Is it unethical to design robots to resemble humans? Great story on anthropomorphization

“And so the more we humanize chatbots, virtual assistants, and machines, the more we in turn display human emotions toward them. This is the process of anthropomorphism, whereby inanimate objects are attributed with human emotions, traits, and intentions. When something appears alive, it is in our nature to view it ...

The big lesson from Amazon and Whole Foods: Disruptive competition comes out of nowhere – Vivek Wadhwa

“Note the march of Amazon. First it was bookstores, publishing and distribution; then cleaning supplies, electronics and assorted home goods. Now Amazon is set to dominate all forms of retail as well as cloud services, electronic gadgetry and small-business lending. And its proposed acquisition of Whole Foods sees Amazon literally ...

Carmageddon is Coming – Future Crunch – Medium

“An overlapping confluence of three different technological waves — the smartphone, the electric battery and artificial intelligence — have created the conditions for a technological disruption so profound it’s going to change almost everything about the way we move in modern society.” Carmageddon is Coming – Future Crunch – Mediumhttps://medium.com/future-crunch/carmageddon-is-coming-899c0f05a2avia Instapaper ...

Carmageddon is Coming – Future Crunch – Medium

“An overlapping confluence of three different technological waves — the smartphone, the electric battery and artificial intelligence — have created the conditions for a technological disruption so profound it’s going to change almost everything about the way we move in modern society.” Carmageddon is Coming – Future Crunch – Mediumhttps://medium.com/future-crunch/carmageddon-is-coming-899c0f05a2avia Instapaper ...

Google, not GCHQ, is the truly chilling spy network | John Naughton – food for thought !

“one of the spooks with whom I discussed Snowden’s revelations waxed indignant about our coverage of the story. What bugged him (pardon the pun) was the unfairness of having state agencies pilloried, while firms such as Google and Facebook, which, in his opinion, conducted much more intensive surveillance than the ...

Why you should manage your energy, not your time

“In the absence of clear indicators of what it means to be productive and valuable in their jobs, many workers turn back toward an industrial indicator of productivity: doing lots of stuff in a visible manner,” says Newport.” Why you should manage your energy, not your timehttp://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20170612-why-you-should-manage-your-energy-not-your-timevia Instapaper

The Amazon-Walmart Showdown That Explains the Modern Economy / must read via NYT

“Each one is trying to become more like the other — Walmart by investing heavily in its technology, Amazon by opening physical bookstores and now buying physical supermarkets. But this is more than a battle between two business titans. Their rivalry sheds light on the shifting economics of nearly every ...

My deck from the GTDC Summit in Vienna today: Technology, Humanity and The Future

here it is…. quick update, more later :)) GTDC Vienna Technology Humanity Future Gerd Leonhard Public

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