On March 9, a technology trends report was published that is breathtaking in in scope and scale. Comprising a PDF of more than 380 pages, the 2019 Tech Trends Report from the Future Today Institute covers hundreds of trends in areas ranging from artificial intelligence and advanced robotics, to home automation and the Internet of Things, to workplace and learning technologies, smart cities and much more. As the publisher describes it: This report is intentionally broad and robust. We … [Read more...] about Near futures at scale
"We know from human history that developments in technologies over the centuries, ranging from the Industrial Revolution through to the invention of the automobile, then airplanes and so forth, the landscape of progress is littered with human casualties. People die because of these things being tested."
A provocative statement, the first thing you hear in episode 1 in the third season of the Digital Download podcast that I did with host Paul Sutton last month in which we discussed emerging … [Read more...] about Emerging tech:
Your bookmark for 2019
For the September episode of the monthly Hobson & Holtz Report podcast, aka FIR 155, I was the solo host with Shel away. Doing the show like this reminded me of the old days of FIR when Shel and I recorded a weekly show for over ten years, where one of us would typically do it all solo if the other was away. This was one of those times! Anyway, you have a show to listen to so here's what's in this month's H&H Report: Skype has finally enabled audio recording of both ends of a … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 155: Did neglect kill SlideShare?
Neville Hobson joined FIR host Shel Holtz for the July edition of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” and conversation about these topics:
Starbucks and plastic straws (listener comment from Kris Gallagher)
British Airways asks customers to post personal data on Twitter ‘to comply with GDPR’
Will Facebook Stories (and Instagram Stories, Messenger Stories, WhatsApp Stories, and Snapchat Stories) change how marketers use social media?
Whatever the EU does about copyright laws, expect it … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 147:
Tell Me a (Facebook) Story
Neville Hobson joined FIR host Shel Holtz for the June edition of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” and conversation about these topics:
An employee was mistakenly fired by an AI system and managers stood by powerless to correct the mistake. Was AI really to blame?
IBM has introduced an AI designed for debate, which could mean there’s finally an unbiased devil’s advocate to point out the flaws in your business plan.
There is no minimizing the threat to the Internet posed by the … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 143:
Fired by mistake by an AI