To borrow from Bernie Sanders’s stump speech, the richest 1 percent in America have almost 40 percent of our country’s wealth, while the bottom 90 percent have 73 percent of the debt. This is largely the result of technology. And just wait until our work force is truly affected by the rise of robots and automation.
— Nick Bilton
To resolve the hard questions ahead and ensure that the vast amounts of data we create become tools for personal empowerment and economic innovation, we need policies made in the open, with informed debate. The web’s true potential for democracy, economic growth and human creativity is only just beginning to be glimpsed. In 2016 all of us must protect and enhance this public space for the benefit of all humankind.
sir Tim Berners-Lee
Right now vendors have no real incentive to offer any kind of compatibility with each other. Instead they’re all trying to define their own ecosystems with their own incompatible protocols with the aim of forcing users to continue buying from them. Worse, they attempt to restrict developers from implementing any kind of compatibility layers. The inevitable outcome is going to be either stacks of discarded devices speaking abandoned protocols or a cottage industry of developers writing bridge code and trying to avoid DMCA takedowns.
The dystopian future we’re heading towards isn’t Gibsonian giant megacorporations engaging in physical warfare, it’s one where buying a new toaster means replacing all your lightbulbs or discovering that the code making your home alarm system work is now considered a copyright infringement. Is there a market where I can invest in IP lawyers?
Here’s some readings for you to have before going to sleep(*) !
- 2015 is the year the old internet finally died
- Get Rid of Windows 10’s Default Apps with PowerShell
- The Colors Of An App Icon
- Living with tech that’s designed to die
- Blurred Lines — on why web design is entirely different from “mudane” design;
(*) = 21:27 in Italy at the time of publishing
- Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It – a Wired.com post on the security of the automotive industry. Personally I’m really scared by this since the general approach I see is driven by a “We Can Do This!” mentality other than a safer – and more conscious – attention to all the risks that this kind of software, linked on an unsecure network, attempts to human lives;
- The Web we have to save – a wonderful post. A melting one. True in every word and broken hope. Thinking about it, maybe it deserved to be given a post on his own;
- Business models, working hours and the crazy ICT in Italy – maybe someone told you to come to Italy to work, here’s an honest hands-on story of the state of the art of ICT jobs here. My – and not only mine – daily struggle…
- The Post-Mac Interface – “20 years later, did the Anti-Mac Interface unseat the original Macintosh design principles?”
- Your big data toolchain is a big security risk! – another giant with feet of clay in the ICT world. Big Datas, managed more by buzzwords than actual durable, sustainable, reliable technologies;
Chasing the scoops because they bring pageviews is fine, but in the end we need to take a step back and write about things that really matters.
Om Malik, Offscreen Magazine #10