“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 technologies and communications and what’s predicted to hit the mainstream within the next two to three years.
That statement was intended to sharpen focus on the dilemmas confronting all of us when we want to try something new or radically different to advance our knowledge, our well-bring, our development, where there are risks in doing so. It’s an extreme example of risk and consequence on the journey to that
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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 draconian copyright restrictions the European Parliament could vote into law as early as the first week of July.
- A couple of PRSA members are proposing an overhaul of ethics rules to make sure they apply to the group’s executive board (and making their case hasn’t been easy).
- The World Cup is using a Video Assisted Referee, which would have applications far beyond sports.
- Facebook is testing paid monthly
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“Yesterday is not tomorrow; we can’t innovate, we can’t do new things by opening old doors.”
Paul Miller spends a lot of time thinking about the future of work. In fact, he wrote a book on the subject, “The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering digital workplaces fit for the future.
” I greatly respect Paul’s work and I’ve been lucky to know him for quite some time now. In fact, I was honored to write the foreword
to his book. Following that, Paul was my guest on a pilot podcast, “DigitalOutliers
,” where we examined the need and means to bring digital literacy into the C-Suite.
Some time has passed since then, but we recently reconvened as part of Paul’s new podcast
to explore a more philosophical discussion, the dark side of digital and how to shape its future.
The episode, officially titled, “Brian Solis peers into the digital
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At f8 2017, Facebook aims to become your social network for reality, augmented reality and virtual reality…really.
In the heart of Silicon Valley, Facebook once again hosted its highly-anticipated developer conference, which, for the record, appeals to anyone who follows, designs for, or uses the world’s largest social network. Drawing an estimated 4,000 attendees from all around the world, Facebook’s news blurred the line between reality and virtual reality and human and robot engagement for users in their personal and professional lives. What’s clear is that the Facebook of yore, a social network once oft compared to Myspace, is long gone. This isn’t your previous selfie’s Facebook. This is something more from the future…a social OS that connects people, information and things in virtual and real worlds across devices and platforms.
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At nearly 2 billion users, Facebook is
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