Everything is something else
Pablo Isla, named the #1 CEO by the Harvard Business Review, heads the Spanish fashion and accessories company Inditex. Here he responds to a question about how its environmental and social actions rank with the company's financial performance. We hear so often that a company's first responsibility is to its shareholders. Isla apparently believes that shareholders have broad concerns and cares that influence the company's value.
When your attention is diverted, this is the system that grabbed it. It is interesting that "the economics of attention" are distractions that erode your economics.
Google is attempting to build a new kind of neighborhood, a new kind of city. Friction is is guiding value, apparently. The concept itself seems to be getting friction. Amazon, in its HQ2 search has opened a lot of discussion about how health a tech-dominated city may actually be. Writing in The Guardian, Jathan Sadowski write this about Google's ethics – "Mayors and tech executives exalt urban labs as sites of disruptive innovation and economic growth. However, this model of creating our urban future is also an insidious way of handing more control – over people, places, policies – to profit-driven, power-hungry corporations."
The BBC is doing away with plot and time in drama, introducing object-based media. A key concept may be to tailor a longer drama to the time of your commute.
Well, I'm not really sure about this. Even though there may have been an earlier time that looked like this, the current time seems well advanced socially and environmentally beyond a more recent past.
Among the concerns about the future in a data-obsessed world, is how data in corrupt application can make the truth disappear.
Are we witnessing a turning point in tech, brought by the arrogance of the big Four?
AlphaGo is now playing itself and winning 100% of the time. Experts watching its moves are perplexed, unable to comprehend the strategies that AlphaGo uses to win. Is our need to tell stories about what we do part of the problem?
In a rather remarkable observation about the potential impact of the driverless car, Chenoe Hart might well be explaining why Lord & Taylor's landmark building is becoming WeWork's headquarters, and why malls are becoming other things, and why office real estate demand is declining. And why traditional spatial, architectural and urban typologies are losing their conventional definitions, their meaning, their value.
This evolution in the supply of office space relates, in a way, to Chenoe Hart's observation, above. The concept of the office is changing rapidly and with it the concept of how the workplace is designed and provided.