I think this basic proposition is correct: "In the digital journey, AI, IoT, and VR are all significant levers to redefine processes for both businesses and consumers. But it’s the combination of the three that will be the most disruptive." The acronyms stand for artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT) and virtual reality (VR). The question is, how will they be combined. Here's a sense of it: "IoT, for example, doesn't work on a hub-and-spoke model. Currently, the technology operates mostly on the IFTTT model — i.e., 'if this, then that' — but relying on AI instead will create smarter, more granular connectivity."
I have learned from experience never to trust third-party services to be the primary storage for anything I create. I organize at home then distribute. As Alan Levine says "The cloud should never be the primary place to store / manage what you create; it should always be the exhaust." It may be a lot easier to take a photo on your phone and upload to Instagram, but then your photo is stuck in Instagram and at the mercy of their search engine and download policies. "Once you find yourself endless scrolling to find your own photos, that quick to post convenience factor evaporates."
According to this article, "Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that the company would train 1 million people with essential digital literacy skills by 2020." In related news, the wolf has announced that it will now be offering security training for the sheep. Facebook will "continue to add courses to its free Blueprint online advertising learning program, which currently offers 85 courses and certifications ($150 per exam), as well as launch a new e-Learning platform Learn with Facebook, this fall."
I consider myself very firmly in the camp of the indieweb. But I wouldn't exactly say that I'm part of the indieweb community. And definitely not a citizen. So I don't define indieweb as a community. It see it more as an attitude and a loose set of values a number of people have in common (I won't say 'shared values' because that implies some sort of order). I see digital literacties as important. And some of these other things as important - owning your own data, making tools for yourself, open source, data agnosticism, plurality and fun.
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