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Re: <nettime> The Five Minutes App
Magnus Boman on Fri, 4 Aug 2017 11:02:24 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> The Five Minutes App


Restating what you call obvious in hype terms: on the voice app market, Amazon's Alexa is leading the race and this market is estimated to <insert silly number here> billions, with Google and Microsoft tailing. This is sold as getting rid of the keyboard and mouse, which surely never were much good to us for communication human-to-human, but it is again the "scarcity" you mention: a phone being used for voice, imagine that, with almost all of its capabilities dormant. (This time the phone has a hard disk though, so we _will_ be logged.) The Luddite dimension is added to by Amazon paying voice app developers in cash. Stealth retro tech dev paid by the world's richest man in paper money!
M.

On Wed, Aug 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM Morlock Elloi <morlockelloi {AT} gmail.com> wrote:
Obvious but needs pointing out:

(Re)assigning a value to the act of communicating by introducing the
scarcity (and therefore the cost) could be the key shift (pun intended)
in making the content valuable on the massive scale.

When communicating in person this is implicit - there is a material cost
to producing the voice and keeping the relevant bodies in required
proximity. The fact that tele-communication is, paradoxically, 'free' is
consequently de-valuing the content. And no, humans are not smart enough
to triage the content just based on content.

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