Category: Technology

Why Facebook can’t be fixed: Part 2

I recently wrote a post claiming that it’s not possible to fix Facebook’s serious, and dangerous, flaws by merely tweaking or adjusting the current business. I argued that there are inherent flaws in the company’s platform, business model and leadership that that make it impossible to fix this platform without starting again from scratch. I hardly

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AdAge: AS FALLOUT FROM FACEBOOK AND CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA CONTINUES, MARKETERS SHRUG

I wrote last week that Facebook can’t be fixed, and though I was not alone in voicing that sentiment it looks like the brands feel otherwise. AdAge lays out the latest developments in a good summary here.  Bottom line is that brands are staying put: Though marketers such as Mozilla and Pep Boys have said

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MIT: Algorithms Are Making American Inequality Worse

Don’t miss MIT Tech Review’s interview with political scientist Virginia Eubanks about her new book, Automating Inequality. Some highlights:   In Automating Inequality, author Virginia Eubanks argues that the poor are the testing ground for new technology that increases inequality. The book, out this week, starts with a history of American poorhouses, which dotted the

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HBR: The First Wave of Corporate AI Is Doomed to Fail

There is a good, short, read by Kartik Hosanagar and Apoorv Saxena on hbr.com on why the first wave of AI efforts are bound to fail. Some highlights:     We believe that a similar story of early failures leading to irrational retreats will occur with AI. Already, evidence suggests that early AI pilots are unlikely to produce the dramatic

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FT: Big Tech should hit the reset button

In case you missed it, there is a good piece on FT.com on how tech companies are mis-managing the rising discontent with their power written by Rana Faroohar. Some highlights: The Fangs — Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google — are having a crisis that encompasses the cognitive, the political and the economic. Activists, regulators and even some

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Cross-Device Tracking Makes Our Online History the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future

Like many of you, my company had a Holiday Party, and about two weeks before the happy event my wife was on line shopping for a dress. She soon found one and asked me over to her computer to look it over. I did and thought nothing of the event until twenty-four hours later when,

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The Algorithm Manager Is Here. Artificial Empathy Is Next.

Last year I wrote a post about a future in which work is dominated more and more by non-human agents. To accompany the article I used a photo from a TV show about robot workers, which is pretty much what most people think about when they contemplate machines replacing workers. However, the reality is that

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