A Taste of What We’re Reading, vol. 1

  Filtering Augmented Reality’s Fantasies (The Information) At the start of the summer, we hosted our first Drinks & Demos event, featuring tech demos from VR and AR companies. It’s not hard to see the possibility in this new tech, but it can be hard, in many cases, to imagine wide consumer adoption happening anytime soon. The Information tries to make sense of what’s coming in AR.   Google’s AI Guru Says that Great Artificial Intelligence Must Build on Neuroscience (MIT Tech Review) Did you know that CVM’s Gretel Going majored in neuroscience in college? That makes her the resident expert (yes, the bar is low), and she’s always interested in how the discipline is shaping innovation.   Next Leap for Robots: Picking Out and Boxing Your Online Order (WSJ) Since we have a couple of AI clients, we’re paying careful attention to the evolving role of artificial intelligence in the workplace. Last we read, these warehouse jobs were one of the few bright spots for low-skill workers. Expect to read more and more about the great automation takeover.   Can the Tech Giants Be Stopped? (WSJ) You’re probably aware of the five tech companies that dominate our lives (Apple, Google (Alphabet), Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook). Does it matter? Do you care? This thoughtful opinion piece by Jonathan Taplin considers the consequences of so much influence consolidated in the hands of so few companies.   Microchip Implants for Employees? One Company Says Yes (NYT) Your Roomba May Be Mapping Your Home, Collecting Data That Could Be Sold (NYT) Do consumers have limits when it comes to ceding their privacy to companies? We’re not really sure…   Watson Won Jeopardy, but Is It Smart Enough to Spin Big Blue's AI Into Green? (WIRED) Remember when Watson was the future of AI? How times have changed.   The opioid epidemic is creating a fresh hell for America’s employers (LinkedIn) Here’s an unforeseen consequence: Could the opioid epidemic, and its effects on the employability of swaths of working-class Americans, help usher in work automation even more quickly?   2 reasons why Silicon Valley is no longer the place to start a career in tech, according to data (CNBC) The hunt for tech talent has gone very mainstream.