It doesn’t always come naturally to us, as cynical reporters, but during Thanksgiving week on the GeekWire Podcast, it’s our tradition to take a step back and take stock of the positive things in technology, business, and science.
This year’s installment offers several reminders of the technologies that we might take for granted, gradual advancements that we incorporate into our lives over time, to the point that we suddenly can’t remember what we did without them: automated scoring for sports pools among friends; remote printing over the internet; natural language processing; language translation; mobile ticketing; and drone photography; to name a few.
We hear from several readers and listeners about what they’re grateful for right now, including robotic process automation, continued advocacy for diversity in tech, and support networks for startup founders.
In a contrarian twist this year, my colleague John Cook also talks about some of the silver linings in these cloudy economic times, including a return to more realistic (and potentially realizable) valuations for tech startups. We’re also seeing a silver lining in the job market right now, as layoffs open up the market for hiring by smaller companies.
And in an even more contrarian view, John shares why he’s thankful for … Elon Musk. Be sure to listen to his reasoning and explanation before getting out your pitchforks!