Don’t let the computers control you. Also, Silicon Valley’s obsession with mindfulness.
Original source: How technology is designed to bring out the worst in us
“Dating app users provide sensitive information like drug usage habits and sexual preferences in hopes of finding a romantic match…. everything you put on your profile, including drug use and health status. Web trackers can examine your behavior on a page and how you answer key personal questions.”
Original source: How dating sites spy on you
‘Forty percent of children ages 0-8 have their own tablet device, up from less than 1% in 2011, according to Common Sense Media’s national ”Media Use by Kids“ census.’
Original source: Internet usage among the kids
“There is another story to tell: that Google’s success had at least as much to do with women like Wojcicki, Sandberg, and—her controversial tenure as CEO of Yahoo! notwithstanding—Mayer. Each of them brought wider skill sets to the company in its earliest days. If subsequent managers at Google understood this lesson, that might have quieted the grumbling among engineers who had a narrow idea of what characteristics made for an ideal employee. Google’s early success proved that diversity in the workplace needn’t be an act of altruism or an experiment in social engineering. It was simply a good business decision.”
Original source: Women Once Ruled Computers. When Did the Valley Become Brotopia?
“if today’s business leaders want to use their influence to promote this society they are so optimistic about, then they need to take the steps necessary to get us there. And that means moving beyond magical thinking and taking a long-term view.”
Original source: IoT and the end of business as usual
“I can live without Facebook. I can mange without Google, but given my inability to (and more importantly lack of desire) to drive, I cannot survive without Uber.”
Original source: Uber, Lyft & the roads of hell
‘High demand and low inventory creates bidding wars and animosity among those who can’t even afford a starter home in the city they grew up in,” Kurt Schlosser wrote in September for GeekWire. “And the rent is too damn high, too. Workers who don’t wear tech badges for a living are forced to look outside the city and thus contend with the traffic coming in and out of it, creating a vicious cycle and affordability crisis.”’
Meanwhile: “The retailer says its Seattle headquarters has created 53,000 jobs in the city in addition to pumping a staggering $38 billion into the local economy.”
Original source: Amazon HQ2 blamed for high real-estate, rent, and traffic in Seattle
Just too much growth, too fast, and raising costs which kicks lower income people to the curb:
‘Seattle journalist Knute Berger tells Business Insider that Amazon’s original headquarters has displaced minority communities there, driven up housing costs, and swelled the city’s population of homeless people. Seattle is also in the nation’s top 10 cities with the worst traffic, and doesn’t have a public transit system good enough to alleviate traffic pressure. I’m thinking of my city, Pittsburgh, as I read about Seattle’s troubles. Our housing costs are blessedly cheap to begin with, phew. But I can’t imagine any part of the city handling 50,000 employees worth of traffic. And our public transit kind of sucks.’
Original source: Why you city should avoid Amazon HQ2
‘At the top of the list, I would place New York, the greatest headquarters city in the world, and DC, the world’s power corridor. When I asked Scott Galloway, the author of the book “The Four,” where he thought Amazon would place its new headquarters, he simply said: New York, New York, and New York. But, DC is perhaps an equal or even better contender. Because Jeff Bezos already owns The Washington Post, an additional 50,000 Amazon jobs in the DC area might help deflect Congressional attention from his company’s monopolistic tendencies. Not to mention, a key predictor of corporate headquarters location is where the CEO has a home. Bezos has homes in DC, Manhattan, and Beverly Hills, which might also explain LA’s inclusion on the list.’
Also says offering tax breaks is stupid.
Original source: Richard Florida predicts Amazon HQ2 location