Zac Dannelly

Posts by Zac Dannelly

Technology's Hierarchy of Needs

by on August 3, 2018 2:56 pm
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs attempts to distill the psycho-physiological necessities for human beings into five interdependent layers. As one moves up the tiers, each is more laborious to attain than the last with self-actualization at the pinnacle. Moving down, each tier becomes more vital to existence with air, water, and food as the base. These… Read more Technology's Hierarchy of Needs

S(pace)aaS: The Future of On-Orbit Technologies

by on July 27, 2018 12:15 pm
I had the great fortune of visiting the International Space Station Research & Development Conference in San Francisco this week [1]. The week focused on the promise and future that space offered in the realm of technology advancement. This ranged from space mining of rare earth materials all the way to privatized space stations for… Read more S(pace)aaS: The Future of On-Orbit Technologies

AI's Greatest Trick

by on July 17, 2018 10:10 pm
Popular culture offers many examples of what AI’s future maybe. The greatest dangers usually take the form of sentient beings turning against their creators. However, I do not believe this is the most likely negative end state for AI. Rather, to paraphrase from the Usual Suspects, I think the greatest trick AI will ever pull… Read more AI's Greatest Trick

Learning Facebook's Lesson the Easy Way

by on July 13, 2018 11:03 am
In the spring of 2018 Facebook found itself consumed with a press nightmare. Large international fines, inquiry hearings, and widespread boycotts all spun into a hellish cocktail of public dissent. All of this turmoil spurred from the data impropriety allegations against Cambridge Analytica, as brought forth by co-founder Christopher Wylie. Once the investigations following Wylie’s… Read more Learning Facebook's Lesson the Easy Way

Less Considered, Unintended Consequences

by on July 9, 2018 8:49 am
The everyday effects of consumer based artificial intelligence are significant and far reaching. There are tangible benefits such as the proliferation of intelligence personal assistants like Siri as well as more indirect benefits like the incredible improvements in suggestion algorithms that power Netflix. Additionally, companies must also consider the unintentional effects of implementing such technologies.… Read more Less Considered, Unintended Consequences