Daily Poll

Your responses to my daily polls and surveys

Here are the results to our recent daily polls. Subscribe to our daily newsletter to join our community of business leaders in technology, media, marketing, and entertainment.

Star Trek’s Universal Translator Version 1.0 is Here

Fans of Star Trek (The Original Series) will fondly remember the “Universal Translator.” While Gene Roddenberry’s epic saga was both inspirational and aspirational for some, it set goals for others. How much wireless bandwidth would you need on the Starship Enterprise? How would a medical tricorder work? What kind of storage would you need on Memory Alpha? How did the noise-cancelling for communicators work? Every engineer I know can tell you a story about how he or she was inspired by this amazing 1960s television show. Read more.

Would you be comfortable using Google Interpreter while traveling?
Yes
84%
No
7%
Other
9%

My New Mac Pro

Apple finally added a “Buy Now” button to its Mac Pro page, and no one was more excited to go Mac Pro shopping than me. I have been waiting for this computer for quite some time. It will be a replacement for the four-year old Mac that is the center of my home studio. Read more.

Forgetting the price, do you have a personal or business use for a maxed out Mac Pro?
Yes
35%
No
60%
Other
5%

The Top Emerging Job of 2019: Artificial Intelligence Specialist

LinkedIn published its “Top 10 Emerging Jobs” list on Tuesday and — no surprise — most of them are tech jobs. Coming in at number one is Artificial Intelligence Specialist. Read more.

Do you have an open head count for an Artificial Intelligence Specialist?
Yes
9%
No
91%
Other
0%

Augmented Reality (AR) Just Got Much Better, Thanks to Google’s ARCore Depth API

If you’ve ever played Pokémon Go, you know that Pikachu was just pasted on top of whatever you pointed your camera at. About a year ago, Pokémon Go creator Niantic announced that they had worked out how to let Pikachu hide behind real-world objects. The technique, called occlusion, was demonstrated in a video, not on an actual device. Yesterday, Google announced the tools to solve the problem. Read more.

Do you have any augmented reality (AR) projects in the works?
Yes
53%
No
47%
Other
0%

Snapchat Cameo: Deepfake, Shallowfake, soon you won’t know the difference

Snapchat will launch on December 18 a new feature called Cameo that will allow you to put your face onto short looping videos. This is a “shallowfake,” meaning that you know it’s fake, and so does everyone else who is watching. There is no attempt to fool anyone. It’s basically a better version of Elf Yourself. Read more.

Do you have a deepfake strategy in place for your business communication and messaging?
Yes
8%
No
85%
Other
8%

The Mainstream Media Is “Rigged”

The word “hoax” has come into sharp focus recently and it has caused more than a few of my friends and colleagues to assert that the mainstream news media is “rigged.” This is not a new subject, but it is newly relevant because of the current political climate. I’m not going to defend the MSM. But I am happy to explain why a certain famous media critic likes to say, “The media is rigged. Big League.” Read more.

Should there be a law requiring news organizations to stop using the word "news" in their offerings and clearly point out that they are disseminating entertainment and opinion, not facts?
Yes
57%
No
34%
Other
9%

iPhone 2021 May Be Completely Wireless

Apple soothsayer Ming-Chi Kuo has a track record of accurate predictions. His recent investor note focuses on what the 2020 and 2021 lines of iPhones might look like, and one prediction stands out: Kuo believes that there will be at least one completely wireless iPhone in the 2021 line-up. No Lightning port, no USB-C port, no place to plug in cables of any kind. Read more.

Would a completely wireless iPhone change your digital product strategy?
Yes
38%
No
52%
Other
10%

Peloton’s Bumpy Ride – Lessons Learned

Peloton (the exercise bike company) watched $942 million in market value ride into the sunset in a single day. The value destruction was due to its controversial holiday commercial. The internet didn’t like it. But… did the punishment fit the crime? Is this result an unfortunate outlier, or are there lessons to be learned? Read more.

Is the Peloton commercial offensive to you?
Yes
10%
No
82%
Other
9%

Amazon & Verizon Team Up to Provide 5G Edge Computing

In engineering parlance, getting closer to the “edge” means bringing computational resources closer to the user. To do that, you need a bunch of stuff to line up. In an ideal world, you’d combine powerful cloud resources and a low-latency high bandwidth network. That’s exactly what Amazon and Verizon plan to do. Read more.

Do you have a 5G innovation strategy in place?
Yes
21%
No
50%
Don't need one, it's just part of our continuous improvement strategy
21%
Other
7%

Amazon Announces DeepComposer

Amazon has announced “the world’s first machine learning-enabled musical keyboard for developers,” called the AWS DeepComposer keyboard. According to Amazon, you can use it to “create a melody that will transform into a completely original song in seconds, all powered by AI.” Read more.

How much production music (music for backgrounds in videos, for example) can be done by AI?
None - you will always be able to tell
0%
Some - when there's a lot of dialog and sound effects
24%
Most - music in video production should be felt, not heard
56%
I don't know anything about production music
9%
What are you talking about?
0%
Other
12%

Bot Monday

Cyber Monday is supposed to be an awesome online shopping day. It is. I’ve seen estimates as high as $9 billion for today. However, I’ve also seen estimates from NBC News and Radware that as much as 97 percent of online shopping traffic today will be bot traffic. Read more.

How many Black Friday/Cyber Monday "deals" were you shut out of?
None - I got everything I tried to get
24%
Less than half
4%
More than half
2%
I got nothin'
8%
Didn't try
63%
Other
0%

The Slow, Painful Death of Channel Surfing

In honor of the holidays – and the beginning of ski season – I decided to cut the cord, cancel my Comcast cable package, and go internet-only in VT. There are some lessons learned – some serious, some not so much. Read more.

Will you miss the serendipity of channel surfing?
Yes
48%
No
13%
I gave up channel surfing years ago.
32%
Other
7%

TikTok Data Questions

TikTok is insanely popular. If you haven’t downloaded the app yet, here’s a warning: Be prepared! TikTok is wildly addictive. No matter your age, your stage, how jaded you are… resistance is futile. You will become addicted to TikTok within minutes. Then, the app will begin its symbiotic relationship with your brain, and then… it’s over. You will become a full-fledged TikTok addict and, as far as I know, there is no cure. Read more.

Are you worried that the Chinese Government will use TikTok data for nefarious purposes?
Yes
71%
No
9%
“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.”
19%
Other
1%

Best Buy Shares Surge

Best Buy shares are up today after the company’s earnings beat expectations. Corie Barry, Best Buy’s CEO, said, “We are delivering on our purpose to enrich lives through technology by providing customers the products and solutions they want and need, combined with fast and convenient fulfillment.” Read more.

Are you planning to shop at Best Buy this holiday season?
Yes
51%
No
40%
Not a tech gift buyer.
7%
Other
2%

Uber Loses License in London

Uber was stripped of its license to operate in London today. The governing body, TfL (Transport for London), stated that Uber does not meet the “fit and proper” requirements for private hire operators. Uber immediately appealed, so it’s business as usual for Uber drivers and riders today, but both sides are gearing up for a fight. Read more.

Should Uber lose its license in London?
Yes
29%
No
53%
Don't care
10%
Other
8%

Something’s Fishy at Bumble Bee Tuna

Bumble Bee foods filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday. Its assets will be purchased by Taiwan-based FCF Fishery. Bumble Bee’s management cites the company’s recent legal challenges (it was fined $25 million for creating a price-fixing cartel with Starkist and Chicken of the Sea) as one of the causes of the reorganization and sale. Read more.

How often do you purchase canned tuna?
Weekly
7%
Monthly
38%
Rarely
21%
Never
19%
I keep a can or two in the house in case there's a hurricane
12%
Other
2%

Even WiFi is Political

As you know, the velocity of data is increasing and will always increase. There is no version of tomorrow where we create or use less data than we are using today. The FCC knows this and, on November 20, FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced that the commission is seeking public comment on his proposal to take, what he characterizes as, underutilized spectrum away from the auto industry, specifically spectrum allocated for Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DRSC), and reallocate it for unlicensed WiFi use. Read more.

Is the FCC right to take DRSC away from the auto industry to increase WiFi spectrum availability?
Yes
38%
No
44%
Don't care
8%
Other
10%

Here’s Where You Can Get Verizon 5G Coverage

Verizon has made a huge bet on consumer 5G and they are very proud of their progress. To some, the coverage maps will tell a familiar story. Coverage starts in small areas and grows over time. Look closer. The coverage is almost exclusively outdoors. So even if you live in a coverage area, there is a very good chance you will not be able to get 5G while you’re inside. Why? Read more.

Would 5G speeds increase your personal productivity or enable capabilities you currently use or are aware of?
Yes
41%
No
52%
Don't care
7%
Other
0%

Amazon May Deliver Packages to the Moon

According to Space News, “NASA announced Nov. 18 that it was adding five companies to a contract to perform commercial deliveries of payloads to the surface of the moon, a group that ranges from small ventures to Blue Origin and SpaceX.” Read more.

Is getting back to the moon important to you?
Yes
60%
No
34%
Don't care
4%
Other
2%

One Step Closer to Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

I saw a press release from Intel yesterday with the headline: “Intel Unveils… oneAPI Software Stack with Unified and Scalable Abstraction for Heterogeneous Architectures.” It doesn’t trip off the tongue, and it’s not even a little bit catchy, but it’s important to you. Quietly, with little fanfare, Intel created a set of libraries that makes it easier and faster to build AI tools. oneAPI not only reduces a pain point for people who already build AI systems, it makes it easier for people who used to rely on others to do their “plumbing” for them. Read more.

When do you expect AI to achieve Human-Level Machine Intelligence? (Not the singularity, HLMI)
2025
17%
2030
17%
2035
11%
2040
11%
2045
11%
2050
2%
later than 2050
15%
never
15%
Other
0%

AI Won’t Take Your Job, People Will

Machine intelligence, also known as artificial intelligence (AI) is going to have both an awesome and an unfortunate impact on our posterity. Let’s explore one possible way AI may impact the future of work, and how it may dramatically change how we train our workforce. Read more.

Will your job be eliminated by automation in the next five years?
Yes
6%
No
79%
Other
15%

Gig Economy Under Attack as Uber Charged $649 Million

The State of New Jersey charged Uber $530 million in unpaid unemployment and disability insurance from 2014-2018 and tacked on $119 million in interest. Some characterized this as a “fine.” I wish it was. That would make this a one-time thing. Instead, this tax ruling sets a precedent for the future of the gig economy in New Jersey that other states are sure to follow. California has already started down this path and it is going to be a huge problem for individuals who do contract work. Read more.

Should employers be forced to treat contract workers like employees?
Yes
20%
No
77%
Other
3%

Disney+ Strategy: Genius or Madness?

Disney+ launched to great fanfare (with a few technical glitches) and people are talking. There is the usual chatter about “a new service,” and the “transformation of the television business,” but something far more interesting is happening. People are talking about episode one of The Mandalorian and you know what they’re saying? “I can’t wait for episode two.” Read more.

Which streaming service release strategy is better?
Windowing - releasing episodes at regular intervals
58%
Binge Drop - release all episodes of a series at once.
37%
Other
5%

Apple Airpods Pro

I don’t usually wax poetic about Apple products. In fact, I don’t actually remember the last time I said something nice about an Apple product. Today will be different. If you have an iPhone, go to apple.com and order a pair of AirPods Pro earbuds now. You will find all kinds of reviews online, read them, don’t read them. Here’s my take. Read more.

Are you planning to purchase AirPods Pro earbuds?
Yes
46%
No
37%
Other
17%

Driving Social Media Addicts Underground

Adam Mosseri, who runs Instagram, is about to change the world. Like it or not, Instagram is going to make “like” counts private. This is a bold, (but well tested) move. The company has previously hidden likes in Canada, Japan, Brazin, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and Italy. Now, Instagram will expand its testing to the US. Read more.

Will hiding likes hurt Instagram's business?
Yes
42%
No
52%
Other
6%

Does 5G Cause Cancer?

Does 5G cause cancer? No. No one knows what causes cancer. There are scientific theories, some with extraordinary supporting evidence, that clearly identify carcinogens. But when I asked Dr. Michael La Quaglia, my granddaughter’s cancer surgeon, how a 2½-year-old gets pancreatoblastoma, he looked me straight in the eye and said, “If we knew, we could prevent it. All I can do is try to remove it. And, with God’s help, I will be successful.” Those words ring in my ears to this day. So, it is with a great deal of humility, personal experience and a strong belief in the scientific method that I submit to you a reasoned rebuttal to the meme that “5G causes cancer.” Read more.

Do you believe that 5G poses a cancer risk?
Yes
24%
No
69%
Other
7%

How long does a digital file last?

How long does a digital file last? It depends how and where you save it. On a hard drive? It will last longer than 5 years, but less than 30 years. On a commercial CD, maybe 100 years, no one really knows. On a recordable CD or DVD? Less than 10 years for sure. On magnetic tape? More than 10 years, less than 100 depending upon how the tapes are stored. Sit with 100 digital archivists and you will get 100 different opinions about how to save digital files for future generations. Read more.

Do you have a solution for the long-term storage of your most important digital files?
Yes
44%
No
51%
Other
5%

Super Nasty Viruses

I got a note yesterday about a new virus targeting QNAP storage devices. QNAP is not a popular consumer brand, they make storage devices for businesses (and aggressive amateurs). The virus is called QSNATCH. Do not be confused by the cute name. It tunnels into your network attached storage device and destroys your data. It’s not ransomware, it’s not targeted at anyone in particular — this virus is like a biological virus — it’s just out in the wild. If it infects your drives, they die. Read more.

Do you have a robust backup and disaster recovery plan in place?
Yes
65%
No
26%
Other
9%

Apple TV+ is Live Today

Apple TV+ is live. You can start watching from the Apple TV app on your iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, online at tv.apple.com and on a whole bunch of non-Apple devices. Remarkably, Apple is the low-cost provider in the space. It’s free if you purchased an Apple device recently, and it’s free for 7-days if you just want to check it out. When you do start paying, it will only cost $4.99/month for up to six users. Apple is even offering a “deal.” If you act now, you get 12 months for the price of 10. Too good to be true? I’ll let you be the judge. Begun, the streaming wars have. Read more.

Will you sign up for Apple TV+?
Yes
40%
No
43%
Other
17%


Twitter CEO: Hero, Coward, Or Something Else Entirely?

Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced that Twitter will no longer accept paid political advertising. He tweeted his reasons, “This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle. It’s worth stepping back in order to address.” Read more.

Twitter will stop taking paid political ads on 11/22/19. Did Twitter do the right thing?
Yes
84%
No
12%
Other
4%


PlayStation Vue RIP

Blaming “the highly competitive Pay TV industry,” Sony will shut down PlayStation Vue (its video streaming service) on January 30, 2020. Ironically, this announcement comes as Disney, Apple and WarnerMedia are all entering the business. Read more.

If you could only afford one subscription streaming service, it would be...
Netflix
52%
Disney+
6%
Apple TV+
2%
HBO Max
2%
Hulu
5%
Amazon Prime Video
17%
CBS All Access
1%
ESPN+
0%
Don't need any of them.
7%
Other
9%


Google (Alphabet) in bid to buy Fitbit

According to Reuters, Google has made an offer to acquire Fitbit. The report explicitly states that there is no certainty that the offer will lead to a deal. But think about this… what could Google/Alphabet be thinking? Google’s existing wearable strategy is not working. Fitbit’s wearable strategy is not working. WearOS requires more processing power and battery life than can be had in a smartwatch, so the user experience is awful (and I’m being kind). Read more.

Would you let Google have your PHI?
Yes - I'd trust Google with my personal health information.
14%
No.
83%
Other
3%


People Hate Ads

There’s an article in today’s New York Times with the title, “The Advertising Industry Has a Problem: People Hate Ads.” It says, “the advertising industry faces an ‘existential need for change,’ according to a blunt report published on Monday by the research firm Forrester. Now the agencies must ‘disassemble what remains of their outmoded model’ or risk ‘falling further into irrelevance,’ the report concludes.” Read more.

Do people hate ads?
Yes - ads suck!
30%
No - ads are fine.
7%
This is the wrong question.
32%
Wait. What? I love ads for things I'm interested in.
24%
Other
7%

Streaming Sticker Shock – The Sequel

Apple, Disney, WarnerMedia, and just about everyone who can configure a streaming server is getting into the direct-to-consumer (DTC) content business. In a couple of weeks, you’ll have so many options to pay for content à la carte, you won’t really know where to start. Wondering what all this will cost? Forget your calculator, you’re going to need a spreadsheet. Read more.

Are you ready to cut the cord?
Yes - it's time to go broadband only!
54%
No - I need content that is only available on cable.
26%
Other
20%
If you're cutting the cord, do you think you'll save money?
Yes - I'm only going to pay for what I watch.
35%
No - when I add up all the monthly fees, it's more than my cable bill.
25%
I'll spend about the same, but I'll be happier with less content.
15%
I have no idea.
13%
You've got it all wrong -- the only place to get 4K content is via streaming services. I want a premium video experience that matches the quality of my insane 4K flatscreen.
2%
Other
11%

Comcast: Embracing Cord Cutting

If you look at the numbers in a vacuum, Comcast is losing over 2,586 Pay TV subscribers every single day. At that pace, about a million subs will vanish in the next 12 months. Or will they? Read more.

As pay TV subs continue to decline, can a content provider's DTC revenue make up for the loss of affiliate revenue from Comcast and the other MVPDs?
Yes -- $6.99 here, $12.99 there, after a while, it adds up to billions!
33%
No -- Jeff Zucker was right, you can't trade analog dollars for digital pennies.
58%
Other
8%

Zuckerberg Back on the Hill

Mark Zuckerberg was back on the Hill yesterday getting grilled by lawmakers on topics from Libra (Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency) to political advertising. Read more.

Do you want an individual, specifically Mark Zuckerberg, deciding what is true and what is false? 
Yes -- Mark Zuckerberg is the perfect arbiter of the truth
0%
No -- I would prefer anoint another living person. (Please nominate that person in the comment section below).
8%
Wrong -- AI can handle this.
3%
Huh? This is way too complicated a question for a yes/no answer.
64%
Other
25%

Facebook: Platform, Publisher, or Ministry of Truth?

Facebook is being pilloried for its unwillingness to remove a paid advertisement by President Trump’s reelection campaign after Facebook was notified by the Biden campaign that the ad contained false statements about Joe Biden and his son. On the surface, this seems simple, and Facebook’s decision not to remove the ad seems wrong. Read more.

Should Facebook have removed a paid advertisement by President Trump’s reelection campaign after Facebook was notified that the ad contained false statements about Joe Biden and his son from the Biden campaign?
Yes - Facebook should have removed the ad.
78%
No - Facebook did the right thing by letting the ad run.
22%
For political ads, should Facebook be responsible for veracity of the content that runs on its platform?
Yes - Facebook should verify that claims are true.
78%
No - Facebook should not have to verify advertiser claims.
22%
Should Facebook accept paid political advertising for the 2020 election?
Yes - they should accept paid political advertising.
56%
No - they should not accept paid political advertising.
44%
Do you agree with Facebook's policy to let all candidates speak their truth regardless of whether the message is paid or free?
Yes - all political speech (paid or free) should be unedited and unfiltered.
33%
No - paid political advertising should be held to a higher standard.
67%
Other
0%

Now That You’re Addicted to Free Storage – Time to Pay

Have you started hitting your caps on Gmail or Google cloud storage? Lots of people have. Alphabet (Google) took the email market by storm when it launched by offering more free storage than any of the competitive services. That seems to be completely over. Read more.

Will you pay Google $1.99/month for extra storage or delete stuff to save the $24/year?
Delete stuff -- I don't need to pay to keep all those spam emails.
66%
Pay -- who has time to delete anything?
28%
Open another free account and alias my email address - I'm smarter than Google!
6%
Not my problem. Someone else will make this decision for me.
1%

Hacking Humans: Search & Replace Gene Editing is Here

The introduction of CRISPR changed the world of genetic engineering by allowing researchers to “cut and paste” DNA. But the process can introduce errors that produce unpredictable results. A recently published report in the journal Nature by David Liu, a Harvard university biologist, describes a new process that is more like a “search and replace” function than a “cut and paste” function because the DNA strand is not severed during the process. Read more.

Is there an ethical difference between repairing DNA to cure disease and altering DNA to improve desirable human attributes?
Yes - there is a difference. Curing people who are sick is humane and ethical, enhancing people is playing God.
53%
No - there is no difference. Improving DNA to heal or to enhance is the same - if we can make better people, we should.
14%
This is not a yes/no question and should not be trivialized in a survey.
33%

What Libra May Mean for Facebook and Everyone

With a population of 2.3 billion, Facebook is the largest assembly of people in history. Facebook’s users are the willing subjects of Mark Zuckerberg, a benevolent monarch who has complete control of what his subjects see and do on Facebook. As far as I can tell, he is a good king whose stated mission is “Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.” Zuckerberg became king because he offered his subjects safety, security, and prosperity (in this case, for their digital lives). The people have self-assembled around his mission, and the population of Facebook continues to grow. Read more.

If Libra and Calibra are successful, Facebook will have control of information (Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram), weaponized information (a virtual military), and currency (Libra). Would that make Facebook the largest government on earth?
Yes - which is why every country is questioning it.
52%
No - Facebook is just a company, not a country.
11%
Maybe - perhaps this is a new form of emerging government.
18%
None of the above - it's just about money and power.
9%
Other
9%

Marketing 401: Correlation vs. Causation

There are two basic camps in the world of marketing: numbers camp and pretty pictures camp. I live in both camps, and you should too. If you live in the numbers camp, I’m going to confirm what you already know. If you live in the pretty pictures camp, buckle your seatbelt, because this is going to be a fast, bumpy ride. Read more.

We spend most of our resources analyzing and optimizing inbound data for...
Personalization
8%
Customer acquisition
29%
Measurement (ROI/ROAS)
29%
Targeting
13%
Omni-channel integration
0%
List building
8%
Data enrichment
4%
Other
8%

Where Does Data Go When It Dies?

You probably don’t have a Yahoo Group or know anyone who does. So you probably won’t care that Yahoo is shutting down Yahoo Groups. That said, while Yahoo is all but irrelevant today, there was a time when it was at the center of the online universe. Read more.

Should Yahoo delete Yahoo Groups data?
Delete it - save some disk space
18%
Save it - disk space is cheap and it may be useful in the future
76%
What's Yahoo?
7%

What MeToo Is Teaching AI

Ronan Farrow brought the Matt Lauer #MeToo story back into the spotlight this past week and it made me think about how our reactions to that hashtag skew the algorithms that govern what we see online. Read more.

Do you understand AI bias well enough to explain to your colleagues how it is directly impacting your business?
Yes - We are fully on top of AI bias and how it impacts our business.
17%
No - I could not explain why AI bias matters to my boss.
67%
N/A - AI bias does not matter to my business.
17%