Less privacy is the future. Can that be a good thing?

Our friends, families, neighbors, governments, and corporate overlords all have new ways to invade our everyday lives through technology. Because Americans have long considered privacy a basic right, we fight back, and feel justified in doing so. But the erosion of privacy seems inevitable in our increasingly digital world. It’s possible that privacy as we knew it…

Does anyone need a smartwatch?

The smartwatch’s uncertain future, unrealized potential I’m a smartwatch early adopter. I’ve had one since 2013, wear one every day, and am currently on my second smartwatch (a Galaxy Gear S). Besides the fact that I think about smartwatches a lot — as is obvious from a glance at my tweets — I also talk about them…

Screaming for a subvocal microphone

My Samsung phone has two voice assistants — S-Voice and Google — and in the privacy of my own home, I use them often for a finite set of tasks, saying things like: “Wake me up in twenty minutes.” “What time is it in Moscow?” “American bulldog.” “Text Jim, I’ll be there in five minutes.” But…