The technology industry, by sequestering itself from the community it inhabits, has transformed the Bay Area without being changed by it—in a sense, without getting its hands dirty… Technology can be an answer to incompetence and inefficiency. But it has little to say about larger issues of justice and fairness, unless you think that political problems are bugs that can be fixed by engineering rather than fundamental conflicts of interest and value.How the Tech Industry Is Quietly Changing the Face of American Cities (quote from The New Yorker)
You know what drives me crazy? It’s all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work. You never hear somebody say, ‘With the time I’ve saved by using my word processor, I’m gonna go to a Zen monastery and hang out.’ I mean, you never hear that.Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Sunrise. (via parislemon)
There’s a lot of discussion in the world about the two billion that are connected. We spend all day talking about the issues of e-commerce and start-ups and globalisation and so forth, and we forget that the majority of people are not online and that they will come online, the majority of them in the next five years.Eric Schmidt | The future according to Mr Google (via ParisLemon)
It’s going to happen very fast. It’s going to happen in countries which don’t have the same principles that we in America have from the British legal system – around law and privacy and those sorts of things. All sorts of crazy stuff is going to happen. Human societies can’t change that fast without both good and negative implications.
…The future for us is great. The quality of life of the first world just gets better and better and better. But for these people, they’re going to go through a rough patch where all this information shows up and they can’t quite figure out what to do.
In recent decades, he says, everyday technologies have forced us into a discombobulated state of constant alert. Our phones beep around the clock with news of emails, tweets and text messages. And entertainment networks have largely abandoned long-form narratives in favour of the strobe-like intensity of reality television. Changes like these, thinks Rushkoff, have robbed us of the ability to pause and to put events into context. We are afflicted with “present shock”. Among other things, it causes some of us … to see connections where there are none.CultureLab: Has technology forced us into a ‘present shock’? (via infoneer-pulse)
It’s called the Trekker. They use it to map places where cars can’t reach… Iqaluit only receives a few ships every summer capable of off-loading vehicles. And that space is extremely expensive and very valuable to the community. So realistically, Google probably couldn’t get a Streetview Car out there.
South-by-Southwest is expecting a crowd of 28,000 for the Interactive portion of its 11-day tech, film and music festival… That’s 3,500 attendees more than in 2012, and 9,000 greater that what showed up two years ago.SXSW Expects 28K Attendees This Year—With or Without a ‘Highlight’ | Adweek
Of the most talked-about tech companies, Facebook by far received the least love. While Amazon, Apple and Google all ranked in the top five with total scores above eighty out of 100, and Microsoft ranked 15th with a “good” score above 75, Facebook came in 42nd – sandwiched between Best Buy and T-Mobile – with a score of just over 65, or what Fronk described as the borderline between “average” and “poor.”Hating Amazon Is Not a Thing. Facebook on the Other Hand …
“Facebook suffers badly from lack of trust,” Fronk said.
Amazon arguably collects as much personal data about its customers as Facebook does about its users, or at least if not as much, then possibly more intimate: purchase history, product search history, home address, credit card numbers.
'Amazon is predominantly a virtual company where you don’t get to see the people. You don’t see brick and mortar,' says Robert Fronk, executive vice-president of reputation management at Harris. 'For them to first of all have the highest reputation, but more importantly to be the company with far and away the highest emotional appeal, is amazing.' Harris defines emotional appeal as trust, admiration and respect, not whether you get weepy when your package arrives.Hating Amazon Is Not a Thing. Facebook on the Other Hand …
It’s often easier to make something 10 times better than it is to make it 10 percent better.Astro Teller: Google X Head on Moonshots: How 10X Is Easier Than 10 Percent | Wired.com (via ronenreblogs)