Structure vs. Chaos: Why I am Team Elon and think that AI regulation is absolutely necessary


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In late July there was an open controversy between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg about the impact of AI and if we would need to introduce regulations to it. It culminated in this tweet.

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Musk calls for heavy AI regulation, while Zuckerberg argued that AI can improve people’s lives in many ways. Although under the brand “Technology is our friend” I have always taken the optimistic and progressive view on tech, I can’t follow Mark Zuckerberg’s argument – because no one denies this and there is no reason we couldn’t reach these advancements with “regulated AI”. On the other hand, I am not afraid of Skynet and machine-robots taking over the world. I rather think that we need to regulate AI because I believe that human societies cannot – at least not yet – deal with what AI is capable of or will be capable of in the near future. Continue reading

Cameras will be the next big platforms

In August 2006, Facebook launched its developer platform. If you define a platform as an environment in which software can be executed that embeds into this environment by utilizing standard features and data provided by this platform, this may have been one of the first large-scale platforms that entered a new abstraction level: “above” hardware and “above” operating systems, building on a customer-facing software that was designed to run on a variety of computing and operating systems and, by extension, on a number of hardware devices – kind of a “meta platform”. Compared to pure Windows, Android and iOS developing for example, the grade of openness on such platforms is very high, and at the same time the abilities of such platforms are limited to the “lowest” degree of functionality that will be available on all the software and hardware it has to work on. In theory, this could mean that peak innovations may happen on more limited, specialized platforms, while their broad adaptation may happen or be accelerated through such “meta-platforms”. I believe that cameras will be the next iteration where these processes can be observed: They provide an environment in which software can be executed that utilizes standardized features and data. This may lead to an entirely new breed of “apps” as well as to a significant enhancement of many apps as we know them today. Apple is moving into this direction with its ARKit, and Facebook made its camera a platform, too.

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Eine Runde Nebel-Stochern: Sportrechte und Digitalisierung

Nicht erst seit Helene Fischer ist die Betrachtung von Sport als TV-Entertainment-Produkt versus einer Behandlung als Kulturgut Gegenstand hitziger Diskussionen. Bei uns geht es dabei vorrangig um Fußball, aber eine Diskussion um Kommerzialisierung und damit letztlich um Digitalisierung lässt sich auch in anderen Märkten mit anderen Sportrechten beobachten.


Die Tatsache, dass für TV-Rechte im Sport immer mehr Geld gezahlt wird – zumindest in der Spitze, im “Short Tail” – lässt viele, nicht nur Scheichs, wild entschlossen investieren, und bringt andere dazu, bei jedem neuen TV-Vertrag das endgültige Erreichen des Gipfels zu diagnostizieren und den baldigen Abstieg zu prophezeien. Letztere sehen in einem einfachen Streaming-Angebot der heutigen Rechte-Verkäufer – im Fußball in der Regel Verbände bzw. Ligen-Organisationen – den einzigen Ausweg, andere sagen, darin würde der Fußball massiv unterkapitalisiert und würde vor allen Dingen auch seine dominierende Rolle gefährden, weil die nicht zahlungskräftige, aber insgesamt Meinungs-bildende Masse darin wohl weitestgehend ausgeschlossen würde. In Wahrheit stochern alle im Nebel und folgen eher Intuition, eigenen Wünschen oder der Geschichte, die gerade für ihre eigenen Interessen die dienlichste ist. Das klingt jetzt negativer, als ich es meine: ich halte Nebel-Stochern in schweren Sichtverhältnissen für eine recht valide Methode, um zumindest in kleinen Tippelschritten vorwärts zu kommen, und will, weil die Digitalisierung in eigentlich allen Branchen mein Lieblingsthema, ganz besonders aber bei Medien, und Sport nun einmal eines meiner Hauptbeschäftigungsfelder ist, privat und beruflich, gerne ein wenig mitstochern. Continue reading

There’s no reason why Instagram and Snapchat shouldn’t co-exist

Many people say that with Instagram stories, Snapchat is doomed. We shouldn’t be too quick with such assumptions, especially when Snapchat is funded to run until the year 4310 if it wants to, but it is interesting to analyze the move and what it means for both services’ future: My take is that it helps both in building a vertical video advertising market.


When I understood the mechanics of Snapchat (with my third try), I came to the conclusion that the service is here to stay, and to grow further, also beyond “crazy millenials”.  I am sticking with that. Instagram’s move to introduce stories will certainly make things harder for Snapchat, but it will not be a question of survival: Snapchat’s biggest issue will be account discovery.

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