Category: Digital Heretics

It’s time to rein in the data barons (great read view MIT technology review)

“Jonathan Taplin, the director emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, argues in Move Fast and Break Things, his book about the power of the internet giants, that rebel artists have long had to deal with “suits” who control distribution of their work. But the ...

Yes I did #DeleteFacebook: Futurist Gerd Leonhard’s take. So would a paid-for, non-commercial platform be a better solution?

As of march 23, 2018, I am no longer active on Facebook and will be deleting my profile and all related pages in the next 2 weeks. Why? For me, the current Cambridge Analytica debacle is the straw that broke the camel’s back – enough is enough! Facebook can no longer be ...

Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs (says Kei-Fu Lee)

Must read post by VC Kei Fu Lee It will soon be obvious that half our tasks can be done better at almost no cost by AI. This will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced, and we’re not ready for it. China will have at least a 50/50 chance of winning ...

Why Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Need to Be Disrupted (good read via Esquire)

  “Meanwhile, Facebook and Google (now known as Alphabet) are together worth $1.3 trillion. You could merge the world’s top five advertising agencies (WPP, Omnicom, Publicis, IPG, and Dentsu) with five major media companies (Disney, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, CBS, and Viacom) and still need to add five major communications ...

Slide-deck from my presentation at Mayo Clinic Rochester: 2017 Rewoldt Lecture: the future of technology and democracy

Here it is – big thanks to the Rewoldt family for supporting this event, and to the Mayo Clinic for bringing me here! mayo clinic gerd leonhard rewoldt lecture technology democracy the future PUBLIC low res  17MB PDF  

Made me think: The new Luddites: why former digital prophets are turning against tech

  “In 1967 Lewis Mumford spoke presciently of the possibility of a “mega-machine” that would result from “the convergence of science, technics and political power”. Pynchon picked up the theme: “If our world survives, the next great challenge to watch out for will come – you heard it here first – ...

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 ...

Matt Haig (The Guardian:) I used to think social media was a force for good. Now the evidence says I was wrong (must read)

  “Kurt Vonnegut said: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful who we pretend to be.” This seems especially true now we have reached a new stage of marketing where we are not just consumers, but also the thing consumed. If you have friends you only ...

Facebook’s war on free will – powerful Franklin Foer / TheGuardian story (made me think – a lot)

  “But we shouldn’t accept Facebook’s self-conception as sincere, either. Facebook is a carefully managed top-down system, not a robust public square. It mimics some of the patterns of conversation, but that’s a surface trait. In reality, Facebook is a tangle of rules and procedures for sorting information, rules devised by the ...

Meet Futurist Gerd Leonhard in London October 4: Keynote at BREAKOUT2017: Ethical codes for a digital age

I am delighted to be able to contribute to this unique event in London, on October 4 2017 (for more details and updates go here). My keynote will be on AI and other exponential technologies, in the context of digital ethics. Get your tickets. Digital technologies are disrupting the world around ...

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