Former Facebook Exec Says Social Media is Ripping Apart Society and More

One: Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society

"Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a “hard break” from social media."

James Vincent, The Verge

 

Two: The Amazon machine

"When you look at large manufacturing companies, it becomes very clear that the machine that makes the machine is just as important as the machine itself. There’s a lot of work in the iPhone, but there’s also a lot of work in the machine that can manufacture over 200m iPhones in a year. Equally, there’s a lot of work in a Tesla Model 3, but Tesla has yet to build a machine that can manufacture Model 3s efficiently, reliable, quickly and at quality at the scale of the incumbent car industry."

Benedict Evans, ben-evans.com

 
From T3

From T3

Three: Exclusive interview: Apple’s Phil Schiller on how the iPhone X 'seemed impossible at the start'

"Going to interview tech company executives is somewhat of a double-edged sword. On one hand, you can expect them to be right on message. On the other, you can expect some insights that those further down the chain would feel beyond their station.

"And so when I was invited to meet Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, I went to the London apartment where our meeting was due to take place with some excitement about our discussion, which spanned some 40 minutes and a whole host of topics. Among other things, we asked about the new iMac Pro, Apple’s move into AR, the delay to HomePod and the process to get to iPhone X."

Dan Grabham, T3

 

Four: Diversity and Competitive Advantage

"When I first saw Hidden Figures, it got me thinking about workplace diversity. In the movie, Katherine Goble helped a group of white American men does something they could not do on their own–send a man into space to orbit the earth and eventually help the US space program become the first country to put a man on the moon. One could argue this group of white American men has eventually figured it out, but in that scenario how long would it have taken? Would Russia have beat the US to the moon in that scenario? We will never know, because of Katherine Goble, an African American woman, played a key role in helping the US get there first. You could make a strong case that it was her presence on the team which gave the US space program the competitive advantage in the global space race."

Ben Bajarin, Tech.pinions

 

Five: Millennials are Screwed

"I am 35 years old—the oldest millennial, the first millennial—and for a decade now, I’ve been waiting for adulthood to kick in. My rent consumes nearly half my income, I haven’t had a steady job since Pluto was a planet and my savings are dwindling faster than the ice caps the baby boomers melted.

"We’ve all heard the statistics. More millennials live with their parents than with roommates. We are delaying partner-marrying and house-buying and kid-having for longer than any previous generation. And, according to The Olds, our problems are all our fault: We got the wrong degree. We spend money we don’t have on things we don’t need. We still haven’t learned to code. We killed cereal and department stores and golf and napkins and lunch. Mention “millennial” to anyone over 40 and the word “entitlement” will come back at you within seconds, our own intergenerational game of Marco Polo."

Michael Hobbes, Highline

 

 

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