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Intuitive Surgical – Robots are Cool

One thing that science fiction has taught us is that robots are cool… at least until they take over the world. But some robots are cooler than others. I had the opportunity recently to visit Intuitive Surgical with my alumni group from RPI. Intuitive Surgical is located here in Silicon Valley. They make surgical robots. …

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The Internet Is Like Your TV – Explaining the Internet to My Father

My father is 84 years old and grew up, for obvious reasons, without computers and the internet. So I sometimes get requests from him that I can’t accomplish because he does not understand how the internet works. My father will ask me to change something on the Yahoo mail site (I setup his browser to …

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Think You Know Everything There is To Know About Google Search?

I can google with the best of them… at least that’s what I thought before I saw this interview by Patrick Norton of Google’s Matt Cutts. I knew how to: do a phrase match – use quotes exclude specific words – use minus do spell checking get around spell check – use plus do currency …

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The Past and Future of Television

At the end of June I had the opportunity to spend 3 days at the Socrates Society at the Aspen Institute discussing “Media and Our Conflicting Values” with a group of 25 smart people (CEOs, VCs, Entrepreneurs, etc). Our moderator was Michael Powell the former head of the FCC. Before we attended we had homework …

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Facebook Is Not A Community (No, Nor is MySpace)

If you have ever been in a foreign country you have probably had a conversation similar to this: “You are from California? I have a friend in California, maybe you know him!” We always laugh when this happens because California has roughly 30 million residents and is larger in size than many countries (it is …