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22 hours ago by frankfarm
The Cyber Age Has Hardly Begun - WSJ
By Mark P. Mills
Sept. 17, 2017

Most everything critical to daily life—food, energy, buildings, transportation—is physical, not virtual. The fabric of civilization involves digging up, processing, fabricating, moving and operating gigatons of material composed of atoms, not bits. As amazing as artificial intelligence and the cloud seem today, the world is still in the early days of truly useful, ubiquitous software that can be infused into the physical world’s hardware.

The billions of dollars in economic value from information technology has been associated with improvements mainly in information-related activities: mail, news, entertainment, advertising, finance and travel services. That’s no accident, as those domains are relatively easy to digitize. Very little of the hardware world is digitized so far. The “smart” objects industry is dominated by monitoring and analysis. That’s valuable but doesn’t fundamentally alter how objects are created or operate.

Contrary to breathless prose about robots taking manufacturing jobs, the data show underinvestment in automation and information technology in factories. U.S. companies need more robots and software to boost their competitiveness, profits and employee rolls. While spending on information technology remains high in media, banking, education and insurance, it lags far behind in chemical and food processing, energy and transportation.

Infusing software into hardware so that it becomes invisible and reliable is hard. The physical world involves factors like inertia, friction and gravity, all of which present serious safety implications. Cyberphysical systems have to work with near perfection. The real, rather than virtual, world cannot tolerate the equivalent of frozen screens, reboots, video jitter, or iterative upgrades of sloppy software rushed to market.

One iconic cyberphysical system, the self-driving car, has seen many impressive demonstrations, but engineers know much more work remains to be done. Several researchers recently demonstrated how easily self-driving cars are confused by simple graffiti on street signs. Automotive AI systems have yet to achieve the situational awareness of an inebriated college freshman......When more tech companies use their gargantuan cash hoards to acquire traditional enterprises—like Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods—we’ll know the fusion between atoms and bits has really begun.
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23 hours ago by jerryking
Tech Is Public Enemy #1. So Now What? – NewCo Shift
Tech’s slide into negativity probably started with Uber — a company that proved a perfect exemplar of tech’s most sociopathic characteristics*. The bro culture long parodied in popular culture proved to be virulently on display at the world’s most valuable startup — misogyny, tone deaf management, winning at all costs, ignorance of social and political consequence. It continued with Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, which woke entire swaths of the non-tech economy to the Everything Store’s rapacious and robotic approach to platform capitalism. Around the same time, Europe slapped both Facebook and Google with massive fines and legal uncertainty, focused on both tech’s use of data and its monopolistic business practices.
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yesterday by sentinelle
Expert: Talk to Seattleites before applying for Amazon HQ2 | KING 5
North American cities interested in wooing Amazon’s second headquarters should learn from Seattle’s growth and growing pains. Jeff Shulman, professor of business at the UW, is quoted.
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yesterday by uwnews
Pepe the Frog’s Creator Goes Legally Nuclear Against the Alt-Right
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP continues to represent Furie pro-bono, and recently told me that it has taken the first steps to prying Pepe loose from the hands of the alt-right.

"[Furie] was very serious when he said that we wanted to make clear that Pepe was not the property of the alt-right and couldn't be used by the alt-right," Louis Tompros, one of Furie's intellectual property lawyers, told me. "But actions speak louder than words and we wanted to make sure we were backing up that statement against entities that were misappropriating the Pepe character and image. That's what we've been doing over the past few weeks."

Tompros told me that large entities such as Amazon and Google have been the most compliant so far. Stamping out the multiple vendors peddling Pepe mech on Amazon will be difficult, but the team has already succeeded in removing several shirts from the market, including the one worn by Morris May when he pepper sprayed a transgender activist in early September.

Amazon, Reddit, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Mike Cernovich, Baked Alaska, and Richard Spencer did not immediately respond to request for comment.
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yesterday by campylobacter
The Amazon Talent Index: Cities That Could Work and the Data To Present - Emsi
Amazon is going to choose a city for its second headquarters based on the availability and sustainability of labor. There’s no getting around the labor play when you plan to hire 50,000 workers. Yet the final decision for Amazon, or any firm making a site selection decision, is not just about absolute workforce numbers.
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yesterday by areadevelopment
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