Archives for category: culture

In our age of disruption economic and social change is transforming behavior, style and work.

As individuals increasingly value “experiences” over fashion, and the nature of work is reinvented by automation, AI and demographics, adapting to the speed and dramatic scope of change promises a traumatic and volatile¬†future.

https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-death-of-clothing/

https://www.1843magazine.com/features/crafting-a-life

http://www.bain.com/publications/articles/labor-2030-the-collision-of-demographics-automation-and-inequality.aspx

https://www.thersa.org/discover/publications-and-articles/reports/seven-portraits-of-economic-security-and-modern-work-in-the-uk

Social media is wrestling with a scam and sham problem.

Intrinsic to the integrity of all media is truth and trust: that who and what is presented and conveyed is real and honest. Agendas and objectives are inevitable but so too must be principle and honor.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/all-followers-are-fake-followers/551789/

Amazon’s automated store is a version of the future. Amazonian in vision and ambition.

Amazon Go and the Future

Looking ahead:

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609868/18-exponential-changes-we-can-expect-in-the-year-ahead/

The Guardian examines the economics, social dynamics, cultural anthropology and intrinsic goodness of the sandwich.

Britannia rules (the bread…)

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2017/nov/24/how-the-sandwich-consumed-britain

Random conversations with strangers have value.

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

In the in-the-moment roller coaster ride of our present, the implementation of AI seems like the advent of spring: slow and gradual until one fine day it’s here.

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-06/how-many-robots-does-it-take-to-fill-a-grocery-order

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-05-03/the-mozart-in-the-machine

https://qz.com/se/machines-with-brains/1025378/machines-with-brains-what-it-mean-to-be-human-in-a-world-filled-with-robots/

No one is prepared to stop the robot onslaught. So what will we do when it arrives?

Not surprisingly the BBC is doing interesting digital work.

It’s Culture section is producing arresting video features to complement its always sterling broadcast and print efforts.

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20170929-the-race-to-create-the-perfect-city

Screens connect but they also isolate.

Today young people tend to live lives of intermediation, seeking engagement with the world through their devices. Ironically and sadly, an outcome of this media focus and behavior can be addiction and isolation.

How do you meet his or her eye, or catch a moment that may never come again if you’re always looking down, lost in a screen, as life passes by?

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/

https://shift.newco.co/is-social-media-the-new-tobacco-936d28a2bfe2

Marshall McLuhan’s visionary understanding of media and culture is a foundational model of how digital transformation works and has changed man and society.

The notion that the form of media impacts meanings and content (the medium is the message) is fundamental today. The internet has redefined information and how we think. One aspect of this revolutionary change is the increasing primacy of visual information.

McLuhan’s 106th birthday anniversary last week is an opportunity to revisit his vision of the “Global Community”.

https://www.google.com/doodles/marshall-mcluhans-106th-birthday

A Marshall McLuhan expert annotates the Google Doodle honoring the internet visionary