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Emergent // Future Weekly: Snapchat Spectacles, DDoS Attacks, Notes from the Frontier

Issue 25
This week we try on Snapchat’s
augmented reality glasses, look at free speech and the internet, and recap the thoughts, ideas, and opinions in Notes from the Frontier.

Plus, our top projects to try at home, and our favorite articles from the past week. 

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Making a Spectacle 👻 😎

You Might Have Heard: Snapchat announced Spectacles, glasses that record up to 10 seconds of video with a tap of a button.

The connected sunglasses are Snapchat’s first hardware product and go on sale this fall for $130.

Wearers tap the button on the top left-hand corner of the glasses to begin recording a snap. An inward-facing light turns on when you’re snapping, with an outward-facing light to alert anyone in your field of vision.

The Spectacles camera uses a 115-degree-angle lens, wider than a typical smartphone’s, and records circular video, similar to human vision.

But Did You Know: Framing Spectacles as a toy is smart.

They’re more than just specs, which is why they won’t share the same fate of Google Glass.

And, it’s worth remembering: the next big thing usually starts out looking like a toy.

WATCH: Check out the promotional video for Spectacles

PLUS: Google launches VR SDK 1.0, with support for Daydream


Security Shield 🔒

Brian Krebs’ site was hit by a record 620Gbps sustained DDos attack last week.

That’s nearly twice as big as any previous attack seen by Akamai.

KrebsOnSecurity is now up thanks to Google’s Project Shield, a free service run by the tech giant to help protect news outlets, journalists, and free speech from online censorship.

The silencing of KrebsOnSecurity opens a troubling chapter for free speech in the age of the Internet.


Notes From The Frontier 🔮

A collection of thoughts, ideas, and opinions from the Emergent // Future community on Medium.

  1. The Connective Intelligence of Life by Joe Brewer (link)
  2. Robots, AI and the Future of Your Job by Sri Sharma (link)
  3. Data Portability Is One Way To Curb The Power Of The Tech Giants by Andrew Sheehy (link)
  4. Two More Science Fiction Technologies Became Real This Week by Bryan Alexander (link)
  5. Machine Learning Trends and the Future of Artificial Intelligence 2016 by Matt Kiser (link)
  6. The Future of Digital Marketing and AI by Joshua VanDeBrake (link)

Contribute your take on frontier technologies and their impact on society on Medium. We’ll share the most insightful posts and comments each week with more than 2k like-minded subscribers.


What We’re Reading 📚


Try This At Home 🛠


Watch This: Deep Learning & the Future of AI 🎥


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