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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.

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

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:

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

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

To understand AI one must begin with consciousness.

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).

The rise of the useless class

Facebook’s answer for the future is all Facebook all the time.

Redef’s Set:

Ben Thomson is alarmed:

Manifestos and Monopolies

The NY Times is the canary and newspapers are in the coal mine.

What the Times plans and executes with regard to distribution will be the existential bellwether of printed news, arts and lifestyle content in the near term.

Moreover as the digital platform continues to assert strategic and marketing primacy, this priority has become the primary endeavor of the NY Times and for every print media company.


How The New York Times Is Clawing Its Way Into the Future

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