Author: Andrew Keen

Facebook co-founder says its rise reveals the fault lines destroying the “American Dream”

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: 2018 might be Amazon’s year to take a leading role in online advertising More long term greed… Tim O’Reilly’s recipe for a successful 2018 In April 2004, a couple of Harvard undergraduate roommates took a walk in the pouring rain around the university campus. They were two of the three co-founders of an internet company that had launched a couple of months...

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2018 might be Amazon’s year to take a leading role in online advertising

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: Few people have a better overview of the tech economy than Sir Martin Sorrell, the co-founder and longtime CEO of the world’s largest advertising company, WPP. With WPP’s over 200,000 employees and a $75 billion media book, Sir Martin has a uniquely privileged insight into the future of the online advertising industry. And he believes that 2018 might be the year that...

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More long term greed… Tim O’Reilly’s recipe for a successful 2018

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: Few entrepreneurs are more universally respected in tech than Tim O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and author of WTF: What’s The Future and Why It’s Up To Us. So when O’Reilly – the so-called Oracle of Silicon Valley who invented the idea of Web 2.0 and now commands almost two million Twitter followers – says that Silicon Valley has a morality problem, there probably is a morality problem. But...

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As the federal government falters, technology is leading a rise of the rest in statehouses nationwide

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: The tech revolution is no longer confined to Silicon Valley or the California statehouse. Earlier this week, Steve Case announced that his Rise of the Rest seed fund, designed to invest in innovation in the Mid West and other areas traditionally overlooked by investors, had raised $150 million with commitments from tech executives including Jeff Bezos and Eric Schmidt. We are, as Peter Hirshberg recently...

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Fighting fake news online wins these three projects accolades

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: There are few greater threats to democracy in the world today than the proliferation of fake news and propaganda. So it was no surprise that this year’s National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) prestigious Democracy Award focused on websites and research organizations that are countering the distribution of fake news. The three winners of the 2017 Democracy Award, announced by NDI Chairwoman and former Secretary of...

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Why LA 2028 will be the first truly digital Olympic Games

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: Casey Wasserman, the founder and chief executive of the Los Angeles based talent agency Wasserman Media Group was tasked by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to lead the successful bid for the 2028 Olympics. In a recent interview at the Futurecast event at Warner Bros Studios in Hollywood Wasserman elaborated on how technology is changing the Olympics and the benchmark that the 2028 games will set for future generations. In 2028 Wasserman predicts many of today’s nascent digital technologies — from augmented reality to artificial intelligence to self-driving cars to fully functioning smart cities — might already have become realities. Wasserman – a significant angel investor in tech and entertainment startups –  predicts that digital technology will be central to the LA 2028 games. Augmented reality, he tells me, with its ability to replicate the physical experience of the Olympics to billions of people around the world, offers “a meaningfully significant opportunity”. This revolutionary technology, he believes, will make the experience “so much better” – both for those inside and outside the stadiums. It will empower what Hollywood has always been best at: “the telling of stories”. Silicon Valley can help in the preparation for...

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The Trump tech bubble

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: Late last year, before the November election, John Borthwick warned me that, if Trump won, the mechanics of the entire start-up investment ecosystem would grind to a shuddering halt. “I was wrong,” the New York-based chief executive of Betaworks now recognizes. Today, Borthwick admits that he’s “surprised” about how little has actually changed under President Trump. Indeed, in many ways, he acknowledges, things have...

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Why AI is now at the heart of our innovation economy

Andrew Keen Contributor Andrew Keen is the author of three books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo and The Internet Is Not The Answer. He produces Futurecast, and is the host of Keen On. More posts by this contributor: There are few more credible authorities on artificial intelligence (AI) than Hilary Mason the New York-based founder and chief executive of the data science and machine learning consultancy Fast Forward Labs. So, I asked Mason, who is also the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners and the former Chief Scientist at Bitly, whether today’s AI revolution is for real? Or is it, I wondered, just another catch-all phrase used by entrepreneurs and investors to describe the latest Silicon Valley mania? Mason – who sees “AI” as the “umbrella term” to describe “machine learning” and “big data” – acknowledges that it has become a “very trendy” area of start-up activity. That said, she says, there has been such rapid technological progress in machine learning over the last five years to make the field “legitimately exciting”. This progress has been so profound, Mason insists, that it is making AI “close” to the heart of our new innovation economy. But in contrast with the fears of prominent technologists like Elon Musk, Mason doesn’t worry about the threat to the human species of super intelligent machines. We humans, she says, use machines as tools — and the advent of AI doesn’t change this. “Machines aren’t rational,” she...

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