the machines and us

Every fortnight I collate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

@EskoKilpi – “Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, and the Industrial Revolution were about sharing new ideas within networks of people

@RDBinns – “The RSS reader is an antidote to the algorithmic feed of facebook, the impossible tide of twitter, and news site editorial filters.

@IndyJohar – “We are busy maintaining 17th C enlightenment notions of freedom in world where we have become slaves to the asymmetric power of networks

Work Is Bullshit: The Argument For “Antiwork”

“Antiwork is a moral alternative to the obsession with “jobs” that has plagued our society for too long. It’s a project to radically reframe work and leisure. It’s also a cognitive antidote to the pernicious culture of “hard work,” which has taken over our minds as well as our precious time.”

Guardian: Fightback against internet giants’ stranglehold on personal data starts here – via @hughcartoons

‘The mechanism for rotating the playing field is our old friend, the terms and conditions agreement, usually called the “end user licence agreement” (EULA) in cyberspace. This invariably consists of three coats of prime legal verbiage distributed over 32 pages, which basically comes down to this: “If you want to do business with us, then you will do it entirely on our terms; click here to agree, otherwise go screw yourself. Oh, and by the way, all of your personal data revealed in your interactions with us belongs to us.”’

Fortune: The Algorithmic CEO – via @C4LPT

“Indeed, the math house is shaping up as a new stage in the evolution of relations between businesses and consumers. The first stage, before the Industrial Revolution, was one-to-one transactions between artisans and their customers. Then came the era of mass production and mass markets, followed by the segmenting of markets and semi-customization of the buying experience. With companies such as Amazon able to collect and control information on the entire experience of a customer, the math house now can focus on each customer as an individual. In a manner of speaking, we are evolving back to the artisan model, where a market “segment” comprises one individual.”

@ValaAfshar – “The average company lifespan on S&P 500 in 1960s was 60 years. Today, average age is 10 years

avg co lifespan

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