Here is a weekly selection of thoughtful opinion pieces, interesting analyses and significant yet under-reported information bits from the digital and technology world. Published and commented every Thursday, just in time so you have something good to read during the weekend.
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- The Cook and the Chef: Musk’s Secret Sauce
Tim Urban of Wait But What has written an utterly unbelievable piece. It’s crazy long (it took me about 2 hours to read), it’s extremely interesting and inspiring, and it touches a broad variety of topics, spanning from computer science and the analogy of the brain as a computer to sociology, psychology and human evolution. A must read, even if it will require a serious time investment to finish, and even if Urban’s use of “casual language” (to put it nicely) can get a bit annoying sometimes.
- How can we make entrepreneurship contagious?
As long as you agree with the basic premise that entrepreneurship is the key to wealthy and healthy societies (I do), then this is a key question: How to spread the “virus” of entrepreneurship so more people are willing to go along that path.
- The counterintuitive, GIF-tastic plan to redeem the modern Internet
Some people are nostalgic about the “Web 1.0”, when the Internet was still exclusively their place. I can see where that sentiment comes from, but I don’t miss the old days too much anyway.
- The clock is ticking on a time bomb that could blow up a free internet: the TPP
However, one thing is for sure: Back in the old days, there was less hostile regulation regarding the Internet. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) sounds like a big step backwards (or forward, if the digital future is about more control and concentration of power).
- Advertising’s hidden design and its impact on our culture
Insightful reflections about the dependency and conflicts between today’s media and today’s performance-oriented advertising.
- How the Mad Men lost the plot
And here is a broader analysis of how the Internet and specifically social media is threatening the advertising industry in its existence.
- Ancillary Copyright 2.0: The European Commission is preparing a frontal attack on the hyperlink
When it comes to regulating the Internet, you can trust the European Union to come up with stupid, idiotic and backward looking solutions. It’s a shame.
- Big Data, No Thanks
I am undecided whether I agree or not, but this no doubt a thought-provoking take on the dangers of the widespread use of big data, including a comparison to how the world reacted to the rise of the nuclear threat: by entering an arms race.
- Google Flights Adds Train Times, In-Flight Amenities and Direct Lufthansa Bookings
I might have written that before: Google Flights is getting really really good. Now it starts to include direct bookings, and somehow even managed to convince Lufthansa not having to add the recently introduced, controversial OTA surcharge on the fare price.
- Why I Will Never Hire Anyone, Even at $1/Hour
A lot has been written about the gig economy and its shortcomings. This post (which is intended to promote a book about the same topic) focuses on the issue of quality of the work done by gig workers. Another important aspect to consider, in my opinion.
- The anti-Silicon Valley tech IPO
Informative piece about a total outlier in the international tech circus: the Australian software maker Atlassian, widely known within the tech community for its services Jira, Confluence and Hipchat.
- The Consumerization of the Automobile Supply Chain
Maybe cars will soon be manufactured the way smartphones and other tech gadgets are being built: The car makers create the design and do the final assembling, but most of the components would be created by external vendors and contract manufacturers.
- How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name
I grew up with Windows and I made the move to Apple products quite late (starting with the iPhone 3G), so I cannot comment so much on this long critical piece arguing that Apple has lost its qualities when it comes to design. But I can imagine that some people might have strong opinions about it.