In a world where most were raised to believe that more possessions was better — a borderline moral imperative — what happens when ownership of everything is shared?
Tell me: do I own 5 books or 5,000?
You don’t know. Either way, they all fit inside this tiny device.
We can now get what we want when we want it wherever we want it from and at the very best price currently available.
This changes not only commerce, but culture.
Because for the past 100+ years, culture has been driven by the embrace of more, better, newer, the tangible, the exclusive. Advertising was constructed to support these ideals. Only, each is dying, torn apart by technology, connectivity, and the digitalization of value.
The ad industry won’t kill itself, obviously, but in its doomed battle to stop the future from killing it, expect advertisements to become more prevalent, more pernicious, and even more fake. For example, this newest Apple ad for their newest Beats product implores us: become The Other!
All brand. No soul.
The message: being your actual self is limiting. That’s all they have left.
Embrace your otherness! That will liberate you!
Which seems exactly the wrong message to proffer the world, particularly from a company that makes computing devices which in theory should empower us — and which once upon a time actually did help us to liberate our talents.
What is fake news?
That church that was set afire — by a “Trump supporter?”
That rape at some University of Virginia fraternity?
Apple CEO Tim Cook says fake news is “killing people’s minds” and that “all of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news.”
No matter how well-intentioned Cook might be, or even if he’s just trying to harm competitors, like Google, which makes its money from advertising on all sites, “fake” or not, when the world’s richest corporation, which has its products made in anti-democratic China starts talking openly about “some tools” to clamp down on “fake news,” I become very concerned.
“Ford has made Detroit’s biggest investment yet in self-driving technology, acquiring a majority stake in artificial intelligence startup Argo AI for $1 billion.”
I’m a big believer in self-driving technologies, including autonomous cars becoming commonplace in my lifetime, but regarding Ford’s investment, I’m just happy they have a billion dollars to spend on anything.
“INSIDE MEDIUM’S MELTDOWN: How an idealistic Silicon Valley founder raised $134 million to change journalism, then crashed into reality”
No need for an “inside” “how” tale. Medium was always stupid and deserved its implosion.
The company took tens of millions from investors who no doubt hoped they could sucker thousands, maybe millions, into creating content for free, all while those on the take got even richer. Good riddance.
“Is AI a Threat to Judaism?”
The Atlantic offers its readers the usual suspects of AI bogeyman:
Despite AI’s promise, certain thinkers are deeply concerned about a time when machines might become fully sentient, rational agents—beings with emotions, consciousness, and self-awareness.
But this is profoundly wrong.
“Sentient, rational agents” and “beings with emotions” are not necessarily the same thing. I doubt any AI, no matter how it develops or where or when or how it rests within another thing or being will ever be emotional.
God blessed his creations with emotion — not his creations’ creations.
I suspect this is why the Bible very explicitly says *humans* were not to take from the tree of knowledge of good and evil nor from the tree of eternal life. We aren’t meant for those.
Our AI? Maybe.
Meaning…in the Blade Runner world of our imagined dystopias, we are the short-lived, highly emotional, quick-to-violent beings. Not the beings we create.
Scary and glorious, like the cosmos.
Again, the question of our age is not whether AI will replace humans. It will. The question is, what of ours it will replace. Clearly, thinking, calculating, analyzing, synthesizing, collating, drawing, writing, planning, scheduling are at the top.
Machines to do our labor. Now, machines to do our thinking. Humans always do what our machines cannot.
The crazy, irrational, emotional stuff, that remains ours.
What you see is what you get.
Apple CEO Tim Cook, who famously wrongly claimed the wrist was interesting, now says that AR — augmented reality — is the next big 2.0.
“I regard (AR) as a big idea like the smartphone. The smartphone is for everyone, we don’t have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country or vertical market: it’s for everyone. I think AR is that big, it’s huge.”
“I get excited because of the things that could be done that could improve a lot of lives. And be entertaining. I view AR like I view the silicon here in my iPhone, it’s not a product per se, it’s a core technology.”
Here’s where it gets interesting.
Apple remains bush league when it comes to analyzing, synthesizing, comprehending and relaying data, even the very data its own, most loyal users willingly hand it. Don’t believe me? Try Siri. Or iTunes Genius.
AR requires incredible amounts of data, near-infinite bits of 1s and 0s, all indexed, localized, personalized, and readily accessible. These are strengths of Google and Facebook, not Apple. Now this: point your pricey iPhone at anything and — via the magic of AR — you fully know that thing. Thanks to the magic of Google, Facebook, et al.
The screen — the high-margin Apple screen — becomes little more than the input device, a mouse and keyboard equivalent.
Unless…Apple prioritizes its own data for its own users.
Apple users will soon look at the very same world as the rest of the planet but see something completely different.
Listen to the happy vibrancy of this 100-year-old jazz recording, a first. May we each leave behind such joyful collaborations for those in 2117.