“38% of these particular respondents predicted that the positive impacts of algorithms will outweigh negatives for individuals and society in general, while 37% said negatives will outweigh positives; 25% said the overall impact of algorithms will be about 50–50, positive-negative.”
“We can check our facts, tell the truth, and hold the line without pretending that there is no ethical basis to the work that we do.”
“What really benefits you — in terms of new ideas — and expanding your perspective, is accessing new talent pools. I’m talking about the one percent of the most talented people in their industry, not yours.”
“A lot of people look for feedback in their hobbies, but they seek only approval at their jobs.”
“Protests can energize people and overawe governments. But it is the steady and often tedious work of organization that sustains democracy — and can change the world. Protests are useful mostly to the extent that they mobilize people to participate in the follow-up meetings to realize the protest’s goals.”
“Every relationship, obstacle, interaction, etc. is a rehearsal for the next adventure in life. Everything is connected. Everything builds. Nothing is ever wasted.”
Tim Wu’s The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires is based on a fascinating premise: Every era of information technology (phone, radio, TV, film, and internet) has followed the same pattern.
They begin as open, utopian, communication platforms and become monopolized and controlled by small cartels.
The book is an incredible look at the history of media and offers a lot to think about with regard to where the internet is headed.
“Everybody’s so busy struggling, they don’t want to take any steps that might hold them back.”
“Brands will be stripped down to their essential parts, their narratives made simpler and more transparent. Honesty will reign. Successful branding will have fewer tricks and more truth.”
“Willpower may simply be a pre-scientific idea — one that was born from social attitudes and philosophical speculation rather than research, and enshrined before rigorous experimental evaluation of it became possible.”