Will AI replace us or become our next best friend?
Go on the Internet these days and you’re probably going to run into someone or other touting artificial intelligence as the next big thing. To hear some people talk, it’s the key to curing cancer, reshaping the American workforce, and disrupting ecommerce all rolled into one.
While executives envision profit margins boosted into the stratosphere, the state of the union between AI and big business is a little more down to earth. Cognitive technologies have come a long way and continue to develop at breakneck speed. …
Can Big Tech disrupt the global economy?
If you’re like me, you may remember that bygone era when Americans rolled up to drive-through windows and exchanged money with live bank tellers. Then ATMs arrived and forever altered the banking industry. Today, financial services is undergoing another revolution as consumers bypass visits to brick-and-mortar branch offices in favor of mobile and online banking.
To meet changing demands, a new breed of players is getting in on the action. A recent Experian report reveals that a rising number of personal loan balances are going to non-traditional lenders. Unencumbered by outdated legacy software…
In the beginning of George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, the novel’s everyman protagonist, Winston Smith, encounters a poster with a now infamous slogan. “Big Brother is watching you,” the poster ominously warns. In the bleak world of Airstrip One (formerly known as the UK), the slogan is ubiquitous, popping up on posters and television to reinforce the inescapable gaze of the surveillance state.
When Hollywood released a movie version of Orwell’s novel in 1984, moviegoers found solace in the gulf between Orwell’s dark vision and the sunny optimism of Reagan’s “morning in America.” The Soviet Union’s economy was crumbling and…
October has been a busy month for data privacy. Things kicked off on October 1st when the CJEU issued a landmark ruling on that clarifies consent requirements for cookies. Not to be outdone, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed six CCPA amendments and a related bill requiring data brokers to register with California’s Attorney General. Within days, California’s Attorney General released much-anticipated regulations establishing requirements for implementing the CCPA.
I will always remember the day the COVID-19 pandemic became real to me. I was standing in the checkout line at Costco with a case of facial tissue to fill in for toilet paper. When I got to the checker, he confirmed my fears.
“Toilet paper’s all gone. If I were you, I’d come back first thing tomorrow. Everybody’s stocking up for COVID-19.”
I nodded as my eyes swept the checkout line. The checker wasn’t kidding. …
Long, long ago, before Baby Yoda became a pop culture phenomenon, in a galaxy that spanned Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Disney and Apple were destined to merge their respective companies to create an unstoppable media empire. At least, that’s the provocative claim Disney CEO Bob Iger makes in his forthcoming autobiography.
In the waning days of 2019, Disney and Apple are no longer playing nice together. Last month, the two companies launched streaming platforms within two weeks of each other. In anticipation of the launch, Iger resigned from Apple’s board, signaling an end to a formerly cozy relationship.
On November 18th, sometime sparring partners Donald Trump and Apple CEO Tim Cook laid down their boxing gloves to tour a facility in Austin, Texas that assembles Macs. For Cook, the tour was an opportunity to showcase Apple’s activities at the three-year-old plant. Trump, apparently, had other ideas. To hear the president speak, the afternoon marked nothing less than the grand opening of a new plant.
Halfway through November, I’ve come to an important realization. I’m not looking forward to the holidays.
Don’t get me wrong. I love roast bird and pie as much as the next person. My lack of holiday spirit has nothing to do with my disdain for tradition or my dread of family gatherings. This year, I’ve been a little distracted by a media event that has crowded out the visions of sugar plums and chestnuts roasting on open fires. On December 13, Season 4 of The Expanse will drop and the anticipation has reduced my favorite holiday traditions to mere afterthoughts.
How less-than-glowing feedback is making me a better writer
I have a confession to make. In the ten years I’ve been writing fiction, I’ve received more negative reviews than glowing ones by roughly a 3:1 ratio and that’s okay, because even brutally honest criticism is making me a better writer.
I remember the first writer’s group I attended the way you remember getting picked last for dodge ball in your middle school gym class. The writer’s group met on a biweekly basis and I’d finally screwed up enough courage to submit the…
“I noticed you’ve gained a lot of weight. I’m worried about your health.”
The question stops me in my tracks. I am equal parts stunned, ashamed and enraged. Stunned because I cannot believe a casual acquaintance would feel comfortable making this comment. Ashamed because I am clearly losing my battle with the bulge and people are noticing. Enraged because I have tried everything from pay to play weight loss programs and prepared meals to compulsive exercise and eating disorders and none of it keeps the weight off. Not for long anyway.
A couple of weeks later, my brother-in-law tells my…
I am a thinker, writer, and sometime activist who writes about data privacy, technology, mental health, and entertainment, as well as the occasional novel.