Clearview AI, The Problem with Scraping, Tradeoffs

Clearview AI is billed as a story about facial recognition, but the most important questions it raises is about scraping. And, by doing so, it reveals how many trade-offs we have yet to confront.

The End of the Beginning

The beginning of technology was about the shift from batched computing in one place to continuous computing everywhere. That era of paradigm changes may be over, which means the real changes are only beginning.

Amazon Earnings, AWS Concerns, Google Earnings

Amazon’s earnings are encouraging because profits are down. Still, there is reason for concern around AWS. Then, Google’s top-line continues to impress, but the company continues to waste huge amounts of money, hurting the bottom line.

Microsoft Wins JEDI Contract, Microsoft Versus Amazon, Microsoft Earnings

Microsoft won the JEDI contract with the Department of Defense under questionable circumstances, which shouldn’t disguise the fact that Microsoft had a compelling case. Then, Microsoft’s earnings are impressive but too vague.

Google and Ambient Computing

Google presented a vision of ambient computing that goes beyond the smartphone. The company is well-placed, but faces challenges both in the marketplace and in the mirror.

What Is a Tech Company?

The question of “What is a tech company” comes down to how much software and its unique characteristics affects the company’s core business.