This week’s headline comes from Ed Hess, Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, writing about the cognitive and emotional skills that will be needed in the age of artificial intelligence.
And this week’s post is a little late due to the thinking, listening, relating, collaborating, and learning that was happening at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. It was great to be a part of so many ideas coming together – and welcome to some of our new readers, like the 2017 ALA Emerging Leaders, who will help bring more ideas to this work.
You can always check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future.
And as you scan through these articles, consider dropping me a line to let me know what you're reading this week to help prepare for the future.
Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, and Learning Machines
Harvard Business Review "In the AI age, 'being smart' will mean something completely different"
As artificial intelligence moves into the workplace, many experts believe that humans will move into jobs that require higher-order critical, creative, and innovative thinking as well as emotional engagement, placing a greater value on the quality of thinking, listening, relating, collaborating, and learning. See also Aeon.
Bloomberg "Wimbledon to use IBM's Watson AI for highlights, analytics, helping fans"
Providing directions, promoting events of interest, and organizing recommended content – if you aren’t yet thinking about AI, check out what’s happening at Wimbledon, where IBM's Watson will help direct fans to the most exciting matches, automatically generate video highlight reels, and guide guests through the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club.
Mashable "Self-driving shuttle will take a few lucky college students to class next year"
Students at the University of Michigan will soon be able to cross campus in a self-driving shuttle as the University's MCity self-driving development hub expands its test complex into a two-mile route between the Lurie Engineering Center and the university’s North Campus Research Complex. See also Consumerist.
Cities and Government
Government Technology "Los Angeles County begins outfitting buses with free wi-fi"
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will launch a pilot program on 150 buses to test on-board wireless access for riders, testing for signal strength, coverage area, and unforeseen problems.
Government Technology "Michael Bloomberg announces 3-year, $200 million American Cities Initiative"
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the American Cities Initiative, a $200-million investment to help city governments innovate and better serve residents through technology, deploying innovation experts to assist participating cities and a Mayors Challenge targeting cities with more than 30,000 residents.
Motherboard "The US government wants to permanently legalize the right to repair"
A report from the US Copyright Office focused on Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act suggests that the US government should take actions to make it legal to repair anything an individual owns, even if it requires hacking into the product's software.
The Verge "Free gigabit Wi-Fi hot spots launch in London"
Intersection, which launched the LinkNYC kiosks in New York City, has launched a new InLinkUK network of kiosks in London, featuring wi-fi access, a touchscreen tablet for access to maps and other city services, USB ports for on-the-go charging, and dedicated 999 emergency service. See also Engadget.
Ars Technica "Colorado dad gives sons smartphones, regrets it, now wants to ban preteen use"
A Colorado nonprofit called “Parents Against Underage Smartphones” has drafted the nation’s first proposed measure that would ban smartphone use among preteens – the ballot proposal needs more than 100,000 signatures to get on the ballot in the fall of 2018. See also Consumerist.
Mic "’No religion’ is now Australia's most popular religious affiliation"
While 52% of Australians identified within a denomination of Christianity, "no religion" was the country's most popular single religious affiliation according to latest Census figures – the percentage of Australians identifying as "no religion" rose from 19% in 2006 to 30% in 2016 and Australians aged 18 to 34 were the most likely age group to identify as "no religion," with 39% of them saying they didn't have a religious affiliation.
Pew Research Center "Support for same-sex marriage grows, even among groups that had been skeptical"
62% of Americans – a margin of almost two-to-one – now say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry, a significant shift from 2010 when more Americans opposed (48%) than favored (42%) allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.
Mic "There are more than 160,000 US businesses with gender-neutral restrooms"
After announcing a new Yelp feature that would allow users to indicate the availability of gender-neutral bathrooms at various businesses, more than 160,000 businesses have been marked as providing gender-neutral facilities – restaurants have more gender-neutral bathrooms than any other type of business, followed by beauty services and then health-related businesses.
Pew Research Center "Millennials are the most likely generation of Americans to use public libraries"
A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months – more than the percentage of Gen Xers (45%), Baby Boomers (43%), or those in the Silent Generation (36%). See also GeekWire.
Recode "Wisconsin is now the third state to allow delivery robots" and "Florida is now the fourth state to permit delivery robots on sidewalks"
Wisconsin and Florida joined Virginia and Idaho in adopting legislation permitting the use of delivery robots on crosswalks and sidewalks across the state.
MarketWatch "Seattle’s $15 minimum wage may actually cost restaurant workers, study finds"
A working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that Seattle’s 2014 minimum wage increase may have cost low-income workers in the restaurant business as much as $125 per month as restaurants cut the average number of hours each employee worked – while the results are not definitive, they do raise concerns for long-term solutions to income inequality. See also Bloomberg, NextCity, and The Washington Post.
The Chronicle of Higher Education "Trump will continue DACA for now, though immigrant students still wonder about its future"
The Department of Homeland Security indicated that DACA recipients "will continue to be eligible" to renew their status every two years, and "no work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates," according to a fact sheet posted on the department’s website – about 800,000 people have benefited from DACA, which allows certain young people who were brought to the United States illegally as children to get driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, and more-affordable access to college.
The New York Times "How Silicon Valley pushed coding into American classrooms"
A look at how Code.org and other coding initiatives have infiltrated education by pushing for education policy changes, developing curriculums, offering online coding lessons, and training teachers, advancing a Silicon Valley agenda with little scrutiny.
CityLab "The U.S. Conference of Mayors resolves to support 100% renewable energy"
The U.S. Conference of Mayors officially endorsed a resolution supporting a transition to wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power by 2035, with an eye on job creation and environmental justice.
The New York Times "Google fined record $2.7 billion in E.U. antitrust ruling"
European antitrust officials fined Google $2.7 billion for unfairly favoring some of its own services over those of rivals, highlighting an aggressive European stance against many of the world’s largest technology companies. See also Advertising Age, Digiday, Mic, ReCode and again, Slate, TechCrunch, The Verge, The Washington Post.
Bloomberg "Google will stop reading your emails for Gmail ads"
Google will stop scanning users’ email contents to drive ads within the service, a response to concerns raised by potential customers for its Google Cloud software who were worried the scanning was happening across both the free and fee-based services – Gmail ads will now be targeted with other personal information Google already pulls from sources such as search and YouTube. See also Advertising Age, Ars Technica, CNET, Consumerist, Engadget, Gizmodo, Mashable, The New York Times, and The Verge
ReCode "President Trump will commit to improving internet access in rural areas on Wednesday"
As part of his push for improved infrastructure, U.S. President Donald Trump will commit to improving internet access in the country’s hardest-to-reach rural areas – though specifics for the plan are not available, administration leaders note that the “conversation is relatively high-level.” See also Engadget.
Inc. "Mark Zuckerberg just changed Facebook's mission. Here it is in 1 sentence"
After operating under the mission "To give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected" for over a decade, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg indicated that the mission has evolved to "Giving people the power to build community and bring the world closer together," elevating the role of the Facebook Groups feature. See also Mashable, Mic, and New York Magazine.
Bloomberg "Google to remove private medical records from search results"
Google has added personal medical records to the list of categories of online content that can be excluded from its search results – “confidential, personal medical records of private people” is now included among webpages with identifying financial information and content that violates copyright laws as material that can be requested for removal from search results. See also Engadget and PSFK.
The Verge "Google's new job search pulls in listings from all the top sites"
Google’s move toward organizing more job search information includes a new feature that will return job listings from LinkedIn, Monster, and Glassdoor for searches with “clear intent” (e.g., “head of catering jobs in NYC” or “entry-level jobs in DC”). See also Engadget, PSFK, and TechCrunch.
Motherboard "Supreme Court rules government cannot restrict your access to social media"
In a case considering a North Carolina law that prevented convicted sex offenders from using social media, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that restricting access to social media violates the First Amendment. See also Wired.
Journalism and News
Poynter "White House Correspondents’ Association: ‘We are not satisfied’ about the state of briefings"
The White House Correspondents' Association met with Trump administration officials to discuss the current state of briefings at the White House, expressing concern over curtailed press briefings, fewer on-the-record sessions, and off-camera sessions.
Restaurants, Retail, and Spaces
The Verge "Amazon Prime Wardrobe will let you try on clothes before you buy them"
Amazon continues to change expectations for delivery and convenience – the Prime Wardrobe program will let customers try on clothes prior to buying them, shipping selections in a resealable return box with a prepaid shipping label and free scheduled pickups from UPS. See also CNET, Consumerist, Engadget, GeekWire, Mashable, The New York Times, PSFK, Recode, and TechCrunch.
The Daily Dot "Facebook TV programming is scheduled to debut by the end of summer—and it’ll cost millions"
Facebook’s move into TV programming is getting closer and more expensive, as the platform signaled to talent agencies that it could spend up to $3 million per episode for programming and that a new “video” tab will be going live by the end of summer. See also Consumerist, The Drum, and Engadget.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
The New York Times "Virtual reality is a disappointment? Not in the world of video gamers"
While the promise of virtual reality has fallen short in some areas, the video gaming industry has continued to pour money and resources into VR, where gaming consoles and mobile virtual-reality headsets and experiences could drive revenue to more than $162 billion by 2020.
Mashable "MLB wants you to sit through an entire baseball game in VR"
Major League Baseball will partner with Samsung Gear VR to provide access to 20 VR video experiences that take fans behind the scenes of MLB sports events – an earlier partnership announced a series of live games for Samsung Gear VR users to watch via the Intel True VR app.
Wired "With VR180, YouTube steps gingerly toward virtual reality"
YouTube’s VR180 renders 180-degree video in stereoscopic 3-D to create a sense of depth and size – while not technically virtual reality, it should help make creating immersive content easier and less expensive. See also The Verge.
TechCrunch "Google Glass is apparently still around — and just got its first update in nearly three years"
In its first update since September 2014, Google Glass got a “MyGlass” companion app update, some bug fixes, and support for Bluetooth allowing Bluetooth-enabled objects to integrate with Glass. See also Ars Technica, Mashable, and The Verge.