Techno-Politics and Tech Culture

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Google vs EU
Google got some good news from the European Union’s top court yesterday, “The Court concludes that, currently, there is no obligation under EU law, for a search engine operator who grants a request for de-referencing made by a data subject, as the case may be, to carry out such a de-referencing on all the versions […]
Shelly Palmer on Fox 5
Shelly Palmer shows off the new Samsung Galaxy Fold and talks about the new iPhone 11 Pro Max (and the iOS 13 update) on Fox 5 New York's Good Day with Kerry Drew and Bianca Peters. Original Airdate: September 24, 2019

Personalized Politics

Personalized Politics
We have entered the age of personalized politics, and it is very important for us to understand what that means. In practice, there are as many candidates in the 2020 presidential race as there are voters with online access in the United States. Every candidate is a customized persona created specifically for us by a complex set of algorithms that very few people fully understand. This means we are all test subjects in an unprecedented sociopolitical experiment that, quite frankly, scares the hell out of me.

Zuck On The Hill

Mark Zuckerberg and President Trump
Mr. Zuckerberg went to Washington yesterday for private meetings with the President and several lawmakers. The meetings were private and Mr. Zuckerberg did not answer questions about specifics. However, according to the WSJ, Sen. Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) challenged Facebook’s CEO saying, “Prove that you’re serious… sell WhatsApp, and sell Instagram.” There is only hearsay […]
I do not exist
Facebook is getting into the dating game. Deepfakes are getting better and better. Put them both together and they present a potential reality as sinister as it is deceitful. Imagine online dating in a world replete with deepfakes.
AR Glasses
Enterprise-grade AR headset builder, Daqri is getting ready to close its doors. The 10-year-old company has raised mored than $275 million and was concentrating on industrial applications for the nascent technology. “You can always tell who the pioneers are. They’re the ones with the arrows in their backs.” — Anonymous Politically Incorrect Person AR (Augmented […]
Workers Protesting
California legislators approved a landmark bill on Tuesday that requires companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees, a move that could reshape the gig economy and that adds fuel to a yearslong debate over whether the nature of work has become too insecure. You can argue this two ways: 1) workers […]
iPhone 11
In case you missed it, Apple announced its new iPhone 11 line of smartphones yesterday. Here’s everything we know about the new devices and services featured in the press conference. I have been in an abusive relationship with Apple since the mid 80s. They keep torturing me and I keep buying their products. From the […]

Apple: Innovative or Iterative?

Shelly Palmer on CNN
Are Apple's new iPhones (11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max) innovative or just variations on a theme? Shelly Palmer speak with Amara Walker on CNN Today about the state of the smartphone business and what Apple and Samsung are doing well (and not so well). Original Airdate: September 10, 2019
Shelly Palmer on CNN
Shelly Palmer speaks with Richard Quest about Apple's newest line of iPhones, the Apple Watch, iPads, Apple TV+ and its other new products and services. Original Airdate: September 10, 2019

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