Do you pay attention to the tech news, especially in relation to the financial markets? The idea of self-driving cars and trucks and their near and long-term prospects gets a great deal of attention among the pundits. But why? Okay, at one level it reflects the growing operational power of artificial intelligence (AI)and neural networking … More Autonomous Vehicles: Why?
Who do you trust? Well, these days it is hard to judge. That is partly because we so often deal with people we do not know personally. We rarely see the same checkout clerk at the supermarket, unlike the old corner grocery. Supermarkets encourage us to use the “self-checkout” line where we interact with another … More Fraud, Intermediation, and Personal Security
As commonly used in finance, “intermediation” refers to banks and other financial institutions borrowing from savers/investors and lending to companies that need funds for investment in operations and new projects. I will look at the idea more broadly here. Intermediation occurs in countless ways in our industrial-consumer society. Most of the time, we do not … More Intermediation Blues
One of the many drawbacks of living in the intermediated world of industrial consumerism is that we have pretty much abandoned aesthetics. Form and function are mostly industrial products too. Marketing psychology drives them, like almost everything else. Diverse commercial and political interests present a pre-formed world to us on the flat digital screens of … More Aesthetics Abandoned