One of my favorite PBS series (by way of BBC) is Connections, written and presented by James Burke in 1979. Connections explores an “Alternate View of Change,” the subtitle of the series. Rather than a linear path guided by logic and the scientific method, technological progress is often the result of interconnected events driven by other individual or group motivations (e.g., profit, convenience, curiosity). The series illustrates how the interplay



Steve LeVine is the Washington, DC correspondent for Quartz. He writes about the intersection of energy, technology and geopolitics. In 2015, he published “The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World,” about the geopolitics of lithium-ion batteries. He closely follows and reports on advanced battery development, especially for electric vehicles. Last week Steve published an online article, “We are racing towards an electric-car future. Can battery



Rob Price’s March 14, 2016 Business Insider article, “Google’s smartwatch king has a 50-year vision for the future of Android Wear,” is crafted from his interview with David Singleton, Google’s director of Android Wear. Singleton’s ambitious vision is that, ““The smartwatch will feed you information before you ask for it, act as your ‘agent’ in the internet-connected world around you, and keep you healthy—even talking to your doctor before you



Mark Sullivan’s March 10, 2016 Fast Company article, “Apple Watch 2: How the World’s Best Smartwatch Might Makes Its Great Leap Forward,” takes a stab at answering two questions: How will the Apple Watch 2 be better than the first Watch? What will Apple add to the device to make it more useful and necessary to more people? First, Apple is expected to address shortcomings of its initial smartwatch, which



I recently attended a Gartner webinar and read articles in Business Insider and Fast Company that contemplate the future of the smartwatch. While each presents a slightly different perspective, they all agree that the smartwatch has to untether from the smartphone to fully realize its potential and accelerate market adoption. The Gartner webinar, presented on March 15, 2016, is titled “Wearables at the Peak of Inflated Expectations: Myths and Realities.”