Welcome to another edition of our newsletter on rapidly evolving technology, and the urbanization of 2.4 billion people in the next 30 years.
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Techno-centric solutions often forget that we already know what works. Smart City sure, but let’s not forget to build real mobility, spaces for people and affordable housing. Here are some great ideas on affordable (social) housing. The rush to techno-solutions reminds me of the rush to management fads or re-orgs in large enterprises, when they are often not even getting the basics right. Let’s be clear: technology CAN have an outsized positive impact. But don’t just build technology without understanding non-tech solutions.
Scenes from the future: live-streaming on 40+ social platforms to sell clothes:
And scenes from the future-past:
I remember those!
More scenes from the future: can you play this game to make the AI (the algorythm) fairer than a real courtroom judge?
The call to ban facial recognition becomes stronger: here’s the NYT on the topic. If you build products, you should be reading this stuff.
Bus cameras are catching illegally parked cars in NYC. That certainly seems like a healthy use of technology. Note: no face recognition involved.
Should business have values? In the future, that’s a yes. Marc Benioff, who built a $130B business, on how we need a new capitalism. (NYT, paywall.) He *wants* billionaires to be taxed more. Businesses to have values. Here’s a longer non-paywalled interview on Fortune (he has a book out).
How is AI changing society? This is an interesting perspective: some sectors of society are not being AI’d, social sectors and many parts of the governement. The money quote:
What it does mean is that the gap between the sectors of our society is likely to grow to such a size that the sectors that haven’t already undergone a digital transformation — much of the public and social sectors — may literally never be able to catch up.
Machine Learning can totally write perfect articles. It’s exceedingly close today, as this article in the New Yorker shows, partly written by AI. Read it, it is scarily good. What does that mean though? How will this be weaponized for political or financial gains? How will this disrupt how we interact?
Have a great week,