Eric Schmidt, who served as Google's CEO from 2001 until about two months ago, is speaking candidly about what decisions the company makes that effect us all. One big one: facial recognition, Schmidt said, is something he thinks can...
Our time's pretty much all hogged up between Facebook and Twitter, but that isn't stopping ex-MySpace Music CTO Dmitry Shapiro from forming a new social network built around enhanced privacy controls for users — a problem Facebook always slams into with every new major update. The question is, is that enough for a switch?
The early months of 2011 saw masses take to the streets to topple longstanding autocratic rulers. These upheavals differed from others in history in that there was no one charismatic leader or ideologically-driven group leading the charge. It's as if millions came together to act as one gigantic entity. And with the help of technology, they kind of were. While some observers have likened this flashmob ether to some insect-like "hive mind," television has a far more apt example at the ready: the Borg. Yes, it appears as if we are steadily transforming into Star Trek: The Next Generation's collective of bionic albinos who have united with technology in an unyielding mission to enslave the universe in cyberpunk servitude. In the short term, we probably won't be cruising in a giant space cube in search of civilizations to assimilate. However, the next decade will see a spate of advances that will foster a collective linked-in consciousness. Here's a look at the tech that will literally, figuratively, and irrevocably break down the walls between our machines and our selves. Resistance is futile. Or some such.
How do Linkedin and Tumblr stack up against MySpace and Friendster? Check out this infographic to see who is using which social networks and why....
Need a little bit of help standing up to a repressive foreign government? The U.S. State Department probably isn't going to give you an airdrop of heavy weapons, but they are thinking about providing an app for your cellphone to help inform (and protect) all your activist friends when you get hauled off for interrogation.
Twitter, which already allows celebrities to communicate what they had for breakfast to an irrationally interested public, is now also a robot testing ground. A research project called Socialbot has recently shown that robots have no trouble creating, or destroying, social network communities with cleverly disguised fake tweets.
Need even faster access to stalk your friends on Facebook? Faster than your fingers can click the mouse? S.N.A.K. — the Social Network Access Keyboard with way too many Facebook shortcut keys is the way to go.
Another social network you say? That's the plan, if Google's social network, dubbed "Google +1" (Plus One) ever comes to fruition. Apparently, Google +1 is so significant that even Sergey Brin, one of the founders of the company, is already knee deep in the project.
It's no secret that Google has been planning a social network of its own, but now CEO Eric Schmidt is talking more frankly about it. What do we know right now? It could be called Google Me, appear as early as this fall, and Google is hoping Facebook well aid in its own destruction.