How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality | Foer (Washington Post)

How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality; Franklin Foer; In The Washington Post; 2017-09-08.
Teaser: The perils of monopoly.

tl;dr → A jeremiad. They’re stealing your soul, you know that don’t you? The book promotion. It’s so bad, even the good parts are bad. The youngs, these days, they have no sense of the noblesse oblige, as we, their betters and progenitors, did. They are untutored, unwashed, and self-absorbed. As ingrates they come. The Republic will fail for it. Mark the time, and where you were.

Book

Franklin Foer; World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech; Penguin Press; 2017-09-12; 272 pages; ASIN:1101981113: Kindle: $14, paper: $18+SHT; previously filled.

Mentions

  • Exxon
  • McDonald’s
  • Walmart
  • Google
  • Larry Page
  • Sergey Brin
  • Amazon
    “the everything store”
  • Whole Foods
  • cloud, The Cloud
  • Jeff Bezos
  • The Washington Post
  • Facebook
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • “personal assistant”
  • artificial intelligence software
  • Google Glass
  • Apple Watch
  • Brin has
  • Some Book, cited via Google Books.
  • An Article; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Esquire (the lad’s mag); WHEN?
  • Facebook
  • Mark Zuckerberg, “chief,” Facebook.
  • Zuckerberg on Privacy; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In VentureBeat; 2010-05-13.
  • Silicon Valley Libertarian Revolution; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Politico; 2014-07.
  • Silicon Valley’s Ayn Rand Obsession; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Vanity Fair; 2016-10.
  • Ayn Rand
  • the titans of tech
  • Facebook Newsfeed Personalization Hussein Mehana; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Motherboard; WHEN?
  • The big tech companies (again)
  • The Europeans
  • Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon (GAFA)
  • shredding the principles that protect individuality.
  • Authors Guild v. Google; status statement; WHEN?
  • Some Jeremiad; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Wired; WHEN?
  • Peter Thiel, boffo
    investor, Facebook
  • Peter Thiel, Blake Masters; Zero to One, Crown Business; ;2014-09-18; 224 pages; site, ASIN:0804139296: Kindle: $15, paper: $9+SHT.
  • the tech companies (again)
  • <paywalled>A Complaint; Staff; In The Financial Times; WHEN?<paywalled>
  • algorithms, their algorithms
  • monopolies

<interlude>
Something about agriculture; Big Food. Big Food is bad.
The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In The New York Times (NYT); 2013-02-24.
Author?; The Omnivore’s Dilemmna: The Natural History of Means; Publisher; WHEN; ASIN:0143038583
It is without any indication of irony that Franklin Foer cites Amazon as the authoritative site for the book; not the publisher of the book, nor its companion promotional site, but Amazon. <belaboring>Amazon bad, remember?<belaboring>
industrial farming
antibiotics.
<interlude>

  • Facebook Live
  • Facebook
  • Very Long Title (something about Facebook, audience, advantage); Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In The New York Times (NYT); 2016-05-06.
  • Article (about that “blue” dress); Some Linkbaitist; In Buzzfeed; WHEN?
  • “Game of Thrones,” the evergreen content fountain.
  • <quote>Old media had a pack mentality, too, but the Internet promised something much different.</quote>
  • Facebook
  • Authors?; Some Article; In An ACM Publication; WHEN?; paywall
  • two hive minds, The Archetypes
    • the entrepreneur
    • the author
  • Eli Pariser; A Talk; performed at Theater, Entertainment & Delight (TED); WHEN?
  • Eli Pariser; The Filter Bubble; Publisher; WHEN?; N pages; ASIN:B0050FLOMI
    tl;dr → unironic. op. cit, supra.
  • feedback loop
  • Facebook Filter Bubble; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Motherboard; WHEN?
  • the 2016 presidential election
  • The Russians
  • dubious agitprop via Facebook.
  • Occupy Democrats
  • The Angry Patriot
  • Being Liberal
  • Facebook
  • elites
  • gatekeepers.
  • sycophantic to power and snobbish
  • Executives of Silicon Valley
  • Silicon Valley (again)
  • lead-footed government
  • dynamism of [publishing] technology
  • Google
  • Eric Schmidt, of Google.
  • Eric Schmidt Testimony; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Search Engine Land; 2011-09.
  • free products
  • next-day delivery
  • Why Startups are Struggline (because, there be The Giants…); Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In MIT Technology Review; WHEN?
  • the proliferation of falsehoods and conspiracies through social media
  • the dissipation of our common basis for fact
  • conditions ripe for authoritarianism.

Epithets

  • a coterie, of corporations
  • the tech monopolies
  • the technologist’s view of the world
  • Ayn Rand
  • the titans of tech
  • The big tech companies
  • The big tech companies (again)
  • Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon (GAFA)
  • shredding the principles that protect individuality.
  • hostility toward intellectual property
  • the tech companies (again)
  • algorithms, their algorithms
  • monopolies
  • <quote>They have compiled an intimate portrait of the psyche of each user — a portrait that they hope to exploit to seduce us into a compulsive spree of binge clicking and watching. <quote>

<commentariat>Whereas history rhymes, in another age: someone, many ones, wrote this same piece against railing against the uber-baddies of the era: Uber (sic), Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, Big Oil, Big Auto, Big Steel, Big Meat, ITT, IBM, AT&T, Western Union, Standard Oil, The Trusts, The East India Company.</commentariat>
<commentariat>You know, if you don’t like what’s in the news, then go out and make some for yourself.</commentariat>

Previously

In The Washington Post

The End of the Working Class | The American Interest

The End of the Working Class; Brink Lindsey; In The American Interest; 2017-08-30.
Teaser: A terrible loss that shouldn’t be mourned.

tl;dr → it’s a book promo. The experts are wrong; manufacturing jobs were not “good jobs” anyway; labor jobs are were dull, dirty, dangerous & very low status-sweaty-laborious. Better can be done absent the fear of fear itself and-or the failure of imagination.

Brink Lindsey
  • vice president and director of the Open Society Project at the Niskanen Center.
  • Brink Lindsey, Steven Teles; The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality; Oxford University Press; 1 edition; 2017-11-01; 232 pages; ASIN:019062776X: Kindle: no, paper: $24+SHT.

Mentions

  • The Distress
    • icreased income inequality
    • wage stagnation
    • skill-biased technological change
    • productivity growth slowdown
    • rising college wage premium
    • labor-market polarization
    • declining prime-age labor force participation
    • low intergenerational relative mobility
    • declining absolute mobility
  • Great Recession
  • relative stagnation is not collapse
  • social disintegration
  • “spiritual” crisis
  • death of despair
  • Rust Belt
  • Labor Unions
    • are gone
    • were defined by resistance to The Man
    • provided solidarity
  • The Meritocracy
  • The Industrial Revolution
    modern economic growth depended on large inputs of unskilled, physically demanding labor.
  • The Current RevolutionModern Era
    • because
      • automation
      • offshoring
    • <quote>our country’s most technologically dynamic industries—the ones that account for the lion’s share of innovation and productivity growth—now make little use of American manual labor.</quote>
  • Capitalism
  • Marxism
  • Conservatives and libertarians have tended to dismiss the issue of class.
  • Concept

    Agrarian work was hard, cruel, dirty-dangerous-dreary, but it was nature, and God’s Plan cannot be questioned or modified.
    Factory work is hard, cruel, dirty-dangerous-dreary, but it is defined by The Man, who could make it stop if he wanted.

Theory

Summary

<quote>The low productivity of traditional agriculture meant that mass oppression was unavoidable; the social surplus was so meager that the fruits of civilization were available only to a tiny elite, and the specter of Malthusian catastrophe was never far from view. Once the possibilities of a productivity revolution through energy-intensive mass production were glimpsed, the creation of urban proletariats in one country after another was likewise driven by historical necessity. The economic incentives for industrializing were obvious and powerful, but the political incentives were truly decisive. When military might hinged on industrial success, geopolitical competition ensured that mass mobilizations of working classes would ensue. No equivalent dynamics operate today. There is no iron law of history impelling us to treat the majority of our fellow citizens as superfluous afterthoughts. A more humane economy, and a more inclusive prosperity, is possible. For example, new technologies hold out the possibility of a radical reduction in the average size of economic enterprises, creating the possibility of work that is more creative and collaborative at a scale convivial to family, community, and polis. All that hold us back are inertia and a failure of imagination—and perhaps a fear of what we have not yet experienced. There is a land of milk and honey beyond this wilderness, if we have the vision and resolve to reach it.</quote>

Parables

Biblical
  • Children of Israel
    • in the wilderness
    • Egypt
    • bondage
  • <quote>The creation of the working class was capitalism’s original sin. </quote>
  • <quote>We must remember that, even in the halcyon postwar decades, blue-collar existence was a kind of bondage.</quote>

History

<ahem>not in chronological order</ahem>

  • The Wagner Act of 1935
    • institutionalized mass unionization, a regime for collective bargaining on wages and working conditions.
    • 1940-1944 (during World War II), the Federal government actively promoted unionization in war production plants.
    • the legal structure
      • massed bargaining power against management
      • suppressed wage competition among workers across whole industries
    • wages were negotiated wages roughly 10 to 15 percent above market rates, as well as a whole raft of workplace protections.
    • legal advantages enjoyed by labor at the height of its powers have diminished very little since then.
  • Taft-Hartley Act in 1947, survived a veto by President Truman.
  • The concept of collective action
  • 1936–37, sit-down strike at General Motors
  • 1940-1944, strikes were “discouraged”
  • 1945, 5M workers went on strike at least once.
  • 1950 “Treaty of Detroit”
    • Charlie Wilson’s General Motors
    • Walter Reuther’s United Automobile Workers.
  • Collective action declined as the adversarial relationship with the work and mangement ceased.
    • then → <quote>Class warfare, then, was no mere metaphor or abstract possibility: it was a daily, lived reality.</quote>
    • <quote>As work softened, moving out of hot, clanging factories and into air-conditioned offices, the fellow-feeling born of shared pain and struggle inevitably dissipated.<quote>
    • Actions
      • WHEN? The “Molly Maguires” episode in the Pennsylvania coal fields
      • 1877 the Great Railroad Strike
      • Haymarket
      • Homestead
      • Cripple Creek
      • the Ludlow Massacre
  • 1952-04, Harry Truman’s nationalized the U.S. steel industry, hours before a strike, during the Korean War.
  • 1964, the “Ad Hoc Committee on the Triple Revolution”, a memorandum, to President Johnson, concerning mass unemployment from automation & its affluence.

Quotes

  • <quote><snip/>whites in Rust Belt states made the difference in putting the incompetent demagogue Donald Trump into the White House<quote>
  • <quote>We have come to the end of the working class.</quote>
  • <quote>The dynamic sectors that propel the whole system forward, and on which hinge hopes for continued improvement in material living conditions, don’t have much need today for callused hands and strong backs—and will have less need every year going forward.</quote>
  • <quote> Their successors, by contrast, are just an aggregation of loose, unconnected individuals, defined in the mirror of everyday life by failure and exclusion. They failed to get the educational credentials needed to enter the meritocracy, from which they are therefore excluded. That failure puts them on the outside looking in, with no place of their own to give them a sense of belonging, status, and, above all, dignity.</quote>
  • <quote>In pursuing the technical efficiency of mass production regardless of its human costs, the class system created by industrial capitalism divided people along very stark lines: those who work with their brains and those who work with their bodies; those who command and those who obey; those who are treated as full-fledged human beings and those who are treated as something less.</quote>
  • <quote>If the capitalist class system wasn’t about narrowly defined exploitation or oppression, it was most certainly about domination.</quote>
  • <quote>And as mass affluence prompted a cultural turn away from mere material accumulation and toward self-expression and personal fulfillment as life’s highest desiderata, the terms of that deal only grew more excruciating.</quote>

Quoted

  • Daniel Bell; writing in Some Article; (as a reporter); Fortune; 1950+?; unspecific.
  • Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist (a historian of the present day)
  • Jefferson Cowie, a historian (a sociologist of the past)
  • Benjamin Harrison, President, United States, speaking in 1889.
  • Fritz Lang, Metropolis
  • Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations
  • H. G. Wells, in The Time Machine

Argot

working class
  • <quote>people without a four-year college degree, since those are the people now most likely to be stuck with society’s lowest-paying, lowest-status jobs </quote>
  • <quote>the individuals who would have taken the industrial jobs we used to have.</quote>
skill-biased technological change
innovation that increases the demand for highly skilled specialists relative to ordinary workers.
e.g. farm work → factory work is different than factory work → office work.

Referenced

  • Anne Case, [Sir] Angus Deaton; Mortality and Morbidity in the 21st Century; prepared for Brookings Panel on Economic Activity; 2017-03-23, 2017-03-23&24; this version 2017-05-01.
  • Robert D. Putnam; Our Kids: The American Dream In Crisis; Simon & Schuster; 2015-03-10; 400 pages; ASIN:1476769893: Kindle: $13, paper: $5+SHT.
  • Charles Murray; Coming Apart: State of America 1960-2010; ASIN:0307453421
  • Jefferson Cowie; Stayin’ Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class; ASIN:1565848756
  • Andrew Cherlin; Labor’s Love Lost: Working Class America; ASIN:0871540304
  • Richard Feldman, Michael Belzold; End of the Line: Auto Workers and the American Dream; University of Illinois Press; 1990-10-01; 320 pages; ASIN:0252061489: Kindle: no, paper: $2+SHT.
    tl;dr → an oral history of Ford’s Michigan Truck Plant

Previously

In The American Interest

Social media intelligence and profiling in the insurance industry… | Privacy International

Tom Fisher (Privacy International); Social media intelligence and profiling in the insurance industry…; In Their Blog, centrally hosted on Medium; 2017-04-24.
Tom Fisher is Dr. Tom Fisher, staff, Privacy International.

tl;dr → VisualDNA, Big Data Scoring (BDS) provide personality profiling & scoring.

Mentions

  • Admiral Insurance
  • FirstCarQuote, a product of Admiral Insurance
  • Personality Profiling
  • Social Media Intelligence
    defined as <quote>to make predictions and decisions about people.</quote>
  • Personality estimation, via Facebook “data”
  • 2016-11
  • Facebook Platform Policy
    as necessary, to cessate ensmallen these embarassments.
  • Big Data Scoring
  • VisualDNA
  • Some Query from compare.php; At Some Site, perhaps doing business as (dba) Paranoid Paul
  • First Car Quote
    • has a mandatory Facebook sign in
    • relaunched
      • with a mandatory “login via Facebook”
      • analysis of Facebook posts
      • “voluntary” personality quiz
  • ZestFinance, team
[Facebook] Account Information
  • name
  • email address
  • gender
  • birth date
  • current city
  • profile picture
VisualDNA
  • sells personality profiling
  • for credit scoring
  • purveying to lenders.
  • <quote>patented and unique psychometric tests to credit assessment</quote>
  • Credit and Risk
  • Concept
    • “thin-file” subjects.
    • assist with credit scoring.
    • Axes
      • “openness”
      • “neuroticism”
      • “emotional stability”
      • [what happened to] “conscientiousness”
Features
  • coulddo suggest overconfidence
    • sentence length
    • use of exclamation marks
    • words like “always” or “never” (as opposed to “maybe”)
  • a measure of organization (conscientiousness)
    • arranging to make appointments at a specific time, rather than a generic “this evening”

Big Data Scoring (BDS)

  • Erki Kert, CEO and co-founder.
  • a credit scoring services
  • sells to Admiral
  • commencing 2016-03
Digital Footprint DATA
  • original product
  • a loan default propensity score
  • offered 2013–04
  • based on Facebook “data”
    • profile data
    • status updates
    • likes
    • locations
  • <quote>5,000–10,000 lines of data for each client</quote>, sourced from page.

Other Schemes

  • China → “social credit score,” a total awareness scheme.
  • India → some lender, using Twitter posts on politics.

Who

  • Yossi Borenstein, “head” of risk analtycs, VisualDNA
  • Erki Kert, CEO and co-founder, Big Data Scoring (BDS).
  • Douglas Merrill, CEO, ZestFinance; ex- Chief Information Officer (CIO), Google

Referenced

Merchandising

Press

Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves | NYT

Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves; Cade Metz; In The New York Times (NYT); 2017-08-13.

tl;dr → the risks of A.I.; we’re all going to die.

Mentions

  • deep neural networks
  • reinforcement learning
    like “gamification,” but for algorithms.
  • OpenAI
    • funded by Elon Musk
    • San Francisco
    • Dario Amodei, staff
  • Coast Runners
    • a video game
    • is old
    • boat-racing video game
  • DeepMind
  • Grand Theft Auto
    • a video game

Claims

  • learning algoritms are powerful
    surprising examples of achievements are cited.
  • learning algorithms are brittle and thus easily fooled
    trivial examples of mistakes aer cited.

Where

Organizations

  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Stanford University
  • University of California, Berkeley

Geography

  • San Francisco
  • London

<recall>A data scientist is a statistician who works from offices located in San Francisco, on a Macintosh computer.</quote>

Who

  • Dario Amodei, staff, OpenAI
  • Paul Christiano, staff, OpenAI
  • Jeff Dean, staff, Google
  • Ian Goodfellow, staff, Google
  • Dylan Hadfield-Menell, University of California, Berkeley (UCB).
  • Geoffrey Irving
  • Shane Legg, staff, DeepMind, of Google
  • Elon Musk
    • chief executive, Tesla
    • many other titles, roles & accolades
    • <quote>pundit, philosopher and technologist</quote>, such an accolade occurs mid-article.
      • the man, the legend, does everything.
      • starts many, finishes little.
      • punter.

Referenced

<quote>Mr. Hadfield-Menell and others at U.C. Berkeley recently published a paper</quote>, which was not cited.
Something about <quote>A machine will seek to preserve its off switch, they showed, if it is specifically designed to be uncertain about its reward function.</quote>
Apparently there was math in the output of Hadfield-Menell et al..

Previously

In The New York Times (NYT)…

In Wired

Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests | Science

Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests; Lindsay McKenzie In Science (Magazine); 2017-07-27.

Original Sources

, , , , ; Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature; In PeerJ; 2017-07-20.; landing; DOI:10.7287/peerj.preprints.3100v1

Mentions

Pull quotes from

  • press relations people at the article vendors.
    generally: open access is great, but not like this.
  • the academic supervisors at uni’s with Sci-Hub scrapers.

Who

Alexandra Elbakyan

  • created Sci-Hub
  • in 2011
  • age (the tender age of) 22.
  • neuroscientist
  • graduate student
  • Kazakhstan

Actuialities

Referenced

  • J Bohannon, Elbakyan A; Data from: Who’s downloading pirated papers? Everyone;; On Dryad; DOI:10.5061/dryad.q447c
    Size: 690MB
    Abstract: These data include 28 million download request events from the server logs of Sci-Hub from 2015-09-01 through 2016-02-29. The uncompressed 2.7GB of data are separated into 6 data files, one for each month, in tab-delimited text format.

Previously

In Science (Magazine) …

Surprise, Echo Owners, You’re Now Part of Amazon’s Random Social Network | Gizmondo

Surprise, Echo Owners, You’re Now Part of Amazon’s Random Social Network; Kashmir Hill; In Gizmondo; 2017-07-19.

Mentions

  • Amazon Echo
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Search
  • Google Voice Search
  • Alexa&Echo becomes a 1980s-style answering machine.
  • Internet of [Consumer] Things
  • late-binding software updates can “change behavior”
  • something about ex-boyfriends.
  • <handwringing>context collapse</handwringing>
  • <handwringing>A hacker could find out…</handwringing>
  • Denegotiating (Opt Out) requires calling Amazon Customer Service.

Time Line

2014
first release 2014.
2017-05
  • force-placed software update
  • features
    • Drop In
    • Alexa Calling and Messaging

Referenced

In rough order of appearance

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? | Jean Twenge, The Atlantic

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?; Jean M. Twenge; In The Atlantic; 2017-08-03.
Teaser: More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.
tl;dr → Yes. <fail>Betteridge’s Law</fail>.  The alarum has been sounded.
Book
  • Jean M. Twenge; iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us.; <snide>Oh. My. Stars!.Would ya look at the very size of that title! Do they not have editors any more?</snide>; Atria Books; 2017-08-22; 320 pages; Amazon:1501151983: Kindle: $13, paper: $20+SHT.

Mentions

  • They are acting young longer. Grown-up bodies, baby minds.
  • iGen, Twenge’s moniker.
    • born:1995 and 2012
    • ages: 22 ← 5.

Commentariat

  • @Amanda_Lenhart doesn’t like it, asserts “cherry picking”
    I’d go further & suggest that the author is cherry picking findings to support a career focused on a generally negative view of youth. cite
    — Amanda Lenhart (@Amanda_Lenhart) 2017-08-04
  • John Battelle asserts me quoque
    Is Social Media The New Tobacco?; In His Blog, hosted on Medium; 2017-08-04.
    Teaser: Instagram, Snapchat and others have a business model based on addiction. This is not how we want to be raising our children.
    tl;dr → segues into generalized handwringing on women, gentrification, automation [cited therein]

Has she not been writing this same book since forever?

  • Jean M. Twenge; Generation Me – Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled–and More Miserable Than Ever Before;
    Atria Books; revised & updated edition; 2014-09-30; 400 pages; Amazon:1476755566: Kindle: $13, paper: $2+SHT.
  • Jean M. Twenge, W. Keith Campbell; The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement; Atria Books; unknown edition; 2010-04-13; 368 pages;
    Amazon:1416575995: Kindle: $10, paper: $1+SHT.

Actualities

How We Are Ruining America | NYT

How We Are Ruining America; David Brooks; In The New York Times (NYT); 2017-07-11.

tl;dr → subtle cues put people off the upper class. There are two explainers encoded as books; and some other activists in the area.
tl;dr → <pull-quote>It’s the pediacracy, stupid.</pull-quote>

Mentions

  • Class exists
  • The college admissions system is a class (entry) barrier.Informal barriers, for example, the use of multiple adjectives and foreign languages in lunch menus.
  • The Educated class establishes class barriers not through material consumption and wealth display but by establishing practices that can be accessed only by those who possess rarefied information, attributed to Elizabeth Currid-Halkett.
  • The Well-Educated tend to live in places like Portland, New York and San Francisco that have housing and construction rules that keep the poor and less educated away from places with good schools and good job opportunities.

Who

  • Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
  • Chang-Tai Hsieh
    of Chang-Tai Hsieh and Enrico Moretti
  • Enrico Moretti
    of Chang-Tai Hsieh and Enrico Moretti
  • Richard Reeves
  • Jonathan Rothwell

Referenced

  • Richard V. Reeves; Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It; Brookings Institution Press; 2017-06-13; 240 pages; landing; Amazon:081572912X: Kindle: $14, paper: $19+SHT; previously filled.
  • Elizabeth Currid-Halkett; The Sum of Small Things; Princeton University Press; 2017-05-23; 272 pages; landing; Amazon:0691162735: kindle: $17, paper: $21+SHT.

AI and ‘Enormous Data’ Could Make Tech Giants Harder to Topple | Wired

AI and ‘Enormous Data’ Could Make Tech Giants Harder to Topple; ; In Wired; 2017-07-13.

tl;dr → <quote>such releases don’t usually offer much of value to potential competitors. </quote> They are promotional and self-serving.

Occasion

Mentions

  • TensorFlow
  • Common Visual Data Foundation
    • open image data sets
    • A “nonprofit”
    • Sponsors
      • Facebook
      • Microsoft
  • Other data sets
    • from YouTube, by Google
    • from Wikipedia, by Salesforce

Scope

  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • and others!
    • Salesforce
    • Uber
  • Manifold, a boutique
  • Fast.ai, a boutique

Quoted

  • Luke de Oliveira
    • partner, Manifold
    • temp staff, visitor, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • Abhinav Gupta, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
  • Rachel Thomas, cofounder, Fast.ai

Argot

Enormous Data
Are you kidding me? Do you even use computers?
incumbents’ usual data advantage
Buzzzzz!
innovative and un-monopolistic by disruption
Appears in the 1st paragraph

Referenced

The Wikitext Long Term Dependency Language Modeling Dataset; On Some Site

  • an announcement, but WHEN?

Previously

In Wired

 

Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped? | WSJ

Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped?; Jonathan Taplin; In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2017-07-14.
Teaser: Google, Facebook, Amazon and other tech behemoths are transforming the U.S. economy and labor market, with scant public debate or scrutiny. Changing course won’t be easy.

tl;dr → No, via Betteridge’s Law. Regulation is indicated. See book, nearby. 2200 words.

Jonathan Taplin is

  • the director emeritus, Annenberg Innovation Lab, University of Southern California
  • Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy; Little, Brown and Company; 2017-04-18; 320 pages; Amazon:0316275778: Kindle: $15, paper: $16+SHT; separately filled.
Scope
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft

Mentions

  • The creative economy
  • Something about job loss unto the mid- hundreds-of-thousands.
  • Flying cars self-driving cars.
  • <paraphrase>calm down</paraphrase>, attributed to Marc Andreessen at Code Conference, CA, WHEN?,
  • <trite>Who will win<snip/>only time will tell.</trite>
  • Claim: 2004-08 started the problem.
    Google raised $1.9 billion in its initial public offering.
    A tale of search market share increase for Google, decline for everyone else follows.
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • News Media Alliance
    • newspapers
    • U.S. and Canada
    • 2017-07
    • wants an anti-trust exemption
  • Viewability.
  • Fake News
  • voice-activated “personal assistants”
  • Silicon Valley areis considering the moral framework of the digital revolution.

Product Lines

Almost all of these aren’t even yet lines of business, not really. They are research or vanity hobbies of interest to the founders.

Fitbit

Are they still a going concern?

Facebook

  • Instagram
  • Messenger
  • “optical neuroimaging systems,” a brain-computer interface, type-by-thinking.
  • WhatsApp

Google Alphabet

  • AdSense
  • Android (Phone)
  • Android Wear
  • Assistant
  • Home
  • Mail (Gmail)
  • Verily (ex- Google Life Sciences)
  • Waymo

Nostrum

“There is a role for government here”
<quote>The astonishing technological revolution of the past half-century would never have occurred without the impetus of three seminal antitrust prosecutions. </quote>

1956 → AT&T, a consent decree to patent license against Bell Labs
Licensees

  • Comsat,
  • Fairchild Semiconductor,
  • Intel,
  • Motorola,
  • Texas Instruments.
1970s → Justice Department versus IBM
The government did not prevail in 13-years. IBM consented to software portability. IBM created Microsoft.
1998 → Justice Department, versus Microsoft
Question: must the Windows product design require consumers to use Internet Explorer?
Settlement: allowed Google to exist.

Who

  • Mike Allen, reporter, Axios, “thinkpieces”
  • Paul Allen
  • Marc Andreessen
  • Bill Gates
  • Robert Gorwa
    • staff, Project on Computational Propaganda, University of Oxford.
  • Philip N. Howard
    • staff, Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute
    • professor, Balliol College at the University of Oxford
  • Kevin Kelly,
    the founding editor, Wired
  • Kai-Fu Lee,
    attributed as “AI venture capitalist”
  • Steven Mnuchin,
    Secretary of the Treasury
  • Ayn Rand,
    theorist, libertarianism; a scrivener, the ghost of.

Referenced

In archaeological order…

Previously

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