Energy use, sustainability, and a plethora of plastic waste in our oceans — These topics are receiving more and more attention in the daily news or in the governments. The rapid rise of green party members in parliament also shows: Conservation is no longer a niche affair. People are worried about their home planet and are actively seeking solutions to tackle global warming. Digitisation and artificial intelligence can become an important piece of the puzzle in this mission.
A data scandal here, sinking user numbers there. It looks like Facebook is continuing down the path of bad press for the long-haul. But Facebook has something good to announce, which should at least make environmentalists happy, among all their critics.
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are probably the best-known social networks in the Western Hemisphere. Despite a data scandal, Facebook still has 2.34 billion active users. Social media is, therefore, a phenomenon that affects the current state of affairs on the Internet.
That’s what also Google thought way back in the year 2010: With Google+ and Google Wave, the company tried to gain momentum in the social media area. In hindsight… These were failures. The fourth article in the Handelskraft series »20 years of Google« is taking a look at a dark time in their history. The attempt to build their own social network.
1492: A troop of sailors under Christopher Columbus reaches an island in the Bahamas and unknowingly discover a new continent. Unintentionally, because they really wanted to find a sea route to India – they had simply lost their way. An error that eventually leads to the colonisation of America and introduces an epochal change.
But also a mistake that is difficult to repeat today. Because »digital maps« have become powerful tools. The third article in the series »20 Years of Google« therefore raises the question of how we move through the world at the beginning of the 21st century thanks to Google Maps.
Spring is always the chosen season for tech giants to present their latest developments and products and to transmit, especially to developers, their current and future line of thought. Facebook, Google and more recently Apple have made clear what their greatest bet is: Artificial Intelligence (AI).
This promising core technology can be applied in many ways, but it seems many efforts are focused in one direction: to facilitate valuable and natural conversations between people and businesses within a single platform, thereby capitalising the greater popularity of a few core apps. Does this mean that the end of app stores is closer than ever?
People’s trust in retailers has had to survive some painful blows in the past few years. Absurd standardisations, packaging and waste madness have been increasingly condemned in the media, who blame the ambitions of traders. The principle of planned obsolescence is public knowledge and has had a negative impact on expectations for product quality.
Work conditions and pay, especially in the logistics sector, are perennial media favorites. On top of this, there are the data privacy scandals and a general mistrust of what happens with personal data online, while data hunger is increasing.
The result: customers feel powerless and that they’re at the mercy of big companies.
So… what does that all have to do with Taylor Swift?
Customers’ trust is harder to gain than ever. New ways of dealing with critique have to be found.
While another device with only one function now exists with Amazon Dash, one will disappear from the market: the Nike FuelBand. For the time being it will still be sold, but it won’t be developed further. Nike see their future as being in the software branch. That is why 55 of the 70 strong hardware team was let go. That it came to this is not surprising, after all, pressure from the competition in the area of wearables is growing dramatically. On the one hand, there are much more extensive complete solutions for the target group from the hardware and software products of runtastic. More sports and more devices, right up to intelligent weighing scales; Nike can’t keep up without a lot of effort.