Victor Borge

Inflationary Technology Language

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I  returned recently from a series of conference keynotes and lectures across 10 time zones. It is clear that the infatuation technology vendors and the media has with sophisticated-sounding technology terms is as strong as ever.

Fancy technology terms such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning conjure up a spectrum of AI-based movie characters from the inanimate HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey to the seductive feminine humanoids Samantha in Her and Ava in Ex Machina.

Even technology experts and software vendors that should know better, don’t miss any opportunity to add “machine learning algorithms” to their product descriptions whenever they can. Read More

You Are Going To Give Up WHAT For Internet Access?

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Google’s Project Loon is experimenting with helium-filled balloons to deliver Internet service to underserved parts of the world., members include Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung and others, wants to make Internet access more affordable for underserved populations by lowering the cost of cloud computing and developing lower-cost, higher-quality smartphones.

These are, of course, worthy ambitions. In January, The Economist published an article “The new politics of the internet — Everything is connected” in which it cites a study of consumers in 13 countries conducted by the Boston Consulting Group. According to the article, on average, 75% of consumers would give up alcohol, 27% sex and 22% daily showers to secure internet access for a year if forced to choose (see chart). Obviously, Brin, Page and Zuckerberg, are on to something big….