1. Anonymous asked: Hi Will, I loved your piece on google glass...have you heard about the Orca device for seeing when your bus arrives, figuring out which bills are in your wallet and checking out labels in the grocery store? I just saw a quick video about it on YouTube. It seems like it is produced abroad. Best regards, gail

    Without knowing that much about devices like Orca — I’ve seen the promo videos and that’s about it — my main concerns involve clunkiness. I know it’s designed, aesthetically, to be unobtrusive, but often times these devices’ capabilities are clunky. They are programmed to do a number of tasks, and offer little in the way of upgradability. I’m not even necessarily talking about open source technology, though it’s undeniable that, the more open technology like Glass is to developers, the more people it can benefit. I’d be curious to give something like this a spin, though I know there is a learning curve with lots of AT like this and it can be time consuming to get the hang of a new implement..

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  2. LA Review of Books: where are the women of ‘Silicon Valley’?

    LA Review of Books: where are the women of ‘Silicon Valley’?

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  3. my latest for The Atlantic — a new theory of the Google Glass backlash

    my latest for The Atlantic — a new theory of the Google Glass backlash

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  4. look out for Harriet Brown / Oakland / June ‘14

    look out for Harriet Brown / Oakland / June ‘14

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  6. addressing Silicon Valley’s race problem for NewYorker.com — a new business piece about white VCs and black founders

    addressing Silicon Valley’s race problem for NewYorker.com — a new business piece about white VCs and black founders

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  7. over the past several weeks I went on a tear over at the SF Weekly blog called “From ‘93 Til,” looking at a different Bay Area rap album from each corresponding week in the fall of 1993.
The full list: JT The Bigga Figga, Too $hort, E-40, Capital Tax, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Mac Dre and Conscious Daughters

    over the past several weeks I went on a tear over at the SF Weekly blog called “From ‘93 Til,” looking at a different Bay Area rap album from each corresponding week in the fall of 1993.

    The full list: JT The Bigga Figga, Too $hort, E-40, Capital Tax, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Mac Dre and Conscious Daughters

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  8. helping out Sara Hendren at Abler this week with a post about new hope for synthetic voices

    helping out Sara Hendren at Abler this week with a post about new hope for synthetic voices

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