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ANDRÉ CRAMER

… Digital Transformation & Digital Responsibility

What is the key learning from Google Duplex? Digital Responsibility needed more than ever before…

I guess by now we have all heard of the very controversial Google Duplex demonstration at Google I/O 2018, where a human-voice synthesized bot called several local businesses and was able to interact with humans who had no idea they were talking to a machine. Many of us are fascinated by the technological progress that could be witnessed. A part of me was fascinated just like that. But to me the real fascinating discussion is about ethics, specifically AI ethics that come along with approaches like Duplex. Continue reading “What is the key learning from Google Duplex? Digital Responsibility needed more than ever before…”

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Hey #techworkers: stop being too “googly” and put some more #digitalresponsibility on your plate! My gist from the #facebookdebacle

I guess by now we’re are all through with reading each and every article and opinion, every point of view and interpretation about the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Yes, there is an overwhelming sentiment that – in my opinion – goes into the right direction. What has happened is wrong, is to a large degree founded in an ill-directed system of data exploitation and must be stopped. On the web, you find this opinion in softer and stronger flavors, but there does not seem to be doubt that we need some decisive readjustment. Maybe the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal was the much-needed catalyst to allow for more thorough reflection where we allow ourselves to work with a healthy degree of skepticism about where technology and technological progress have led us in the last 25 years of the internet. Continue reading “Hey #techworkers: stop being too “googly” and put some more #digitalresponsibility on your plate! My gist from the #facebookdebacle”

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The Universal Basic Income discussion is not pointless. Period. (André Cramer)

One of the topics that is inevitably tied to the big digital transformation themes like AI, machine learning, robotics and digital transformation in general is the universal basic income (let’s call it UBI from here). Like it or not, it’s worthwhile considering which tools, mechanisms and concepts need to be adapted or created when this massive transformation will roll over us. I believe it would be naive not to assume that our political economy, and governance will desperately need new design patterns as we enter this new phase of the digital revolution. Continue reading “The Universal Basic Income discussion is not pointless. Period. (André Cramer)”

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Are you aware of the insane Energy Consumption for Bitcoin Creation that is ahead of us? Soon to hit a hard wall…

Over the last months and especially culminating in the last days, it was hard to avoid the bitcoin topic. Climbing to insane heights, bitcoin has passed even the keenest expectations regarding “value” that many of us had. The price has crossed the $15k mark for the first time this week.

Although I do see a bright future for cryptocurrencies, for me the key value lies in the potential it has in enabling us to create a fundamentally new financial system. From a speculators point of view I do believe that what we currently see is mostly based on the greater fool theory (“I will buy Bitcoin because others will hype it even more”). Continue reading “Are you aware of the insane Energy Consumption for Bitcoin Creation that is ahead of us? Soon to hit a hard wall…”

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“Krack” is exactly that kind of thing bringing us closer to the “Internet of crappy Things” armageddon

My five cents on the „krack“ Wi-Fi / WPA2 security issue that is now slowly but steadily getting out of focus again. This is a classic “Internet of Things”, or “Internet of crappy Things” topic that I have written about before.

It is highly questionable if “krack” will ever really disappear; in a sense that it will be patched and fixed thoroughly so that no one has to worry about it anymore. Yes, a variety of providers of affected software and hardware have announced or even distributed such patches. But when it comes to the long tail of Wi-Fi enabled Internet of Things, smart home or whatever kind of connected devices, it would be naïve not to Continue reading ““Krack” is exactly that kind of thing bringing us closer to the “Internet of crappy Things” armageddon”

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How Mozilla’s Common Voice Project bubbled up my very own 2013 AI- & Voice-Assistance Services Ideation again (André Cramer)

Last week I stepped on a piece of news with yet another story about the voice-driven assistance services which have gained so much traction recently: “Mozilla is crowdsourcing voice recognition to make AI work for the people“. I have been an enthusiastic Alexa user myself right from the start. I believe voice-based assistance services, voice-based human-computer interaction, in general, have a bright future. At least bright in terms of a sharp surge in usage and a myriad of use cases that bring benefits to most consumers and businesses. Continue reading “How Mozilla’s Common Voice Project bubbled up my very own 2013 AI- & Voice-Assistance Services Ideation again (André Cramer)”

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Where accelerating technological Development will lead us in the next 15-20 years (André Cramer)

I would like to share some of my thoughts on key developments that I believe will determine our lives in the upcoming two decades. Almost all of this is fueled by ever more accelerating technological progress and there are a lot of opportunities in it. As well as significant challenges.

Looking back at the perceived principle of the industrial age, where growth occurred or seemed to occur in a linear function, today we know about Moore’s Law. We have been able to observe it for the last 50 years where over time it became clearer that we have a doubling of computing power roughly every 1,5 years.

Now how does that apply in our everyday life? Where do we actually see that technologies get more and more “disruptive”? To show that this is not about buzzwords, here are a couple of examples for “wow” type of developments: Continue reading “Where accelerating technological Development will lead us in the next 15-20 years (André Cramer)”

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AI is absolutely essential for the Messaging Platform Business Model to take over the World (of B2C) (André Cramer)

Over the course of the last weeks and months you couldn’t escape news and stories about messaging platforms going after B2C use cases à la “order me some food”, “book me a hotel room” or “I need a ride downtown in 30 minutes”.

Pioneered and taken to huge success in Asia by platforms like Weixin/WeChatLINE and Kakao, especially Facebook with its two behemoth platforms Messenger and WhatsApp is taking decisive actions to bring businesses and consumers together on their platforms. Kik is even faster, having just launched such a botstore for brands. In their launch line-up are 18 well-known brands such as Sephora, H&M or The Weather Channel. And with these moves, communications platforms will tap into significant revenue streams in the form of rev shares and commissions for being the facilitator between businesses and consumers in everyday Transactions.
Continue reading “AI is absolutely essential for the Messaging Platform Business Model to take over the World (of B2C) (André Cramer)”

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Virtual Reality will have a massive Impact on us already within the next Decade (Andre Cramer)

When reading about future, and specifically in this context, near-term future predictions, you often get a conservative impression. It seems people mostly see the future like a slightly enhanced version of the present. People tend to think that the big and significant societal transformation either has already taken place or will happen in a more distant future.

In my opinion things are quite a bit different. The world will be changing much faster than the majority of people imagine today. There is a high probability that technology will change the world and our immediate life conditions faster than ever before within the next ten years. There are some technologies on the agenda with the potential to render the world pretty much unrecognizable compared to today.  Continue reading “Virtual Reality will have a massive Impact on us already within the next Decade (Andre Cramer)”

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The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 12 (Volvo pushing cheap LIDAR, DeepMind virtualworlds, US solarprice record, Snapchat opening for 3rd parties)

Here’s this week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 13. My favorite and most noteworthy tech & innovation news bites of the week. 4 updates in an easy to consume video format. Enjoy!

 

Jump right into these news: Continue reading “The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 12 (Volvo pushing cheap LIDAR, DeepMind virtualworlds, US solarprice record, Snapchat opening for 3rd parties)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 12 (Mexico huge solar plant, neural net computing doubling every 3.5 months, free public transport in Estonia, neural net with equivalent to mammalian grid cells)

Here’s this week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 12. My favorite and most noteworthy tech & innovation news bites of the week. 4 updates in an easy to consume video format. Enjoy!

 

Continue reading “The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 12 (Mexico huge solar plant, neural net computing doubling every 3.5 months, free public transport in Estonia, neural net with equivalent to mammalian grid cells)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 11 (500K new renewable energy jobs, autonomous driving without rural maps, Xiaomi biggest IPO since 2014, Youtube broadcasting to 1/4 of world each month)

Here’s this week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 11. My favorite and most noteworthy tech & innovation news bites of the week. 4 updates in an easy to consume video format. Enjoy!

 

Continue reading “The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 11 (500K new renewable energy jobs, autonomous driving without rural maps, Xiaomi biggest IPO since 2014, Youtube broadcasting to 1/4 of world each month)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 10 (Cambridge Analytica shutting down, inexpensive water-based battery tech, Tesla losses but profits projected, Jan Koum leaving WhatsApp)

Here’s last week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 10. My favorite and most noteworthy tech & innovation news bites of the week. 4 updates in an easy to consume video format. Enjoy!

 

Continue reading “The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 10 (Cambridge Analytica shutting down, inexpensive water-based battery tech, Tesla losses but profits projected, Jan Koum leaving WhatsApp)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 9 (Facebook AI chips, human brain cells in mice heads, Amazon Vesta robot, Finland ends UBI trial)

Here’s last week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 9. My favorite and most noteworthy tech & innovation news bites of the week. 4 updates in an easy to consume video format. Enjoy!

 

Continue reading “The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 9 (Facebook AI chips, human brain cells in mice heads, Amazon Vesta robot, Finland ends UBI trial)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 8 (robots as legal persons, Google talk-to-books, IKEA-assembling robots, anti-Zika fight with drones)

Here’s last week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 8. My favorite and most noteworthy tech & innovation news bites of the week. 4 updates in an easy to consume video format. Enjoy!

 

Jump right into these news: Continue reading “The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 8 (robots as legal persons, Google talk-to-books, IKEA-assembling robots, anti-Zika fight with drones)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 7 (Alibaba going offline retail, Bitcoin jumping $1K in 1h, Luminar making LIDAR mainstream, Apple HomePod sales a bummer)

Here’s last week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 7. My favorite and most noteworthy tech & innovation news bites of the week. 4 updates in an easy to consume video format. Enjoy!

 

Jump right into these news: Continue reading “The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 7 (Alibaba going offline retail, Bitcoin jumping $1K in 1h, Luminar making LIDAR mainstream, Apple HomePod sales a bummer)”

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