The Revolution Begins

So who’s in charge, as in who’s really in charge? For way too long we have been caving into Google and Facebook, lamenting the loss of control that advertisers and advertising has. The Digibabble narrative went like this: Digital media has killed all else because of their vast and magical powers controlling pricing, access, supposed…

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Robots Are a Given… What About You?

Maybe it’s the Trump effect and the focus on job creation or it’s the resurrection of jobs (once lost to technology) and the obvious cynicism that predicates a return in mass numbers to an old state. Perhaps it’s the financial analysts touting AI (artificial intelligence) as the new frontier in order to create the next…

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The Threat of WMDs is Very Real

WMDs. Remember that term? Weapons of mass destruction…a catalyzing fear of the Bush US Presidency and the driving force behind the Iraq War. The fear of WMDs was so deep and primal that an almost unprecedented bi-partisan group of US politicians supported the war to find them. “Simply stated, there is no doubt that Saddam…

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What Makes The Snap IPO Even More Interesting?

Imagine if the torrent of tweets we have become inured to disappeared after 10 seconds. One can only wonder what the political climate of the United States might be like today… Or, say you were a mega-diva like Madonna and you chose to launch your latest collection of songs with a video that was ephemeral……

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Attention Spans Dwindling, Processing Power Increasing. Are We Becoming More Like Our Primal Ancestors?

“[What information consumes is] the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” -Herbert Simon, Nobel winner, Economics (1978) Think about that for a moment. Since the advent of movable type heralded the evolution of readily accessible information, our senses have been assaulted with ever-growing, ever-changing sources of information…

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Polls Predictably Wrong… Again

So what was it that made it so hard to predict the recent US election that caught the data scientists; the media; the pollsters; the pundits and the bettors by surprise much like Brexit did in the UK a few short months ago? Could it be as New York Times (who got it dreadfully wrong…

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Before And Then More Importantly After You Vote…Remember Max

It doesn’t matter where in the world you live. It doesn’t matter what your politics are. The negative, nasty and vindictive tone of the US presidential election—from all sides—has affected us throughout the globe. Saturday Night Live, the famous US comedy show, has been skewering both presidential candidates for the past few months…so well, in…

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Downton Abbey Inspires an App?

How do I begin 2016? Big Data? Drones? IOT? Need it now? More mobile? Post-digital? Pre-apocalypse? More on Star Wars and Adele? Nah… Instead I opted for a great story. One that encompasses everything that I love and admire about the age we live in and an age that is past. 2016 begins the sixth…

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Resolved: Social Networks Should Fight Terrorism…Or Not…

“Goodwill towards all men”…in the nonsexist, nongender-specific and gluten-free way…before the knee-jerkers call me out for not being PC… “Goodwill” seems to be a reasonable wish and an admirable goal for all of humankind…no? That will be my only point – the rest I leave up to you, dear reader. Here is the question, the…

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Memory, Karma and Desire

Every year, around this time, as the United States approaches its national day of commemoration…for those who have given their lives in the various wars fought by US troops…aptly called Memorial Day…I am struck by the nature, the very essence of memory and what it really means, what it can achieve and the flip side…

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Generation World Loses a Champion

They are ageless. Age does not define them…nor is it central to who they are. They are empowered. They believe it’s up to them to make their lives meaningful. They are global citizens. Borders are for maps…their interest in other cultures is as important as their own. They are self-directed. Success is about how you…

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Don’t Blame the Messenger

What separates the good guys from the bad guys? Hollywood once made it really easy because all the good cowboys wore white hats while the bad wore black ones. Wish it were so easy in our world. And I wish that the answer was technology… But it just ain’t that simple. Technology in and of…

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How Technology Will Not Save the World

The United States is currently tangled up in a racially charged debate around police violence, or maybe better put, excessive and biased use of force against people of color. We have seen riots and demonstrations over the past few weeks, reminiscent of the worst days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and the inflammatory rhetoric, from…

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Deepak Chopra, Winnie the Pooh, and JFK

Thank you…. Such a small phrase. Yet one fraught with such deep possibilities. Its English origins are rooted in the concept of gratitude…a more meaningful concept I think… And culturally…around the world…while its use and meaning might vary – I think it’s safe to say that the basic concept is the same – we have…

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Hunt a Mammoth

Unplug and reconnect. Amazing how the message seems to resonate…or maybe not so amazing…. I imagine that back in the day, some cave mom told her intense, wall-painting son to get out and hunt a mammoth or two and reconnect with what is real…and I have no doubt that advice made him a better painter…I…

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Dichotomy

The Dichotomy. The same technology that allowed Edward Snowden to access, download and share thousands upon thousands of classified documents is the same technology that listens to thousands upon thousands of phone calls and reads thousands upon thousands of messages…which frightened Snowden and catalyzed him to action and so on…. Yet the same people who…

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The Snail and the Digital Hare

Facebook dies on its initial public offering and the Royal Mail in the UK jumps 38%…. Is it like the Hare and the Tortoise? The old-fashioned dinosaur, the last-century, so-over-it snail mail…beat out the latest and greatest? Sounds almost like one of those unfounded Internet myths that get passed around and around and around until…

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Put a Ding on it, iPhone

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Don’t we all? At least so I fantasize…. But that quote isn’t from me – it’s classic Steve Jobs. In fact, I’d argue that it’s a defining statement and a lens through which to judge Apple…. Bottom line from Jobs: that ding isn’t a fantasy, it’s…

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