Here is this week’s issue of meshedsociety.com 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. Usually published every Wednesday/Thursday (CET), just in time so you have something good to read over the weekend.
Reading time indicator: 1 = up to 3 minutes, 2 = 4 to 9 minutes, 3 = 10 to 29 minutes , 3+ = 30 minutes or more
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- Internet 3.0 and the demise of state aggregators (tonysheng.com, 2)
Behind the rise of today’s centralized web dominated by a few powerful gatekeepers lies a technical limitation of the early Internet. But the technology has advanced and the limitations are now gone. An intelligent brief explainer.
- Could AI have saved the cyclist (medium.com, 3)
An informative exploration of what it would have taken for Uber’s self-driving car which recently killed a pedestrian to prevent the accident.
- The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of “jaywalking” (vox.com, 2)
Fascinating. With the rise of autonomous cars, it’s not unlikely that new crimes will be invented to accommodate for the fact that autonomous cars won’t be perfect. Think, as a made-up example which comes to my mind, of a future law making it a crime for pedestrians to get closer than 20 meters to any car except in designated parking areas (Thanks to Sebastian Dittmann for recommending this piece to me).
- Ten rules for cities about automated vehicles (cnu.org, 3)
Excellent food for thought.
- Nvidia’s Drive Constellation lets autonomous cars drive billions of miles in VR (venturebeat.com, 2)
Who knows, maybe this’ll become a killer app of Virtual Reality: teaching autonomous cars.
- What the Future Will Call This Era (torforgeblog.com, 2)
Intriguing question with an obvious lack of a definite answer.
- How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet (bloomberg.com, 3)
Facebook’s permanent paradox: It needs the extremists, radicals and haters because they are perfect for the engagement-driven business model, but it also has to try (or at least pretend to try) to get rid of them. And, as highlighted in this feature article, it needs the dubious affiliate marketers that spend big money on shady, deceiving ads, but it also has to try (or at least pretend to try) to get rid of them.
- Review of Life (paraschopra.com, 2)
If life would be a game, this is how it would be reviewed. Fun and thought-provoking read.
- Why German companies fail at digital innovation (global.handelsblatt.com, 2)
The four worst problems that create a German struggle with embracing digital innovation (which, as should be noted, so far has not caused extensive damage to the German economy due to the ongoing strength of German industrial exports).
- How The Pirate Bay Helped Spotify Become a Success (torrentfreak.com, 1)
Essentially a successful process of dialectic. Pit one position (piracy) against another position (maximization of copyright protection) and get a compromise that works, if not for everyone, at least for a significant number of those involved.
- Embracing the Social Internet Over Social Media (calnewport.com, 2)
In a similar vein to what I wrote last year in “The post-social media era and the evolution of social networking“. Related: “The Coming Generation May Not Use Social Media at All“.
- Inside YouTube’s fake views economy (theoutline.com, 2)
There is a reason to be skeptical about YouTube’s view counter and what the video platform says is popular or trending.
- World After Capital: Laying a Foundation (Optimism) (continuations.com, 2)
Hard to argue against Albert Wenger’s case for defending optimism.
- Amorality and impact in venture capital (medium.com, 2)
Tech investors need to start thinking hard about the ethical and moral dimensions of their investments.
- What an “infinite” AI-generated podcast can tell us about the future of entertainment (theverge.com, 2)
Let’s see when and if “generative media” becomes a thing.
- Biohacking Is Bullshit (medium.com, 2)
Is it? I have no idea actually, but it is an interesting read.
- Your perfect travel shots are ruining this country (news.com.au, 2)
This piece focuses on Iceland, but as you probably have noticed too, the same phenomenon can be witnessed in a lot of other places around the world. There is definitely a downside to pop culture and social-media-driven mass tourism, which makes people relentlessly flock to the same places to take the same kind of photos as everyone else. My personal approach is to skip most of the typical bucket list items, because the only things one can see there are tourists taking pictures anyway. I’m almost a bit proud of my growing list of tourist hot spots which I deliberately have missed.
- The Last Conversation You’ll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right (grubstreet.com, 3+)
Something different. A damn good, educative read.
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- The slippery slope of accepting casualties caused by self-driving cars
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- Facebook’s data scandal: A time for everyone to be humble and self-critical
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