Category: Social Media

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

Hear that? Someone is listening. In fact, they all are: Google, Microsoft, Amazon, even Apple (who has positioned itself as a privacy champion). AI - more specifically the neural networks that power voice assistants - are far from fully autonomous. Deep learning models require human assistance at this juncture. Fair. It is when companies do … Continue reading AI’s Dark Side – They’re Listening

Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Facebook imagines a future in which consumers will pay for online and offline services with its cryptocurrency - Libra. Our view is that Libra will eventually enjoy broad adoption. The cryptocurrency floodgates are open, it’s primarily a question as to how Libra and others will be regulated. Regulation boils down to the size of the … Continue reading Facebook Calibra and Libra.

Checkmate. Facebook Wins.

Checkmate. Facebook Wins.

FTC slaps Facebook on the wrist and levies $5B fine. Combining legacy Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. A grand product strategy or slick tactical move to avert regulators? Facebook only found religion as it relates to user privacy after the FTC threatened to break up the company into three separate entities - 1) legacy Facebook, 2) … Continue reading Checkmate. Facebook Wins.

Tesla, Eye in the Sky & InsurTech

Tesla, Eye in the Sky & InsurTech

Tesla plans to roll out its own insurance product. The insurance industry has known for years that the self-insurance wave was coming. "I am the eye in the sky... I can read your mind... I am the maker of rules.." So the song goes and so goes Tesla. Those of us who have spent time … Continue reading Tesla, Eye in the Sky & InsurTech

Social Payments or P2P on Steroids

Social Payments or P2P on Steroids

We've tested a number of the P2P apps over the past several weeks and believe Venmo has the best-in-class user experience. A software executive warned me many years ago: "Don't underestimate the power of the GUI" ("GUI": Graphical User Interface). Venmo's near frictionless user experience combined with Facebook's social features give the application a "leg … Continue reading Social Payments or P2P on Steroids

In Zuck We Trust?

In Zuck We Trust?

Mark Zuckerberg does not trust his people. Facebook is a great example of a company that has lost its way as founder CEO Mark Zuckerberg increasingly exercises control over product decisions. Tightening control. It is difficult to fault Zuckerberg for tightening his grip on Facebook's strategic reins in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. … Continue reading In Zuck We Trust?

Our Evite for 1984

Our Evite for 1984

We've rolled out the red carpet for an Orwellian-like scenario. Here's how. 1.) Meta-collection of phone calls by the NSA under the Patriot Act. Essentially zero push back by we the people. This is child's play as compared to the information we willingly volunteer via personal smart devices. 2.) Broad adoption of smart devices with … Continue reading Our Evite for 1984

CES Week: Device OEMs Should Not Underestimate Consumers’ Concerns Around Data Privacy and CyberSecurity.

CES Week: Device OEMs Should Not Underestimate Consumers’ Concerns Around Data Privacy and CyberSecurity.

Lots of cool new consumer devices will be on display at CES this week. Personally I enjoy video-related technology because if a picture is worth 1,000 words, how many words is a video worth? We’re working to incorporate more video content into our messaging this year. One message that I will be watching for coming … Continue reading CES Week: Device OEMs Should Not Underestimate Consumers’ Concerns Around Data Privacy and CyberSecurity.