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The Spiritual Lessons I Learned from Machines

When I practice ethnography, I am granted the chance to understand others by trying on their lives for a moment. So when the Moonshot team asked me to get familiar with chatbots, I should have known things were about to get weird. Below is an account of my brief relationship with Mitsuku, the 3-time Loebner Prize...

Finding Carmen

After a year and a half working from the 4-story TWA building Barkley calls home, you’d think I’d know my way around. Here, meeting rooms follow a theoretical naming scheme: celestial bodies (Big Dipper, Galaxy) are on the 1st floor, people (Neil Armstrong, Ellen Ochoa) are on the 2nd, planets (Mercury, Neptune) on the 3rd, and everything...

NEW RESEARCH REPORT: A New Picture of Health

Facing the repercussions of a slow economy and a weak job market, many Millennials are stretched thin with debt and average wages 20 percent below those of their predecessors at the same life stage. To put that in perspective, young…

Why Disruption Wins with Millennials When it Comes to Weddings – and Wine

When it comes to the Millennial generation, there are more than enough stereotypes to go around. From the cold brew-sipping hipster to the slacker avoiding reality and rent by posting up in mom and dad’s basement, there is a particular view that has become mainstream as it relates to these consumers. Not included in this...

Revisiting Our First Technology

Barkley’s Moonshot team has been exploring what Chris Milk called the last medium. Now they are turning (or returning) their attention to what Marshall McLuhan called humankind’s first technology, the spoken word. The spoken word was the first technology by which man was able to let go of his environment in order to grasp it in...