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The Servitude Bubble – some good comments on the ‘sharing economy’ (Umair Haque)

 Read Umair’s piece here – some pretty hard-hitting observations here!  A chat app bought for one fifth of the US educational budget. An Uber for dog-walkers. An app to have your trash taken out for you. On-demand butlers. On-demand massages. On-demand pedicures. On-demand private jets. On demand gardeners, plumbers, and private chefs. A ...

Must read: the coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

The Coming Problem of Our iPhones Being More Intelligent Than Us http://singularityhub.com/2015/04/24/the-coming-problem-of-our-iphones-being-more-intelligent-than-us/ (via Instapaper)  by Vivek Wadhwa Kurzweil, a renowned futurist and the director of engineering at Google, now says that the hardware needed to emulate the human brain may be ready even sooner than he predicted — in around 2020 — using ...

A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute – why total optimisation is not…optimal (good read via NYT)

The gut is dead. Long live the data, turned out day and night by our myriad computers and smart devices. Not that we trust the data, as we once trusted our guts. Instead, we “optimize” it. We optimize for it. We optimize with it. A Sucker Is Optimized Every Minute NYT via Instapaper Context: automation ...

Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm … (but what is… soon?)

“AI making legal decisions is a compelling idea. Not only is it more efficient, but couldn’t it somehow be more just to place decisions in an entity unable to be swayed by bias or emotion?” Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm http://motherboard.vice.com/read/your-lawyer-may-soon-be-an-algorithm via Instapaper Gerd Leonhard Futurist, Author and ...

Beware the rise of the digital oligarchy (good read via the Guardian)

“Our personal data reflects our interests, our desires: it is a digital extension of our soul. By giving it away so freely to social networks, supermarket loyalty cards and internet search engines have we engaged in some form of Faustian pact? Our digital souls may not be immortal, but they ...

New speaking topic: digital transformation in telecommunications and ICT

As some of you may know, I have always done quite a bit of work in telecom, mobile and ICT but am now getting a lot more requests for speeches, seminars and advisory sessions on this topic. I reckon this is partly because of some recent developments such as Facebook/WhatsApp, ...

Did You Know You Had Diabetes? It’s All Over the Internet (interesting read via Bloomberg)

This is a good read on a topic I have been looking at very closely – which personal information can be used online for what purpose, by whom, and when – and what are the unintended consequences of exponential technologies that make everything so much more efficient, transparent and omniscient? The ...

Interesting NYT piece on the Sharing Economy: Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty?

A really interesting post presenting some of the key issues behind the rise of ‘sharing economy’ leaders such as Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit and AirBnB. Some similar thoughts have recently crossed my mind, as well – is the so-called sharing economy actually based on some short-fused and ‘technology-fueled exploitation’ scheme or is there ...

This is your brain on mobile (via Medium): obsession with eternalising the moment?

This is a MUST-READ piece This is your brain on mobile — Medium by Jeremy Vandehey.  Best snippets: As a human being, many of these triumphs are trumped by the overwhelming anxiety phones have instilled in us. We’ve trained ourselves to constantly seek refuge from boring, everyday life through our phones. We’ve ...

The clean energy transition is unstoppable, so why fight it (must-read by Chris Nelder)

Just ran across this interesting piece by energy analyst Chris Nelder, in the Huffington Post  More about Chris The clean energy transition is unstoppable, so why fight it? Within days of my February article, CEO Peter Terium of the German utility RWE, called the clean energy transition in the electricity markets “unstoppable” and “irreversible… Nafeez ...

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