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The coming tech-lash

 

“one of the big developments of 2014 will be the growing peasants’ revolt against the sovereigns of cyberspace. The Silicon elite will cease to be regarded as geeks who happen to be filthy rich and become filthy rich people who happen to be geeks.”

The tech elite lives in a bubble just like the Wall Street bankers.

“and I don’t mean a tech bubble or a valuation bubble. I mean a bubble as in our own little world.” – Eric Schmidt

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The recorded world: Every step you take

The combination of cameras everywhere—in bars, on streets, in offices, on people’s heads—with the algorithms run by social networks and other service providers that process stored and published images is a powerful and alarming one. We may not be far from a world in which your movements could be tracked all the time, where a stranger walking down the street can immediately identify exactly who you are.

Mobile computers are threatening the world we currently enjoy. You’ve already got 1984 in your pocket. Even the Walden pond is covered.

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Facebook is bad for you: Get a life!

Those who used Facebook a lot were more likely to report a decline in satisfaction than those who visited the site infrequently. In contrast, there was a positive association between the amount of direct social contact a volunteer had and how positive he felt. In other words, the more volunteers socialised in the real world, the more positive they reported feeling the next time they filled in the questionnaire.

Socializing in person > Socializing on Facebook

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“Street art reflecting the times” (link) The Economist Cover
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Marketing: Less guff, more puff

Technology makes tracking the sale easier but the variety of platforms makes it difficult to track where the impulse occurs:

A marketing manual put out by Google likens today’s customer journey to a “flight plan”, a zig-zagging odyssey of apps, shops, social-media sites and online searches conducted on both fixed and mobile devices and unique to each shopper.

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It is possible, once your fingers get the hang of the controls, to “fly” around New York, San Francisco and several other cities, noting the street names and the landmarks and stopping off to learn about places as you go. - link We can travel Paris with our fingers without ever actually going there or have a chat with someone half a world away without ever meeting them face to face. With the Internet in our pocket, there are no barriers to geography and communication. Discovery and vicarious experience are free. Ubiquitous proximity requires that the information always be accurate. So while the world may feel borderless, we need to know precisely where we’re going and whom we’re talking to. Exactitude and authenticity are in high demand.
It is possible, once your fingers get the hang of the controls, to “fly” around New York, San Francisco and several other cities, noting the street names and the landmarks and stopping off to learn about places as you go. – link We can travel Paris with our fingers without ever actually going there or have a chat with someone half a world away without ever meeting them face to face. With the Internet in our pocket, there are no barriers to geography and communication. Discovery and vicarious experience are free. Ubiquitous proximity requires that the information always be accurate. So while the world may feel borderless, we need to know precisely where we’re going and whom we’re talking to. Exactitude and authenticity are in high demand.