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If you ever wonder what’s fueling America’s staggering inequality, ponder Facebook’s acquisition of the mobile messaging company WhatsApp.
So education must be the bridge between the present and future, the old and the new. But we must also build an enduring platform. By that I mean a new way of thinking about the global economy—the “new multilateralism”, where all stakeholders take joint responsibility for the global common good, breaking down the borders and barriers that are really relics of a bygone age.

Google Makes You Smarter, Facebook Makes You Happier, Selfies Make You A Better Person

WRITER SHERRY TURKLE IS USING SELFIES TO PROMOTE A POPULAR ARGUMENT: THAT TECHNOLOGY HARMS THE WAY WE RELATE TO EACH OTHER. BUT SHE’S WRONG AND OUTDATED—AND LISTENING TO HER MAKES US MISS WHAT’S REALLY IMPORTANT.

BY JASON FEIFER

Human beings like control,” says Sarandos. “To make all of America do the same thing at the same time is enormously inefficient, ridiculously expensive, and most of the time, not a very satisfying experience.

Google and NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab (by Google)

Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones. Innovation, creativity, and independent thinking are increasingly crucial to the global economy. And yet the dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else.

Inside Nuance: the art and science of how Siri speaks (by The Verge)

Silicon Valley’s fondness for technical founders and engineers may be a good choice when it comes to software. But with hardware, success is all about creating an amazing brand experience across every touch point. The only hardware startups that will survive are the ones that build their brand.
This is the dilemma of working for a technology company that is also perceived as a luxury brand: We attract clients who understand that we provide the latest and shiniest things that they must have, while at the same time they have no idea whatsoever how to use them.
Now, we know engagement is the most important thing. Who cares about hits? Who cares about page views? You care about a user being engaged for a duration of time — not just to monetize, but because it’s a good user experience. They’re having fun watching your stuff. It could be on a phone, or it could be on YouTube, it could be on YouTube on a TV, anywhere — that’s all we care about. Engagement is just another way of saying people like your stuff.