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- A Nihilist’s Guide to Meaning (3)
Kicking things off in a bit different way this time, with an accessible philosophical longread; a quite thought-provoking, stimulating one. After having read this you will realize how the age-old question about the meaning of life is also relevant in the context of the current acceleration of technological progress.
- Artificial Intelligence Is Setting Up the Internet for a Huge Clash With Europe (2)
There is quite a conflict arising on the horizon: The European Union wants everyone to be able to understand computer algorithms they are exposed to, but deep learning is creating computer systems that no one fully can understand.
- Why Europe’s largest economy resists new industrial revolution (2)
Meanwhile, Germany struggles with implementing the changes necessary to adapt to a digital world – in part fueled by a perceived lack of urgency thanks to a booming economy.
- AR will be startup-dominated, VR will not (2)
A reasonable prediction. Also worth noting: AR and VR are very different things with very different use cases.
- The Tragedy of Pokémon Go: What it takes for good ideas to attract money (2)
I wouldn’t call it a “tragedy” but yes, for culture, sequels rule. Or…
- Nailing It (1)
…as Fred Wilson puts it: Nailing something which nobody has nailed before is how to achieve success.
- Uber Is Experimenting With a Service in Manhattan That’s Cheaper Than the Subway (2)
The cynical response: Tempting people to abandon environmental-friendly public transport in favor of individual cars. Way to go, Uber. The optimistic one: Subway riders will keep using the subway, but some people will refrain from taking a seat in their own car and instead use UberPool (which aims at transporting several individual Uber riders in one car to their various destinations).
- Uber to pull out of Hungary (2)
I have my issues with Uber but I also have my issues with governments protecting old, inefficient industries.
- Foursquare President: ‘Huge’ Industry Developing Around Location Intelligence (2)
An interview worth reading. According to the President of Foursquare, check-ins are at an all-time high. Also, the company certainly seems to have found a lucrative niche in which it feels comfortable. Nevertheless, I still expect it to get acquired very soon.
- Looking Forward to 2025 (2)
A enjoyable post promoting the long-term perspective of startups and business.
- Tesla Autopilot Crash: Why We Should Worry About a Single Death (2)
If it wasn’t already clear before, this text illustrates the huge ethical challenges that come with autonomous cars.
- 15 Driver Behaviours In A World of Autonomous Mobility (3)
But let’s say we’ll actually get to a scenario with widespread autonomous mobility, a lot of things would change.
- The Economic Lessons of Star Trek’s Money-Free Society (2)
Maybe we actually can learn a bit from Star Trek.
- The emergent religion of Silicon Valley (1)
A post written by a “believer”. Make of that whatever you want.
- How technology disrupted the truth (3)
The Guardian’s editor-in-chief Katharine Viner outlines the connection between fact-ignoring populist movements, the rise of social networks and self-reinforcing filter bubbles as well as the crisis of journalism. Impressive and at the same time gloomy read. See also this interactive WSJ demonstration of the filter bubble in action.
- Pew: Most news sharing remains low-tech, offline (1)
To those who basically “live” online, this might come as a surprise: By a large margin, American’s share news by spoken word-of-mouth.
- As Online Video Surges, Publishers Turn to Automation (2)
Not sure this is good news, from a quality point of view.
- “23andMe is Monetizing Your DNA The Way Facebook Monetizes ‘Likes'”
That’s what I call a powerfully deterrent comparison.
- 61 Glimpses of the Future (3)
A bunch of informative and inspiring insights from a person who traveled 7000 through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan’s GBAO region and China’s western provinces.
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- Facebook, Snapchat and others must hate Pokémon Go
The immediate large-scale success of the new AR/mixed reality smartphone game Pokémon Go is fascinating from many angles. One of the especially significant ones: the effects on the attention economy and what that kind of sudden redistribution of user time means for the large social media companies.
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