Daily Dish 010619

Daily Dish Sunday 6th January, MMXIX
Dispute The Text, Sapere Aude 

Late Morning Final

a16z Podcast: Talent, Tech Trends, and Culture  [a16z] where are we right now on industries being affected by tech (such as retail) and tech trends (such as VR/AR and wearables) — and where are we going next? Finally, is software eating culture… or is it the other way around? (audio will be “titanically important” and VR will be “1,000” times bigger than AR)

Bruce Sterling’s State of the World [thewell] The year has turned, 2019 is happening, and we’re here once again to have a two-week conversation about the State of the World. This year’s model is the bumfuzzle edition, chaos and confusion being the proverbial order of the day. We can’t promise definitive solutions, but hopefully we’ll raise useful questions and stimulate creative and critical thinking as we bring in the new year.

Video Services May Use Artificial Intelligence to Crack Down on Password Sharing [variety] Credentials Sharing Insight, as the new service is being called, targets both casual password sharing as well as criminal enterprises looking to resell pay TV login information. However, the focus clearly is on friends and family taking their generosity a bit too far, explained Symanedia chief product officer Jean-Marc Racine in an interview with Variety this week.

A New York City lawmaker is taking on companies that mine your face [faatco] “while the hardware company Lowes said it does use face recognition technology to identify shoplifter” (The continued practice of collecting PII with + without permission with no rules on how that data gets protected, standards to do so, and a plan for remedy, fines  when it’s exploited in a data breach..etc is NOT okay- ED)

Privacy and Cybersecurity Are Converging. Here’s Why That Matters for People and for Companies [hbr] Individuals and governments alike should no longer expect consent to play a meaningful role in protecting our privacy. Because the threat of unintended inferences reduces our ability to understand the value of our data, our expectations about our privacy — and therefore what we can meaningfully consent to — are becoming less consequential. Being surprised at the nature of the violation, in short, will become an inherent feature of future privacy and security harms.

Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens  [gizmodo]   possible to detect that two smartphones were in the same place at the same time, but that by comparing the accelerometer and gyroscope readings of each phone, the data could identify when people were facing each other or walking together. That way, Facebook could suggest you friend the person you were talking to at a bar last night, and not all the other people there that you chose not to talk to.

The below paragraph from “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism:” FT review (linked below) is a perfect into into the next story…   Zuboff says, the surveillance capitalists have been able to commoditise the fiction of behaviour, turning our data into profit. “They no longer merely host content but aggressively, secretly, and unilaterally extract value from that content.”

The data generated off of interactive functionality of Black Mirror: “Bandersnatch.” is even more valuable to your digital psychological data profile <—

“Black Mirror” isn’t just predicting the future—it’s causing it [Quartz] instead of logging how many times you watched Love Actually this holiday season, it’s remembering whether you opted to kill your father in cold blood, or save him? What could Netflix do with that highly sensitive emotional information?

In the papers: Weekend  FT

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power, by Shoshana Zuboff, Profile Books is the subject of any essay “Should we think of Big Tech as Big Brother?”  lots to unpack… “What makes surveillance capitalism particularly pervasive is the way it preys upon our behavioural vulnerabilities. Indeed, Zuboff argues that the ability to trade in our behaviour has created a new “commodity fiction” Looking forward to reading this book.

Lunch with the FT this week is with Gwyneth Paltrow ‘I’m a real person’ Not sure what was more amusing the picture or the pull quote of  ‘I’m a real person’, (soup sandwich and salad, about 150 bucks – my loose euro translation).  Instead read…. Netflix: streampunk ….”With 130m paying customers, this represents an impressive slice of the audience —”…Even if revenue jumps 25 per cent to almost $20bn this year, Netflix still expects negative cash flow of more than $3bn.

Excellent story in the weekend section ... “Beyond the bottom line: should business put purpose before profit?”  The pursuit of returns to companies’ owners at the expense of other stakeholders has undoubtedly led to greater profits, generating enormous wealth for investors and the executives whose rewards have been increasingly tied to shareholder returns. But it has come at a cost to employees, customers and the environment;..

Also compelling “Architect Charles Jencks on the Bauhaus — what is its legacy 100 years on?”…the importance of craft; from reformers the promise of a utopian society; from artists the primacy of the imagination; from technologists the inventive use of new materials, and so on.

Image of the day... John Bolton, Amb David Friedman and others get a virtual tour of ancient Jerusalem in tunnel complex beneath the Western Wall [twitter]

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