The Coming Tech Backlash | Ross Mayfield

Ross Mayfield; The Coming Tech Backlash; In That Certain Blog at possibly entitled Shift (too much cobranding), sponsored by Newco, but centrally hosted at Medium; 2017-01-03.
Teaser: Tech innovation is killing jobs, not foreign scapegoats, and revolt after Trump will be Luddite
Summary: The tech industry played an influential role in the outcome of the US Presidential election. Not just in providing the medium for Fake News and propaganda. The root cause is job destruction by Automation — that drove a base of dissatisfied rust-belt voters to support Trump. Job destruction is accelerating, and if Tech doesn’t get ahead of this problem, there will be a significant populist backlash against the industry and it’s ability to progress.

Ross Mayfield is CEO & Co-founder, Pingpad; ex-LinkedIn, SlideShare, Socialtext, RateXchange.

tl;dr → The future is foretold. The hipster socialism. A startup is promoted. Robots bad. Need Jobs for the unpublished classes. the lede is buried.  The working classes need Slack addon, Pingpad, that create jobs; a bot-augmented wiki knowledge base.


<quote>Here’s what Ross Mayfield is doing about the Backlash. Also, for an example of augmentation in action, see our bot-augmented wiki for Slack teams


  • “Tech”, The Tech, The Tech Industry
    a.k.a. publishing on the online web, the blogging.
  • McKinsey
  • Oxford
  • <pro-forma><cliché>The future is unevenly distributed</cliché></pro-forma>
  • The Singularity
  • Jobs
    • Truck Driver
    • Bloggist?
  • Basic Income
    • (semi-)Universal Basic Income
    • YCombinator has a “fellows” grant program
  • Pot (a.k.a. Marijuana)
  • Google
    • Google Busses
  • post-ethics era
    • GOP
  • post-truth era
    • Trump
  • Joi Ito, Jeff Howe; Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future; Grand Central Publishing; 2016-12-06; 320 pages; ASIN:1455544590: Kindle: $15, paper: $5+SHT; separately filled.
  • Sack
    • Slack Channel


  • Quartz
  • GeekWire
  • Some Study. That. Shows, branded as An Oxford Study
  • Some Study. That. Shows, branded as A McKinsey Study

Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE | Make:

Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE; Matt Stultz; In Make: (Magazine); 2017-07-17.


  • Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE
    • onboard li-po charging
    • connector for a battery
  • Feather
    • a line of products
    • assembled by Adafruit
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

    • Wi-Fi (WiFi)
    • Bluetooth (Classic)
  • OS
    • iOS
    • Android
  • Atmel ATmega32u4 (processor)
    • USB
      • serial
      • HID
      • MIDI
  • Arduino IDE
    • Bluetooth library


  • Arduino Leonardo
    uses Atmel ATmega32u4 (processor)
  • Arduino Uno
    • ATmega328P (processor)
    • FTDI [?]
    • ATmega16u2

Something about…

  • Wi-Fi (WiFi)
  • BLE
  • LoRa
  • or no wireless at all.

Big Data Tells Mortgage Traders an Amazing Amount About You | Bloomberg

Big Data Tells Mortgage Traders an Amazing Amount About You; Matt Scully; In Bloomberg; 2017-06-29.

  • Wall Street startup gives mortgage bond traders vivid data
  • Consumer rights watchdogs raise concerns about privacy



  • New York
  • Founders
    • Hans Thomas
    • Guhan Kandasamy
    • Ziggy Jonsson
  • Founded 2015


  • Claim: <quote>The average fund manager can gain 0.40 to 0.70 percentage point of return by using more intelligent data when trading mortgages<snip/></quote>
  • <quote>Regulators could conceivably deem TheNumber a consumer credit bureau like TransUnion or Experian Plc.</quote>
  • Propensity Scoring… ,br/><quote>TheNumber tries to determine how much pride a homeowner probably has in his or her property, based on information it gleans from third parties, such as whether the resident tends to click on online ads from home improvement and gardening stores. It’s not a credit score, but<snip/></quote>
  • Mortgate (financialization & repackaging) Regulation
    Reg AB II, SEC
    <quote>ended up requiring less information from issuers than it had originally planned, to protect borrowers’ identities.</quote>
  • (no reference given) An RFC; “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau”; 2017-02.
    solicitation: <quote>comments about the benefits, and risks, of using alternative data.</quote>


In order of appearance

  • John Ardy, chief executive officer Resitrader (a mortgage resale market)
  • Lee Tien, a senior staff attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
  • Frank Pasquale, professor, Francis King Carey School of Law, University of Maryland.
  • Jeff Taft, partner, Mayer Brown (legal advice)
  • Michael Osnato, ex-”head” of “an enforcement unit”, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Michele Raneri, (a) vice president of analytics and new business development, Experian
  • Paul Mangione, now-consultant, ex-staff, Apollo Residential Mortgage. Mangione
  • Brian Tortorella, staff, Smith Graham (mortgage trading, arbitrage).
  • Adam Murphy, founder, Empirasign Strategies LLC (mortgage trading & data)


In Bloomberg

Philips SoniCare FlexCare Platinum Connected Sonic Connected Toothbrush (with Bluetooth and Android App)

Models: HX9903/01, HX9957/51, HX9903/41. more

Philips: promotion

Amazon:B06XT1KDSD $200 (preorder)



Where Is the data stored?


Off box.  It is stored with Philips, in their cloud, somewhere. They keep it.

<quote ref=”page“>Your data will be saved, so even if you delete your app and reinstall it on the same or different smart phone. As long as you restore it in the same country you downloaded it in, you will see all your historical data.</quote>


The Hue Go puts wireless lighting anywhere in your house | Engadget

The Hue Go puts wireless lighting anywhere in your house; Andrew Tarantola; In Engadget; 2015-04-02.

Philips Hue Beyond: Hands On; some cub reporter; In Engadget; 2014-09-04.

Philips Hue Luminaires; some cub reporter; In Engadget; 2014-03-28.


  • Philips
  • Hue Go
    • new product is announced
  • Availabilities
    • 2015-06-01(ish)
    • $100+
    • Vendors
      • Apple
      • Amazon
      • Best Buy
  • Features
    • Battery powered.
    • (not more than) 3 hours of lifetime.
    • Preset Colors
      • Cozy Candle
      • Sunday Coffee
      • Meditation
      • Enchanted Forest
      • Night Adventure

Old Products

  • Hue Beyond
  • Hue Luminaries
  • Hue Tap (a device switch, like an appware controller)
    else <quote>200-plus aftermarket control apps</quote>


Leatherman Tread

How Leatherman Made That Amazing Multi-Tool You Wear on Your Wrist; ; In Wired; 2015-02-06.

tl;dr => not available yet, Leatherman Tread


Stainless Steel Tread
Leatherman TreadBlack Tread QM1

Leatherman Tread

Every link in the Leatherman Tread bracelet contains usable tools. It will come in both stainless steel and black DLC finishes (shown).

Links of the Leatherman Tread