meshedsociety weekly #208

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  • The A.I. Diet (nytimes.com, 8 minutes)
    This is cool: According to the latest research, a truly healthy diet may have to be personalized. With the right amount of data and an algorithm to detect the patterns, this is becoming feasible.
  • VR: You are not your thoughts (medium.com, 3 minutes)
    Absolutely fascinating: Using virtual reality to explore one’s own mind. It could be an approach to treat anxiety and other disorders in the future.
  • Here’s How We’ll Know an AI Is Conscious (nautil.us, 6 minutes)
    The 21st century is in dire need of a Turing test for consciousness, argues Joel Frohlich. Although he doesn’t provide the definite answer promised in the headline (could be an editor’s fault, though).
  • Competitive Hormone Supplementation Is Shaping America’s Future Business Titans (palladiummag.com, 10 minutes)
    This seems to be a bit of a speculative post, but the probability should indeed be quite high that tech heavyweights such as Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Sergey Brin are using testosterone supplementation – which would influence their behavior and decision making. On a more high level, the author wonders about the general impact of increased consumption of supplementation on trends in business behavior – and society.
  • The Servant Economy (theatlantic.com, 6 minutes)
    A critical summary on the last half decade of the consumer internet: Venture capitalists have subsidized the creation of platforms for low-paying work that deliver on-demand servant services to rich or at least wealthier people, while subjecting all parties to increased surveillance.
  • Lyft’s IPO filing shows how founders create their own supremacy in Silicon Valley (recode.net, 4 minutes)
    Uber rival Lyft is about to go public. The two co-founders, Logan Green and John Zimmer, own about 7 percent of the company’s stock. But they maintain close to majority control of the company thanks to a dual-class stock structure that awards them 20 votes for every one vote held by other investors.
  • The new French Tech Visa for Employees (medium.com, 6 minutes)
    France introduces what is “probably the most open Startup Employee Visa in the world“.
  • Delete Never: The Digital Hoarders Who Collect Terabytes (gizmodo.com, 12 minutes)
    If the trend towards streaming and commercial access to content and information on demand from the cloud continues, these digital hoarders profiled here might one day turn into a valuable, unique non-corporate source for all kinds of digital data that otherwise has vanished.
  • Which type of Smart City do we want to live in? (thewavingcat.com, 3 minutes)
    The question posed in the headline is not a rhetorical one. It’s an actual one. What should smart cities be optimized for in the first place? For efficiency, resource control, and data-driven management? Or for participation & opportunity, digital citizens rights, equality and sustainability? Not sure if this is really as binary as suggested in the post, but probably for thinking it through and making fundamental decisions, this is helpful.
  • Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State (nytimes.com, 6 minutes)
    How a technology reporter in Shanghai protects himself against the surveillance state.
  • Drowned out by the algorithm: Vaccination advocates struggle to be heard online (nbcnews.com, 8 minutes)
    Quote from an “amateur vaccine advocate” cited in this piece describing social media’s negative impact on scientific and medical knowledge: “We can do more inflammatory stuff that the World Health organization can’t do. And the inflammatory stuff, as you can tell by the anti-vaxxers, does well on Facebook.”
  • From Co-ops to Cryptonetworks (a16z.com, 8 minutes)
    A thought-provoking analogy between cooperatives (participatory enterprises that are owned and operated by their members) and cryptonetworks.
  • A Word Use That Doesn’t Add Up (nytimes.com, 5 minutes)
    A mathematics professor laments the inflationary and imprecise use of the term “exponential” to describe all kinds of growth.
  • The Difficulties of Elimitigation (unintendedconsequenc.es, 6 minutes)
    It’s said that to successfully eliminate something one must replace it with something new. But this method is applied poorly. One reason: When deciding what to eliminate, people often assume best case scenarios without regard to second-order effects.
  • It’s Not Enough To Drive Change, You Also Have To Survive Victory (digitaltonto.com, 6 minutes)
    In a similar vein as the previous post: Achieving change is not enough if then backlash is too strong to ensure survival. Here the focus is on business, but this insight obviously also has relevancy for politics and other parts of society.
  • Anti-dating apps (jwtintelligence.com, 3 minutes)
    Might there be a market for this? On apps that promise to help modern daters to heal after heartbreak.
  • 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019, curated by Bill Gates (technologyreview.com, 15 minutes)
    On Bill Gates’ list, among other technologies: Robot dexterity, new-wave nuclear power and the cow-free burger.
  • Microsoft Excel will now let you snap a picture of a spreadsheet and import it (theverge.com, 1 minute)
    Clever! For people who deal a lot with spreadsheets, this might come extremely handy.

Video of the week:

  • Rachel Botsman: The Currency Of Trust
    An entertaining and insightful 23-minutes long talk by author and lecturer Rachel Botsman who researches trust and particularly how it is changed and impacted by technology. One point she makes: Trust is not created by transparency, but by integrity.

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meshedsociety weekly #207

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  • In China, This Video Game Lets You Be a Parent (nytimes.com, 6 minutes)
    “Kong Qingxun, a 21-year-old blockchain entrepreneur in the southern city of Guangzhou, has raised eight generations of sons in the game. He let the first boy play lots of soccer and video games. But he didn’t get into college, so Mr. Kong changed his approach.” Fascinating. Lots of thoughts about this: Could a software that lets people “play” being parents be a way to train future parents for the challenges of having a child? How probable is that one day successfully playing such game will be “obligatory” for future parents? And what about this: Could for some having a “simulated” child eventually be the preferred choice over a real one?
  • 5G will change your business faster than you think (thealeph.com, 13 minutes)
    Beyond all the marketing hype, 5G is truly disruptive. Great piece.
  • Foldable phones: a brief history of their beginning (theverge.com, 6 minutes)
    Will foldable phones also be disruptive? Gadget reporters are clearly excited about the new paradigm, and this bullish take is just one example. The question is: How much can gadget enthusiasts be trusted here? After years of stagnation in the smartphone sector, they are longing for renewed excitement, and foldables satisfy that. But is that a relevant sentiment from the perspective of the average consumer?
  • Wikipedia’s Lamest Edit Wars (informationisbeautiful.net)
    Stuff Wikipedia editors have been fighting about: Is it a neutral point to say “an animal is cute”? Is the main character of Grand Theft Auto IV Serbian, Slovak, Bosnian or non-specificially Eastern European? Are Bono’s harmonica skills relevant? Entertaining visualization.
  • The future of Instagram face filters is glossy, metallic, and surreal (theverge.com, 5 minutes)
    According to the article, Instagram came up with a clever approach to user-generated augmented reality filters: In order to use one, you had to follow their creator. I’m using past tense because it worked for me without following the creator. So they might have changed it by now.
  • The complex allure of cursed images (mashable.com, 10 minutes)
    From the “investigating internet culture” department: the “cursed images” meme; pictures or photographs that are disturbing to the viewer due to the poor photo quality or content within the image that is abnormal or illogical.
  • Y Combinator accidentally let 15,000 people into an exclusive program — and now has decided to do it on purpose (recode.net, 5 minutes)
    Sounds like quite a bold decision for the Western world’s arguably most renowned startup accelerator.
  • Humans Who Are Not Concentrating Are Not General Intelligences (srconstantin.wordpress.com, 8 minutes)
    Food for thought on human intelligence, doing things on autopilot (such as reading a text or talking without actually being concentrated) and the appearance of being smart.
  • Poor-quality relationships linked to greater distress than too few relationships (digest.bps.org.uk, 4 minutes)
    Interesting research on “social loneliness” (having too few friends) and “emotional loneliness” (having friends but not feeling emotionally close to them)”: The quality of relationships appears more important to mental health than the sheer number of them. Also: “Every childhood traumatic experience increased the odds of belonging to the emotional loneliness class by 28 per cent”.
  • Smarter Parts Make Collective Systems Too Stubborn (quantamagazine.org, 6 minutes)
    Improving the sophistication level of the parts of a system, counter-intuitively, doesn’t necessarily improve the performance of the system as a whole.
  • Universal Music CEO to artists: Fine-tune your lyrics for smart speakers (cnet.com, 4 minutes.com)
    First streaming changed music (for example the album or the length of songs), now smart speakers do it again: People can’t ask for a song when they don’t know what title is, so the logical consequence seems to be that the title of a song must be front and center in its lyrics.
  • Acing the algorithmic beat, journalism’s next frontier (niemanlab.org, 9 minutes)
    With the rise of AI in all parts of daily life, politics and business, there’s a lot to cover for journalists.
  • AI is reinventing the way we invent (technologyreview.com, 15 minutes -> use browser’s icognito mode)
    Two strenghts of AI in comparison to humans: recognizing patterns in huge amounts of data, and “thinking” out of the box. This could help save science from its current “productivity problem”.
  • Finnish is too complicated for AI (Twitter thread)
    Joose Rajamäki explains why the Finnish language breaks any natural language processing algorithm.
  • Netflix Is Shrinking the World (nytimes.com, 6 minutes)
    Instead of trying to sell American ideas to a foreign audience, Netflix is aiming to sell international ideas to a global audience.
  • Meet the “minotaurs”: The companies that have raised more than $1 billion (axios.com, 2 minutes)
    If a startup manages to find a really big market with winner-takes-all-economics and then raises $1B in funding, this investment becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, explains Felix Salmon.
  • Survey shows deep skepticism toward the press among tech workers (buzzfeednews.com, 6 minutes)
    “Tech’s newfound place under the media microscope has led to grousing among tech executives, in public and private, that the press has overcorrected, going too far in its antagonistic coverage toward the industry, blaming it for problems it didn’t create, and ignoring its successes.”
  • Rule Thinkers In, Not Out (slatestarcodex.com, 5 minutes)
    Reframing troubled geniuses and controversial yet evidentially smart figures of the “idea industry”: They are like black boxes: generators of brilliant ideas, plus a certain failure rate.
  • Quadratic voting (wikipedia.org, 2 minutes)
    Probably I’m late to learn about this approach to voting, but I love the idea: Participants cast their preference and intensity of preference for each decision (as opposed to a simple for or against decision). I want to live in a country which implements this.

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meshedsociety weekly #206

Here is a new issue of meshedsociety weekly, loaded with interesting analyses and essays, significant yet under-reported information bits as well as thoughtful opinion pieces from the digital and technology world.


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  • How AI Will Go Out Of Control According To 52 Experts (cbinsights.com, 15 minutes)
    This is actually quite a good summary of all the worries that some experts and some well-known non-experts have about AI. Fairly one-sided but that’s obviously the point.
  • OpenAI Trains Language Model, Mass Hysteria Ensues (approximatelycorrect.com, 6 minutes)
    You might have read about the “dangerous” text algorithm which OpenAI has developed but chosen not to release. In the light of all the worries about AI, the hysteric reactions aren’t exactly surprising. But according to the author not justified in this case.
  • When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online (theatlantic.com, 7 minutes)
    Parents are engaging in so called “sharenting” and the result is a weird realization for many kids when they get older.
  • We’re Entering the Golden Age of Podcasts (chartable.com, 11 minutes)
    Podcasts are booming, and this post does an excellent job outlining why. One smart observation from the text: “Many people are creating podcasts for the same reason journalists and others are starting newsletters: Podcasts are a great way to connect directly to an audience. There’s no single gatekeeper, or gatekeeping algorithm, that will prevent you from reaching your audience—if someone subscribes to your podcast, they’ll see all your new episodes.” Let’s hope it stays that way.
  • What happens when social media manipulation targets religious faith? (thedailybeast.com, 14 minutes)
    Enlightening read: An ex-Mormon used Facebook ads to expose thousands of Mormons to information intended to raise their awareness of critical aspects of their faith – something Mormons try to avoid at all costs.
  • Come for an Action, Stay for the Community (usv.com, 5 minutes)
    As the excitement over major social media services fades, the coming years will likely be a time of renewed opportunity in new forms of social systems, the kind that has been difficult to come by during the major platforms’ ascension and dominance, writes Rebecca Kaden. It’s good times again for startups in this field.
  • The Search for the One Perfect Answer (wired.com, 17 minutes)
    Fueled by the increasing importance of voice control, there is a move toward one-shot answers, which would kill off the internet as we know it.
  • Study blames YouTube for rise in number of Flat Earthers (theguardian.com, 3 minutes)
    How long can this type of insanity continue? I mean the fact that the tech platforms are not prevented from polluting minds and pushing people back into the pre-enlightenment era.
  • I got banned for life from AirBnB (thenextweb.com, 4 minutes)
    It’s a problem if you get banned from a dominating tech platform without any form of explanation, particularly if you actually didn’t do anything wrong.
  • Give Me What You Want (reallifemag.com, 9 minutes)
    A critical piece on the “Spotification” (derived from “Spotify”) of retail: Consumers pay by the month to receive a stream of algorithmically chosen goods.
  • The Long Reach of Short-Term Interests (unintendedconsequenc.es, 6 minutes)
    How should short-term (or immediate) vs long-term interests be measured, and what types of short-term interests do exist? Here are some answers.
  • Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared (theverge.com, 5 minutes)
    Emoji are showing up as evidence in court more frequently with each passing year. Unfortunately, emoji experts who can help to “translate” evidence which involves Emoji such as text messages, don’t really exist. Yet, one should add.
  • The Reddit Protests and China’s Control of American Culture (nicholasjrobinson.com, 5 minutes)
    If Chinese companies keep investing in Western tech platforms, will that lead to self censorship? It’s likely.
  • Technology could make a hard border disappear, but at a cost (economist.com, 7 minutes)
    The concept of borders doesn’t necessarily need its physical representation anymore.
  • Scooters for Sustainable Suburbs (medium.com, 12 minutes)
    Unpacking the social, environmental, and business case for scaling micromobility aka e-scooters, from a North American perspective.
  • Wish List: Whole-home AirDrop (sixcolors.com, 3 minutes)
    AirDrop, Apple’s smart technology to transfer files wireless, requires physical proximity. But this limitation could and should be removed so files could be sent around seamlessly in large houses or offices, argues Jason Snell.
  • How We Lost Our Ability to Mend (dieworkwear.com, 8 minutes)
    “Everyone has a stash of spare buttons rattling around in some drawer, with each button still neatly tucked inside its original packaging until we gather the will to throw it away.”

Quotation of the week:

  • In the past, it often made sense to believe something until it was debunked; in the future, for certain information or claims, it will start making sense to assume they are fake. Unless they are verified.
    Zeynep Tufekci in “The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes” (wired.com, 5 minutes)

Podcast episode of the week:

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meshedsociety weekly #205

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Quotation of the week:

  • “Some good advice is simple but made complicated because professionals can’t charge fees for simple stuff.”
    Morgen Housal in “Short Money Rules” (collaborativefund.com, 2 minutes)

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meshedsociety weekly #204

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  • Fortnite Is the Future (redef.com, 24 minutes)
    Tremendously informative and nuanced analysis of Fortnite’s remarkable success. The author manages to both put some of the hype into perspective but also to outline the massive future potential which the game presents to its developer Epic Games. Spoiler: To create the Metaverse before Facebook figures that one out.
  • AirPods Are Now One of Apple’s Most Important Products (medium.com, 6 minutes)
    Yes. It even might be Apple’s most important product right now, period, seen from its promise to disrupt the existing paradigms of how people interact with digital devices. Here in Stockholm for example (as presumably in many other places elsewhere), one nowadays sees people from all generations, backgrounds and social classes, alone and in groups, sporting AirPods. This is a “silent” revolution in the making, which will unfold once a tipping point has been reached (and we’re close).
  • Apple redistributes more wealth upward than any corporation or country on earth (bostonreview.net, 11 minutes)
    Thought-provoking perspective.
  • Is Alexa working? (ben-evans.com, 5 minutes)
    Beyond the large number of Amazon Echo devices sold and even bigger install base (due to other companies integrating Alexa into their hardware), what purpose does Alexa serve for Amazon? At least for now, it doesn’t seem to be a major driver of sales on Amazon. Possibly the answer is this: “The end point has become much more strategic for web platform companies. So, anything you can do to get an end-point of your own has value for the future, even if no-one today uses it to buy soap powder.”
  • Self-driving cars may worsen traffic by cruising instead of parking (newatlas.com, 2 minutes)
    What an outlook! For owners of self-driving cars, it might be cheaper to have a car circle around at low speed instead of paying for parking. Of course, there are those who believe that self-driving cars won’t be owned by individuals but instead only by Uber & other companies. In that case, there is hardly a point in having to park the cars anyway. Either way, congestion might become worse.
  • Flying Cars Are Closer to Reality Than You Think (medium.com, 10 minutes)
    Maybe congestion will decrease with “flying cars”, aka VTOL (“vertical take-off and landing”) aircrafts.
  • Money Machines (logicmag.io, 25 minutes)
    Extensive interview with an anonymous algorithmic trader. He/she believes that in financial trading, tons of jobs are on the verge of getting wiped out because technology can do those jobs.
  • Four Lessons after Eleven Years in Silicon Valley (medium.com, 6 minutes)
    Not the first post about lessons learned in Silicon Valley, but Ashley Mayer expresses a few insights which – to me who has never worked there – were quite informative. Among other things, she mentions the high value of relationships with former coworkers and the little respect that people working in non-tech/founding/investing functions receive.
  • Philippines tops world internet usage index with an average 10 hours a day  (theguardian.com, 1 minute)
    The top five countries in the world ranked by screen time according to HootSuite and We Are Social: Philippines, Brazil, Thailand, Colombia and Indonesia. I suspect this is partly due to the extreme popularity of chat apps in these countries. In Colombia for example, everything (private and business matters) is managed via WhatsApp. Without it, the country would come to a standstill. Furthermore, because of zero-rating, the likes of Facebook and WhatsApp are excluded from monthly data caps, so using those services for many hours is really free (minus what it costs to charge the smartphone).
  • The Bleak Reality of the Instagram Experience (thewalrus.ca, 8 minutes)
    On the rise of “pop-up experiences” appearing in various cities of North America, where people can take social-media-optimized photos and videos in particularly unconventional environments.
  • Why Friendships Are Dead (hackernoon.com, 5 minutes)
    I disagree with the pessimistic tone of this post, but it is intriguing food for thought. Friendships are certainly changing radically these days. But whether one is able to create deep friendships depends in parts on one’s skill and willingness to break with shallow norms of communication (see next piece).
  • The Power of Negotiating Boundaries (designluck.com, 8 minutes)
    Reading this was eye-opening for me: Personal relationships remain at a shallow level as long as norms of communication are constantly upheld, and societal boundaries are always respected. Achieving a level of depth directly correlates with the courage of breaking with existing norms to create new, personal norms.
  • Machine learning leads mathematicians to unsolvable problem (nature.com, 4 minutes)
    On the question of “learnability” — whether an algorithm can extract a definite pattern from limited data.
  • Is fraud-busting AI system being turned off for being too efficient? (scmp.com, 6 minutes)
    Some Chinese cities and counties are using an algorithm to spot corruption among officials. But it is working too well and creating increasing resistance (Meta remark: According to Betteridge’s law of headlines, the headline of this article would have to be answered with a “no”. But it in fact seems to require a “yes”. Thus, the editors chose the wrong type of headline).
  • The Onion headlines could teach AI what makes satire funny (sciencenews.org, 3 minutes)
    Talking about headlines: A new analysis of the differences between real and joke headlines reveals a how-to formula for aspiring satirists — human and AI alike.
  • Why one VC investor invites entrepreneurs to go for a walk (sifted.eu, 4 minutes)
    In my opinion, pretty much everything that requires thinking, expressing of ideas and brainstorming but doesn’t rely on visual material is best done while walking. If I may make a deliberately exaggerated claim (which shouldn’t be understood literally): The perfect office has no traditional meeting rooms but is located in an area with excellent walkability or has facilities for “walking meetings”.
  • How Much Would You Pay for a Foldable Smartphone? (nymag.com, 4 minutes)
    For the moment, nothing. Still waiting to understand the point of that hyped device category.
  • Nobody Knows How To Learn A Language (blog.usejournal.com, 13 minutes)
    It’s not the most humble thing to say, but I do know. Aside from obligatory English at school, I’ve learned 2 languages so far, taught to myself. One (Swedish) I do speak fluently, and one (Spanish) I’m at maybe 60 to 70 % and will speak fluently eventually. And I’m certainly not a “language talent”. The formula is quite simple: Give yourself a 10-year horizon, spend a tiny amount of learning every day (5 minutes is enough. What matters is to do it daily. Duolingo is a great way to start), be patient, don’t choose too hard tasks because they’ll discourage you, slowly scale up (through news articles, books, movies, podcasts, local immersion).

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Quotation of the week:

  • “Software is now more important than camera hardware when it comes to mobile photography.
    Sam Byford in “How AI is changing photography” (theverge.com, 5 minutes)

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meshedsociety weekly #203

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  • The Power of Talk: Who Gets Heard and Why (hbr.org, 31 minutes)
    From 1995, but oh so good and in no way outdated. Deborah Tannen on the influence of linguistic style on conversations, communication rituals that are mistakenly being understood literally, typically observed gender differences in communication and how they impact who gets access to power and praise.
  • Faking it: how selfie dysmorphia is driving people to seek surgery (theguardian.com, 12 minutes)
    An increasing number of people want to look like their Snapchat/Instagram filter selfie.
  • Researchers develop a machine learning method to identify fake honey (techxplore.com, 4 minutes)
    Honey is currently the third most counterfeited food product globally. AI might soon be used to spot mislabeled or diluted honey.
  • Loop, a new zero-waste platform that may change how we shop (fastcompany.com, 6 minutes)
    The increasing  public awareness of environmental problems and the threats connected to climate change are pushing companies to innovate. The initiative Loop wants to ship name-brand products in containers that are part of a circular system and that go beyond the “Green Dot” recycling system that already is in use in Germany and some other parts of Europe. Loop plans to launch in Spring 2019 in the United States and France.
  • The Insidious Device Revolutionizing Piracy in Latin America (americasquarterly.org, 12 minutes)
    Millions of people in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America are streaming live TV by way of “illegal streaming devices”, which are manufactured and programmed in Asia and Eastern Europe, and then marketed in rather professional ways by retailers on street markets.
  • Meet the man behind a third of what’s on Wikipedia (cbsnews.com, 3 minutes)
    Steven Pruitt has made nearly 3 million edits on Wikipedia and written 35,000 original articles. He’s been dedicating his free time to the site for 13 years. The second-place editor is roughly 900,000 edits behind him.
  • The robot revolution will be worse for men (recode.net, 9 minutes)
    Except if all men who are going to be made obsolete by automation start to contribute diligently to Wikipedia, the outlook of a large number of men without purpose should be a major concern.
  • IBM launches commercial quantum computing – we’re not ready for what comes next (theconversation.com, 3 minutes)
    There is a crisis looming caused by the rise of quantum computing, which society is not prepared for yet according to the author.
  • The Rise of “No Code” (medium.com, 4 minutes)
    Product Hunt’s Ryan Hoover explains why one doesn’t have to be a programmer anymore to build things on the internet, which leads to a new wave of makers from different backgrounds and perspectives.
  • For $29, This Company Swears It Will ‘Brainwash’ Someone on Facebook (thedailybeast.com, 9 minutes)
    A startup promises it can target an individual Facebook user to influence her/his behavior. While claims like this deserve scrutiny and skepticism, I do find the general idea of deliberately chasing a particular person throughout the web (as opposed to algorithmically automated re-targeting – which already is annoying enough) both fascinating and discomforting. The term for this apparently is “Sniper targeting”.
  • A Complete Taxonomy of Internet Chum (theawl.com, 6 minutes)
    This piece from 2015 is three things in one: Hilarious, insightful and a bit gross. A chumbox is a grid-like ad unit filled with thumbnails and short texts that sits at the bottom of a many leading publisher’s web pages, and promotes usually highly questionable content. It “clearly plays on reflex and the subconscious. The chumbox aesthetic broadcasts our most basic, libidinal, electrical desires back at us. And gets us to click.” Well, or at least it did in the past. I suspect that most of you readers of meshedsociety weekly wouldn’t click on chumboxes.
  • Revolut, N26 and the others – The arms race among European banking challengers accelerates (linkedin.com, 3 minutes)
    If you ask me, it’s not even going fast enough :)
  • Does Europe needs a sovereign wealth fund for tech? (sifted.eu, 3 minutes)
    Europe needs to create a new sovereign wealth fund to help it create big, global tech companies at the same rate as the US, concludes the World Economic Forum’s Innovate Europe Report.
  • Economics of Music Streaming is making songs shorter (qz.com, 2 minutes)
    Pop music songs are getting shorter, thanks to the economics of Spotify and Apple Music.
  • Small Groups, Loosely Connected (digitaltonto.com, 6 minutes)
    If you want to change the world, you need to start with small groups, loosely connected but united by a shared purpose. Leaders are important, but not for control.
  • Feel the Fear (edgeperspectives.typepad.com, 7 minutes)
    Fear has become pervasive and people are often not aware of their own fears, writes John Hagel.
  • How to Walk 100,000 Steps in One Day (betterhumans.coach.me, 21 minutes)
    Some Fitbit users are challenging each other to walk 100,000 steps during one day. Here is the report of a 66-year old man who accomplished this. Incredible: His 100,000 steps translated into 41.4 miles/66 kilometers.
  • How To Be Successful (blog.samaltman.com, 14 minutes)
    Y Combinator President Sam Altman offers 13 thoughts about how to achieve outlier success (as founder but also in general). “Compounding is magic” is his the first insight on his list.

Quotation of the week:

  • You’re more likely to succeed in life by looking at what unsuccessful people do. And then, simply avoid doing those things.
    Darius Foroux in “Things To Avoid When You Feel Lost ” (dariusforoux.com, 5 minutes)

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meshedsociety weekly #202

Here is a new issue of meshedsociety weekly, loaded with interesting analyses and essays, significant yet under-reported information bits as well as thoughtful opinion pieces from the digital and technology world.


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  • A Lifetime of Systems Thinking (thesystemsthinker.com, 12 minutes).
    If I could, I’d quote the whole piece. Lots of very intelligent remarks and insights in here, such as this one: “Most large social systems are pursuing objectives other than the ones they proclaim, and the ones they pursue are wrong. They try to do the wrong thing righter, and this makes what they do wronger.
  • How Does Brain Code Differ? (overcomingbias.com, 12 minutes)
    If, in an abstracted way, the brain is similar to a computer, and thinking patterns are the algorithms, then how does the underlying code differ from artificial code? Fascinating perspective.
  • How I Choose What To Read (perell.com, 9 minutes)
    Brilliant personal framework for maximizing enjoyment and learning when reading.
  • What’s cooking in Europe’s lab-grown meat startups? (sifted.eu, 8 minutes)
    A growing number of European and Israeli startups are racing to build businesses that can make lab-grown meat an affordable reality. Something this piece also taught me: Israel is home to the most vegans per capital globally.
  • Revolut’s clumsy automated bank compliance results in frozen accounts and lack of customer service (zdnet.com, 8 minutes)
    Maybe the biggest disadvantage with neobanks (or challenger banks, as they are also called): Due to their high level of automation and lack of human customer service, if an algorithm flags you due to (assumed) suspicious activity, you might get locked out with little options to resolve the issue.
  • Inside Facebook’s ‘cult-like’ workplace, where dissent is discouraged and employees pretend to be happy all the time (cnbc.com, 11 minutes)
    The big question is: Does this differ from most other employers? Isn’t it typical for the entire corporate world that employees have to constantly pretend things and make sure not be seen as a trouble-makers? On the other hand, if comparing Facebook and Google, there clearly seems to be more of an open dissent culture at the latter, at least judging from the aggregated picture of media reports.
  • Tinder and Bumble Are Hungry for Your Love (nytimes.com, 9 minutes)
    About the communication efforts of dating apps Tinder and Bumble to position themselves in ways that serve their business goals while also making sure that users aren’t feeling bad about being active on those apps. Bumble is selling itself as a means to personal betterment and greater sophistication, and Tinder tries to create the picture of dating (including misadventures) as cool, exciting, invigorating and youthful.
  • In the Shadow of the CMS (thenation.com, 13 minutes)
    Kyle Chayka gives a short historic overview of the rise of content-management systems (of which WordPress is the most well-known one) and investigates how they are shaping the future of media business big and small.
  • RSS is not dead. Subscribing is alive. (cdevroe.com, 1 minute)
    True: “We should likely stop talking about RSS. We need to simply start calling RSS ‘Subscribing’.” Although this then might lead to confusion with other forms of subscription, such as to email newsletters.
  • After 25 Years Studying Innovation, Here Is What I Have Learned (linkedin.com, 9 minutes)
    Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen famously wrote “The Innovator’s Dilemma”. More than 25 years later, he revisits his initial question: Why do great firms fail, especially at the hand of smaller and less resourced upstarts?” Interesting text, although by using “God” and “heaven” as arguments underpinning his theory (in his last point), he’s giving the whole piece a weird flavor. It would be better not to mix business strategy and religion/spirituality, in my opinion.
  • No, tech companies shouldn’t fund journalism (cjr.org, 7 minutes)
    I do agree. However, what I personally consider the biggest issue here is only considered briefly in this piece: The compromising of journalism and the chilling effect that likely would come with not wanting to bite the hand that feeds you.
  • 2018 Sets All-Time High For Investment Dollars Into Female-Founded Startups (news.crunchbase.com, 6 minutes)
    17 percent of dollars invested into startups in 2018 went to companies with at least one female founder. This figure is slowly growing.
  • Response rates from investors to pitch emails: Women got more expressions of interest (marketwatch.com, 3 minutes)
    On the same topic: In a big experiment, pitch mails to investors coming from senders with female names received 8 % more expressions of interest than those from senders with male names. Of course, that says nothing about the probability of a deal actually getting done. As researcher Dana Kanze suggests: Investors approach female entrepreneurs with a prevention focus and male entrepreneurs with a promotion focus.
  • Europe’s startup hubs are failing to connect (startupheatmap.com, 5 minutes)
    An informative analysis of how European startup hubs are or are not connected to each other and how capital, talent and opportunities flow.
  • Schumpeter on Strategy (reactionwheel.net, 9 minutes)
    The vast majority of entrepreneurs are people creating their own job so they can work for themselves. They earn what they would earn as employees (or less). Those that make money, an entrepreneurial profit, do so by breaking the status quo. They innovate. They either get their inputs for less or they sell their outputs for more. This entrepreneurial profit goes away over time. Based on this framework by economist Joseph Schumpeter, investor Jerry Neumann concludes two things: “People will always want to work for themselves, we don’t need to encourage them, we just need to let them. If we want more world-leading companies we need more funding for basic research, easier and cheaper access to higher education, and a better understanding of what makes these companies succeed.”
  • This is the first truly great Amazon Alexa and Google Home hack (fastcompany.com, 3 minutes)
    Genius idea. Two Danes created an open source maker project that consists of a software and hardware solution, can sit on top of a smart speaker such as Amazon Echo or Google Home, take control over it on behalf of the user, and protect his/her privacy.
  • The Timeless Link Between Writing and Running and Why It Makes for Better Work (medium.com, 7 minutes)
    Author Ryan Holiday runs because it improves the quality of his work.

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Podcast episode of the week:

  • a16z Podcast: The Business of Cybercrime
    Informative talk with Jonathan Lusthaus, director of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, about the cybercrime business and its sociological, operational, and tactical realities.

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meshedsociety weekly #201

Happy new year everyone. Here is a new issue of meshedsociety weekly, loaded with interesting analyses and essays, significant yet under-reported information bits as well as thoughtful opinion pieces from the digital and technology world.


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  • Dropgangs, or the future of darknet markets (opaque.link, 18 minutes)
    Absolutely fascinating read about the constantly evolving, extremely sophisticated logistics of selling (illegal) stuff on the darknet and of safely getting it to the customer. At the center of the piece are so called “dead drops”: Goods are hidden in publicly accessible places like parks and the location is given to the customer on purchase. 
  • Most lives are lived by default (raptitude.com, 9 minutes)
    Such an amazing reflection (from 2012), pointing out how most aspects of how we live our lives are not based on deliberate choices, but on conditions we’ve fallen into: “We gravitate unwittingly to what works in the short term, in terms of what to do for work and what crowd to run with.”
  • The Instagram-Husband Revolution (theatlantic.com, 9 minutes)
    Who is taking all those high quality photos of the world-traveling influencer crowd on Instagram? Often, their husbands, wives, boyfriends or girl friends. Some of them are even becoming influencers themselves.
  • CES 2019: A Show Report (medium.learningbyshipping.com, 40 minutes)
    Steven Sinofsky went to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and wrote an extensive report with what he saw and thought. Long but pretty interesting even if one isn’t a total gadget nerd.
  • The nightmare horrorshow that is the Apple TV remote (arstechnica.com, 5 minutes)
    Entirely justified rant. This part is hilarious: “I’m a short man with Trump-sized hands. And let me tell you, size does matter when it comes to TV remotes. A TV remote only does one thing: be held, stationary, in one hand. A human hand, not a raccoon hand”.
  • How the Internet Is Broken: Big Questions and Bad Answers (nextbison.wordpress.com, 5 minutes)
    This is not another “centralization and ads have broken the internet” piece. This is about something else and much more thought-provoking: About the internet’s strength of helping to start the process of social construction of knowledge, and its simultaneous failure to finish this process. Why? Because it makes it too easy to jump to incorrect conclusions.
  • What software will you trust when you get senile? (lifepim.com, 12 minutes)
    Have you asked yourself this question before?
  • The Truly Viral Movie is Here (500ish.com, 4 minutes)
    With Bird Box, Netflix unlocked the first truly viral movie, writes M.G. Siegler.
  • The Internet is Facing a Catastrophe For Free Expression and Competition: You Could Tip The Balance (eff.org)
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) makes it easy for citizens in various European countries to contact their minister to convey concern about the widely criticized Articles 13 and 11 of the EU Copyright Directive.
  • Why more companies could sell discomfort (medium.com, 1 minute)
    Most consumer services are selling comfort to people. The market for selling discomfort (in order to achieve long-term goals) clearly exists but hasn’t been as nearly as much focused on.
  • Madagascar has become a business outsourcing hotspot thanks to its super-fast internet (qz.com, 5 minutes)
    Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world where 75% of the population lives on less than $1.90 a day, has the fastest internet in Africa, by a wide margin. The impact on the country’s economic development is massive.
  • Insider view: Minsk as a startup hub (shifted.eu, 5 minutes)
    Belarus is in various ways uniquely situated between Russia and Europe. While politically a dictatorship, the country has lately pursued a strategy of carefully opening up. Its capital is nowadays a popular hotspot for IT offshoring/nearshoring, but also shows clear signs of turning into somewhat of a startup hub.
  • Is Lithuania another Iceland banking crisis in the making? (theguardian.com, 4 minutes)
    Meanwhile, the central bank of the small Baltic country Lithuania, member of the European Union, is promoting itself as a go-to hub for fintech companies. The Guardian’s Patrick Collinson sees some issues.
  • Toto’s ‘Africa’ to play ‘for eternity’ in Namibia desert (cnn.com, 2 minutes)
    My type of preferred art work: A solar-powered sound installation called “Toto Forever” in an undisclosed location in the 1,200 mile-long Namib Desert.
  • You Need To Unlearn (medium.com, 5 minutes)
    This resonates with me. The older I get, the more I realize the importance of unlearning (in addition to learning new things). An additional challenge is realizing what one has to unlearn. Because so much of what we learned since childhood has become internalized. I’m referring to both assumptions about the external world as well as about ourselves.
  • Your Ideal Therapist Might Not Be Human (4 minutes, outsideonline.com)
    Definitely. I believe that one day, every single human will use a personal, intelligent chatbot therapist (or “coach”) for personal development, growth and comfort in mentally challenging moments. The (expensive) human experts will take care of the more complicated issues.
  • The Welfare State Is Committing Suicide by Artificial Intelligence (foreignpolicy.com, 7 minutes)
    The implementation of artificial intelligence for government tasks by liberal democracies in the name of efficiency, consistency and precision, threatens these very liberal democracies, argue the authors using the example of Denmark.
  • Why Are All Apple Products Photographed at 9:41 A.m.? (inc.com, 3 minutes)
    Emblematic of Apple’s focus on details.

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meshedsociety weekly #200

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  • How Much of the Internet Is Fake? (nymag.com, 9 minutes)
    Turns out, almost everything is fake. To use the words of the author: “Everything that once seemed definitively and unquestionably real now seems slightly fake; everything that once seemed slightly fake now has the power and presence of the real.”
  • Dr. Elon and Mr. Musk: Life Inside Tesla’s Production Hell (wired.com, 39 minutes)
    Incredible long-read from mid December. If only half of what’s written in here about Musk’s way of dealing with his staff and the challenges of producing cutting-edge electrical cars while trying to please the impatient market is true, then Musk officially can be labeled a madman. But a damn successful one already. As the article states: “Steve Jobs is gone; now we have Elon Musk.
  • Netflix Has A Plan To Change The Way You Chill (buzzfeednews.com, 17 minutes)
    Due to licensing issues and the rise of competing services launched by big media companies, Netflix is facing the threat of losing a lot of licensed content. Thus, more than ever, it has to get its almost 150 million subscribers hooked on its own original content. The onus is on the company’s product team to get people to watch content they’ve never heard of (and like it!).
  • The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected (wired.com, 19 minutes)
    Are email newsletters, from the perspective of authors, one of our time’s iterations of the good old book? Interesting thought.
  • Can Users Control and Understand a UI Driven by Machine Learning? (nngroup.com, 15 minutes)
    We are constantly interacting with machine learning algorithms, but often they do their work without any transparency. Here is an examination of the challenges that users encounter when interacting with machine-learning algorithms on Facebook, Instagram, Google News, Netflix, and Uber Driver.
  • Does AI make strong tech companies stronger? (ben-evans.com, 7 minutes)
    According to Ben Evans, the answer to the question from the title is: Yes, but not as much as it is sometimes suggested. Using AI will have a similar impact as the use of database technology: Necessary, but it won’t make the company different or interesting.
  • Should We All Be Taking ‘Irony Poisoning’ More Seriously? (static.nytimes.com, 5 minutes)
    Irony poisoning is the ironic detachment from certain arguments and statements that can be observed among certain subcultures on social media.
  • The Threat and Opportunity of Lifelong Learning (edgeperspectives.typepad.com, 7 minutes)
    Lifelong learning is great, but those promoting it rarely question society’s traditional view of learning. To accomplish the systematic implementation of lifelong learning, all of our institutions have to be transformed to help people to learn faster and accelerate performance improvement, argues John Hagel.
  • What Are Stablecoins? (cbinsights.com, 15 minutes)
    Helpful primer on a crypto currency trend which we’ll probably hear a lot about in 2019: Stablecoins. Their main feature: less volatility than “traditional” crypto currencies such as Bitcoin.
  • Why your pizza may never be delivered by drone (bbc.com, 5 minutes)
    There are all kinds of issues with using drones for delivery of consumer items on a large scale. I’m skeptical, for now.
  • The GPS wars have begun (techcrunch.com, 5 minutes)
    Another consequence of rising nationalism and mistrust: Several countries and geographies are exploring, testing and deploying satellites to build out their own positioning capabilities. The dominance of the United States’ GPS is ending, and that puts the tech giants in a tough position.
  • Apple needs to change iPhone’s call UI because robocalls are killing us (spencerdailey.com, 3 minutes)
    Spencer Dailey makes a point which seems so obvious yet never crossed my mind: Why do calls on iOS have the privilege of interrupting people at anything they do, with a full screen alert? I don’t accept most incoming calls, so it makes no sense that there is still this interruption every time.
  • Urgently Wanted — A startup that pushes my son out of my home (medium.com, 4 minutes)
    Something possibly many parents would wish for? Note: This is not about grown-ups who don’t want to or cannot move out of their parents’ basement, although even for that scenario, there might be market opportunity.
  • A foreigner’s guide to WeChat payments in China (blog.lerner.co.il, 21 minutes)
    I don’t have any plans to travel to China for the moment but still found this piece quite informative.
  • Don’t turn this list into 100 startups (medium.com, 7 minutes)
    ~100 scenarios where a resource is underused. Should there be an individual startup to solve each of them?
  • From the happiness of survival-mode poverty to an anxious ‘better life’ (roadlesstravelled.me, 9 minutes)
    A thought-provoking essay from a traveler perspective trying to make sense of the phenomenon of often encountered happiness and friendliness of people in poor countries who struggle with satisfying their basic human needs, and the anxiety and depression that seems more and more common in wealthy countries.
  • 30 Behaviors That Will Make You Unstoppable In 2019 (medium.com, 43 minutes)
    Apart from some generic advice that one has heard a billion times before, this list offers some amazing inspiration. Probably my favorite: Creating more peak experiences – experiences that change the very fabric of one’s memories and identity. I love the idea of deliberately working towards changing one’s identity, instead of doing everything to keep it as it is.
  • Tokyo Wants People to Stand on Both Sides of the Escalator (citylab.com, 8 minutes)
    Intriguing question: What’s the ideal behavior on escalators? If the goal is to accommodate more people, having everybody stand apparently should be the preferred choice. But if the goal is to let individuals decide whether they want to pass through fast or slowly, then having one side for walking and one for standing is clearly better.

Podcast episode of the week:

  • a16z Podcast: How the Internet happened
    An entertaining chat between VC Chris Dixon and Brian McCullough, author of “How the Internet happened”, about the evolution of the internet, from college kids in a basement and the dot-com boom, to the applications built on top of it and the entrepreneurs behind them.

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meshedsociety weekly #199

Here is a new issue of meshedsociety weekly, loaded with interesting analyses and essays, significant yet under-reported information bits as well as thoughtful opinion pieces from the digital and technology world.

meshedsociety weekly will be back in early 2019. Happy holidays and new year.


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  • Animated visualization of GDP by country from 1961 until today (twitter.com)
    Absolutely breathtaking to watch. Also great choice of music! :)
  • On the age of computation in the epoch of humankind (nature.com, 19 minutes)
    Thought-provoking big picture view on how the digital world impacts the planet through feedback loops and changing behavioral patterns.
  • Alexa will be able to tell when your relationship is ending, experts predict (nypost.com, 2 minutes)
    Fantastic! I’ve been thinking about a feature like this for smartphones, but it’s probably better for a smart home assistant. This could be truly life-changing (“Warning: Your conversation is close to turning into a fight. Take a break”).
  • The Coming Commodification of Life at Home (theatlantic.com, 8 minutes)
    Regarding the previous case: Maybe the smart home assistant would not warn the couple of the imminent relationship end and instead see potential for making someone money, by automatically ordering a breakup emergency package filled with napkins, booze and whatever other products it knows its owners want to have when going through a breakup.
  • What Does “On Demand” Mean, Anyway? (pedestrianobservations.com, 6 minutes)
    Yes. Despite the label, even “on-demand” transportation services come with wait times. “People within the tech industry dismiss schedules out of hand. Thus they insist that transportation be on-demand, even when in practice the wait is longer than on a competing mode of travel that is scheduled.”
  • Become A Facebook-Free Business (m.signalvnoise.com, 2 minutes)
    “Being a Facebook-Free Business means your customers can trust that you aren’t collaborators with the Facebook machine.”
  • Naval Ravikant Answers Questions (stoicjournal.com, 19 minutes)
    An amazing treasure trove of (life) wisdom and catchy quotes from AngelList CEO & founder and deep thinker Naval Ravikant. Among my favorites: ” We are biological machines programmed to survive and replicate. Happy is anti-evolution.”, “Looking forward to holidays takes the joy out of the everyday.” and “Meditate in bed. Either you will fall asleep or have a deep meditation. Victory either way.”
  • Asking the right question is more important than getting the right answer (lemire.com, 5 minutes)
    The value, impact and potential of (good) questions is certainly underestimated. I agree with the author: “The world would be better if we had more people asking better questions.”
  • The Spacing Effect: How to Improve Learning and Maximize Retention (fs.blog, 13 minutes)
    Humans are better able to recall information and concepts if we learn them in multiple, spread-out sessions. This effect can be leveraged by using spaced repetition to slowly learn almost anything.
  • What I learned from getting deported twice and building two successful businesses in the process (medium.com, 9 minutes)
    Some people’s resilience is so remarkable: Farzad Ban is a successful entrepreneur who had to endure 2 deportations from Sweden since the age of 14. Even though he runs a growing Stockholm-based company, he currently has no country in which he can stay in for more than 90 days.
  • Our Ownershipless Future (ivaylopavlov.com, 7 minutes)
    Is the trend to rent everything instead of owning it a net positive or net loss?
  • A Brief History of Leverage and Power (salon.thefamily.co, 13 minutes)
    When people talk about power in 2018, they mean “leverage”. Leverage is the ability to get more for your efforts than the energy you put in. Leverage is how you can get a bigger-than-hoped return on investment on your efforts. A couple of traditional rules about how to obtain and preserve power don’t apply anymore.
  • Instagram Stars Are Posting Fake Sponsored Content (theatlantic.com, 8 minutes)
    By the way, this weekly reading list is made possible in partnership with Apple, Tesla and Waffle House.
  • Why YouTube’s Biggest Star Can’t Be Cancelled (nymag.com, 8 minutes)
    YouTube is essentially dependent on its biggest stars. So if Felix Kjellberg, a.k.a. PewDiePie, says something questionable, it’s not like on Twitter where a person just would be banned right away. On the one hand, this is very good as a defense mechanism for free speech. On the other hand, it comes with problems, as detailed in this piece. Because once you are as big as PewDiePie, you have responsibility, because millions are influenced by what you are saying. What if a YouTube star cannot handle this responsibility?
  • The Dynamics of Network Effects (a16z.com, 9 minutes)
    Network effects are changing, not naturally leading to winner-take-all-markets anymore. Related: 16 Ways to Measure Network Effects.
  • Do we really need a mobile edge? (staceyoniot.com, 4 minutes)
    Mind-boggling: “Rahul Vijay of Uber told the audience that each self-driving Uber car generates about 4 terabytes of data a day. A terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes, or roughly 250 HD movies.”
  • How to make your podcast the right length (podnews.com, 3 minutes)
    I’ve never consciously thought about what the right length for a podcast would be. This article changed that. Currently my personal preference is about 1 hour, because I try to take hour-long walks as often as possible.
  • Everything you ever wanted to know about 5G but were too afraid to ask (sifted.eu, 6 minutes)
    Good primer with focus on the rollout of 5G in Europe.
  • Mental wellness startup Wisdo launches with $11 million in funding (techcrunch.com, 3 minutes)
    Sounds very impactful and like a potentially big market: Wisdo aims to connect and support people in some of their toughest moments.

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Quotation of the week:

  • “As more of our actions and thinking happens while connected to the internet, our unconscious mind is no longer private.”
    Kristoffer Tjalve in his newsletter Naive Weekly (kristoffer.substack.com)

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