Robots are at war with the middle class. The middle class, the very creation and extension and monetization of which made America great again, has always included a significant portion of high-cost, error-prone rote labor and/or thinking.
This is going away. Using technology!
Robots will destroy the middle class.
Unless we destroy robots, a possibility albeit remote.
Rich, poor or craftsperson may be what follows the robot uprising. Good with your hands? Creative dexterousness may be your best career path.
Or, you could create a billion-user plus platform.
Loop Insight: “Apple today announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008.”
In other words…in ten years, developers have earned way less than Apple’s stock value has risen just this year.
How long you gonna work on Maggie’s farm, app developer?
The New York Times’ Farhad Manjoo writes about Twitter, fake news, misinformation and propoganda and it’s hard not to mock him for his wrongness and blindness.
Too hard for me, in fact.
“Twitter is making the news dumber. The service is insidery and clubby. It exacerbates groupthink. It prizes pundit-ready quips over substantive debate, and it tends to elevate the silly over the serious.”
“I speak of my daily addiction, Twitter.”
I know. Everyone of us is a hypocrite, just for different things.
“The biggest problem with Twitter’s place in the news is its role in the production and dissemination of propaganda and misinformation. It keeps pushing conspiracy theories.”
“We recently saw the mechanism in action when another baseless conspiracy theory rose to the top of the news: The idea that the murder last year of Seth Rich, a staff member at the Democratic National Committee, was linked, somehow, to the leaking of Clinton campaign emails.”
Not once does Manjoo take his site nor other “real news” sites nor other “really real” journalists to task for engaging in the very same behaviors he blames on bots, “Fox News” and “talk radio.”
Pop quiz! What does “collusion” mean? With Russia or without?
How — exactly — was America’s most recent presidential election “hacked”?
The Times and its ilk are riddled with such fake news propaganda. Chasing the “murder” of Seth Rich is simply no different than chasing the mythical “backchannels” that newly elected President Trump may have established wink wink with, you know, the president or diplomats of Russia — a rather important, vital task of any president, in fact.
Has Chelsea Clinton ever accomplished anything of note or of goodness? Yet she is repeatedly and glowingly portrayed by the site Manjoo works for.
Real or fake news, that?
When the “real” journalists and “real news” sites go after their own exactly as often and just as hard as they do the “fake news” sites and the alleged purveyors of propaganda, then I’ll know they actually care about truth and journalism.
I’m still waiting.
That’s the fun headline of a silly post in Daring Fireball.
It’s hard not to laugh at its base stupidity: “You might think it’s hyperbole for (Dave) Winer to say that Facebook is trying to kill the open web. But they are.”
For an(y) Apple blogger to bemoan a company trying to “kill the open web” is a fucking joke.
Do not tell me that Apple’s closed, high-gated ecosystem, its platform that embraces lock-in shouldn’t be included here because when it comes to that tiny sliver of our digital life called the “open web,” well, Apple endeavors to keep that open.
Where Apple makes all its iPhones, where Apple expects most of its money to come from, China, the open web is literally outlawed.
Speak the truth or fucking go away.
Truth: no one has done more to gift the world the magic of smartphones than Andy Rubin, although I think you can make a strong case that Steve Jobs is his equal.
Rubin has now founded Essential, possibly “the first great gadget maker since Apple, one that builds and distributes the open platform that will power the billions of phones, watches, light bulbs, and toaster ovens about to come online.”
This will fail.
The smartphone wars are over. Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, and Facebook won.
The AI wars are well underway, with Google, Amazon, and Microsoft far in the lead.
If Rubin thinks he can build a profitable smartphone and that that smartphone will profitably power “billions” of literally anything, he would be better off donating his money to charity.
Of course, maybe Microsoft or Google will pull an Apple and buy his company outright whereby Rubin enters and takes over, just like Steve Jobs. That’s actually a much more likely scenario than his Essential pipe-dream.