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Covergirl just announced its first male spokesperson, 17-year-old James Charles. This is a big deal for Covergirl, for the makeup industry, for society, for progress, but perhaps it’s the biggest deal for boys, who are also affected by the gender normative social order so many of us ladies are fighting against. You better work.
How big is Snapchat? How sorry is Facebook? How advanced is Google? How long does Twitter have left? The answers to these questions, and more, have been answered at Advertising Week. All the media darlings in one place.
Late last week Snapchat somewhat unexpectedly unveiled a wearable. Of course this isn’t the first company to release video-recording glasses: back in 2013 Google released Google Glass. Glass was a failure for all the obvious reasons: they were extremely expensive and hard to use, and they were ugly. These problems, though, paled in the face of a much more fundamental issue: what was the point? The future is so clear.
Annual smart-toy sales worldwide are expected to grow from about $2.8bn in 2015 to $11.3bn by 2020. Digital toys and internet-connected devices for children, such as Smarty, are a rapidly growing part of that, along with intelligent building blocks, smart racing cars and drones, robots that teach kids how to code, and even a smart rubber duck aimed at the very young. Pure play with a side effect of learning is key to creating balanced people in life. Step away from the screen, children.
In the auto industry, there is a major disconnect between expectations and reality, especially with regard to the next five to seven years. Autonomous vehicles will likely take considerably longer to become prevalent than is anticipated, and by that time, the industry will probably look quite different. While automakers are already pouring millions into winning the AV race, they run the risk of ignoring the more imminent threats that could sink them before the race even begins. Ready, steady, go.
In the coming century we will accomplish more together as a people than the preceding million years put together, and chart out a new course for the human race. This future that we are imagining for ourselves is so different that it’s completely disconnected from our current way of life. These are the ten mega trends that will be shaping our world, and defining the new social normal. Imagination decides everything.
Sex is one of the most powerful, fundamental human drives. It's caused wars…built and destroyed kingdoms. It occupies a significant percentage of most people's thoughts. As such, it's worth a conversation about how exponential technologies will change our relationship with sex. Oh my tech.
Hyper Island. If you're not a fan already, it probably just means you haven't been following along with them. If there's an organization that's boldly going into the future, it's Hyper Island - a school founded on the idea of growing tomorrow's leadership in an increasingly digital world - while aiming to "teach people about things we yet didn’t know anything about." In this thoughtful and substantial piece on Medium, Hyper Island co-founder David Erixon talks about going beyond "learning by doing" - a core pillar of Hyper Island's programs, and getting all that goodness back into the rest of the world by putting today's business leaders in the crosshairs a bit. David wonders whether our leaders today have lost the ability to envision alternative futures, to create - as the reason why many of us so easily feel abstracted from the creative process as managers and producers. Maybe this is why the business world isn't learning and changing to keep pace with the world around it. Great piece. Read it twice. "Doing by Learning" by David Erixon on Medium
When you think of “Made in China”, what image forms in your mind? Smog and tiny Foxconn worker barracks? Yeah. Us too. Well, here’s something different. The Changying Precision Technology Company has set up a factory in Donguan to create parts for cell phones. The factory is run almost exclusively by robots. The factory went from employing 650 in the factory to a staff of 60 - and they think they could actually do with even fewer humans on the floor. Production capability looks to be up 3X, and even with the new volume, defect rates are down to 5% - from a previous, human-made 25%. This obviously means massive change in the number of manufacturing jobs available for humans in the area in the years to come. It would be so interesting to better understand what folks on the ground there think will be the “next thing” for them. Let’s keep tabs on this. "What you are, the world is. And without your transformation, there can be no transformation of the world." - Jiddu Krishnamurti Learn more: Image Credit: Daily Mail's piece on the futuristic robot-powered factory.Tech Republic's piece on the factory of the future. "Made in China 2025" from the Center for Strategic and International Studies.Beijing artist creates a brick of smog by vacuuming local air for 100 days.
In 1999, Rick Levine, Christopher Locke, Doc Searls, and David Weinberger posted 95 theses about the Internet and what it would mean to the world and called it The Cluetrain Manifesto. In 2000, seven essays were added and it was published as a book. 15 years later, they've given us a new set of clues. Technically, this was published a year ago, but the piece really hasn’t gotten the play it deserves. I mean, any discussion that starts with, “The Internet is us, connected…” deserves a heartfelt read and ponder. And, if you didn’t read the original, get on it. Our favorite from the OG piece is, “…internetworked markets and among intranetworked employees, people are speaking to each other in a powerful new way…” We think it’s a big idea. Still. Again. Learn more: Updated Clues from original authors of "The Cluetrain Manifesto" The Cluetrain Manifesto "Cluetrain..." on Amazon Rick Levine Christopher Locke Doc Searls David Weinberger