Thank You For Your Servers – Episode 35 – The Final Offensive Begins

https://thankyouforyourservers.com/35/

In this episode, Gary and I talk about advertisers pulling ads off of Facebook due to “insufficient” response to hate speech, the removal of Stefan Molyneux from Youtube, Parler, some geek talk about decentralized internet and Blocknet, and the devolution of the tech media due to the screeching from the social justice mob.

Notes

Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion as Firms Boycott Facebook Ads

Everything that the big social networks banned this week, ranked

YouTube bans Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, Richard Spencer, and more for hate speech

Parler Speedruns The Content Moderation Learning Curve; Goes From ‘We Allow Everything’ To ‘We’re The Good Censors’ In Days

New rightwing free speech site Parler gets in a tangle over … free speech

After this COVID winter comes an AI spring

Quantum computing: how conditions created by the COVID-19 shutdown are delivering ‘the best data we have ever seen’

A plan to redesign the internet could make apps that no one controls

The Blocknet Whitepaper

Twitter Attacks, and a Defense of Scientific Inquiry

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What’s On My Mind?

Before I get to my rant, I had the pleasure of being on the The Armenian Council for Truth in Journalism broadcast last night (11 July, 2020). It was a blast chopping it with these fellas. Check it out below.

Now what’s on my mind?

I rail against the tech press on my podcast (Thank You For Your Servers) because I see an insidious “Left” worldview taking hold like the pathological zeitgeist it is. I remember when Venture Capitalist and the swashbuckling entrepreneur they funded were lionized. Was this healthy? Not entirely, but at least they were honest in that bias and awe. Now the pendulum has swung leftward ideologically and it’s just gotten embarrassing transparent. Bulwarks against this trend of “gotcha” tech Journalism (really activism) are Balaji S. Srinivasan and Jason Calacanis. Both are men I respect for their respective business acumen and insights. Both these men have called out the current crop of the tech press for their questionable ethics (or lack thereof here and here). Details and links to the latest dust up between the Tech VC class and the tech press were chronicled on Axios.

Because of episodes like this, the detente between the tech press and the Venture capitalists class has broken down. Exacerbated by the fact that the tech industry has begun to eat the traditional press and medias life blood (audiences and the advertising revenue they bring). Going so far as to blame the Tech Industries as a whole, who have historically been free Market leaning, activities as the chief culprit for all of society’s ills and threatening Democratic institutions.  Something for which the Press seems to think they have had no culpability in themselves. 

I, for one,  am glad that the mask is coming off. But at the same time it saddens me that the industry I love has been infiltrated by generation of “Journalist” who seemingly have no technical knowledge about what it takes to build the companies they write about and aren’t at all enthusiast.  They don’t believe in the markets that create these companies nor the industries these companies enable. They focus too much on the human interest stories of suffering and not on the human empowering stories of technology. No industry is the last 25 years has been more of a force for good. We should no doubt chronicle the displacement and disruption but let us have a story or two that puts some of this angst in perspective.

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TYFYS Episode 34 – Apple’s Virtual WWDC, AI Advancements, and Big Tech Philanthropy

Episode 34 – Apple’s Virtual WWDC, AI Advancements, and Big Tech Philanthropy

In this episode, Gary is back! He and I talk about Apple’s virtural WWDC, Google’s advancements in AI, and about philanthropy in big tech.

https://thankyouforyourservers.com/34/

Show Topics:

Four Reasons Apple Bought PA Semi

Apple Lays Out Plans To Transition Macs from x86 to Apple SoCs

Apple TV 4K will at last play YouTube in 4K with tvOS 14 update

Here’s everything Apple announced at its WWDC 2020 keynote

iOS 14 will let you set default apps for email and web browsing

Google builds AI agent that learns to generalize to new environments by ignoring distractions

Computer makers unveil 50 AI servers with Nvidia’s A100 GPUs

Google’s latest experiment is Keen, an automated, machine-learning based version of Pinterest

Japan Just Knocked The U.S. Off The Top Of A Ranking Of The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputers

After this COVID winter comes an AI spring

Google Founder Sergey Brin Has a Secret Disaster Relief Squad

Dragonfly – Vanuatu Disaster Relief 2015

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