The future of information, misinformation, and public discourse is called “an arms race,” a very dismal situation – and offering some reasons for hope, in the latest Pew mega-analysis of an important trend on the internet. Titled “The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online,” this massive survey of more than 1000 technology industry experts is […]
“Captain’s log, stardate…” Can you picture Captain Kirk dictating his captain’s logs on the Enterprise? I sure can. I’m the captain of my own life and career, and while the wind and seas are often stormy, I’m having a great time exploring. For the past few years, off and on, I’ve been keeping a short […]
These are my thoughts, short summaries of different ways I’ve been talking about the use of social media with the companies I’ve been meeting with, articulated in some specific facets. perhaps they’ll inspire thoughts about your relationship to social media, personally and for business. Click to view full size. I’m writing on paper now my personal […]
It’s October 16th, 2017 and I’ve fallen deep into a blogging hole. After ten years of creating tons of opportunities by blogging – I have no excuse not to write up a quick post about the things on my mind more or less every day. So I’m going to do that for the next 30 […]
Vlogging can be challenging, scary, technical, but it doesn’t need to be. More people are starting to create video using just their smartphones. Let’s take a look! Yes, despite my shyness and allergy to being on camera, I am vlogging. Show More Summary
Last Friday, New Yorker editor David Remnick interviewed Apple design chief Jony Ive. Midway through the conversation came an interesting (and widely reported) exchange in which Ive expressed some regret about people’s use of his most celebrated creation, the iPhone: Remnick: There’s a ubiquity about the iPhone and its imitators. And I wonder, when you’re […]
The long conversation in the New York Review between Riccardo Manzotti and Tim Parks is bearing fruit: Manzotti: The view that only the smallest constituents, atoms, are “real” is called smallism in science, or nihilism in philosophy, and it clashes with everyday experience and common sense in the most blatant way. As Democritus suggests, it’s self-defeating because it […]
This essay appeared originally, in a slightly shorter form, in the New York Times. “Your domestic problems are completely solved.” So says a robotics technician to a grateful housewife in “Leave It to Roll-Oh,” a promotional film produced by the Chevrolet Motor Company for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The titular star of the […]
Paul Lewis has an excellent and ominous article in this weekend’s Guardian about the misgivings some prominent Silicon Valley inventors are feeling over what they’ve created. Alumni from Google, Twitter, and Facebook worry that the products they helped design and market are having dire side effects, creating a society of compulsive, easily manipulated screen junkies. Lewis […]
I draw on several studies in my Wall Street Journal essay “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds.” Here are citations and links for anyone who would like to delve more deeply into the subject. Three articles written or cowritten by Adrian Ward, formerly at the University of Colorado at Boulder and now at the University of […]
In “How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds,” an essay in the Weekend Review section of the Wall Street Journal, I examine recent research into the ways smartphones influence our cognition and perception — even when we’re not using the devices. Here’s a taste: Scientists have long known that the brain is a monitoring system as well as […]
Mattel yesterday pulled the plug on Aristotle, a planned smart-speaker-cum-baby-monitor developed by the company’s Nabi unit. The product had generated controversy since it was announced in January, with lawmakers, pediatricians, and child advocates raising concerns about how the device would collect data on and influence the behavior of children. Show More Summary
A number of people sent me articles this last week on TaskRabbit being acquired by Ikea. The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed; its investors are likely to be both relieved and disappointed. This is almost identical to HomeDepot acquiring Redbeacon. RedBeacon was dying under HomeDepot but has now been reinvented as Pro Referral, […]
Declaims Crispin Sartwell in a curious column in today’s Wall Street Journal: Leaving aside quality, people have never written or read more, or even nearly as much, as they do now. This is the golden age of the written word. Leaving aside quality, every age is a golden age.
When television emerged as a fledgling medium in the middle years of the last century, it already had, in the form of the Federal Communications Commission, the Communications Act of 1934, and various other laws and precedents, a framework for regulating its content. The formal restrictions on the broadcasting of obscene, indecent, profane, prurient, and […]
It's time to declare we've reached journey's end with Flip the Media, and create new pathways to provide our community with the essence of what that publication gave us for nearly a decade. The post A Tribute to Flip the Media appeared first on Flip the Media.
The paperback edition of Utopia Is Creepy is out today, September 12, from W. W. Norton & Company. Collecting seventy-nine of the best posts from Rough Type as well as sixteen essays and reviews I published between 2008 and 2016, the book, says Time, “punches a hole in Silicon Valley cultural hubris.” Here’s an excerpt […]
I have an article in today’s New York Times about how domestic robots, which we always expected would resemble ourselves, have instead arrived in the form of chatbot-powered smart speakers. The shift from the Jetsons’ embodied Rosie to Amazon’s disembodied Alexa says something important about our times, I suggest. The piece begins: From the moment […]
I came across this headline today in Newsweek: At first I was appalled. But then I began to see the upside. Once we get rid of reading and writing lessons in elementary schools, just imagine all the time that will be freed up for STEM classes. Sometimes you have to go backward to go forward.