10 stories this week (w/e 7 Dec)

Further news & commentary to help you live 20 Minutes into the Future

Hello from 20 Minutes into the Future. I know you weren’t expecting me again until Tuesday but I’m trying something of an experiment. A weekender complement to the normal weekly commentary. Below you’ll find 10 links to stories that also take a critical look at how technology is shaping our lives today.

Do let me know if you’d like to see this become a weekly addendum. Thanks!

  1. The end of America’s second gilded age is coming. And it’s coming fast.

  2. A sobering look at what happens with rocket barons build 21st century version of company towns.

  3. Compelling thoughts on how social media and the internet might be different.

  4. The internet can be feral. What happens when you’re able to pay a subscription to avoid the worst of it?

  5. How monopolies are strangling the US economy. And how Europe is doing better because of its tough-on-tech regulations.

  6. How media, researchers, and inventors conspire to overhype AI.

  7. The bubble is starting to burst…

  8. Amazon moves from surveillance capitalism to state surveillance. All thanks to your fucking doorbell.

  9. The glut of cardboard from Amazon deliveries is choking recycling efforts.

  10. Great podcast about cities regulating companies like Uber and AirBnB. Worth it for the conversation about failing/passing the duck test alone.

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Daniel Harvey writes 20 Minutes into The Future. He is a product designer and has written for Fast Company, Huffington Post, The Drum, & more. If you're pissed about the current state of tech and want to see us do better then you’ve found a kindred spirit.

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