🔮 Living with the pandemic; US v China; fake reviews; telepathy, negative-carbon hydrogen & selfies++ #282

I’m Azeem Azhar. I convene Exponential View to help us understand how our societies and political economy will change under the force of rapidly accelerating technologies. 🦠 These models show how the pandemic could evolve over the months and years to come. Read full Article

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They Made How Much?

You won’t want to miss our next DealBook Debrief call, where we will discuss racial injustice and corporate America with special guest Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Times’s domestic correspondent and creator of The 1619 Project. Read full Article

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Google is quietly experimenting with holographic glasses and smart tattoos

A simple pair of sunglasses that projects holographic icons. A smartwatch that has a digital screen but analog hands. A temporary tattoo that, when applied to your skin, transforms your body into a living touchpad. Read full Article

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Tech’s new “Digital Gods:” humans will soon be deeply integrated with tech

I used to joke with friends that Silicon Valley was done disrupting taxi companies and that we were going after God next. On my summer mostly away from social media I’m taking a fresh look at predictions I’ve made for the last two decades in four separate books. Read full Article

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What Amazon, Google, Facebook and Apple have in common

On Wednesday, lawmakers squared off with the chief executives of the tech industry’s four most powerful players, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Read full Article

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Big Tech CEOs face off with Congress

Democrats and Republicans in Congress came out swinging against Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google on Wednesday, needling the tech giants’ top executives over their size, power and approach to a wide array of issues, including the content they allow online. Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I. Read full Article

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“Facebook Is Hurting People At Scale”: Mark Zuckerberg’s Employees Reckon With The Social Network They’ve Built

As the US heads toward a crucial and contentious presidential election, the world’s largest social network is facing an unprecedented cultural crisis. Read full Article

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One Last Chance to Fix Capitalism

Roughly two-thirds of the way through Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, Rebecca Henderson’s prescription for reversing some of the damage business has done in the past half-century, the Harvard Business School professor rates the chances that environmentally iffy industries might effectiv Read full Article

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Steve Jobs: “Technology Alone Is Not Enough”

Editors’ Note: Details from this post appeared in similar form in a July, 2011, piece by Jonah Lehrer for Wired magazine, U.K. We regret the duplication of material. Read full Article

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Elon Musk’s Neuralink gadget will ‘stream music straight into your BRAIN’ with no headphones needed

ELON Musk’s Neuralink implants will stream music straight into your brain. This feature was confirmed by Musk when replying to a question on Twitter. Read full Article

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A Job Guarantee

As I continue to research the societal factors that influence our future, I’ve explored broad topics from Government Deficits to Modern Monetary Theory. Most recently, I’ve looked into something that lies at the heart of many societal ills; unemployment and underemployment. Read full Article

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How Musk, Bezos And Other Visionaries Use The “Future-Back” Technique

In the midst of crises, great leaders address short-term threats but also engage their teams with a vision of the future. This isn’t just a reminder about annual goals, but rather a compelling future state that is five, ten or even a hundred years in the future. Read full Article

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Google and Apple’s diktat to governments on coronavirus contact-tracing apps is a troubling display of unaccountable power

On 10 April, in the midst of the largest public health crisis in over 100 years, Apple and Google quietly revealed the true extent of their political power. The way they did so has left me questioning some long-held beliefs. Here’s why. Read full Article

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Why Facebook is well placed to weather an advertising boycott

SOCIAL NETWORKS know a thing or two about virality. Still, Facebook was probably surprised by the speed at which a small protest, begun on June 17th by a collection of American civil-rights groups, has gained steam. Read full Article

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Virtual Conferences Mean All-Access—Except When They Don’t

If this season’s virtual tech events have offered a kind of blueprint for what may come—a beta test, if you will—they’ve proven there’s still blank space for the communal elements humans crave. Read full Article

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Apple’s AI plan: a thousand small conveniences

AI has become an integral part of every tech company’s pitch to consumers. Fail to hype up machine learning or neural networks when unveiling a new product, and you might as well be hawking hand-cranked calculators. This can lead to overpromising. Read full Article

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How Big Tech Monopolies Distort Our Public Discourse

Long before the pandemic crisis, there was widespread concern over the impact that tech was having on the quality of our discourse, from disinformation campaigns to influence campaigns to polarization. Read full Article

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Intelligent interfaces

Today, people interact with technology through ever more intelligent interfaces, moving from traditional keyboards to touchscreens, voice commands, and beyond. And even these engagement patterns are giving way to new and more seamless and natural methods of interaction. Read full Article

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Four lessons the COVID-19 crisis can teach us about data-driven storytelling

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed deep structural problems that go far beyond conventional ideas of public health, not least the impacts of pervasive inequality and racism. Civil society is mobilising to adapt and respond. Read full Article

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Merkel and Von Der Leyen The Two Women Who Could Transform Europe

With Ursula von der Leyen as Commission President and German Chancellor Angela Merkel about to take over the presidency of the European Council, the European Union is set to be run by two German women with a long history. The Continent might never be the same. Read full Article

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