Apparently, anything China asks.  Paul Mozur of the New York Times has a chilling piece about how China controls content beyond the boundaries of their country.  I expect a totalitarian regime to spy on users and censor online content.  But Google and Facebook shouldn’t be helping them.  Read China Presses Its Internet Censorship Efforts Across the Globe.



If you’d like to learn more about the “Googley Way,”  a political filter applied by Google to its workplace culture, you should read the formal complaint, Damore and Gudeman v Google LLC.  The evidentiary part of the complaint is fascinating and includes internal communications from managers and staff to support the suit.  My personal favorite calls for Damore’s firing to …

“… send a message that we have zero tolerance for intolerance.”


Drones and production line equipment don’t really count as robots.  A human is always there in control.  But now we are starting to see autonomous technology in every day use.  Some examples:


Walmart’s Automated Shelf Scanner/Stocker


Walmart’s EMMA (Enabling Mobile Machine Automation) Cleaning Floors


Amazon Go (Grocery store with no check-out cashiers)

Of course, the companies say these will not replace workers, but I think  you can see above that isn’t true.  There are no cashiers at Amazon Go.  Walmart doesn’t need a custodian to mop the floors.  (Once they design a machine to clean the bathrooms, they won’t need custodians at all.)  In the meantime, humans will work side by side with robots:

You can read more about Walmart’s robots here and here.  You can read more about Amazon technology here. You can read more about where all of this will end up here.

Although Amazon has clocked staggering growth, it generates meager profits, choosing to price below-cost and expand widely instead. Through this strategy, the company has positioned itself at the center of e-commerce and now serves as essential infrastructure for a host of other businesses that depend upon it. Elements of the firm’s structure and conduct pose anticompetitive concerns—yet it has escaped antitrust scrutiny.   – Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox

The richest men in the world are social media moguls.  Their companies hire tens of thousands world-wide.  Their products have infiltrated almost every aspect of our lives.  Of course, their products often let us act out bad behaviors through tweets, posts, comments, etc.  But the real dangers of social media may be in how the social media companies treat us as customers and as employees.

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FBI Director Comey informed members of Congress Friday that he was reopening the investigation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server.  New evidence has been found “in connection with an unrelated case.”  Read more here.