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The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 6 (neural-net based molecule synthesising, brain-boosting neural prosthesis, Tesla solar roof tiles rolling out, MIT word transcription without speaking)

Here’s last week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 6. 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 6 (neural-net based molecule synthesising, brain-boosting neural prosthesis, Tesla solar roof tiles rolling out, MIT word transcription without speaking)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 5 (automation bringing manufacturing back, Adidas recycling shoes, biotech weapons against Alzheimers, stem cells restoring eye sight)

Here’s last week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 5. 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 5 (automation bringing manufacturing back, Adidas recycling shoes, biotech weapons against Alzheimers, stem cells restoring eye sight)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 4 (MIT drinking water from desert air, Uber crash, Walmart inhouse drones, VW $25bn battery push)

Here’s last week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 4. 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 4 (MIT drinking water from desert air, Uber crash, Walmart inhouse drones, VW $25bn battery push)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 3 (toys’r’us tanking, MIT neural network chip, Microsoft AI chinese translation, CRISPR killing malaria)

Here’s last week’s new edition of my “Fav 4”, edition 3. 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 3 (toys’r’us tanking, MIT neural network chip, Microsoft AI chinese translation, CRISPR killing malaria)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 2 (AI live speech transcription, Tencent moving into autonomous driving, 100 cities with >70% renewable energy, autonomous driving superhighway in China)

Here’s this weeks new edition of my “Fav 4”, the second one. 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 2 (AI live speech transcription, Tencent moving into autonomous driving, 100 cities with >70% renewable energy, autonomous driving superhighway in China)”

The Fav 4 – Tech & Innovation News Bites Edition 1 (AI in law, lab-grown bones, corporate S&P500 longevity, 75Mbit/s from airplanes)

Welcome to the first edition of my “Fav 4”. 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 1 (AI in law, lab-grown bones, corporate S&P500 longevity, 75Mbit/s from airplanes)”

A strong read recommendation on digital media messing up societal discourse: How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us (Roger McNamee)

This is one of the best pieces of journalism I have seen in quite a while, looking a level or a couple of levels deeper than usual into what social media and social networks really mean for public discourse, the formation of opinion and eventually public polarization. Facebook’s role to be precise.

An early investor explains why the social media platform’s business model is such a threat—and what to do about it.

A remarkable quote:

“[…] the internet platforms were able to pursue business strategies that would not have been allowed in prior decades. No one stopped them from using free products to centralize the internet and then replace its core functions. No one stopped them from siphoning off the profits of content creators. No one stopped them from gathering data on every aspect of every user’s internet life. No one stopped them from amassing market share not seen since the days of Standard Oil. No one stopped them from running massive social and psychological experiments on their users. No one demanded that they police their platforms. It has been a sweet deal. Facebook and Google are now so large that traditional tools of regulation may no longer be effective.”

A must-read on a topic that we need to tackle if we don’t want to end up with technology whose consequences we have not thought through well enough during its early maturity stages messaging up our society.

Read the full article here: Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us

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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A must-read to sharpen your senses on the “Social Score”: In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society (Mara Hvistendahl)

As an interested and alerted reader on topics where technology meets sociology in the broader sense, many of us are likely noticing an increase in coverage of so called social score projects and experiments. Perhaps you feel like me and you notice a shiver when elaborating on this topic.

Since the most decisive activities in this space take place in China, you find a lot of coverage on their local activities. And it is worth taking a closer look. Right now it all follows the principle “technology / big data / data analytics meets authoritarian state/government”. A scary but in fact a “no brainer” situation. Since there are always tendencies in certain interest groups or parties even in western-style democracies to intrude our private lifes and dilluting privacy laws, we should in fact be carefully watching what is going on and what is possible.

This here is a brilliant piece of journalism by WIRED‘s Mara Hvistendahl. Take the time for this long read. It matters to all of us.

My most alarming quote: “But when he entered his name and national ID number, the app informed him that the transaction wouldn’t go through because he was on the Supreme People’s Court blacklist. This list—literally, the List of Dishonest People—is the same one that is integrated into Zhima Credit.”

You will learn more on Zhima Credit, their activities and the relation with Chinese government activities in the article.

Read the full article here: In China, a Three-Digit Score Could Dictate Your Place in Society | WIRED

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