Archives for category: technology

Mark Zuckerberg survived his Congressional appearances last week with barely a scratch.

Not surprisingly, the questioning revealed a rudimentary understanding of what Facebook is, the logic of its ad-supported business model, and the ramifications of Facebook’s implicit targeting, data-gathering/practices and identity algorithm matrix.

Facebook is Facebook, after all.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/11/technology/facebook-sells-ads-life-details.html

A traumatic week for technology. Facebook is a cracked mirror, driverless cars can kill, and technology equities can crash hard like every other market sector.

The growing backlash against Silicon Valley is a gathering realization that our devices and applications are not simply utopian gateways to unlimited information, utility and convenience, but they’re also potentially addictive objects enabling individual pathologies, privacy intrusions, and social dysfunction.

They are rewiring our brains and reconfiguring our behavior.

https://qz.com/email/quartz-obsession/1235589/

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/04/02/cambridge-analytica-and-a-moral-reckoning-in-silicon-valley

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/12-things-everyone-should-understand-tech-anil-dash/

Mired in the daily noise and muck, it’s hard to see the promise of the future.

It’s coming:

https://www.technologyreview.com/lists/technologies/2018

What should we do when our open and free information and social systems are infected by malevolent actors guided by sinister aims and evil purpose?

A portion of social media has become a trojan horse of deceptive identity and networked propaganda.

John Battelle argues that it is an existential threat to democracy and must be countered and rectified.

https://shift.newco.co/the-automatic-weapons-of-social-media-3ccce92553ad

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.

https://www.fastcodesign.com/90153068/jony-ive-dishes-on-apple-rumors-and-his-design-team-in-rare-interview

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?

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.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/nicolenguyen/meet-the-woman-who-wants-to-change-the-way-you-buy-your?utm_term=.wpozA1jnVK#.gcq1Xoeag9

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