Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Hapless Voyage — Oct 9, 2017

Another consequential event, and Google and Facebook let their algorithms run away from them; milestones in the history of artificial intelligence; Americans' attitudes about automation; shifts in electric vehicle production; digital transformation is about change management, not just technology; Walmart pulls out more stops in its battle with Amazon; teens show a backlash against social media and technology; Google is serious about AI; binge watching may be harmful to your health; branded podcasts are back; Uber gets governance changes; progress is circular, not linear; and more in the Hapless Voyage edition of The Full Monty from Brain+Trust for the week of October 9, 2017.

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  • Following the shooting rampage in Las Vegas last week, it didn't take long for the peddlers of conspiracy theories and fake news to begin their efforts. And once again Google and Facebook failed us as they let these wildly inaccurate and dangerous theories take root in searches and the spread of this misinformation. No one seems to be minding the store as public scrutiny increases on the role these media companies must accept in public discourse.
  • Now, Facebook will claim that it can't control the spread of fake news — but that's complete bunk. [As an aside, if that's the case, perhaps Mark Zuckerberg should rethink his position that AI doomsday predictions are irresponsible.] 
  • The winner in all of this may end up being Snapchat, where the vast majority of ads are reviewed by a person before they go live. It makes it harder for outsiders to post phony content on Snap's platform.
  • Amid all of the upheaval in the publishing industry amid digital upstarts in the last 10 years, traditional papers have been derided for their reluctance to adapt and their old media models. But Blair Reeves makes an excellent case for why the New York Times and the Washington Post are likely to be around 50 to 100 years from now, but Facebook and Google are not

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Industry developments and trends, including retail, fake news, customer experience, content marketing, and influencer relations.




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    Business disruptions in the legal, regulatory, and computer security fields, from hacking to the on-demand economy and more.



      Measurement / Analytics / Data

      The future is not in plastics, but in data. Those who know how to measure and analyze it will rule the world.

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