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TechFirst with John Koetsier

Tech that is changing the world. Innovators who are shaping the future.Deep discussions with diverse leaders from Silicon Valley giants and scrappy global startups. Plus some short monologues based on my Forbes columns.

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1 million creator coins are coming. Here's how they work

Imagine the ability to have a say in who I interview next. Imagine owning a token from your favorite creator or artist that gives you special access or a closer connection. Now imagine it’s a currency that can grow as the community does. And can be used to purchase goods and services ... or even exchanged for US dollars That’s a creator coin. Recently Rally.io raised $57M to make literally a million of them. Including #SMRT​ coin, which is my creator coin. In this episode of TechFirst I interview Bremner Morris, former Patreon executive and now chief marketing officer of Rally.io. Links: #SMRT coin: https://rally.io/creator/SMRT/ TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1 Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

16mins

3 May 2021

Rank #1

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New AirPod earbuds ... or hearing aids? Signia Active is hearing aids without shame

Would you feel awkward wearing hearing aids? About 20% of people have hearing loss. But only a third of them will actually wear hearing aids. Too many people just don't want the stigma of hearing aids. (Or all those finicky wires!) But what if they looked just like regular earbuds? Like for example, Signia Actives. They look just like regular earbuds, and they adapt to different listening needs on the fly via an app. Noisy room? There's a setting for that. Music? No problem. Need to hear what’s in front or behind? Just change a setting. Need to hear what someone’s saying through a mask? There's a mode for that. Need more volume? Less? Just turn a dial via the provided app. Links: Support TechFirst with $SMRT coins: https://rally.io/creator/SMRT/ Signia Active: https://www.signia.net/en-us/hearing-aids/active/ TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1 Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

15mins

27 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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Blue Ocean Robotics: the world's only robotics venture factory?

Do you have to reinvent the wheel every time you build a robot? Or can you reuse significant components of functionality like vision, navigation, manual dexterity, and control software? It turns out that the answer is that you don't have to continually reinvent the wheel. And the result of asking that question was the creation of what might be the world’s first robot venture factory In, of course, Odense, Denmark, an island with perhaps the world’s greatest density of robotic startups and creators. Links: Support TechFirst with $SMRT coins: https://rally.io/creator/SMRT/ Blue Ocean Robotics: https://www.blue-ocean-robotics.com TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1 Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

22mins

21 Apr 2021

Rank #3

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The X Shore electric boat is the Tesla of the sea

The X Shore Eelex 8000 cruises 20 hours on battery power. It knows when you fall overboard, it won't go beyond geo-fences that you set up. It offers autopilot and it goes 35 knots or 65 kilometers an hour flat out.  It has a modular design and will save you about $800 every time you "fuel up" In this episode of tech first, we're chatting with Jenny Keisu, the CEO of X Shore, which has just released the ELX 8,000 electric boat and raised $17 million to bring it to a harbor near you. Links: Support TechFirst with $SMRT coins: https://rally.io/creator/SMRT/ X Shore: https://www.xshore.com/ TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1 Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier 

17mins

16 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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Twitter spaces versus Clubhouse: access vs ego?

Clubhouse is the hot new social audio star. But Twitter Spaces is available to 30X the audience out of the box … and draws on a social graph you already own. Does that mean it’s the new winner just waiting to be crowned? In this episode of TechFirst with John Koetsier, I chat with Paul Armstrong, CEO and founder of Here/Forth … and owner of the very first sponsored show on Twitter Spaces … sponsored by a Fortune 500 global brand, too yet. At least, as far as Armstrong knows. Links: Support TechFirst with $SMRT coins: https://rally.io/creator/SMRT/ TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1 Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

11mins

13 Apr 2021

Rank #5

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Fight Camp: chatting with former US national boxing team member Tommy Duquette about boxing and his smart gloves

Punching something is probably a good way of blowing off steam, as long as it's an inanimate object and you're not hurting anyone. It's also a surprisingly good workout. In this episode I try out Fight Camp's smart boxing fitness program and chat with the founder, former US National Team member Tommy Duquette ... now founder and CEO of Fight Camp. Links: Support TechFirst with $SMRT coins: https://rally.io/creator/SMRT/ TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1 Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

11mins

8 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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Beating Moore's Law: This photonic computer is 10X faster than NVIDIA GPUs using 90% less energy

Moore's Law is dead, right? Not if we can get working photonic computers. Lightmatter is building a photonic computer for the biggest growth area in computing right now, and according to CEO Nick Harris, it can be ordered now and will ship at the end of this year. It's already much faster than traditional electronic computers a neural nets, machine learning for language processing, and AI for self-driving cars. It's the world's first general purpose photonic AI accelerator, and with light multiplexing -- using up to 64 different colors of light simultaneously -- there's long path of speed improvements ahead. Links: TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1 Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier

16mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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Are shared virtual experiences the future of meetings and work?

I take a virtual tour of a virtual learning environment from The Leadership Network based on a collaboration they're doing with Toyota. Is this the future, or is it more like Microsoft Mesh's rich, textured, augmented reality? There's probably multiple modalities for the future of meetings and collaborative remote work. In this episode of TechFirst with John Koetsier, I get a tour of TLN's Gemba VR learning and training environment, and compare it to Microsoft Mesh. Episode links: The Leadership Network: https://theleadershipnetwork.com TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1

8mins

30 Mar 2021

Rank #8

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Synthetic humans: is the future of fashion fake?

We have synthetic humans earning millions as influencers and models who are created by a computer. What’s driving this … and where’s it all going? To dig in, we’re chatting with Tyler Lastovich, who leads strategy at Generated Photos. Generated Photos makes realistic faces via AI: generative adversarial networks. They're growing incredibly fast, count most major gaming companies as their customers, and are talking to major social media outlets as well. The market right now is for synthetic models and characters, but in the future is probably as large as the world: avatars for all of us in an augmented reality and virtual reality world. We chat about the growth, the implications, the ethical considerations, and much, much more. Episode links: TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/ Full videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/johnkoetsier?sub_confirmation=1

17mins

29 Mar 2021

Rank #9

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A computer for your brain? Neurosity releases the Crown to boost productivity

Would you wear a computer on your head? In public? What if it made you more productive? Today on TechFirst with John Koetsier we’re chatting with Alex Castillo of  Neurosity, which just released the Crown. It's a brain-sensing computer you wear like a hat, and which … one day … may be a hat. Or … inserted under your skull like Elon Musk's Neuralink. Episode links: Neurosity: https://neurosity.co TechFirst transcripts: https://johnkoetsier.com/category/tech-first/ Keep in touch: https://twitter.com/johnkoetsier Forbes columns: https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/

13mins

25 Mar 2021

Rank #10