Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon- Where Does It Get AI Technology?

I saw an interesting table from Global Data Financial Deals Database. What’s interesting is that Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft were active purchasers of AI companies. I understand that “taking something off the table” is a sound business tactic. Even if the AI technology embodied in a takeover is wonky, a competitor cannot take advantage of …

James Fetzer: Anne Hendershott on Amazon’s Double-Standard

Amazon’s Double Standard on Book Bans When Amazon quietly removed Ryan Anderson’s best-selling book When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, from its site last week, the bookseller gave no reason for the removal. But given the ascendancy of the transgender movement on the left and in the Biden administration, it is likely that Amazon has decided that …

Penguin: Elastic Open Source War on Amazon

This Software Giant Declared War On Amazon. Will Other Open Source Companies Follow? https://web3-0.org now open and being loaded. https://ose-21.org now open pending loading. https://world-brain.net now open pending loading.

Stephen E. Arnold: What Is Next for Amazon Netradyne?

What Is Next for Amazon Netradyne? I noted the “real” news outfit CNBC story “Amazon Is Using AI-Equipped Cameras in Delivery Vans and Some Drivers Are Concerned about Privacy.” The use case is monitoring drivers. I have heard that some drivers work like beavers. Other comments suggest that some drivers play fast and loose with …

Stephen E. Arnold: Amazon Slave Bracelet, China Says US IT Wide Open?

Headline from Phi Beta Iota. Original headlines below. The Amazon Bracelet: Is It Like Those Shock Collars Thingies? Yes, in addition to basics like heart rate, skin temperature, activity, and sleep, this late entry to the market collects information its rivals do not—body photos and voice recordings. Despite that, it offers surprisingly little in the …

Worth a Look Now at Amazon: Complex Society -In the Middle of a Middle World

The decreasing capacity to govern complex social processes results in negative trends that breach system thresholds in all main social domains with extreme economic stratification of society. Independent studies steadily report that a strong majority of the world’s population, between 60% and 80%, already feels excluded and no longer represented by their governments. Socially complex …