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Social media, confirmation bias and its use in marketing #FakeNews #Propaganda #SocialMedia

(I originally posted this on May 24, 2014, about 2 1/2 years before “fake news” became a popular meme. Since then, social media has become a friction-less platform for the spread of propaganda, fake news, and worse. I run an entire blog on the topic of social media propaganda at Occupy Propaganda – the title being a spoof on a whole bunch of “Occupy” titled propaganda and fake news web sites on Facebook.) Confirmation bias...

McDonald’s testing mobile app ordering for its restaurants #Iot #Automation

McDonald’s has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be “stressful.” Source: McDonald’s tests mobile ordering before national rollout | KATU Six months ago, I saw a self service order kiosk in a McDonald’s in Utah (the image accompanying this story is my photo of that). Mobile app self ordering is another way to speed up the customer experience – and potentially reduce labor costs as automation is now...

This web site was just switched over to https instead of http

https provides secure access to this web site versus http which was unencrypted. There is nothing on this web site that needs to be encrypted but browser makers are starting to force the conversion of web sites from http to https by displaying various warnings. Google is using https as a ranking selector – web sites using https will be ranked higher in search results than those with only http. When you access the web...

Tech’s other problem – arrogance

In Silicon Valley: “Suddenly the mind-set became that if you’re a young kid who’s arrogant and disrespectful and doesn’t have the right social skills, that’s the mark of a good entrepreneur.” Source: Uber CEO’s admission he needs to ‘grow up’ highlights perils of being a young leader – MarketWatch There’s been much news coverage over sexism, and less coverage about age-ism, in the tech sector. This article highlights another problem – the culture of arrogance...


Wendy’s to install self order kiosks in 1,000 stores #Robots #IOT #Automation #Wendys

This happens when wage and benefit requirements rise as capital costs (robots/automation) fall rapidly: “Wendy’s plans to install self-ordering kiosks in 1,000 of its stores — about 16 percent of its locations — by the end of the year.” Source: Wendy’s to install ordering kiosks in 1,000 stores this year Sharing is Awesome! Do it!

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