Category: DigitalEthics

Former Talking Heads frontman says consumer tech is working against what it means to be human

  It has been about creating the possibility of a world with less human interaction. This tendency is, I suspect, not a bug, it’s a feature. We might think Amazon was about making books available to us that we couldnt find locally and it was, and what a brilliant idea, but ...

Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats (via NYT)

  In Europe, the ground is already shifting. Google’s share of the search engine market there is 92 percent, according to StatCounter. But that did not stop the European Union from fining it $2.7 billion in June for putting its products above those of its rivals. A new German law that fines ...

End of the road: will automation put an end to the American trucker – fascinating story

  The only human beings left in the modern supply chain are truck drivers. If you go to a modern warehouse now, say Amazon or Walmart, the trucks are unloaded by machines, the trucks are loaded by machines, they are put into the warehouse by machines. Then there is a guy, ...

Opportunity for everyone – great post by google CEO Sundar Pinchai

  “These are tough gaps. For instance, the nature of work is fundamentally changing. And that is shifting the link between education, training and opportunity. Young people already feel this. An Economist survey found that less than half of 18- to 25-year-olds believe their education gives them the skills they need ...

Download the deck: my presentation at the NASSCOM BPM Strategy Summit in Bengaluru, today

More details on the event, also here Nasscom BPM Bangalore Gerd Leonhard Technology Humanity The Future Public Deck LOW RES 20 MB PDF Some of the key slides below! SaveSave

How Russia Harvested American Rage to Reshape U.S. Politics (NYT)

This is cultural hacking, said  Jonathan Albright, research director at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. They are using systems that were already set up by these platforms to increase engagement. They are feeding outrage  and it’s easy to do, because outrage and emotion is how people share How Russia ...

The Real Problem With Voice Assistants Like Siri Is Your Brain

  “The bad news is that dream of a virtual assistant that manages your digital life while you live your real one is probably a lie. The real problem with voice assistants isn’t that they’re underpowered, or that their neural nets aren’t sophisticated enough to intuit our requests. It’s that user ...

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

  “There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attentionâ€�, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ. One recent study showed that the mere presence of smartphones damages cognitive capacity – even when the device is turned off. “Everyone ...

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