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Two unethical “business” models

It was pointed out to me that there are two more ways people make money, and that means there are two more "business" models of some kind. I didn't list them in my original post as "business" models because, to me, they are so awful: 4. Take valuable things from others by force Bank robbery,…

There are only Three Base Business Models

[Updated 2014-01-05: for completeness reasons, here are two more categories: 4) robbing people, and 5) taking advantage of people. In my book, they don't qualify as "business" models because they are borderline or actually criminal, but they do exist.] If you put all business models into the following three buckets, suddenly all sorts of things…

My WiFi scale messages me: “we machines are ready to take over”

Got this e-mail yesterday: Hi Johannes.Ernst, Your Aria battery level is low. Replace your batteries as soon as possible. Your Aria scale is powered by 4 standard 1.5V AA batteries. This type of battery can be found wherever batteries are sold. To replace the batteries in your Aria... It took me a little while to…

Two Mega-Trends

Salim Ismael, founding Executive Director and Global Ambassador of Singularity University, recently identified one of the mega-trends of our times as follows (I'm paraphrasing): There are those changes that are exponential, like Moore's Law, the advancements in sequencing genomes, or global knowledge. And there are those changes that remain linear (or are so slow they…