#Algovisor Revisited

In 2012 I organized a panel at SXSW Interactive called “My Financial Advisor is an Algorithm”. The first so-called “robo-advisor” startups like Betterment (now at 70,000+ customers) and Wealthfront (now with $2+ billion in assets under management) were already disrupting financial advisory. But I wanted things to be easier still. It wasn’t enough for me […]

Diversity, AI, and a Robot Petting Zoo

Random notes from SXSW 2015 Diversity “Diversity” has been declared the breakout trend of SXSW this year. Being part of an 80% female team here in the US, I sometimes forget that women are not necessarily well represented in the digital world. But even I noticed that most of the panels I attended in March were primarily filled […]

Thomas Vogel Talks Creativity: Event Video Highlights

In November, our Meet the Author Event featured mediaman founder and Emerson College Professor, Thomas Vogel speaking about his book Breakthrough Thinking: A Guide to Creative Thinking and Idea Generation. We’ve put together some of the highlights of Thomas’ talk covering everything from how creativity enriches our lives to what Big Data means for the […]

Cross Pollination

Why it’s important to work for clients in more than one industry As most agencies, mediaman has a focus on certain industries. This wasn’t the plan from the beginning, it just happened that way. One project leads to the next: Another car company likes our work for Mercedes-Benz and invites us to pitch. Our work […]

Deadlines: A love-hate relationship

“There is this trade show next month and we need to have a website live the week before. That’s not a problem, is it?” Of course it’s not a problem. Yes, we would have preferred to know about this sooner. Just like Christmas, this trade show probably occurs every year and chances are you did […]

How to build your own Recipe Dshini

This beautiful object is the result of our latest In-House-Creative-Fun-Project at mediaman Germany: the Recipe Dshini. It is an Arduino driven, database enabled, built-of-old-parts, easy-to-use, retro-steamy, Wallace & Gromit-ish recipe printer — FTW! The idea started here: After a long day at the office many of us seemed to have the same 3 basic problems: […]

Are you missing the gorillas?

I heard a story on NPR this morning about radiologists, trained to search for the smallest of irregularities in a scan, missing a gorilla that was superimposed on a slide of a lung. 83% of radiologists failed to note the gorilla. The effect is called “inattentional blindness”.  The news story gave this explanation: This wasn’t because the […]