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.
    https://time.com/5735384/capitalism-reckoning-elitism-in-america-2019/


  2. A sobering look at what happens with rocket barons build 21st century version of company towns.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/business/amazon-baltimore.html


  3. Compelling thoughts on how social media and the internet might be different.
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/30/opinion/social-media-future.html


  4. The internet can be feral. What happens when you’re able to pay a subscription to avoid the worst of it?
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/13/magazine/internet-premium.html


  5. How monopolies are strangling the US economy. And how Europe is doing better because of its tough-on-tech regulations.
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/01/america-is-not-the-land-of-the-free-but-one-of-monopolies-so-predatory-they-imperil-the-nation


  6. How media, researchers, and inventors conspire to overhype AI.
    https://thegradient.pub/an-epidemic-of-ai-misinformation/


  7. The bubble is starting to burst…
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/silicon-valley-adjusts-to-new-reality-as-100-billion-evaporates-11574764205


  8. Amazon moves from surveillance capitalism to state surveillance. All thanks to your fucking doorbell.
    https://theintercept.com/2019/11/26/amazon-ring-home-security-facial-recognition


  9. The glut of cardboard from Amazon deliveries is choking recycling efforts.
    https://www.theverge.com/2019/12/2/20986298/cyber-monday-black-friday-amazon-effect-recycling-cardboard-shopping


  10. Great podcast about cities regulating companies like Uber and AirBnB. Worth it for the conversation about failing/passing the duck test alone.
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2019/dec/02/cities-vs-big-tech-chips-with-everything-podcast


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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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