Death-On-Wheels

This year’s New York International Auto Show (through April 28) presents countless vehicles that go fast, all while distracting, disrupting and disabling drivers to the point where they want/need to be driven by robots.

Radiating

America’s leaders are loath to protect against, or even acknowledge, the ill-effects of wireless radiation on the unborn (and born).

‘Grounded Luxury’

Hyundai execs at the New York International Auto Show, which runs through 4/8 at the Javits Center. Their KIA K900 (bottom photo), designed to compete with BMW and Audi, was unveiled today.

Hang On

Obsessive/compulsive use of digital devices, by the fairer sex, continues to be a danger to persons and society.

Eatsya

Cleaning the robots, 43rd & 3rd – February 16, 2017 The future of humanity will require undoing some of the so-called progress of the present.

EMF Radiation

Would that NYC officials included and reported on EMF risks in their Air Flow Study.

A NApp at the Met

Metropolitan Museum of Art, August 6, 2015 Photograph: Stephen Wise

Accessoride

Photograph: Stephen Wise

Working Dog

This is a Service Dog (not to be confused with a Compassion Dog or an Emotional Support Dog) at the Chambers Street subway station this week—looking a bit run down, perhaps from Wi-Fi exposure. The decision by New York officials to make NYC, including subways, a big WiFi hot spot is misguided, and will lead to negative health consequences for New Yorkers of all persuasions. The day is…

‘Smart Manufacturing’ in America

Siemens, a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, joined with Industry Week to host a recent conference in New York: Manufacturing in America. The focus of the conference was Additive Manufacturing (3D-Printing), a high growth area in which Siemens is a leader. Additive Manufacturing has been around for 25 years, but has really taken off in the last couple of years, as new…

Organs of ‘Democracy’

“Look over your ranks watch them with care.” Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago, 1973 A camera on a pole in Jackson Heights (Queens), NY — put up on July 9, 2013. In the background is a McDonald’s “Be :)” sign.

Streaming Devices

“The culture of American business is enveloping everything in its path by appealing to individualistic instincts while it reinforces its messages with the imagery of technological gadgetry and consumer delights.” Herbert I. Schiller, The Mind Managers (Beacon Press, 1973) Photograph: Stephen Wise

Legal Tech 2013

According to Kroll Ontrack the challenges facing e-Discovery over the next five years are “monstrous,” as Big Data becomes ‘bigger data’ and exabytes grow to zetabytes. In the document review process that means more of the work done by attorneys is now being done by TAR — Technology Assisted Review (also known as predictive coding, intelligent review and computer assisted review). Discovery has always…

More RAM

More Guts. More Glory. More RAM. 2013 RAM 1500 New trucks come loaded with safety and security features, but also best-in-class ways to be unsafe — including WiFi, multimedia, and the need for technology.

World Car Awards

The Porsche 911 and Volkswagen Up were among the winners at the New York International Auto Show. The Porsche 911 won World Performance Car and the Volkswagen Up received World Car of the Year.

Taxi of Tomorrow

The Nissan NV200 (selected as the exclusive taxi for New York City beginning in 2013) was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renauult and Nissan, was on hand. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Automotive Forum

Detroit is unwilling or unable to produce a basic car that retails for around $10,000. Ford is closest with the Fiesta starting at $13,200. The average price of a new car in the U.S. is $30,000. At the NADA/IHS Automotive Forum 2012 we asked some industry “car guys”, including “Mack” McLarty (advisor to three U.S. presidents), if they were troubled by the fact that there are no new cars…

Social Media Automation

“How To Be A Con Man & Not Look Like One.” Social media and web robots are taking the ‘con’ to a whole new level — for those who seek to artificially increase the ‘yield’ of their social media marketing. A recent Search Engine Strategies conference in New York had a session that addressed: “Making Your Bot Look Real” and “How To Create Fake Profiles.”…

Verve

“Verve” — A do it yourself e-Discovery software. “Powered by Kroll Ontrack — Driven by You”

“I Am The Man”

Don Tapscott, Canadian ‘thought leader’, author and tech evangelist spoke at this week’s LegalTech conference in New York. His book Wikinomics: How Mass Culture Changes Everything (2006) was an international bestseller. Other books include: Grown up Digital: How The Net Generation is Changing Your World (2008) and The Naked Corporation: How the Age of Transparency will Revolutionize Business. Mr. Tapscott’s talk focused on how…

‘Hacktivists’

This year has seen numerous high profile attacks against high profile targets in the information and cyber spaces of government and industry. The SC Magazine 2011 Data Security Conference featured a panel led by SC Editor Illena Armstrong that included: Jeffrey Brown of GE Capital, Pedro Cordero of the FBI, and Gene Fredriksen CISO of Tyco International. ‘Hacktivists’ were described by Mr. Cordero as a “respected  adversary,”…

Age of Optimization

The ‘tech-continuum’ in the energy industry is said to be driving ‘holistic efficiency’ — that will make energy: affordable, reliable and environmentally friendly — all while achieving energy independence. “We are not expecting consumers to do anything in this new future we are thinking about.” John Kelly, Galvin Electricity Initiative Should government and utility officials be trusted/allowed to pursue their dreams of a ‘tech-utopia’ (smart grid)?

.edu

The for-profit-education sector has helped spawn a cottage industry for companies like Datamark that deliver actionable information — “leads” — to education marketers looking for students. Needless to say, with some schools paying $100/lead there is money to be made, but also plenty of possible misrepresentation. The U.S. government has come out with regulations that target misrepresentation in this area by ‘lead generating’ organizations, including so…

Dataism

“Alpha children wear grey.” Brave New World Robots are becoming more like humans, and humans are becoming more like robots. In American society, the spirit of ‘true freedom and love’ is vanishing — leaving algorithms, security guards and ’emotionally disturbed persons’ (EDPs). Photograph: Stephen Wise

Techlightenment

CityTime — As seen 7/22/11 in a Manhattan subway station: Mon, August 0?, 2044

Global Mobile

According to Simon Bond of BBDO Worldwide — 88% of survey respondents from around the world touch their ‘mobile phone’ first thing in the morning (ahead of their significant other or self). Photograph: Stephen Wise

Data Driven

“If you see something say something.” A Google Maps car is seen “blocking the box” today, during a red light on Madison Avenue. Having all the data in the world doesn’t guarantee that people will do the right thing. Photograph: Stephen Wise

Machines That Rule

In a data driven world, machines like the Netezza (photo) are observing, analyzing and acting for humans. Its brochure says: “With Netezza on board, your organization is armed with the most accurate intelligence to react more quickly and accurately to any opportunities or threats the market may present.” The result on Wall Street, as one supplier put it, is “no traders anymore, just machines fighting…

Search & Stream

People overloaded with data and entertainment are turning more and more to “Intelligent Search” and “Streaming Media.” Today’s digital revolution is becoming a “networked tyranny,” that tracks, targets, data mines and eventually crushes the spirit of individuals and society. Even Lenin might question this revolution. “I am perplexed by my own data; my conclusion is in direct contradiction of the original idea with which I started. Starting with unlimited freedom,…