Earlier this week I did a podcast with my colleague Steven Sinofsky talking about the management structures of Google, Apple. The interesting thing is that the management structures that they've used to achieve that are actually very different.amazon apple companies extreme facebook google management platforms specific structures
People in tech and media have been saying that ‘content is king’ for a long time - perhaps since the VHS/Betamax battle of the early 1980s, and perhaps longer.
Since music no longer stops people from switching between platforms, it’s gone from being a moat (especially for Apple, the one platform company that actually had a strong position) to a low-margin check-box feature.amazon apple companies content industry music platform strategic tech TV
There's a pretty common argument in tech that though of course there are billions more smartphones than PCs, and will be many more still, smartphones are not really the next computing platform, just a computing platform, because smartphones (and the tablets that derive from them) are only used for consumption where PCs are used for creation.
There are two pretty basic problems with this line of thinking.consumer creation mobile PC pictures pretty Professional screen smartphone tool
I don't think that anyone believes that if we had general AI, it would be a toy - indeed it's more likely that it would think that we were a toy. You don’t think that you want to listen to music walking down the street, and you don’t think that you want to be able to call anyone from anywhere you might be.analyse application Ca capability human one recording sermon sound tool
Now that mobile is maturing and its growth is slowing, everyone in tech turns to thinking about what the Next Big Thing will be. It's easy to say that 'machine learning is the new mobile' (and everyone does), but there are other things going on too.car learning machine market means physical retail smartphone store things
All of this means that if we're at the 'Jeff Han' stage today, we're not far away from the iPhone 1 stage, and then, over the next decade or so, we could evolve to a truly mass-market product. Multitouch in smartphones means that we have direct physical interaction, so that we touch the thing we want on the screen instead of moving a mouse a foot or two away from it, but would we 'touch' AR objects that hover in the air?AR glasses Google Glass objects re screen things VR wall watch
There are two foundational technology changes rolling through the car industry at the moment; electric and autonomy. Both of these will cycle into essentially the entire global stock of (today) around 1.1bn cars over a period of decades, subject to all sorts of variables, and both of them completely remake the car industry and its suppliers, as well as parts of the tech industry.accidents autonomy battery car consequence demand electric gas hard industry
This autumn Apple will release a new iPhone design, and the fact that it postponed a new design and kept the 6 design for three years instead of two suggests it has something that will attract attention. Meanwhile, we have some indications that Apple is working on AR glasses (of which more later) and certainly was working on a car project - but neither of these is likely to see a mass-market consumer release for a year or two at the least (cars perhaps longer).car improvement indications innovation iPhone market PC Slow smartphones working
He built the glider, incidentally, with a gift of $5 sent to him by an American Civil War veteran after a school essay he'd written about Robert E. Lee was published in the local paper.
And yet, despite predicting half of our world, as a father in the 1950s he could not imagine why his daughter - my mother - wanted to work.earlier ended interstellar predicted predictions recall TV war wrong years
When I moved to Silicon Valley from London, in 2014, I bought a second-hand German car from 2009. The job is to stop the car crashing (or rather, stop the user from crashing the car), but the implementation is 'give the user 37 different icons on their dashboard'.button car dashboard feature interface model sensor software top warning
As we pass 2.5bn smartphones on earth and head towards 5bn, and mobile moves from creation to deployment, the questions change. What's the state of the smartphone, machine learning and 'GAFA', and what can we build as we stand on the shoulders of giants?build giants learning machine shoulders smartphone stand
Mobile means that, for the first time, pretty much everyone on earth will have a camera, taking vastly more images than were ever taken on film ('How many pictures?'). You might train an ‘is there a person in this image?’ neural network in the cloud with a vast image set - but to run it, you can put it on a cheap DSP with a cheap camera, wrap it in plastic and sell it for $10 or $20.camera cheap cloud data dog images learning machine services video
A couple of years ago internet companies moved from having a mobile team and a mobile strategy to what they called ‘mobile first’. Instead of building a product and deciding how and if it would work on mobile, new things are build for mobile by default, and don’t necessarily make their way back to the desktop.build building iPhone keyboard mobile necessarily PC presume smartphone things
Mobile phones and then smartphones have been swallowing other products for a long time - everything from clocks to cameras to music players has been turned from hardware into an app. In doing so, it changes the context but also changes the friction.amazon apple end point friction google home phone smartphone Snapchat watch
If you're a portfolio manager in a conventional public equities fund and you invest in a bunch of stocks that go down (or underperform the index), you could well lose your job, because your other investments can't make up for that loss. And if a public company went to zero, that would meant that a lot of people had screwed up really badly - public companies aren't ever supposed to go to zero, in the ordinary run of things.companies enormous entrepreneur fail idea public screwed stupid supposed things