Dominic Basulto

Checking-In on the Internet's Urban Density Problem

If you think about any of the most popular Internet start-ups that have appeared on the public radar within the past year, they all share one unique characteristic: they are more fun and engaging, the more people who use them within a specific geographic area.

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Is Personal Data the Next Killer App for the Web?

We are living in an unprecedented era in which personal data about our digital identity, our online activity, our financial dealings, our geo-location and even our Social Graph – is widely available across the Web. If you think about the amount of data that you create on a daily basis – and the amount that can be tracked and recorded – the figure is truly staggering.

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Nothing Comes between Me and My Computer

Forget the mouse and keyboard, and even the swipe, pinch and touch - the next generation of human-computer interactions will be the gesture, the body movement and even thoughts from the human brain.

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Navigating a New Age of Discovery for the Human Brain

With the launch of the Allen Human Brain Atlas - the first-ever 3D, interactive atlas of the anatomy and genes that comprise the human brain - is it possible that we've just entered a radically new Age of Discovery? Rather than discovering the unimagined riches of new continents, we may be on the cusp of unlocking the full potential of the human brain.

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A New Way to Play the Healthcare Game

If you want to know the direction that healthcare is headed in the near future, ask your kids which video games they’re playing today. The last year has seen an explosion of new approaches to solving healthcare problems, with many of them originating in the world of videogaming.

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Silicon Valley Needs More Philosopher-Kings

Now that computers have progressed to the point where they can challenge humans on Jeopardy! and defeat a Grandmaster in a game of chess, it's time for us to ask serious philosophical questions about what it means to be "human" during a time of accelerating technological change.

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The Web's Copernican Moment

Whether consciously or not, most of us subscribe to a PC-centric view of the Internet, in which everything revolves around content that is created or accessed via a PC or Mac. However, that is about to change as mobile increasingly becomes the new paradigm for both creating and consuming content. Quite simply, the Web is about to experience a Copernican moment.

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Can Design Thinking Save the Economic Dinosaurs?

Design Thinking is one of the most fashionable concepts in the innovation world these days. And no wonder – doesn’t every company want to be the next Apple or Target? Design Thinking, when it works well, means stylish, innovative products that resonate with high-end customers. You get products like the iPad, partnerships with name-brand industrial designers, online buzz, and maybe even a mention or two in a new bestselling business book. But can Design Thinking really save the dinosaurs of industry?

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Color Commentary: The End of the Friend

Whoever said there’s not much new on the Web should have been around last week for the much-ballyhooed launch of Color – celebrated as one of the most exciting Web concepts to appear this year. If it lives up to its initial promise, Color represents a fundamentally new type of mobile social network that, in many ways, is almost the polar opposite of Facebook. 
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Is Silicon Valley Ready for the Post-Silicon Era?

Is it ever possible that Silicon Valley could become another Detroit? To those who associate Silicon Valley with innovative startups, an endless supply of capital and the world's most brilliant thinkers, this scenario might seems preposterous at best, and downright un-American at worst.

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