Could Facebook really replace the Internet? No. But it has a real opportunity to replace the Mobile Web. Why build a mobile optimized website if you can upload content to a platform that has daily access to practically everyone you'd ever want to reach?
Verizon is acquiring AOL for $4.4 billion in cash. You are going to be asked about it today. Here are some probable outcomes (in no particular order). Pick the one you believe and speak with authority. Good luck.
Imagine a hack that tricks Periscope or Meerkat into capturing whatever video is on your screen (as opposed to taking the feed from your camera). Now, just create a new Twitter account and tell your social network to join you watching House of Cards on Netflix for free.
“Have a magical day!” is the way Disney cast members wish you farewell. They’re not kidding. The “happiest place on earth” does its best to make it so. The cast members (Disney-speak for employees) help, but Walt Disney World is well on its way to achieving consciousness. How? As Arthur C. Clarke so eloquently stated, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
I fully understand why people mistrust big centralized organizations with massive amounts of power. I fear them. Anyone with a brain should fear them. But the Internet currently relies on them. Which raises the question, “What are you actually afraid of, big or centralized?”
We are living in an Orwellian “Big Brother” surveillance state. It’s a big issue and it deserves our attention, but the government is not in the habit of publicly embarrassing people by releasing edited versions of the surveillance video it captures. That is what private security cameras are for.
We deal with trade-offs all the time. “You can have it good, fast or cheap... pick any two.” The implementation constraints for this decision tree are clear-cut and obvious. If you want it good and fast, it won't be cheap. If you want it fast and cheap, it won't be good. If you want it good and cheap, it won't be fast.
Big Data and Data Science are overused catch phrases that can mean anything anyone wants them to mean. But the hype doesn’t change the facts. We are being overwhelmed with data, and I can assure you that if you don’t know what to do with it, your competition will.