The Other Side of the Indian Farmers’ Protests

March 25, 2021

In November 2020, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation published an article by Paul Nemitz and Matthias Pfeffer on the threat to digital sovereignty in Europe. They called attention to the need in Europe for “decentralised digital technologies” to combat a trend they see as essential for preserving...

Google and Our Collective AI Future

July 19, 2019

The pace of change in the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning arena is already breathtaking, and it promises to continue to upend conventional wisdom and surpass some of our wildest expectations as it proceeds on what appears at times to be an unalterable and pre-ordained course....

Asymmetry: Google and Facebook’s Key to Weaponizing Knowledge

March 06, 2019

Have Google and Facebook literally turned us into a tribe of “know nothings”? The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. If nothing else, Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, is expanding our socioeconomic lexicon in essential ways. The epithet of the title —...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Your “Attention” Please

January 29, 2018

George Soros takes aim at digital media giants Facebook and Google. At Davos, billionaire hedge fund manager and market manipulator George Soros is emerging as the Che Guevara of the digital era, the scourge of the new tyrants at the head of the postmodern capitalist order. Soros has opened...

Why AI Is Tipping the Scales in the Development of Self-Driving Cars

November 26, 2017

Globally, the US and China are ahead in the race to develop driverless cars. One key reason: advancements in both countries in artificial intelligence. When people think of self-driving cars, the image that usually comes to mind is a fully autonomous vehicle with no human drivers involved. The...

The Rise of the Chatbots

June 12, 2016

The era of chatbots is here, with tech giants making a big push for their mass market adoption. Is it time to embrace them? The tech world is all agog these days about chatbots. These are automated computer programs that simulate online conversations with people to answer questions or perform...

YouTube Red’s Launch is a “Watershed Moment” for Google

November 08, 2015

Google hopes YouTube Red will provide the search giant with an additional revenue stream and, more importantly, strengthen its position in music and video streaming. On October 28, YouTube launched the company’s long-anticipated ad-free monthly subscription service, YouTube Red—a move that...

What’s Behind Google’s Alphabet Restructuring?

August 18, 2015

Google’s restructuring to separate non-Internet ventures from its core brand promises to reap rewards. Google’s move to restructure itself under a new holding company named Alphabet will help protect its core brand, gives greater independence for its riskier investments—such as driverless...

How Much Does Google Know About You?

February 07, 2015

Covert technology is 30 years ahead of what’s in the public realm, argues Norman Ball. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made a splash recently at Davos with his quip about the vanishing Internet. Frankly, he does creepy better than obtuse when he all but begged the question about what the hell...

Brand Challenge: Is There a “Recipe” for Going Viral?

September 21, 2014

Digitally savvy brands that meet consumers on their own terms can drive greater engagement. It’s every marketer’s dream to see a campaign go viral. However, earning the engagement of a passionate audience can be difficult for many brands, and viral successes like Volvo’s “Epic Split”...

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