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Tech Must Get Over Its Superman Complex, Or We’re All Screwed

Detail from the cover of Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century Everyone in tech loves Yuval Noah Harari. This is cause for concern. A year and a half ago I reviewed Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus, recommending it to the entire industry with this subhead: “No one in tech is talking about…

Dear Advertising Industry: Please Do Better. You’re Killing the Open Web.

If you’re read my rants for long enough, you know I’m fond of programmatic advertising. I’ve called it the most important artifact in human history, replacing  the Macintosh as the most significant tool ever created. So yes, I think programmatic advertising is a big deal. As I wrote in the aforementioned post: “I believe the…

Free The Data, Start a Business, Save Main Street…and Change the World!

How a fictional “Token Act” might change the game in small business across our economy. If Walmart can leverage data tokens to lure Amazon’s best customers away, what else is possible in a world of enabled by my fictional Token Act? Well, Walmart vs. Amazon is all about big business – a platform giant (Amazon)…

The Walmart Gift Box

In my last post I imagined a world in which large data-driven platforms like Amazon, Google, Spotify, and Uber are compelled to share machine-readable copies of data to their users. There are literally scores, if not hundreds of wrinkles to iron out around how such a system would work, and in a future post I…

Don’t Break Up The Tech Oligarchs. Force Them To Share Instead.

(image) Social conversations about difficult and complex topics have arcs – they tend to start scattered, with many threads and potential paths, then resolve over time toward consensus. This consensus differs based on groups within society – Fox News aficionados will cluster one way, NPR devotees another. Regardless of the group, such consensus then becomes…

Why Do We Think Facebook Can Fix This?

The last 24 hours have not been kind to Facebook’s already bruised image. Above are four headlines, all of which clogged my inbox as I cleared email after a day full of meetings. Let’s review: Any number of Facebook’s core customers – advertisers – are feeling duped and cheated (and have felt this way for…