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An email from a listener sparks a conversation on how the show, and tech, has changed over the years. Also; Kids have their own tablets, and Dungeons & Dragons is experiencing a renaissance.
There’s lots to hear on this Week’s Geek Speak!
- Big hard disks may be breaking the bathtub curve
- Facebook says 126 million Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts
- Wifi, Bluetooth, and GPS purchase Racist Ads on Facebook
- 42% of Americans under 8 have their own tablet
- Letter from John
Hi Miles and Lyle,
Your show has really changed over the years and much of that change reflects broader trends in the industry. At the same time the loss of KUSP makes it virtually impossible to host the kind of show where individuals call in and get their questions answered.
What I would like to hear you discuss on the podcast is the change of focus from individuals to big corporations when it comes to innovation. Has the PC (personal computer after all) ceased to be a tool which empowers individuals to be creative? Is it now just a glorified terminal to permit access to sites and services on the internet?
Are the days when you could give your child a computer and he/she could use it to build something (a game, program, novel, artwork, whatever) and turn it into a successful business or revenue stream over?
Of particular interest to me is artificial intelligence and machine learning. Are things like Generative adversarial networks (GANs) only valuable to big tech companies (Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us ) or is there hope for a bright individual with a computer at home to profit in some small way?
- The Uncanny Resurrection of Dungeons & Dragons
- A surge of sites and apps are exhausting your CPU to mine cryptocurrency
- Saying Goodbye to Firebug
- Zeynep Tufekci: We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads
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