How Björk robots influenced the way we think about the future. | Slate
- continues a long patterN - Star Trek communicator and the cellphone, Minority Report and touch interfaces, Neuromancer's influence on VR - there is a continual feedback loop. It is interesting how much recent sci-fi feels very much rooted in the present
culture  technology 
9 hours ago
Government bans use of influencers following investigation - AdNews
- for Australian federal government campaigns after articles in Murdoch family owned papers
online  australia  media  social 
11 hours ago
Y Combinator to Set Up China Arm With Ex-Baidu Exec as CEO - Bloomberg
- interesting move, I met Yu back at Yahoo! where I found him to be highly strung
ycombinator  china 
RXBar runs anti-ad with quirky campaign featuring Ice-T | CMO Strategy - Ad Age
- the brutal honesty is likely to get old fast, but shows how breaking the rules works
inspiration  advertising 
2 days ago
From laboratory in far west, China's surveillance state spreads quietly | Reuters
The scanners are hand-held or desktop devices that can break into smartphones and extract and analyze contact lists, photos, videos, social media posts and email. - Apparently works on iPhones as well as domestic Android handsets
china  privacy  informationsecurity  totwitter 
2 days ago
CEO pay: How the pay-for-performance model fails — Quartz at Work
In the 1970s, shareholders took out about 50% of a company’s profits, while the rest was reinvested in the productive capacity of the firm, including R&D to employee training and rewards. Today, the shareholder gets over 90% between dividends and share buybacks. Today, a 60% or greater weight on equity or equivalents is the norm in pay packages.
business  analysis 
2 days ago
Hong Kong police investigating fugitive Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui over alleged HK$32 billion money laundering conspiracy, court papers reveal | South China Morning Post
Details of the investigation were made known in a judicial challenge by a company owned by Guo Mei, the property tycoon’s daughter, filed at the High Court on Tuesday, seeking to unfreeze bank accounts under investigation in the city
2 days ago
A $40 Billion Plan to Cash Out Of Bitcoin - Bloomberg
- Bitcoin: A digital currency that’s spent nowhere, a commodity that’s used for nothing, and a libertarian dream that’s effectively run by elites. - Bitmain's chips are apparently more of interest to machine learning processes in the future than the bitcoin mining that they currently do. They also run the biggest bitcoin mining collectives
semiconductors  technology 
2 days ago
Samsung considers Chinese factory closure, amid falling sales | total telecom
- also in more developed markets like Hong Kong having Made In Korea on a device has a cache like Made in Japan
wireless  samsung 
4 days ago
Unknown Unknowns: The Problem of Hypocognition - Scientific American Blog Network
Hypocognition, a term introduced to modern behavioral science by anthropologist Robert Levy, means the lack of a linguistic or cognitive representation for an object, category, or idea
consumerbehaviour  totwitter 
7 days ago
Why social media and selfies are filling Hong Kong’s young women with self-doubt | South China Morning Post
10 per cent of women in the 16 to 24 age group attributed their negative feelings to social media, while 31 per cent said it was due to friends and 28 per cent pointed to health. For older women, only 5 per cent cited social media, 18 per cent said friends and 40 per cent named health as an issue - survey of 1,010 respondents by think tank MWYO. Sample size is a little low
hongkong  consumerbehaviour 
8 days ago
Samsung pledges to invest $22B in AI, 5G and other emerging technologies - SiliconANGLE
- plan to invest $22 billion in emerging fields such as artificial intelligence over the next three years.

The effort will be driven primarily by the conglomerate’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd arm, which makes its popular mobile devices. Last quarter, the handset maker saw profits decline for the first time in nearly two years due to stagnating smartphone sales. Investing more in emerging technologies could help Samsung generate new growth on the long term
samsung  business  analysis  totwitter 
9 days ago
Save Sarah Jeong! And Kevin Williamson, Quinn Norton, and Joy Reid Too | WIRED
- my comment: I agree that Ms Jeong has a right to an opinion. She has a right to a bad day. However when she weighed into the Naomi Wu / Vice Media dispute; her contribution damaged some of the feminist and progressive viewpoints that she herself supports. As an international Wired subscriber I find it difficult to support her particularly aggressive form of American privilege. Ms Jeong used her skill in rhetoric to hide her lack of expertise in the legal and online social environment of China.
media  journalism 
9 days ago
'Hipster kryptonite': will CDs ever have a resurgence? | Music | The Guardian
- interesting read. I have listened to CDs and have them, but preferred to DJ with vinyl for tactile reasons. The article fails to ask whats next. We've got a generation coming through with Spotify with a more passive, casual relationship to music that we haven't seen before. There has always been people who liked music but bought few if any recordings. Festivals provide the buzz of live music for them but they can dip in and out moving from one tent to another. They won't support live acts in local concert halls, go to local clubs to support local DJs or have eclectic musical libraries
media  culture 
9 days ago
The UK Top 40 will never be the same | British GQ
For a stream to qualify as a sale, it has to play for at least 30 seconds. Most listeners will abandon anything too jarringly different before then, so there's an incentive for artists to draw on a small pool of bankable writers, producers and styles. "I call it the shit-click factor," says Masterton. "If a record is too challenging, then people will say, 'What's this? It's shit,' and click onto the next one. There used to be room on the charts for something dynamic and exciting such as the Arctic Monkeys. I can't see the circumstances right now where that could happen."
culture  media 
9 days ago
Rock is the new jazz and vinyl's misleading revival: 5 things I've learned as Guardian music editor | Michael Hann | Music | The Guardian
Technology has vastly increased what record companies know about listeners and their listening habits, just as it has increased what newspapers know about their readers and their reading habits. And the results of this – on both parts – can be pernicious. At our end, it’s the reason why we get complaints about endless stories about Adele and Beyoncé and Kanye West. Why do we run them? Because people read them. Whereas very few people read stories about the latest underground band we want to rave about. And in music, that knowledge has resulted in commercial music, more than ever before, being made to a formula
culture  media 
9 days ago
ITV joins Hollywood giants to back video streaming service for mobiles | Business | The Guardian
- ok what am I missing here, streaming services are already on mobile and also offer side loading to deal with network quality issues
wireless  totwitter  media 
9 days ago
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