Your driver license. A symbol of freedom. A quintessential moment in a teenager’s development and one of the few remaining rites of passage. The automobile is also one of the most deadly things mankind has ever invented. It’s no surprise that a test is required to operat a multi-ton projectile. The internet, it turns out, […]
This issue of Digital Future Friday features food, fighter jets, and music. What more could you ask for? Neural networks, of course, and we’ve got plenty of those too. Read the entire issue.
This part 2 of my Future of Food series. See part 1 here. If software is eating the world, its final meal is… food. The food we eat and the way it is discovered has been experiencing a decade’s long technological transformation. While slower than tech transformations seen in other categories, the food transformation is […]
This week we swerve past knee jerk reactions and get back to our roots.
Traditional media was very critical of social media’s involvement in election interference during the 2016 presidential campaign. While there are plenty of worthy criticisms, the forest has been lost for the trees when it comes to state sponsored disinformation campaigns. For some reason, the traditional media acts as if it is immune. But when words […]
It is becoming increasingly clear how the decisions being made today are actively shaping our future. Regulation, scandals and outrage reign supreme as society grapples with the changes that race toward us. Part of our job at Digital Future Friday is to raise awareness about these changes, and spend time thoughtfully considering their potential impact. This week […]
The future continues to race toward us more quickly, so we have lots to cover. This week, you’ll watch a video that is a weapon, unpack the complexities of social status and hear from two social platform CEOs. Let’s go!
Chances are, Eugene Wei’s epic tome, Status as a Service, found its way to you this week. At 74 pages, it’s a long read that most people may, unfortunately, abandon ten minutes in. So, having read it, allow me to convey status by exploring Wei’s article and how it relates to human nature.
This week, we dissect the complicated cultural issue plaguing our social platforms. In the wake of new bans and mad-dash policy updates from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, it’s critical to understand the root causes and externalities. And as luck has it, the most famous of the de-platformed made a return on Wednesday.
Is social media ripping apart the fabric of society? Fears of the fringe and “the other” have prompted some to demand social platforms remove uncomfortable ideas, hoping that the very algorithms that entrap us will protect us from ourselves. The idea of uniting humanity through a global network is turning out to be more dystopian […]