Still Paying the ‘Wheeler Tax’ - WSJMr. Singer specifically looks at capital expenditures on network infrastructure. He finds that, after an era of growth, the 12 largest U.S. internet service providers reduced investment by 8% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period in 2014, the last year before the new regulatory regime. This is what has become known in the industry as the “Wheeler tax.”
Europe's robots to become 'electronic persons' under draft planEurope's growing army of robot workers could be classed as "electronic persons" and their owners liable to paying social security for them if the European Union adopts a draft plan to address the realities of a new industrial revolution.
Even if Apple's iPhone manufacturing came to America, the jobs wouldn't - AEI | Pethokoukis Blog » AEIdeasBut the story of manufacturing is one of greater productivity through automation. We are not returning to mass manufacturing employment. The 1960s ain’t coming back.
FCC Internet Regulations Must Be Scaled Back – InsideSourcesThe only thing that can prevent Moore’s Law from revolutionizing communication in the next five years is a regulatory policy that inhibits investment in new networks. Research by economist Hal Singer indicates that the FCC’s net neutrality regulations are already having that effect.
Tom Wheeler’s Internet Debacle - WSJAppalled at the idea that businesses and their customers would decide which pricing plans are acceptable—rather than letting federal bureaucrats set the terms—so-called Net Neutrality activists now “claim that letting consumers watch online video for free is ‘discriminatory,’ ‘limits user choice,’ and ‘stifles free expression,’” reports Mr. Pai. “Some even argue that such a practice, known as zero-rating, is a human rights violation!
L. Gordon Crovitz: The Grinch Who Stole . . . Drones - WSJIn a rare interview, Mr. Bezos this month told a Business Insider conference that developing drones turned out to be the easy part. “Technology is not going to be the long pole,” Mr. Bezos said. “The long pole is going to be regulatory.” He added: “I think it is sad but possible that the U.S. could be late” to benefiting from drones. “Maybe I’m being too skeptical. I hope I’m wrong.”
While emoji offer creative expression within their own terms, they also may confine us to a type of communicative monoculture. What’s more, emoji also hold out the promise of emotional standardization in the service of data analysis: If a feeling can be summed up in a symbol, then theoretically that feeling can be more easily tracked, categorized, and counted.