Mary Meeker’s report is published: more than half the planet is on the Internet. E-Commerce is surging and China is expanding exponentially. Fewer smartphones and more time online.

Internet Trends Report 2018 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

An alien in the Deep?

A controversial study has a new spin on the otherworldliness of the octopus

Fascinating investigation of how our perception of time organizes the world and enables us to understand ourselves.

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind

There’s branding and the “metaphysics of consumer desire”, and there’s the psychology of marketing.

A general theme of these weekly posts is the future: its shape and definitions, its predilections and possible scenarios, and how to build adaptable foundations to prepare for outcomes and contingencies.

We cannot know the future but we do know that its velocity and complexity will be unambiguous.

Sometimes one must take refuge in art.

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

In our dismal present it takes an effort to absorb Faulkner’s insight that the past lingers in the present both in memory and in daily life, for better or worse.

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.

The Economist’s 1843 Magazine is always interesting.

This article suggests that modern British architecture, specifically Norman Foster’s work, has largely created our perception of what the future looks like: curved curtain glass walls, innovative engineering, and integrated minimal structures.

Starbucks conceived the strategic concept of “The Third Place” in its early corporate development to describe its brand proposition. In this formulation Starbucks would assert itself into the fabric of daily life not simply as a food and beverage retailer but as a destination where people could satisfy their needs as well as pursue their interests and passions in a comfortable public environment (with free wifi).

It was an updated version of the coffeehouse model that established a third place (after home and workplace) where retail transactions and human experience, connection and interaction could thrive and become the brand’s identity.