Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that made my day this week:

Burger King’s contribution to Movember is epic

Tony Hawke does tech support for virgin and veteran skaters

The Future of Life Institute put together a compelling video about the danger of machine learning and autonomous weapons (including weaponised autonomous vehicles). Its a great piece of storytelling to make a powerful case and an interesting direction, rather than talking heads and expert opinions. Look at how they used judicious found footage to make it look much more expensive.

Weiden & Kennedy’s take on the roaring fire screensaver as an hour-long YouTube video for Old Spice

This is my new wake-up alarm music, so far its got me out of bed each morning on time and I am not a morning person

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How Adform discovered HyphBot – one of the largest botnets to ever hit digital advertising (PDF)

Apple wins one of their First Augmented Reality Patents related to Compositing an AR Scene – reminded of the locative art from William Gibson’s Spook Country

Sweating bullets: notes about the creation of PowerPoint by Robert Gaskins – (PDF)

Social Media Is a Denial-of-Service Attack on Your Mind | Nautilus – (paywall)

Facebook launches collaborative Stories for Groups and Events | TechCrunch – Storify / Moments for Facebook?

When fake news will be made by pros – Monday Note – opportunity for PR industry? ;-)

Google – The colour purple. | Radio Free Mobile – interesting support for Swift in the Fuchsia build

Have we reached peak smartphone? – Kantar‘Younger mobile users aren’t simply listening to less music or reading fewer books; instead, the way in which they are engaging with entertainment and the devices they are choosing is evolving. For example, we have seen a decline in younger mobile users listening to music on their mobiles, but the purchasing of vinyl and streaming music through home virtual assistants is on the rise. Social networking has held steady, with 87.8% of 16-24-year-olds using their phones for this purpose (87% in 2016), so as new (or retro) technologies come onto the market the role of the mobile device for younger users will continue to change.’ – a certain amount of this is BS

To predict crime, China’s tracking medical histories, cafe visits, supermarket membership, Human Rights Watch warns — Quartz – Minority Report in action

Interviews Come Back — With Cringely’s Answers – Slashdot – Slashdot’s proto-AMA with Robert X Cringely from 2000

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Amazon marks 10th anniversary of original Kindle, the ’18-month project’ that took 3 1/2 years – Kessel said the team was determined to keep the Kindle a single-purpose device – something where you could lose yourself in a book, rather than a multipurpose piece of hardware that might create distractions.

They were also focused on making it easy for customers by ensuring they could access new books without connecting a cable to a computer for download. That dedication, which lead to a built-in cellular data connection and, eventually, the ability to sync your books across Kindle devices and app, was no small feat. “We said books needed to download in less than 60 seconds, but it definitely didn’t work that way at first,” said Kessel.

Patience was something the team was forced to learn.

“Originally I told Jeff (Bezos) it would take us about 18 months to build the Kindle and we could do it with a couple handfuls of folks. It took us three-and-a-half years and a lot more than a couple of handfuls of folks.”

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked – Motherboard – really interesting guidelines

Do Facebook and Google have control of their algorithms anymore? A sobering assessment and a warning | Poynter – is this a ‘SkyNet’ moment? How would you troubleshoot? A lot further out, if you got to sentience at a later date how would you know, particularly if the machine learning system goes down the root of the logic outlined in Cixin Liu’s ‘Three Body Problem’ trilogy

There’s a Digital Media Crash. But No One Will Say It – Talking Points MemoProblem #1 (too many publications) and Problem #2 (platform monopolies) have catalyzed together to create Problem #3 (investors realize they were investing in a mirage and don’t want to invest any more)

Monodraw for macOS — Helftone – OmniGaffle but for ASCI art

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Tencent Ad ‘Hub’ Connects Brands And Chinese Consumers | The Holmes Report – interesting that they have created a hub for this, the data implications and opportunities are huge

Facebook blocks viral website Unilad’s page  | Telegraph – it is foolish to build something purely on a platform you don’t own

Flickr: The Help Forum: Sorry, the photo couldn’t be added to the group because it is already in the maximum number of group pools. – Oath hasn’t been in the driving seat all that long and there are already issues in platform management. This follows on from shutting down the Yahoo! Finance data APIs

Sony: Colour Matching Between OLED and CRT | EETE LED Lighting – interesting that CRTs we’re still the reference standard (reg wall) (PDF)

Trust Indicators let you know more about a publisher on Facebook | TheNextWeb – guess this is part of the attempt against fake media, but its only a small part of the solution

Here’s What You Should Be Talking About Instead of Video | Digital – AdAge – (paywall)

The best laptop ever made – – Marco nails it, the newer machines fall short and require a bag of dongles

McDonald’s flips fortunes with back to basics approach – they seem to yo-yo between price/convenience and product innovation. I wish they would bring back drip coffee

Amid global electric-car buzz, Toyota bullish on hydrogen – not surprising to proof against lithium bubble

Why Luxury Brands’ Approach to “Chinese Aesthetics” Fail | Jing Daily – interesting read with great examples. I’ve even noticed Shanghai Tang making a few mistakes

The Economist unwinds: the luxury of print | The Drum – print as ‘lean back’ content

How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction, not Engaged Argument by King, Pan & RobertsChinese regime’s strategy is to avoid arguing with skeptics of the party and the government, and to not even discuss controversial issues. We show that the goal of this massive secretive operation is instead to distract the public and change the subject, as most of the these posts involve cheerleading for China, the revolutionary history of the Communist Party, or other symbols of the regime (PDF)

Five for Friday | 五日(星期五)

Things that have made my day this week:

By the time that you read this I will be too engrossed in watching The Punisher to care

I don’t know if I hadn’t been paying attention or if it hadn’t been put out there in the media but Plaxo is closing down. Plaxo synched your address book to people’s profile cards which they changed if they moved jobs, changed their cell phone number or email address. It was clunky but the data in and out was more useful than LinkedIn or Facebook since.
Plaxo EOL
I gave up on it when it started to have issues with LinkedIn connections. Comcast had been running it quietly for a number of years but have evidently given up on it. It’s main legacy for me now is knowing the real birthdays of many contacts as this was before the web got quite as crime laden as it is now.

Beautiful Japanese booth babe uses her fingers to create the Suzuki “S” sign on her chest 【Video】 | SoraNews24 – if I was a marketer at Suzuki, or one of their agencies I would be kicking myself for having not come up with this brand meme

This week I have been listening to Pleasure – the new single from Luxxury and this fantastic play list from Chicago legend Mike Dunn of the tracks which most inspired him.

Dunn isn’t as famous as Frankie Knuckles or Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley but has production credits on Sterling Void’s ‘Don’t Wanna Go‘, Julian ‘Jumpin’ Perez’ ‘Relight My Fire‘ and as an artist in his own right with the likes of ‘God Made Me Phunky‘.