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Hacking Power

January 21, 2016          

Episode Summary

This week on The Digital Life, we chat about hacking power grids, the IoT, and the escalation of cyber warfare.

Power grids are becoming increasingly subject to cyber attacks and now, at least one has been successful. In December, an attack on a utility in Western Ukraine caused a blackout for 80,000 customers, which was the first known power outage caused by a cyber attack. The malware used in the attack, called BlackEnergy, infected systems via a corrupted Microsoft Word attachment. In January, Kiev’s main airport went dark after a power outage, once again linked to BlackEnergy. As cyber attacks begin causing life and death situations in the real world, the concern over security and the IoT grows.

Resources
First Known Hacker Caused Power Outage Signals Troubling Escalation
Malware Clearly Behind Ukraine Power Outage, SANS Utility Expert Says
Hackers caused power cut in western Ukraine – US

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Digital Healthcare Services in 2016 (and Beyond)

January 14, 2016          

Episode Summary

On The Digital Life this week, we chat about digital healthcare services in 2016 (and beyond). From sensor technology for medication adherence to conversational UI, health analytics to digital care planning, we cover the top industry trends to watch. If you like what we have to say on this topic, we encourage you to check out our piece on MobiHealthNews.

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The Need for Speed: Mobile vs. Broadband

January 7, 2016          

Episode Summary

This week on the podcast, we discuss accessing the digital life in 2016. How do you get online? A recent Pew Research Center study indicates that fewer Americans have high-speed Internet at home in 2015 than they did two years ago in 2013 — a drop from 70% to 67%. And while broadband use is declining (ever so slightly), people who access digital services solely via smartphones is actually up 5%. The competition between wireless high speed internet and broadband has clearly begun to heat up.

Is there an upper limit to high speed mobile internet growth?
Network saturation — too many consumers using too few towers — is one bounding constraint. And signal quality can be variable based on the weather. But high speed mobile access is less costly to roll out than broadband.

In this episode, we chat about the ever growing need for online speed and the battle between broadband and mobile.

Resources
Pew Research Center: Home Broadband 2015 Study
Broadband Use is on the Way Down

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A Year Talking Design

December 31, 2015          

Episode Summary

For our final podcast of 2015, we chat about the big themes on the show and our favorite episodes over the past year. We had conversations on design and tech with some wonderful guests including Niti Bahn, Madeleine Price Ball, Uday Gajander, Kelly Goto, Bill Hartman, Suzanne Livingston, Jon McKay, Scott N. Miller, Juhan Sonin, Scott Stropkay, Scott Sullivan, and Giuseppe Taibi.

From UX in the enterprise to emerging technologies like wearables and robotics to the disruptive nature of creative class work, we covered a wide range topics on The Digital Life in 2015. So what did we learn from a year talking design?

Enterprise UX is on the rise
Enterprise users — from employees to customers to managers — face experiences that are antiquated and needlessly complicated when compared with the experience of consumer-facing software. For those large, complex businesses, government agencies, and other organizations, UX research and design can provide enterprise products with a competitive edge. What is the current state of enterprise software when it comes to UX? What is the scale and complexity of enterprise UX problems? And, most importantly, how is UX changing the way the enterprise works?

Episode 104: Enterprise UX with Kelly Goto
Episode 113: The consumerization of enterprise software with Suzanne Livingston
Episode 127: Design for Enterprise UX

Emerging technologies require design to be successful
From robotics to wearables to bio-inspired materials, emerging technologies represent a future that desperately needs design. There are immediate, significant opportunities for emerging technologies in energy, health, and manufacturing. Designers working in these areas will need to help identify the major challenges in these areas and seek proactive solutions — not an obvious or easy task.

Episode 89: Smart Cities and the IoT
Episode 92: Designing Bio-Inspired Technology
Episode 114: Hacking Cars
Episode 115: The Future of Food
Episode 119: UX for Robotics
Episode 124: Open Humans
Episode 125: The Wearables Revolution

The innovation economy is changing the way we work, collaborate, and live our lives
How do we separate work from play, busyness from leisure in the digital age? Is South by Southwest the big tent tech revival for the American creative class? What is the connection between creative routines and output? Creative work and digital automation are changing the economics of the American middle class. The need for meaningful work is an essential one for humanity, and one that increasingly is falling prey to technological change.

Episode 84: Is Leisure Dead? Exploring Time Poverty in the Digital Age
Episode 94: SXSW and Social Organization for the Creative Class
Episode 103: Creative Routines
Episode 112: Automating America
Episode 121:On Open Organizations
Episode 129: Innovation and Crowdfunding