Category: Opinion

July 13, 2019

The Toxic Potential of YouTube’s Feedback Loop

Opinion: I worked on AI for YouTube’s “recommended for you” feature. We underestimated how the algorithms could go terribly wrong.

by Guillaume Chaslot in Business
July 11, 2019

‘Blitzscaling’ Is Choking Innovation—and Wasting Money

Opinion: VCs are making bigger bets on fewer startups. It’s this unconsidered, money-slinging strategy that led to Uber’s and Lyft’s dud IPOs.

by Leonard Sherman in Business
June 30, 2019

Greed Is to Blame for the Radicalization of YouTube and Facebook

Opinion: Social media has become the modern-day version of conspiracy-theorizing supermarket tabloids. When will these platforms be held accountable?

by Alexander Heffner in Business
June 29, 2019

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

Over the last 12 years, smartphones have helped dematerialize our consumption of countless other products.

by Andrew McAfee in Gear
June 26, 2019

To Really ‘Disrupt,’ Tech Needs to Listen to Actual Researchers

Opinion: Silicon Valley culture often reveals the optimism of organized ignorance. Rather than lauding “new” experts, we need to respect, sustain, and strengthen the ones we already have.

by Lilly Irani Rumman Chowdhury in Business
June 3, 2019

Apple attacks Facebook by becoming the asocial network

Sharing with everyone is passé and more than a little bit scary these days. We want to send photos to friends without posting them publicly. We want to reminisce without being permanently defined by our timelines. And we want the utility of apps without giving...

by Josh Constine in Apple
May 31, 2019

5 Mistakes MacKenzie Bezos and Other Mega-Donors Should Avoid

The philanthropic road is littered with the carcasses of those who thought that “disrupting” poverty would be as simple as disrupting the taxi industry.

by Phil Buchanan in Business
May 28, 2019

We Need to Build Up ‘Digital Trust’ in Tech

Opinion: Framing our concerns with tech as issues of privacy or responsibility focuses narrowly on symptoms, not on the systemic issue—we need digital trust.

by Daniel Dobrygowski in Business
May 21, 2019

Why a T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Would Be Bad for the Public

Opinion: FCC chair Ajit Pai says the deal is in the public interest. Except it would raise prices, reduce competition and innovation, and harm low-income Americans.

by Gigi Sohn in Business
May 7, 2019

Facebook talked privacy, Google actually built it

Mark Zuckerberg: “The future is private”. Sundar Pichai: ~The present is private~. While both CEO’s made protecting user data a central theme of their conference keynotes this month, Facebook’s product updates were mostly vague vaporware while Google’s were either ready to ship or ready to...

by Josh Constine in Apps