Category: Made me think

The dangers and challenges of the Internet of Things – crucial points made by Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier is one of the most brilliant thinkers when it’s about security and technology, in general. His recent piece ‘Click here to kill everyone’ is a must-read for anyone looking at the future of technology, and in particular the Internet of Things (IoT). While preparing for my upcoming keynote at ...

Fantastic slideshow on the future of media: Activate 2017 Tech / Media Outlook (Michael Wolf)

Must-review for anyone, media or not !  A treasure chest!   Digital gatekeepers will fare better than content media, analyst Michael Wolf says at WSJ tech conference Activate Tech and Media Outlook 2017 from Activate Some best-of’s:

Good read via The Economist: machine learning and government

Read: of prediction and policy (The Economist)  Governments have much to gain from applying algorithms to public policy, but controversies loom Machine-learning systems excel at prediction. A common approach is to train a system by showing it a vast quantity of data on, say, students and their achievements. The software chews through the ...

The global brain is coming: Google launches new AI in the cloud (videos). Hellven is certain!

Watch this video to get a glimpse of what’s coming: search-as-we-know-it is dead or dying (ETA within 5 years), apps are becoming yesterday’s way to interact with services platforms, and intelligent digital assistants (I call them IDAs) will taking their place. The race is on: who will be the dominant ‘global brain’ ...

What does it mean to be human in the age of technology? (Tom Chatfield – The Guardian)

Great read by Tom Chatfield in The Guardian  @tomchatfield Here are my highlights (essentials are italic) If there’s one thing our swelling collective articulacy as a species brings home, it’s that people care above all about other people: what they think, do, believe, fear, hate, love, laugh at – and what we can ...

You’re Only Human, But Your Kids Could Be So Much More – says Paul Knoepfler (Wired)

This article really made me think. We are at the threshold of a huge shift in what it means to be human. Mind-boggling ethical dilemmas are only around the corner – I will chew on this thoughtful piece and add more comments later. Here are the best-of quotes from Paul’s piece: I ...

IBM’s global C-Suite Study 2015. Key message: form your own futures squad!

IBM just published their 2015  global C-Suite study – and it points clearly in one direction: companies and their leaders are spending more time and resources on contemplating their future – and they are turning to external thought-leaders for advise. I can only confirm that – the interest in future-discovery has skyrocketed ...

How websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Do we need regulation? M. Schulson via AEON (relates to my digital obesity meme)

Michael Schulson just published this provocative piece via the amazing Aeon.co – and it’s a good read if you are wondering just how humanity and technology will intersect (or converge?) in the near future. Is this ‘convergence’ engineered by those that own the turf? What about Google’s AI plans and their ‘global brain’ ...

Quote of the day: Octavio Paz on the nihilism of technology (and some related goodies from me)

Octavio Paz  “The nihilism of technology lies not only in the fact that it is the most perfect expression of the will to power, as Heidegger believes, but also in the fact that it lacks meaning. Why? and To what purpose? are questions that technology does not ask itself.” I often refer ...

Skype’s real-time translator makes us all instant multi linguists (allegedly)

This is an important announcement but not because ‘it makes translators superfluous’. Yes, it will replace simple translation services for simple conversations but until it can make sense out of a deep and complex conversation such as a UN meeting, it’ll be quite a while. Human services, as a result, ...

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