A Blog by Jonathan Low


Dec 4, 2016

How People Censor Themselves Online For Fear of Being Harassed

Self censorship may be the most destructive variety of censorship. JL

Kaveh Waddell reports in The Atlantic:

70 percent of Americans say they’ve seen others harassed on the internet. For black users, that rose to 78; among younger users and lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans, the proportion is close 90 percent. One in four internet users—not just those who faced abuse online—decided not to post something online for fear of harassment. Among women between the ages of 15 and 29, 41 percent of respondents said they’d censored themselves to avoid being harassed.

In Search of the Entrepreneurial Society

Self assurance is being replaced by questioning, safety by risk, the lone genius by the network. JL

Steve Denning comments in Forbes:

We will need to move from scalable efficiency to scalable learning, where everyone is driven by the need to learn faster and accelerate performance improvement. The strong leaders of the future are those who have the best questions. They are willing to acknowledge that they don’t have the answer. They invite help. They are willing to express vulnerability and expose themselves to risk. If leaders are not willing to do that, why would anyone else do it?

What Is the Macintosh Endgame?

Apple appears to be embracing the classic strategy for mature products in mature markets: milk them for profits until the market finally drys up. NB - Jean-Louis Gassee was a prominent, albeit controversial executive at Apple, where he worked for nine years. JL

Jean-Louis Gassee comments in Medium:

The Macintosh line of personal computers will soon be 32 years old. What do you do when your business is part of a declining world? Do you decrease prices to gain market share? Instead of racing to the bottom as the market plummets, Apple appears to be taking refuge at the high end of the market by introducing new, more expensive MacBook Pros, with a visible differentiating feature, the Touch Bar. This is known, inelegantly, as milking a declining business

Why Top MBA Programs Are Teaching How To Apply Artificial Intelligence

If you're going to be managing them, you'd better know how to use them. Earn what you learn. JL

John Simons reports in the Wall Street Journal:

AI combines the reasoning abilities of the human mind with the processing power of computers. Companies increasingly are applying the technology to management, developing algorithms that can decipher large data sets or assist executives with decision-making. Executives must become familiar with methods of managing the development of applications and the design of algorithms across multiple lines of business

Dec 3, 2016

While We Weren't Looking, Snapchat Revolutionized Social Networking

Is authenticity supplanting virality? JL

Farhad Manjoo comments in the New York Times:

Every medium that has ever been popular online — from email to the web to social networks like Facebook — has been pervaded by things that are passed along from one user to another. This is not the case on Snapchat. Though Snapchat has introduced some limited means of forwarding people’s snaps, the short life of every snap means there is no means for content to become a viral hit within the app. There is, instead, authenticity.

Who Still Lives At Home With Their Parents?

Not what you might think. JL

Price Economics reports:

More adults live with their parents areas where the cost of living, and thus the bar one must clear to live independently, is high. Having more education means it’s less likely you’ll live at home. Males and females are virtually even when it comes to living at home.

There's More Than One Way To Share Your Car

The sharing is not just of use or ownership but of connectivity, data and visual imagery. The challenge will be determining the value split among the stakeholders. JL

Alon Bonder reports in Tech Crunch:

While fully autonomous cars might still be some years off, it’s not too early to start thinking more broadly about the role that cars play in today’s society. By 2020, up to 98 percent of new vehicles will ship with internet connectivity.As we approach higher rates of connectivity among vehicles on the road, we can unlock new opportunities to drive value from the network as a whole.