Travel Back 50 Years to 1964 New York World’s Fair


In 1964, the New York World's Fair opened with radical technologies and dazzling futuristic displays.

Fifty-one million visitors descended on Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, N.Y. over two six-month seasons in 1964 and '65 to experience innovations like "picturephones," lunar crawlers and Belgian waffles. The Ford Times called it "a lively and lavish concoction of spectacular entertainment."

Though a conflict with the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) stripped the fair of an official sanction, the event represented an exciting time in American scientific advancements. While we still aren't jetting to the moon to visit grandma in her space colony retirement village, technologies like robotic animation continue in special effects productions today. Read more...

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Futureful, The Janus Friis-Backed AI Predictive Discovery Engine, Rebrands As Random

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Why Tech Takes April Fools’ Day So Seriously


Tech journalists hate April Fools' Day. Not because we don't like a good joke — heck, who doesn't? — but because we're basically recycling PR stunts on behalf of the companies we cover.

Just keeping track of Google on April 1 is a full-time occupation. By my count, the company had 14 pranks this year. (Does that mean there will be 15 next year?) But Google's hardly alone. Microsoft, Twitter, LinkedIn, Nokia, Samsung, Kickstarter, Roku and Tumblr, just to name a few, have tried their hands at goofs this April Fools'

For Google, the tomfoolery dates back to 2000, when it introduced MentalPlex, a feature that let you summon a search by staring at a GIF. The company also introduced goofy error messages (sample: "Error 006: Query is unclear. Try again after removing hat, glasses and shoes.") Read more...

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The Shifting Responsibilities of Marketing Pros

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Many marketers are confused about their roles in the age of big data and customer experience. That message became all too clear this week at unrelated conferences in San Francisco.

Predictive Analytics World and Totango’s Customer Success Summit were both excellent conferences. But they triggered a little voice in the back of my head.

Do marketing professionals really understand their jobs?   

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