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

Amazon Go and the Future

The remarkable Ben Thompson:

The 2017 Stratechery Year in Review

Jony Ive is back on the front lines of Apple design. Guess Apple needs to rediscover its mojo.

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

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

The role and function of retail shopping and presence in the marketing equation and its impact on the consumer purchase decision continues to change and undergo reinvention.

In a world of virtual buying retail’s physicality continues to be the logic of direct experience, human connection and shared community, however circumscribed and transformed. Retail still exerts a special and unique power and place.

In important ways Apple understands this as well as any company.

If you have the interest and time to deep dive into Activate’s informative assessment of the current status and future trends in media and technology:

Activate Tech & Media Outlook 2018 from Activate

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”.

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.

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.

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