Baratunde Thurston appears in the following:
Monday, October 04, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Thursday, May 06, 2010
May's weekly guest is comedian and blogger Baratunde Thurston.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Every year, the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, brings together a mix of musicians, film makers and technologists. This year's gathering starts tomorrow, and the docket includes eyeglass cellphones and game-playing robots.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
As part our week-long look at how our lives have changed over the last decade, we turn to advances in technology. Joining us to weigh in on the most notable tech innovations during the last 10 years are Baratunde Thurston, host of “Popular Science’s Future Of” on the Science Channel, and Clive Thompson, a contributor to Wired magazine.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Passwords were once the stuff of play, humor and childhood rites of passage. How did they become the rather boring key to protecting our bank accounts, intimate communications and identities? Are passwords inadequate to the task of protecting anything truly valuable? And can we find some fun as we improve our passwords and better protect ourselves from 21st century thievery? Takeaway Tech contributor Baratunde Thurston says yes.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
The US Department of Defense is launching a bizarre experiment in social networking this weekend. They're putting up 10 giant red weather balloons across the country, and they're asking regular folks to find them. The point? To study how we can work together on sites like Twitter and Facebook to solve problems. Whichever team finds all 10 balloons first wins $40,000.
Takeaway tech Baratunde Thurston and Peter Lee, the Director of the Transformational Convergence Technology Office, at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, explain why social networking and whimsical red balloons will be all the rage this weekend.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Turn off the computer and go outside and play! We've all heard the conventional wisdom that says video games will turn your brain to mush. But a host of new studies show that gaming might actually be good for your health. Researchers at Nottingham University found that playing certain video games could achieve in one hour what eye patches achieve in 400 hours, while researchers at the University of Rochester found that first-person shooter video games improve visual skills by increasing the brain’s capacity to spread attention over a wide range of events. But wait, there's more! The Mind Research Network in Albuquerque, N.M., found that Tetris players developed a thicker cortex than those who didn’t play. And the Nintendo Wii has been helping Parkinson's patients improve balance. So, are video games good for you?
To help answer that question we turn to technology writer Clive Thompson, the blogger for Collision Detection and a frequent contributor to Wired and The New York Times, and The Takeaway's tech contributor Baratunde Thurston, host of "Popular Science's Future Of," a TV show on the Science Channel, to tell us how video gaming has more positive effects than you might think.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
For approximately eight years, I financed my multi-threaded geek-powered, politico-comedy lifestyle by working as a strategy consultant to the communications and media industries. I worked for a small firm out of Boston called Altman Vilandrie & Company. While it wasn't the long term life for me, I've yet to work at a place with smarter people, and I have some great memories like going to Barcelona to learn about the convergence of landlines and mobile phones or to Washington D.C for a conference dedicated to hashing out bilateral international termination rates. ...(continue reading)
"The D.C. conference I attended was literally a bunch of people in little rooms with binders negotiating what the rate from country A to country B should be."
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Once upon a time, internet-based phone service was "the future"; now tech watchers are wondering about its future survival. Online auction site Ebay announced this week that it's selling internet voice-and-video conferencing tool Skype for almost $2 billion. Were the two companies simply strange bedfellows? Or did eBay dump Skype because Skype's voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is no longer the frontrunner in voice technology?
We speak to Cliff Kuang, who's written about this for Wired magazine, and Takeaway technology contributor Baratunde Thurston, host of the new TV show Popular Science's "Future Of" and a former telecommunications analyst.
Read Baratunde Thurston's blog post about the back room deals that determine international call rates
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Baby blocks hardly seem like a technological frontier, but that is in the process of changing. The Takeaway's tech contributor Baratunde Thurston and MIT researcher David Merrill explain the nexus between toy blocks and a series of really cool burgeoning technologies changing how we play.
Check out Baratunde Thurston as the host of the new television show Popular Science’s Future Of on the Science Channel.Watch David Merrill's demonstration of Siftables from this year's TED conference:
One of the things about problem solving ... a lot of play is problem solving, a lot of science is problem solving. A lot of it is being able to try things out quickly, and then see the results. So if I'm gonna type in equations, say I'm ... a scientist trying to model some phenomenon. If I've got to retype the equation every time, it's not going to be as fast as if maybe I can just rearrange some physical objects, like the alphabet blocks, and see the results immediately.
– David Merrill
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The company claims it was only trying to limit access to adult material, and that gay literature was inadvertently swept up in the category changes. So is Amazon anti-gay? Or just clumsy? It's not completely clear what happened, rumors of hacks and customer hate-based tagging abound, but the company is not helping clear the air over exactly what happened although they did apologize for being "ham-fisted".
Baratunde Thurston, better known by some as @baratunde, joins The Takeaway with his thoughts on what happened on Amazon.com.