Voice is the next platform and 6 million US households have already bought an Amazon Alexa. Of course the NSA would never seek a backdoor hack to listen to every private domestic conversation you ever have. And the police are already involved retreiving conversation data with writs.
It’s a year old but it’s even more relevant now than ever with a Trump presidency. Maciej Ceglowski’s brilliant account of the data industries and their discontents “Haunted by Data“. “When it comes to Data, don’t collect it. If you have to collect it, don’t store it. If you have to store it, don’t keep it”. Brilliant stuff.
XML Mentor Tim Wu interviewed by Stanford podcast “Raw Data” (Pod: join at 11.00 mins – then 20 mins elapsed) on his new book “The Attention Merchants – the Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads” in which “attention” gets turned to “data”, and you the customer become the product.
The Robotic Grocery Store of the Future Is Here: Swarm robotics, autonomous delivery vehicles, and machine-learned preferences. Ocado’s warehouse manages 48,000 lines of perishable goods along 30 kms of conveyor belts. (Vid: 1.38) and of course there was the announcement of the Amazon Go grocery store without checkout lines or cashiers. Hilarious take-down by the French chain Monoprix who have been doing this for over a decade using something called “human technology”. Also, Mining 24 hours a day with Robots.
Finding Inspiration for Art in the Betrayal of Privacy. A German art collective’s installation in Manhattan on intended to school and shock visitors on how much, or rather, little we know about privacy and data security. New York Times.
Since September, ProPublica has been encouraging Facebook users to share the categories of interest that Facebook has assigned to them. Users showed us everything from “Pretending to Text in Awkward Situations” to “Breastfeeding in Public.” In total, they collected more than 52,000 unique attributes that Facebook has used to classify users. Btw, on data, Future Crimes by Marc Goodman is the best tech book I’ve read in ten years. I’ve got a copy sitting on my desk if anyone wants to read it and circulate it.
I’m a fan of anything that can bring Andy Warhol, technological development, culture, and business into the same essay. (NB. This is NOT investment advice from XML).
According to Cisco, in Paris the average resident spends four years of their life looking for a parking spot. Here’s 5 IoT products every smart city needs in 2017.
The US already has a Muslim registry. It’s called Facebook.