Monday, November 6, 2017

Friend of the People — November 6, 2017

Big Tech needs to step up their game in accountability to users and society at large; robots have surrounded us for years; blockchain is a versatile tool; Waymo defines autonomy; the end of an era for Big Auto; digital transformation is about more than tools; COOs need to think like behavioral economists; what customers want from personalized marketing; YouTube TV debuts; Pandora has a teen problem; you've covered your webcam - now what?; one travel company deleted traveler warnings about the safety of resorts; stop with the quizzes already; the Instagram for data; rethink your to-do list and improve your memory; and more in the Friend of the People edition of The Full Monty from Brain+Trust Partners for the week of November 6, 2017.

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Top Stories

The Russian influence on the election via major technology platforms continues to dominate the news cycle. Rather than occupying this space as a partisan issue, it pervades our thinking because of two elements: (1) the rise of fake news and the public's ability to be easily duped via online sources (and here we're referring to actual fake news, not the rhetoric that uses the term as an insult to media); and (2) the lack of moral responsibility exhibited by technology companies. Both are larger issues that reflect on the business climate in general and more specifically on these platforms that are now undeniably and inextricably considered media companies.

Artificial Intelligence / Autonomous

The latest in AI, machine learning, bots, blockchain, mobility, and autonomous everything.



  • Bitcoin's incredible price run to break over $7,000 this year has sent its overall electricity consumption soaring, as people worldwide bring more energy-hungry computers online to mine the digital currency. Now one Bitcoin transaction uses more energy than your house in a week.
  • Here are 27 ways marketers can use blockchain, from verifying ad delivery to paying consumers for explicit use of their data, to rewarding consumers for contributing content to an ad campaign, storing digital assets in lieu of cloud computing and more.
  • Want a quick boost to your company's value? Apparently you can just add "Blockchain" to your name and voilà. Behold, the power of blockchain.


Communications / Marketing / Business Strategy

Industry developments and trends, including advertising & marketing, retail, journalism, customer experience, content, and influencer relations.




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News to know about relevant social, virtual, and augmented reality platforms that may affect your business.



  • Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook's efforts to prevent abuse will cut into future profits as company plans to double employees to police its platform. What's that quote again about the price of liberty?



    • Microsoft introduced LinkedIn integrations in for richer contact info in inboxes
    • There are so many messaging apps to choose from, especially when groups of friends are spread out across a handful of them. How to determine when and where to share something with your trusted friends? A case can be made for switching to Signal.

    AR / VR


    The latest in the world of streaming video, audio, and the advertising, pricing and bundling models related to them.



    Regulatory / Security 

    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.

      Mental Nourishment

      Other links to help you reflect, improve, or simply learn something new.

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      Top image credit: The Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David, 1793 (Wikimedia Commons, public domain) 



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