Virtual reality (VR) — and augmented reality (AR) — seem to be everywhere these days, showing up in demos and offerings from the world’s biggest gadget makers to the Hollywood, gaming, and media crowds. But what’s the difference between VR and AR? Is one better suited for work vs. play? What happens when you are building experiences — and an entirely new visual grammar — from scratch … will we actually need standards next? a16z’s Chris Dixon and Wired Entertainment’s Peter Rubin discuss all this and more on this episode of the a16z Podcast. MORE
As software infuses every industry and much of our lives, do we all really need to start writing code? Or is a less hands-on approach — educating ourselves about what software can (and can’t) do, and the basic architecture behind its creation — the most useful way to gain software literacy for most people? MORE
Internet of Things was one of the highest-profile collections of gadgets and ideas at this year’s International CES, but it’s also a tech trend that has lots of consumers scratching their heads. Benedict (just back from the Vegas melee that is CES), Preethi, and Zal discuss the Internet of Things and more in this a16z Podcast. The technology is ready, so what are the breakout use cases going to be? MORE
It never stops: Technology, and the people who make it. That’s what makes being in the thick of it so much fun. We are lucky to have some of the smartest people coming through our doors to tell us what has them all fired up on the a16z Podcast. These are — just some! — of the most popular, most shared, favorite podcasts this year…
Storage as a set of technologies in the datacenter has a conservative reputation when it comes to innovation. Reliability, capacity, speed, and cost — those have long been the only levers to pull in storage technology. Until Paula Long had the idea to add intelligence to enterprise-grade storage. Long, the CEO and founder of DataGravity joins a16z’s Peter Levine for a discussion about storage. Why (and how) intelligence is a fit for storage technology, and how this smarter approach to handling data fits in with the datacenter of the future.