Techno-Politics and Tech Culture

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TikTok
Learning from her friends that TikTok view counts were all zeros, and thinking that this was a signal that TikTok was about to be banned, my friend's 12-year-old daughter ran up to her mom and excitedly said, "OMG! Will things go back to normal now?" Continue Reading →
warehouse worker
CNBC is reporting that Amazon is planning to build its own diagnostic labs as it ramps up to test the bulk of its workforce for COVID-19 every two weeks. Workers would test themselves with nasal swabs, using a video for guidance, with a clinical professional supervising. Those testing positive will be referred to a third-party Continue Reading →

Regulating Twitter

Twitter Bird in Cage
Imagine a universe where Twitter is fully regulated, an alternative Twitterverse. This is not a place that will ever exist, but sometimes it's helpful to simplify complex issues to help think them through. What would your perfect Twitterverse be like? What rules and regulations would have to exist? Would the world be a better place if your imaginary Twitterverse existed, or would it just present us with a different set of complex issues? Continue Reading →
Part Copying
Most of us are waking up in an unrecognizable world. We are working from home or forced to adopt new ways of working together. We're all adapting and doing our best just to get through the day. There are not many silver linings to this dark pandemic cloud. But one may be the opportunity to create new, better, more productive processes which will lead to much better products. Continue Reading →
Masks
The coronavirus pandemic is teeming with known unknowns. How many people have had it? How many people will get it? What is today’s R0 value in the top 50 markets? How will we assess the risk of bringing our employees back to the office? What impact will new consumer preferences have on our business? Will we have inflation or deflation? A recession or depression? As hard as these questions are, we’ve helped our corporate clients reframe and answer them in multiple ways. You can too. Here’s how. Continue Reading →
Coronavirus Masks
I was looking at my list of pre-pandemic theses and it is absolutely frightening how irrelevant most of them are to a post-pandemic future. Worrying about AI taking white-collar jobs, or the fate of commoditized packaged goods, or the adoption rates of IoT devices, or the potential deployment of 5G service seems meaningless if people are worried about being safe and wondering how they are going to put a roof over their heads and food on the table. So, it’s time for some new thinking, and an action plan for 2020 and beyond. Here's how. Continue Reading →

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