I recently observed that the only missing voices at a coming Summit on Agriculture seemed to be… farmers, and digital technologies that THEY could design and control. This is the answer I just received from the organizers of the IoT Vertical and Topical Summit for Agriculture:
Eight years ago, I wrote that, when it comes to email, the more interesting barrier to its proper usage may be laws that only see companies and individuals, but nothing in between. A case under appeal now in the USA shows that, indeed, this may be the case.
Frederic Filloux argues that Facebook’ future is “bright and planetary” because:
Let’s play conspiracy theories for a moment: what is the REAL reason why the European Parliament is proposing to treat robots as human beings? Even better: WHICH robots should benefit of such a recognition? WHAT is a robot, anyway?
- Two articles about a great issue of our time just made me a bit sad.. One is a great piece in which Joi Ito explains how and why “we need social advocates, lawyers, artists, philosophers, and other citizens to engage in designing extended [artificial] intelligence from the outset”. I completely agree with Ito when he says that doing what he proposes may be “the only way to reduce the social costs and increase the benefits of Artificial Intelligence as it becomes embedded in our culture.
- It’s there, in one article. In “Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to Congress: the key moments”, Zuckerberg is quoted as answering: every single time you go to share something on Facebook, whether it's a photo in Facebook, or a message, every single time, there's a control right there about who you're going to be sharing it with ... and you can change that and control that in line. The issue is right in the “there’s a control right there” part: what other humans can or cannot see about you inside Facebook does not matter at all.
Every year fewer and fewer words, and the range of consciousness always a little smaller. So said Mark Zuckerberg, and so far almost nobody seems to have noticed his source.
I discovered only this morning that next May there will be a very interesting meeting about “The Digital Revolution - Farming 4.0”. Its announcement, however, makes me wonder how complete that meeting will be.
Investors worldwide are pushing blockchain and the Internet of Things inside literally everything. Including food. This leaves many of us, including me, a bit confused and skeptical. Here is one case where a bit more of explanation may make things easier to accept.
- Six months ago, I wrote that “the REAL name of self-driving cars must become something like SOMT: Shared, On-Demand, Micro… TRAIN”. Today, I realized I should explain better a part of that concept, because I received on Twitter the following, sensible critique: “Well, by definition a train runs in predetermined courses. I find it hard to imagine how it could work in practice to have a transport that is both separated by pedestrians etc and does not run in predetermined courses”.