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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- AI Nationalism (ianhogarth.com, 3)
In this in-depth analysis, the entrepreneur, investor and AI expert Ian Hogarth explains how accelerating progress in machine learning could lead to instability in the international order and a rise of a new kind of geopolitics, which he calls “AI Nationalism”.
- Instagram Influencers Are Driving Luxury Hotels Crazy (theatlantic.com, 2)
According to the article, one five-star resort in the Maldives receives at least six requests a day about free stays from self-described influencers, typically through Instagram direct message.
- The Hustlers Fueling Cryptocurrency’s Marketing Machine (wired.com, 3)
Meanwhile, crypto influencers are also very busy capitalizing on the boom of their niche, making use of the fact that many not-yet launched crypto projects are giving away tokens as “bounties” for tasks such as promoting the project.
- Has Consciousness Lost Its Mind? (chronicle.com, 3)
The yearly “Science of Consciousness” conference appears to be one of the probably rare occasions during which one can see and hear both respected figures of the field as well as rather controversial spiritual gurus. Tom Bartlett attended this year’s event and wrote an enlightening as well as entertaining report.
- Expose Thyself: On the Digitally Revealed Life (iasc-culture.org, 3+)
What the clock did to time, technologists hope to do to emotion—regulate and regiment it, measure and monitor it. But taming the temperamental beast that is human emotion might prove a challenge that contemporary technology is unfit to take on.
- Why the Future of Machine Learning is Tiny (petewarden.com, 2)
Turns out that machine learning needs rather little energy (in comparison to other computing processes), which means it can run on tiny, low-power chips.
- 18 Things Facebook Tracks About You (buzzfeed.com, 1)
Reading this makes me confident that despite all the side effects of the GDPR, it’s the right move.
- Illegal memes? Weak Safe Harbor? Unpacking the proposed EU copyright overhaul (arstechnica.com, 2)
This planned EU legislation on the other hand is highly worrisome. About the same topic: 70+ Internet Luminaries Ring the Alarm on EU Copyright Filtering Proposal.
- Uber is playing with fire (thebehavioralscientist.com, 1)
In some test markets, Uber is using a dirt-cheap and rather questionable flatrate offering. The author suspects that it is intended to create a behavioral change in riders aimed at making them stop looking at the fare price during booking.
- Netflix-onomics (taimur.me, 2)
A look at how Netflix spend billions of Dollars on the content it licenses and produces.
- How to Cheat the Kindle Store (the-digital-reader.com, 2)
If a Kindle ebook encourages you at its beginning to jump to the end of the book, this should raise suspicion.
- Hypergrowth and The Law of Startup Physics (firstround.com, 3)
Humans grow linearly, companies grow exponentially – very insightful article on how to best align these two mechanisms.
- Habits of Highly Miserable People (alternet.org, 3)
This might be a more valuable guide than the countless pieces about habits of highly successful and effective people.
- Why the Best Things in Life Are All Backwards (markmanson.net, 3)
The ability to let go of control when one wants it the most is an important skill.
- Sweden Tries to Halt Its March to Total Cashlessness (bloomberg.com, 2)
When it comes to the use of cash in a society, there clearly is a reverse tipping point: In Sweden, it has been crossed – now it is rather unattractive for anyone (except criminals) to deal with cash or to provide services involving cash.
- It’s official: Ikea is no longer just a furniture company (fastcodesign.com, 2)
One cannot accuse Ikea of failing to experiment with ways to transform itself.
- Volvo targets 33% autonomous sales and 50% subscription sales by 2025 (autocar.co.uk, 1)
Ok this is becoming a bit Sweden-heavy now… But talking about transformation.
- This is how working hours have changed over time (weforum.org, 2)
Full-time workers in Europe today work 20 or even 30 hours less every week than in the 19th century.
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