YouTube and “Reinforcing” Psychologies

"The new A.I., known as Reinforce, was a kind of long-term addiction machine. It was designed to maximize users’ engagement over time by predicting which recommendations would expand their tastes and get them to watch not just one more video but many more. Reinforce was a huge success. In a talk at an A.I. conference … Continue reading YouTube and “Reinforcing” Psychologies

A Week Without Twitter (or Facebook)

I made the decision last week to attempt what I previously thought was relatively undoable for my business and/or personal life and pull out of the Twitter stream and Facebook world, and Instagram performance art gallery. Some of that was due to this liturgical season of Lent and some of that was my constant need … Continue reading A Week Without Twitter (or Facebook)

The Sublime and Silicon Valley

"The sublime—whether a feature of the natural world, or of UFOs, or of religious experience—is a sense of our own vanishing smallness before something impossibly vast: a mountain range, a churning ocean, the universe, God. What we get in return for being so existentially demeaned is freedom from the tyranny of our own personalities, a … Continue reading The Sublime and Silicon Valley

Does Your Nonprofit or Church Need an Alexa Skill?

Anyone can create a trivia game and share it on the Alexa store. Source: Amazon opens up Alexa store for anyone to create and publish custom skills - The Verge Nifty new capability now for anyone to script out an Alexa Skill. I've been telling clients that they should really consider "voice first" capabilities when … Continue reading Does Your Nonprofit or Church Need an Alexa Skill?

Apple Cripples Facebook’s Internal Apps

What an insane story. Good on Apple... That means Facebook isn't able to distribute internal iOS apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger for testing purposes, and internal employee apps for purposes like food and transportation are nonfunctional. All of the apps that used the certificate "simply don't launch on employees' phones anymore," and Facebook is … Continue reading Apple Cripples Facebook’s Internal Apps

You’re not “addicted” to tech and why it’s dangerous to say you are

As a teacher from 2001-2006 and then from 2008-2012, I had the chance to work with dozens of young people and their parents at a time when so much we knew and thought about education and transmitting information was changing. There was a rapid cultural shift in that decade that was primarily driven by "technology" … Continue reading You’re not “addicted” to tech and why it’s dangerous to say you are

United States of Amazon

"The company’s focus on Washington as its most lucrative customer was reflected in its decision earlier this year to choose nearby Arlington, Virginia, as one of its two new US headquarters, along with Long Island City, New York. “Amazon wants to be the interface between all government buyers and all the companies that want to … Continue reading United States of Amazon

Tackling Tech Bias for People with Disabilities

Fantastic post... every organization, nonprofit, and church could gain valuable insight from the takeaways here: The best path ahead is to seek out the affected stakeholders and work with them towards a fair and equitable system. If we can identify and remove bias against people with disabilities from our technologies, we will be taking an … Continue reading Tackling Tech Bias for People with Disabilities

The future of computers

In-ear devices will be the way we interface with our "computers" (AI assistants) within the next decade... Kuo reportedly says that AirPods are Apple’s most popular accessory ever, and predicts that the company will go from selling 16 million in 2017 to more than 100 million by 2021. — Read on www.theverge.com/2018/12/2/18122232/apple-airpods-upgrade-first-quarter-2019-ming-chi-kuo-rumors

“There is tremendous strength in independence and decentralization.”

"There is tremendous strength in independence and decentralization." Daring Fireball: Medium Deprecates Custom Domains Service — Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2018/09/04/medium-domain-name Shouldn't be surprised but John makes a great point about the long term value of owning your own domain name and links. We freely give away too much content and work to commercial companies like Medium … Continue reading “There is tremendous strength in independence and decentralization.”