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?
Our latest podcast ended up being a tad longer than planned – clearly a sign of a lively, engaged discussion. In talking about various aspects of the attention economy, we managed to hold each other’s attention for a good 45 minutes. This episode's show notes were written by Thomas Stoeckle. Many ‘attention economists’ these days quote Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon and his observation that a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention. It is certainly a quote that has aged well, … [Read more...] about SDF Podcast 21: Attention, meaningful content and post-apocalyptic novels
Neville Hobson joined FIR host Shel Holtz for the August edition of The Hobson and Holtz Report on the FIR Podcast Network. Topics included…
P&G is attempting to trademark common Internet acronyms, including LOL.
Texting has become a common tool in political campaigns. Will it find its way into marketing?
Gen Zers will outnumber Millennials within a year. There are implications for communicators.
Should your company be on IGTV?
A look at vanished technologies from Gartner’s … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 152:
If you've noticed a sudden drop in the number of people following you on Twitter, the likeliest reason would be action taken by Twitter last week as part of its efforts to build trust and confidence in follower counts - the number of people who follow others on the social network. In an announcement posted on July 11, Twitter said it had begun a global action to remove suspicious accounts from users’ followers, describing it as a step to improve Twitter and ensure everyone can have confidence … [Read more...] about Twitter removes fake followers to build trust in follower counts
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
Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz get together for the February instalment of “The Hobson & Holtz Report” aka For Immediate Release episode 126.
The big topic in this episode is the plight of KFC in the UK and Ireland where the fast-food restaurant chain has been without its core ingredient - chicken - for weeks as it is embroiled in a crisis that has seen more than half its restaurants in the two countries closed.
Two weeks on with the crisis still not fully resolved, KFC's communication … [Read more...] about For Immediate Release 126:
Is KFC FCK’d?