast expects rain and cloud cover throughout the day. You have a meeting scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Coffee will be ready in five minutes.” I look up and jadedly acknowledge the glowing blue orb mounted on my bedroom wall. My mornings have gotten a lot easier since I installed the Optimal Fast Tracking Utility. The OFTU is ...

Digital Health: Consumerization and Modernization at a Price?

Capturing the interest of venture capitalists and tech enthusiasts alike is an emerging space in the tech market: digital health. What makes the entry to this space so enticing is the current gap between personal health care and technological innovation. A virtually untouched sector, health care can largely benefit from a tech make-over. The popularity of this emergence is validated by the money, ...

Commit[ment] to Open Source

Open sourcing in software development is incredibly valuable. Since the early years of modern computer science, collaboration has been a cornerstone of software development. Successful projects that have depended on the sustained contributions of developers include the GNU Project, Linux kernel, and a host of programming languages such as Python and Ruby. This open source system seems to run count...

Disruptive Technologies: Piracy and the Entertainment Industry

In a world of over-saturated technology markets, we champion disruptive technologies. Today, multiple apps, websites, and programs perform equivalent tasks—see Chrome and Safari; Uber and Lyft; Netflix and Hulu. To survive in such an oversaturated tech market, emerging companies must challenge the status quo by disrupting not only consumers but also industries at large. However, only a few remarka...

Elon Musk’s Mission to Mars: Reflections on SpaceX’s Visit to Berkeley

“Thus far I have gone, tracing a secure way over the pathless seas, the very stars themselves being witnesses and testimonies of my triumph […] What can stop the determined heart and resolved will of man?” – Mary Shelley, Frankenstein When men make bold claims, promising astronomical leaps, they tend to raise eyebrows. Their conviction can be compared to that of Mary Shelley’s proverbial character...

The Future of Music Technology

Music has always been intrinsically linked to the proliferation of technology, especially within the past sixty or so years: the amplifier led to rock and roll, the synthesizer led to hip-hop, and mixing software led to the rise of EDM. As the popularity of each of these genres during their respective peak years would indicate, developments in sound, recording, and other relevant technologies have...

Case Study of Network Effects in Tech: EMV Credit Cards

On Friday October 17, 2014, President Obama signed an executive order to transition from the magnetic stripe “swipe-and-sign” credit card transactions to the more secure “EMV” standard, which uses embedded chips that offer greater security in transactions. What is EMV, how does it work, and what are its implications for users? Named after its first developers Europay, Maste...

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