This past weekend, something kind of incredible happened; basketball aficionados from across the globe were able to don high-tech goggles to live-stream stereoscopic virtual reality of a highly paid athlete receiving a bounce pass from a custom-designed drone to perform a highly technical slam dunk.
This is the NBA in 2017.
New technologies have always played a major role in how sports organizations attract new audiences and build closer ties between players and fans. This past weekend, the NBA’s tech initiatives were on full display in New Orleans at the sight of the NBA All-Star game.
The new technologies powering efforts on the floor were awesome and plentiful but when I arrived I was interested about the combination of using new tech to enable crazy experiences on the court while also drawing on technologies that allow viewers at home to get closer than ever to the action.
This all centered around a dunk. The NBA Slam Dunk Contest defending-champ, 21-year-old Orlando Magic player Aaron Gordon, was set to perform one of the craziest dunks yet, a high-flying drone-assisted shot that relied on the most intimate of communications between man and machine.
Mayer, who has failed to turn the Internet pioneer around in five years as CEO, is expected to step aside when Verizon completes its $4.5 billion purchase of Yahoo.
She has a total of 4.5 million shares of Yahoo stock and options, plus restricted stock that will vest when the Verizon deal goes through, according to a filing on Monday. Yahoo said last week it expected the deal to close in June.
Once Mayer pays to exercise her options, she’ll be left with $186 million, based on Yahoo (YHOO, Tech30) stock’s closing price of $48.15 a share on Monday.
She will also get a $3 million golden parachute — cash severance that accompanies the sale of the company. The companies announced the sale in July 2016.
Marissa Mayer will walk away from Yahoo with $186 million
Las Vegas represents possibility, optimism and temptation. It’s a city with lights running through its veins and creativity pumping in its heart. That said, it’s really no surprise that Vegas also happens to be a city that is fully embracing technology.
Below, we explore what some of today’s most exciting technologies may mean for the next ten years of this larger-than-life slice of America.
A high-tech mindset isn’t new for Vegas: The city has long played host to the annual CES event, a launch pad for some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive technologies. And virtual reality, one of the hottest buzzwords in the tech industry, has been hogging the spotlight of CES’ stages for the past several years.
The Vegas VR app and 360 video tours on GeoVegas are proof positive that Vegas and VR are a match made in virtual heaven, but there are many more immersive possibilities for the future. Think: fully virtual casinos where you can choose your own adventure, scenery and companions; entire concerts experienced front-row from the comfort of your hotel suite; and virtual reality restaurants that enable you to dine wherever in the world you desire.
Feeling too fancy for normal earth-bound existence? A new skyscraper concept would elevate your living situation — literally.
Clouds Architecture Office has unveiled plans for a futuristic skyscraper dubbed the “Analemma Tower.” The building would hover majestically above the ground because it would be attached — wait for it — to an actual asteroid, in space, that is forcibly put into orbit around the Earth.
If that’s not enough to digest, consider that your exact address in this pendulous pad could be anywhere on Earth.
The tower will be suspended via high-strength cabling from an asteroid and placed in “eccentric geosynchronous orbit”. In other words, it would be always moving — residents and visitors would take a daily journey between the northern and southern hemispheres with a prolonged visit over a main “home” point like New York City or Dubai (it’s always New York City or Dubai, isn’t it?)
Will someone born in 2017 ever unfold a map to determine the best driving route from New York City to a small town in Massachusetts? Will they memorize a phone number other than their own? Will they grow up to be smarter because their mind is no longer cluttered with mundane facts and the processes technology can do for us?
Psychologists and neuroscientists don’t know these answers yet. But they’re beginning to understand how spending every waking moment within reach of Internet-connected devices is affecting our lives.
“We’ve never had a technology that we use so intensively for so many different things,” says Nicholas Carr, author of “The Glass Cage: How Computers Are Changing Us.”
Having an Internet-connected computer on our person at all times is affecting our lives in profound ways. Maskot / Getty Images/Maskot
Americans are concerned about their data privacy — and rightfully so. According to the Pew Research Center, 91% of adults “agree or strongly agree that consumers have lost control of how personal information is collected and used by companies.”
After the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of repealing Federal Communications Commission rules that would have prevented internet service providers from selling consumer data, the concern has only grown. According to Google Trends, searches for “VPN” — virtual private network, or a tool that offers consumers heightened online privacy — spiked on Tuesday night after the vote.