1. unintended consequence of designing airplanes that anyone can fly: anyone can take you up on the offer. Beyond the degradation of basic skills of people who may once have been competent pilots, the fourth-generation jets have enabled people who probably never had the skills to begin with and should not have been in the cockpit. As a result, the mental makeup of airline pilots has changed. On this there is nearly universal agreement—at Boeing and Airbus, and among accident investigators, regulators, flight-operations managers, instructors, and academics. A different crowd is flying now, and though excellent pilots still work the job, on average the knowledge base has become very thin.

    It seems that we are locked into a spiral in which poor human performance begets automation, which worsens human performance, which begets increasing automation. The pattern is common to our time but is acute in aviation.

  2. Ello might or might not replace Facebook, but the giant social network won’t last forever

    'The constant data-collection and streams of personalized advertising added injury to the insult of what was already feeling like a tight, airless social space. The internet can seem like so much light and pulses, but its effects are real. Visually and emotionally, the self you inhabit on Facebook is still a child'
    We’re no longer internet infants. We can build pretty nice houses for ourselves if we aren’t busy looking in the mirror, mounted in a room where the walls are painted a gentle blue that we’re not allowed to touch.

    Ello might not be “the one.” But it’s becoming clear that the teen years are upon us all, and we really want to move out.

    (Source: theguardian.com)

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    growing potential of this anti-wearables approach of invisibly embedding sensors into objects with which humans interact.

    So instead of having our bodies cluttered with electronic bangles that continuously quantify our existence, there’s an opportunity for more targeted applications of sensor technology, based on locating it in proximity to us — within objects we use, handle and interact with for specific purposes


    (Source: theverge.com)

  5. The Era of Cloud Computing

    “Historically, we’ve been in a world where computing was a scarce resource. Now it is moving to being an abundant resource. Anybody who claims to have a crystal ball about where this is heading is kidding themselves.”

    (Source: The New York Times)

  7. Netflix gathers detailed viewer data to guide its search for the next hit

    Netflix may not fear rivals such as HBO or the BBC , but the might and ambition of digital-savvy Amazon perhaps poses the biggest threat to the company. This week Amazon will hit back at its international expansion – Netflix recently raised $400m to fund its European ambitions – by rebranding its LoveFilm streaming service and launching a greatly enhanced “one stop” subscription offering.
    “I feel like sometimes I’m on the bridge of the starship Enterprise,” says Yellin, describing the experience of charting Netflix’s course in a fast-changing digital universe. “Is Netflix future-proofed? Google isn’t future proofed. No one is. Companies need to keep innovating to secure the future.”

  8. 06:46 11th Feb 2014

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    the way that tech often does disrupt industries - by affecting parts of the industry that no-one paid attention to but which were actually key leverage points. Not many magazine people thought of themselves as being in the trucking and light-manufacturing business, for example, but they were, and that was why the internet had such an impact on them. But the opposite can also be true - there are industries where tech doesn’t look important but is actually crucial, but there are also industries where tech looks crucial but doesn’t actually matter very much at all
  9. Why Amazon’s Data Store Doesn’t Scare People — But Facebook’s Does

    Facebook and Google are seen to “own” my data, while Amazon “uses” my data. The enduring power of sentences like “customers who bought this item also bought” and “recommendations for you” has convinced people that their data is being consistently and simply used for their own good (even if it might be bad for the pocketbook!). On the other hand, when talking about Facebook, Twitter and Google, consumers use language like “taking” and “owning” my data. It’s not that their data is being used today in a way that upsets them; it’s the belief, rightly or wrongly, that it is being stored for some future, unspecified purpose.

    (Source: adage.com)

  10. Android on 79% of the 998 million smartphones shipped in 2013, Windows Phone fastest growing platform

    most 1 billion smartphones (998 million to be exact) shipped in 2013. Compared to 2012, this represents a 44 percent year-over-year increase.

    (Source: thenextweb.com)