Over the last decade, Amazon has outfitted its warehouses with robots, performance-tracking software, and reengineered workflows—all in the name of pushing the limits on what Amazon can offer its customers, and how quickly. Vox says these innovations have created labor issues, including comparatively high injury and worker churn rates, turning a great American innovation story into a complex evaluation of what it takes to get what we want when we want it.
Steve Jobs fell for it, so did Steve Sewell, founder of Builder.io, among countless others. But avoiding it takes just a simple mindset shift. The problem is not a technical one, CIO.com says, but rather a mindset: the tendency to allow technological efforts to become ends in themselves. To avoid this blunder, pay attention to the end user, always.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., intends to put bipartisan tech antitrust legislation up for a vote by early summer, Axios has learned. The bill would ban Big Tech companies like Google, Apple, Amazon and Meta from favoring their own services in an anticompetitive way. If the bill doesn't pass soon, its prospects in the next Congress look shaky.
Mojo, a company that is developing smart contact lenses, is about to embark on comprehensive testing of lenses that will give the wearer a heads-up display that appears to float in front of their eyes, the BBC reports. The product's lens corrects the user's vision, but also incorporates a tiny microLED display, smart sensors and solid-state batteries.
As digital assets like cryptocurrency and NFTs become more mainstream, design thinker and head of Instagram Adam Mosseri believes that creators are uniquely positioned to benefit. In a TED Talk, he says these blockchain-enabled technologies could remove the need for the "middleman"—large social media platforms—and allow creators to more freely distribute their work and connect with their audiences.
While cryptocurrencies are known for volatility, stablecoins pegged to fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar aim to provide refuge to those who want to exit constant volatility while still staying in the crypto market. But Coindesk reports that the stunning crash of UST stablecoin and LUNA, its sister token, has many questioning if an algorithmic stablecoin can be trusted.
Digital video ad spending in the U.S. is up more than 50 percent compared to last year, with total revenues of $39.5 billion, Martech reports. To accurately analyze and leverage video ad results, advertisers need to understand the way each platform counts and charges for video ad views.
Entering the metaverse can be daunting for even the most trailblazing brands, as it requires thoughtful planning and the right talent to capitalize on the opportunity. As the opportunity grows, Contently says, marketers are taking lessons from gaming companies to build a whole new set of engaging brand experiences.
Surveillance devices are becoming more ubiquitous. Their growing popularity, Wired reports, has prompted some to ask: Do those who unknowingly appear in cam footage have rights—and who gets to decide?
Japanese researchers have developed a set of charged chopsticks that make food taste saltier without adding additional spices, Tech in Asia reports. The device sends a small electric current, which delivers sodium ions from the food to the mouth and gives the eater a stronger salty sensation.