Archives for category: technology

First everything became media and now it’s software.

But the potential problem of any innovation can be unintended consequences: the things and outcomes that we don’t see happening despite our original designs, plans or intentions.

In a Faustian Bargain Viktor Frankenstein created life (usurping God’s order) and unleashed evil in the act. The creation of code may inadvertently let loose similar unanticipated futures.

As Uncle Ben says to Peter Parker: “with great power comes great responsibility”.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/09/saving-the-world-from-code/540393/

As we debate the impact of AI, platform accountability and possible malfeasance, and ubiquitous digital transformation, it’s difficult to discern a gap between ourselves and our machines.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/09/you-are-already-living-inside-a-computer/539193/

The social network platforms and global technology companies are under increasing public scrutiny as a result of their power, secrecy and intrinsic arrogance. Inevitably, they are designed to empower individuals and communities for good or evil.

The potential for abuse and some recent examples of damage to social good and the body politic may eventually culminate in government oversight and legal accountability.

Are they likely to be regulated as 21st Century utilities?

Time will tell but certainly the “Do No Evil” mantra is now being challenged by a social and political skepticism calling for a greater hands-on “Trust but Verify” future.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/theres-blood-in-the-water-in-silicon-valley?utm_term=.igvy3zdlq#.unYDLO5xm

https://www.vox.com/conversations/2017/9/8/16266496/silicon-valley-google-apple-facebook-amazon-monopolies

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/how-silicon-valley-is-erasing-your-individuality/2017/09/08/a100010a-937c-11e7-aace-04b862b2b3f3_story.html?utm_term=.1c6d2cdde2bf

Ultimately, it will come down to your face and its interface with your machines.

https://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21728617-life-age-facial-recognition-what-machines-can-tell-your-face

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

from your phone and take control of your life.

https://www.wired.com/story/our-minds-have-been-hijacked-by-our-phones-tristan-harris-wants-to-rescue-them/

 

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

The smartphone:

Changing how we communicate and the very definition of communication.

Reinventing the design and interface of digital devices.

Transforming culture by reordering social behavior and manners.

Changing information structure and the organization of time and memory.

Altering historical analog approaches by injecting non-linear digital perception.

Changing how we think and perhaps ultimately the mind itself.

A Sociology of the Smartphone

Distribution and consumption of video is exploding across all digital platforms.

The Internet, mobile networks, and social media serve digital media that now reach virtually everyone anywhere and immediately anytime.

The end of bandwidth constraints (capability, capacity and cost) enables audiences to consume rich and long form video as an information resource and for creative story-telling pleasure and purpose.

Content is king.

https://www.inc.com/glenn-leibowitz/why-2017-will-be-the-year-of-online-video.html

http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/News/Online-Video-News/Cisco-Sees-4x-Growth-in-Online-Video-Traffic-By-2020-Report-111575.aspx

https://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/consumer-insights/online-video-on-tv-streaming-content/

https://www.nytimes.com/video/the-daily-360

http://www.wsj.com/video/browse/editor-picks

The decades-in-the-making culmination of a vision of what an integrated technology company looks like is realized in Cupertino.

Apple’s new headquarters building is stunning architecture and engineering, as well as a striking physical manifestation of how a 21st century company can be organized to advance its mission and promote its enterprise.

Form enhances function.

 

Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/02/07/apples-futuristic-new-spaceship-campus-pictures/