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Why Nike selected a tech executive as its next CEO. The company has been investing heavily in tech and data analytics. It sees its new CEO leading it into a future focused on data-driven, direct-to-consumer sales.

Why Nike selected a tech executive as its next CEO

"Parker, who has been Nike's CEO since 2006 and has worked at the company for four decades, will become the company's executive chairman, according to the press release."

This is one of the most important parts; Nike needed Parker in some sort of capacity after he steps down as CEO for 13 years.

Why

"Parker, who has been Nike's CEO since 2006 and has worked at the company for four decades, will become the company's executive chairman, according to the press release."

This is one of the most important parts; Nike needed Parker in some sort of capacity after he steps down as CEO for 13 years.

Why?

Because Parker steered the company through countless potential disasters, from the gender discrimination mess in 2018 and the Kaepernick campaign backlash to their disservice to pregnant athletes. He didn't just address them; he fixed the problems, wiped out the bad actors, and managed to TRIPLE sales.

Parker is a heck of an architect.

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The business of travel

Marking 30 years of the web

The latest on Brexit

WeWork gets worse

SoftBank takes over WeWork. The board of the shared office company chose the Japanese conglomerate over a competing offer from JP Morgan, the Wall Street Journal reports. Co-founder Adam Neumann will lose control of WeWork—but get a $1.7 billion payout.

Neumann to Get Up to $1.7 Billion to Exit WeWork as SoftBank Takes Control

Being a big fan of WeWork’s service, it is sad to see the devaluation hitting this level. Moreover, the payout to Adam N is beyond silly for a company that is going to need a major structural face lift.

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed

WeWork is really a true unicorn: a creature that only was viable in the mind of Adam Neumann...

While I believe it might be possible to make the business model work through a greater focus on corporate customers, the governance and hubris on the company’s leadership and greedy backers quickly contributed to unrealistic valuations.

And now SoftBank will have to live with the creature it helped create...

India's coal addiction

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet. Quartz explores how India is meeting the challenge of providing increasing amounts of energy to its people while trying to lower its dependence on fossil fuels. ✦

India’s hard push on renewables isn’t about climate change—yet

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular

Unlike the rest of the anglophilic world—Canada, the US, Australia, and the UK—India has never encountered a significant culture of climate-change denial. But the awareness of climate change in India hasn’t been high either. So the rise of renewables in India, which has been nothing short of spectacular, has other motivations: from energy security to soft power.

Making immigration work

Time to get lost in a museum...

New York's MoMA has reopened and it's a whole new experience. After the 90-year old institution’s $450-million expansion, it’s now possible to get lost at the new “mega MoMA.” That’s a good thing.

It’s now possible to get lost at the new “mega MoMA.” That’s a good thing

MoMA used to be my favorite museum in New York and now it's my favorite by a long shot. Aside from a few placings that feel designed for content creation (👀 surrealist section), this expansion is forward-thinking and inspired.

... and come back soon

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MIT scientists created a "psychopath" AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit

MIT scientists created a "psychopath" AI by feeding it violent content from Reddit

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From Our Members

  • Movies with these storylines never really turn out that well for humanity.

  • I love technology, my xbox, my mac, the phone I’m commenting from. But I also think we are going to far in the waters of technology. We are beginning to make machines that really could take over nations if not the world. AI’s would act like a government or generals, robots would follow their command

    I love technology, my xbox, my mac, the phone I’m commenting from. But I also think we are going to far in the waters of technology. We are beginning to make machines that really could take over nations if not the world. AI’s would act like a government or generals, robots would follow their command and with robots with advanced capabilities man would falter. Creating something which cannot be controlled is literally playing God. We were somehow created with the intellect we have and for the most part it has all been in the name of destruction. WMDs, biochemical weapons, lasers (yes look it up it was banned by the Geneva convention). So do we really think making humanoid robots, especially sex robots that could create a west-world or blade runner scenario.

  • “Norman,” the summer blockbuster about a psycho robot. This thing writes itself. The only part missing is the third act, and I can’t if it should have a happy or terrifying ending. Maybe both.

  • This reminds me of what happened to Tay, a Microsoft branded, deep-learning chatbot that began spatting racist rhetoric after interacting with twitter-verse.

    Rinna, Tay's Japanese cousin, on the other hand, geeked out on Japan's anime and otaku culture.

  • To make the AI sociopathic, with a large dollop of borderline traits, program it with 4-6 weeks of Trump’s speeches and tweets.

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    I wonder if personalized AIs like such will close our minds to affirmative perceptions like we currently do with our media; i.e., only consuming content that forwards one's own view.

  • I think this is relevant to show how what we view shapes us. Seeing so much violence in culture and television shapes minds not just ai. Maybe this can explain the recent surges in mass shootings as of late.

  • A world dominated by machines reminisces me of Terminator. Of course if we ever gave critical power to machines - such as taking the decision to lead a nuclear attack or to shut down our grid - we’d be fucked. I trust our democracies and leaders not to let that happen.

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