Keen On… The Second Machine Age: Will Humans Still Have A Role In Our Economy Of Brilliant Technologies?

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Nice Andrew Keen Interview

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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The hot new book about the digital economy is Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson‘s The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity In a Time of Brilliant Technologies. It’s amongst the first books to seriously address the fundamental question of our digital economy: what will be the economic role of human-beings in an age of artificial intelligence, 3D printers and an Internet of things?

While McAfee and Brynjolfsson acknowledge that we live in a time of “astonishing progress”, they also admit that our digital economy is increasingly made up of “winner take all economics” which is hollowing out the middle class and leaving many people behind.

So what is to be done?

Perhaps it’s no surprise that both McAfee and Brynjolfsson are economics professors at MIT. They say we have to go back to our Economics 101 textbooks to learn how to retool for this second…

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Facebook Home Design Process

TechCrunch writer Josh Constine published a wonderful article and accompanying video about the Facebook Home design process.

The reason it is so good is that it really goes to the heart of what a social smartphone needs to be thinking about.

Of course this is a problem close to my heart, and just.me as a project is addressing many of the same fundamental issues.

The key is to understand that to personalize the smartphone the address book, and the interactions with people in it, are the center of a persons real life. These interactions should also be at the center of their smartphones UI. Today this isn’t the case with either iOS or Android. As Facebook says, they are app centric. Google Now and Googles Notification Center are both promising points of integration for a very different experience. So too is Apples “Today” screen in iOS7. It is likely that the future mobile OS will look more like Home than it does like today’s UI’s. It is unlikely that Facebook will own that experience however. Owning an OS is a pre-condition.

The Video is here, for the article go to TechCrunch – http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/20/facebook-home-design/

The Valley of Death

Charge+of+the+Light+Brigade+Cavalry+ChargeThis poem seem particularly pertinent to the current state of Silicon Valley. Incubators on ones side of the valley. Nothing in the Valley. Growth Capital on the other side.

Most startup are dead as soon as they exit their 3 month stint. The exceptions are rare yet notable.

WHAT HAPPENED TO VENTURE CAPITAL?

The Charge of the Light Brigade

by Alfred Tennyson.


Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
"Forward the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!" he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Forward, the Light Brigade!"
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder'd.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honor the charge they made!
Honor the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

 

just.me beta and European Interviews.

I was in Europe last week, at the DLD conference in Munich and then in London.

just.me went into beta on 21st January and I was able to do 2 interviews:

The Guardian Podcast

and

An Interview with xube.tv

The beta launch coverage has been wonderful….

http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/23/741025just-me-ios-beta/

http://allthingsd.com/20130123/just-me-app-wants-tobe-a-switchboard-operator-for-all-your-messaging-needs/

http://pandodaily.com/2013/01/23/just-me-launches-in-beta-is-this-what-facebook-would-have-looked-like-if-it-were-built-for-mobile/

http://blog.evernote.com/opportunitynotes/2013/01/23/just-me-holds-these-names-to-be-self-evident/

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/01/25/just-me-iphone-beta-launch/

If you have iOS6 and want to try the beta, DM me on Twitter – @kteare