Make America tech again (MATA)
Here are depressing stats on the U.S.A.; the country ranks 25th in the world in R&D tax credits, is no longer in the top 10 in global innovation, is behind in the race for AI development, is behind in creating scientists and computer scientists, and is ranked #11 in world technology readiness.
Forbes provides specific instructions for government policy to reverse these trends:
- Use satellite technology to provide broadband to all citizens, and restore net neutrality.
- Increase the R&D tax credit to 25% to keep cutting edge tech development companies from setting up shot elsewhere.
- Increase annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) funding by at least tenfold.
- Healthcare must be pushed to adopt a standard for electronic health records (EHR) and must encourage the use of telemedicine and telecare technologies to lower costs and increase care across populations.
- Encourage the funding of digital technology to measure and analyze climate change and better quantify changes from year to year.
- Make it easy for knowledge workers to obtain H1-B visas (and their spouses).
- Increase competition within the Internet economy by shrinking the tech oligarchies.
- Spend generously on cyber security, increasing the budget by 25% per year until the problems diminish.
- Outline specific and substantial spending initiatives to lead in the development of artificial intelligence. Forbes
dis-rup-shun: Perhaps the U.S. Federal government can accomplish all of these objectives by breaking up the tech oligopolies, but rewarding the new baby techs lucrative contracts to accomplish these tasks, and giving them large tax credits and visa allotments. Break-ups could be bitter sweet launches into new businesses with new partners and plenty of government assistance.
Trouble on the horizon with fake nudes
A new app imagines photos of women with no clothes. The AI-powered app uses its database of images of nude women to find a best replacement for the clothed portions of the image. It only works for pictures of women. The Verge
dis-rup-shun: While this app may be the X-Ray glasses dreamed by many a schoolboy, it will get a lot of people in trouble. Scandal, libel, lawsuits. This may boost the tattoo industry as women feel the need to wear a “unique stamp” to disprove the authenticity of fake nude photos.
Amazon using smart home as Prime Day feature
Amazon’s annual Prime Day campaign to pry open wallets which are generally funding other activities in July will include a number of smart home products from Nest, Ring, Echo, and others. The products will be offered at steep discounts.
dis-rup-shun: The smart home industry growth is currently attributed to the increasing availability of interesting ‘hero’ products like doorbells, IP cameras, and voice assistants. The big challenge, however, is converting the successful sales of end point products to systems that enable whole home functionality and a robust monthly service fee. A large number of companies including traditional home security players, as well as energy utilities, insurance companies, telcos, and retailers are determined to convert the 80% of the population without home security system, and the path to their wallets appear to be through cool, connected devices.