Archives for category: technology

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/

Kevin Kelly is a man of big ideas, adding insight into the complex adoption of computing technology, a pioneer of digital design, and astutely analyzes the impact of machines on man and our society.

He is above all utopian, believing that man is essentially good and that change should be embraced. That the best is yet to come.

His thoughts on AI:

https://backchannel.com/the-myth-of-a-superhuman-ai-59282b686c62

Always something to learn and admire at The Webby Awards, Win or Place.

http://webbyawards.com/winners/2017/

We’ve moved from the imperative of adding digital to the marketing effort to the necessity of making it the lifeblood.

https://www.themediabriefing.com/article/10-media-trends-for-2017-and-beyond

To understand AI one must begin with consciousness.

https://www.ft.com/content/96187a7a-fce5-11e6-96f8-3700c5664d30

Inevitably this complex effort contains an implicit measure of ambiguity and will yield imprecise conclusions and unknown outcomes.

But the makers of technology don’t do uncertainty well. Coders code, machines perform and outcomes loom down the road. Clarity will be elusive but the consequences will be real (some planned and others unintended).

http://www.vox.com/conversations/2017/3/8/14712286/artificial-intelligence-science-technology-robots-singularity-automation

The rise of the useless class