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Trevor Noah Kills Video, ZTE Flips, Machines and Media – Future Forward #0028

This week – China’s ZTE. A massive threat, or never mind, just kidding? Then, can Machines make the future of Journalism less full of Fake News? the NYC Media Lab says maybe it can. All that plus, I’m going to share the untold story of my ongoing feud with Trevor Noah. Yup, it’s about Free Speech, and so far, I’m taking a beating. That’s Future Forward for this week. I’m Gene DeRose and I’m Steven Rosenbaum, Let’s launch.

Oculus Go, The NewFronts, and More!

it’s time for the NewFronts? Don’t know what that means, you’re not alone. It’s the launch of all the new Web Show’s in one jammed packed week. Lot’s to share on the future of web video. Then – Oculus Go is out in the wild, and we’ve got one of the very first ones in our hot hands. We’ll review. So, new hardware. New software. What’s not to love? This is Future Forward. Let’s Engage!

Future Forward – Can AT&T Survive The Trump Onslaught?

Welcome To FutureForward. Today – the future of the Phone Company.Is ATT&T on the verge of being pushed out of relevancy by FAANG? Or Just a great big phone company that wants to get bigger. Well, it depends on who you believe. Then – More moves in the Over The Top world. And – for a trip into the future, we’ll travel to the Tribeca Film Festival – Virtual Arcade. I’m Steven Rosenbaum and I’m Gene DeRose. Ready to launch Future Forward!

Future Forward Rundown:

open, Loving and Hating –

1). AT&T / Time Warner

Time Warner C.E.O. Testifies That AT&T Merger Is Needed to Battle Silicon Valley

AT&T CEO defends Time Warner merger in court
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/383969-att-ceo-defends-time-warner-merger-in-court

From the witness stand, AT&T chief details new $15-a-month streaming service
http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/19/media/att-watch-streaming-service/index.html

2). OTT Moves:
YouYube Takes a bite of Chedder

YouTube TV adds its first digital-only networks with launch of two channels from Cheddar

Verizon Video Stratedy

Source: Verizon to sharpen content strategy with OTT video service, IoT platform

3. Tribeca Virtual Reality
https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/virtual-arcade

#WarGames VR (World Premiere) – USA

objects in mirror AR closer than they appear (World Premiere) – USA
Based on the critically acclaimed theatrical performance The Object Lesson, objects in mirror AR closer than they appear fuses augmented-reality technology with an immersive theater installation, inviting audiences to reflect on the relationship between new media and archaic objects; 21st-century technology and 19th-century magic; and memory and optical illusion. The piece creates a philosophical playground to explore the shifting relationship between images,
memories, and things.

Terminal 3 (World Premiere) – USA, Pakistan
Project Creator: Asad J. Malik
Key Collaborators: Kaleidoscope VR, Anita Gou, RYOT, Philipp Schaeffer, Viva Wittman, Jack Daniel Gerrard,
Musa Ghaznavi
Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented-reality documentary that explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S.through the lens of an airport interrogation. As viewers put on the Hololens, they step into the uncanny to directly interrogate and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before them. These interrogations become strikingly personal encounters that only end when the participant decides if the hologram should be let into the country or not—but there is a twist.

Into the Now (World Premiere) – USA
Project Creator: Michael Muller
Key Collaborators: Michael Smith, Morne Hardenberg Director and legendary shark photographer Michael Muller’s lifelong fear of sharks eventually led him to discover the tranquility and peace of mind that is possible underwater, engaged with these curious and intimidating creatures. This stunning documentary, a revolutionary, stereoscopic virtual-reality experience, explores marine life and ocean
conservation via Muller’s own internal journey.

TED Explores The Future

Tech:
– Jaron Lanier

https://www.wired.com/story/ted-2018-is-all-about-facebookand-not-in-a-good-way/

– Steve Pinker
The world is an amazing place. So why aren’t we happier?

– James Bridle – YouTube and children

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/27/566769570/youtube-faces-increased-criticism-that-its-unsafe-for-kids

Architecture:
– Renzo Piano
– Bridge Builder Ian Firth

– Renzo Piano “Architecture is the art of telling stories”; “I’m Italian and I love beauty”; “Real beauty is when invisible join visible”; “Better cities make better citizens”

Bridge Builder Ian Firth “I think we have a duty to make our built environment beautiful. Anything else is a kind of grand scale vandalism.” @i_firth #TED2018

Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil at TED: Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s
http://www.businessinsider.com/basic-income-worldwide-by-2030s-ray-kurzweil-2018-4?r=UK&IR=T

Kurzweil at SXSW: The Power of Ideas to Transform the World Is Accelerating
http://www.kurzweilai.net/on-stage-ray-kurzweil-interview-at-south-by-southwest-event

SR Fear of Heights
– Alex Honnold – Rock climber
https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/ng-adventure/adv-beyond-the-edge-honnold

Privacy. Virtual Reality. And The Future of Food.

Today – We’ve Got FutureForward, a show in three acts. Act 1 – Privacy. Do You Have It? Do you Want It? What does it cost? Then, ACT 2. Virtual Reality. 12 Can’t Miss Projects from the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab. And Act 3. Hungry? You better be, as we take a bite into the Future of Food. I’m Steve Rosenbaum and I’m Gene DeRose -and this is FutureForward! So off we go!

Future Forward #2021 – Privacy. Virtual Reality. And Future of Food.

A Show In Three Acts –

Act #1 Ok, Fine – Let’s Talk About Privacy.

On Facebook, Zuckerberg gets privacy and you get nothing
https://www.zdnet.com/article/facebook-two-tier-privacy-one-rule-for-zuckerberg/

Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why ‘privacy is a human right’
https://www.recode.net/2018/4/6/17197754/watch-apple-ceo-tim-cook-msnbc

Europe is trying to force Facebook to take customers’ privacy seriously
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/5/17199754/facebook-europe-gdpr-mark-zuckerberg-data-privacy

Act #2 VR – And the Future @ Columbia University

Home – Carousel Navigation

https://medium.com/@StevenRosenbaum/2018-breakthroughs-in-storytelling-winners-9d1c847018a9

Winners:

“Arden’s Wake (Prologue)” and Maestro

The Believers Are But Brothers

Bloodless

Carne y Arena

Cosmic Top Secret

Did You Mean MailChimp?

Everything

It Must Have Been Dark By Then

What Remains of Edith Finch


* http://digitaldozen.io/projects/the-oracles/ SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

The Space We Hold


* http://digitaldozen.io/projects/zero-days-vr/ SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Home 2

Act #3 The Future of Food

At Plated, The Future Of Meal-Kit Services Is Grocery Stores
https://www.fastcompany.com/40484473/at-plated-the-future-of-meal-kit-services-is-grocery-stores

Where will meal kits find future growth?
https://www.fooddive.com/news/grocery–where-will-meal-kits-find-future-growth/507506/

Could This Be What Ends Up Keeping Meal Kits in Business?
http://www.foodandwine.com/news/meal-kits-in-grocery-stores

Whole Foods calls meeting with rattled suppliers

Whole Foods calls meeting with rattled suppliers, Bezos dines on iguana, Alexa laughs

Kids and Technology: Hard Questions About How We Raise A Techno Teen

Welcome To Future Forward, I’m Steve Rosenbaum, And I’m Gene DeRose. Today – a show in four parts. Part One: Addiction, Teens and Social Media. Part Two: Video Games – Are They Really Dangerous? Part Three: Apple. Are they losing the education market to Chrome books? And Part Four: Sex – How the web is changing intimacy for Teens
So – lots to cover, let’s dive in – starting as we do each week with Loving and Hating.

Kids and Technology: Hard Questions About How We Raise A Techno Teen

Chapter 1: Addiction & Social Media

Your Kid’s Phone Is Not Like a Cigarette

What parents should do instead of worrying that smartphones will ‘destroy’ their kids
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2018/03/27/take-heart-parents-screens-arent-necessarily-destroying-your-kids/?utm_term=.25030ddaa281

The real danger for kids today isn’t technology — it’s psychology
The real danger for kids today isn’t technology — it’s psychology

Is Instagram safe for kids?
https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/feature/social-networks/is-instagram-safe-for-kids-3673570/\

Chapter 2: Video Games:

It’s True: Violent Video Games Are Totally Sick
https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2018/03/10/if-violent-video-games-caused-mass-shootings-we-would-all-be-killers/#66d82e904d2b

Are video games bad for your kids? Not so much, experts now believe
http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-video-games-parenting-20171110-story.html

Should parents worry that their kids are playing Fortnite: Battle Royale?
https://www.independent.ie/life/family/parenting/should-parents-worry-that-their-kids-are-playing-fortnite-battle-royale-36702133.html

Chapter 3: Hardware & Apple

Apple highlights existing parental control features on new Families page
https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-creates-families-page-highlighting-existing-parental-control-features/

Kids Expect Apple To Meld Creativity And Education, Says Its Retail Chief
https://www.fastcompany.com/40550815/kids-expect-apple-to-meld-creativity-and-education-says-its-retail-chief

Apple reveals new $299 iPad at education-themed event
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/27/apple-education-event-in-chicago-tim-cooks-speech.html

Chapter 4: Sex

Why you need to talk to your kids about ‘sextortion’
https://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/03/28/why-you-need-talk-your-kids-sextortion/467375002/

The Problem With Watching Porn and Playing Video Games — For Girls
http://time.com/5215906/women-video-games-porn/

Extra! Extra! The Future of News?

– FT: Future of News Summit

Steve Bannon Interview at FT Future of News Conference

WATCH Billionaire Ken Fisher Tells Us Five Things You Didn’t Know About Cramer
https://www.thestreet.com/video/14532985/watch-billionaire-ken-fisher-tells-us-five-things-you-didn-t-know-about-cramer.html

Facebook says warning to Guardian group ‘not our wisest move
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/23/facebook-says-warning-to-guardian-group-not-our-wisest-move

– Facebook and the Future of News:

Facebook to publishers: We are your friend. Really.
http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/09/technology/business/facebook-publishers-sxsw/index.html

Facebook: We’re not backing away from news, but they are done with cheap clicks
https://medium.com/@LanceUlanoff/facebook-were-not-backing-away-from-news-but-they-are-done-with-cheap-clicks-ddc62c6ef94c

– Fundraising:

Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

Theskimm raises 12 million for its snarky newsletters

TheSkimm raises $12 million for its snarky newsletters

– New Solutions / Startups

Scroll, the news startup from former Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile

Scroll, the $5/month news subscription startup, signs up The Atlantic, Business Insider, Fusion Media Group, Slate, and others

Blockchain journalism startup Sludge hires 3 veteran reporters

Blockchain journalism startup Sludge hires 3 veteran reporters

DNAinfo Editors Launch Media Startup, Quickly Surpass Kickstarter Goal

DNAinfo Editors Launch Media Startup, Quickly Surpass Kickstarter Goal

SXSW – A FutureForward Spectacular!

Future Forward: Rundown;

A BLOCK: SXSW – A Recap

– Facebook and Publishers / conversation
– Reddit
– Eddy Cue / Apple and Curated News
– 5 Things about SXSW
– NY Times and Podcasting – what’s next?

Apple’s Curated News Vision Snaps Into Focus

Apple’s Curated News Vision Snaps Into Focus; Eddy Cue Attributes Growth to Curation (GUEST)

5 Things about SXSW 2018
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1b-YdqWTi9Hl9Nyjxzo2KoePUzwOj58x7lo7yIV44xlM/edit?usp=sharing

New Voices At The ‘New York Times’
https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/315876/new-voices-at-the-new-york-times.html

B BLOCK: YouTube and Wikipedia – Good News?

YouTube didn’t tell Wikipedia about its plans for Wikipedia
https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/14/17120918/youtube-wikipedia-conspiracy-theory-partnerships-sxsw

C BLOCK: Will Ready Player One be good for VR?

THE VR METAVERSE OF READY PLAYER ONE IS JUST BEYOND OUR GRASP
https://www.wired.com/story/ready-player-one-vr-metaverse/

Publish or Perish: Can The Media Survive The Plague of Platforms?

Rundown:

Publishers: Whipsawed by promise and Peril, can they find their footing in this ever-changing world?

Chapter #1 / Publishers lost their access to their audience, now they’re fighting to get it back:

‘A big resurgence’: Publishers get a boost from Twitter video

‘A big resurgence’: Publishers get a boost from Twitter video

Google is replacing Facebook’s traffic to publishers
https://www.recode.net/2018/2/15/17013618/google-facebook-traffic-publishers-amp-chartbeat

Video Briefing: Snapchat cozies up to more publishers for video shows

Video Briefing: Snapchat cozies up to more publishers for video shows

Facebook’s algorithm has wiped out a once flourishing digital publisher
http://www.businessinsider.com/littlethings-online-publisher-shuts-down-and-blames-facebook-algorithm-2018-2

Facebook launches a local news accelerator for publisher
Facebook launches a local news accelerator for publishers

Chapter #2 Events? Subscriptions. Can that be it?

‘No silver bullet’: Publishing’s ‘incremental’ revenue often doesn’t replace lost ad dollars

‘No silver bullet’: Publishing’s ‘incremental’ revenue often doesn’t replace lost ad dollars

‘It’s going to end in tears’: Reality check is coming for subscription-thirsty publishers

‘It’s going to end in tears’: Reality check is coming for subscription-thirsty publishers

Chapter #3 Pivot To Video? Not so much?

Google turns on the charm with publishers by focusing on subscriptions


Google turns on the charm with publishers by focusing on subscriptions

Here’s An Abridged Timeline Of Digital Media’s Pivot To Video
https://www.fastcompany.com/40534037/heres-an-abridged-timeline-of-digital-medias-pivot-to-video

For Digital Publishers, The “Pivot To Video” Bloodbath Is Here
https://www.fastcompany.com/40516189/for-digital-publishers-the-pivot-to-video-bloodbath-is-here

Bonus Round: Or – Blockchain?

AD LIB PODCAST: PO.ET CEO JARROD DICKER ON WHY BLOCKCHAIN COULD SAVE PUBLISHING
http://adage.com/article/podcasts/ad-lib-podcast-po-ceo-jarrod-dicker/312545/

Startup Raises $20 Million to Build ‘YouTube on the Blockchain’
https://www.coindesk.com/lino-raises-20-million-youtube-fight/

Good Bots vs. Bad Bots – Episode #0016

Bots. The Good, The Bad, The Evil. How to understand the coming Battle of the Bots

– Twitter Bots

How to spot a Twitter bot
https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/13/16125852/identify-twitter-bot-botometer-spambot-program

Twitter executive on fake news: ‘We are not the arbiters of truth’
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/02/08/twitter-executive-on-fake-news-we-are-not-the-arbiters-of-truth/?utm_term=.bd3f243444a2

– Facebook Bots

How do you know if a Facebook account is real or fake?
https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001850.htm

– Linked In

LinkedIn scams – how to spot fake connection requests & fake recruiters
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-scams-how-spot-fake-connection-requests-bukhari/

How to Spot the Most Common LinkedIn Scams
https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-avoid-linkedin-scams-2062693

Human Tests

Think fast – this system watches you answer questions to make sure you’re human
Think fast – this system watches you answer questions to make sure you’re human

What’s the difference between “good” bots and “bad” bots?
https://www.axios.com/how-bots-and-fake-accounts-work-1513306547-4b0214b2-3277-422a-b492-06a1c0e2c61e.html

The SCAMMERS:

The Follower Factory – Inside social media’s black market.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/27/technology/social-media-bots.html

After Florida School Shooting, Russian ‘Bot’ Army Pounced

Build Your Own Chat Bot;

Amazon Lex – Conversational interfaces for your applications Powered by the same deep learning technologies as Alexa
https://aws.amazon.com/lex/?sc_channel=PS&sc_campaign=pac_ps_q4&sc_publisher=google&sc_medium=lex_nb_pac_search&sc_content=chatbot_p&sc_detail=chatbot&sc_category=lex&sc_segment=webp&sc_matchtype=p&sc_country=US&sc_geo=namer&sc_outcome=pac&s_kwcid=AL!4422!3!243293793597!p!!g!!chatbot&ef_id=WkeymgAAAIVvYQ8g:20180221164537:s

14 MOST POWERFUL PLATFORMS TO BUILD A CHATBOT
https://www.marutitech.com/14-powerful-chatbot-platforms/

Steven Rosenbaum
Technologist / Business Leader / Author
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