shelly palmer

  • America: Divided We Stand, Together We Fall

    Shelly Palmer On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, circa 2:30pm, a 19-year-old gunman shot 17 people to death and injured over a dozen others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. “Breaking News” coverage was ubiquitous, and when I awoke Thursday morning, smartphone video had found its way...
  • An Open Letter to Elon Musk

    Shelly Palmer Dear Mr. Musk, I had my official Fisher Space Pen in one hand and an open package of vanilla freeze-dried ice cream in the other as Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” My whole family had gathered around the...
  • Fake News: A Case Study

    Shelly Palmer  Real fake news articles feature fabricated stories crafted to push a particular agenda. In most cases, the thesis of the article is supported by alternative facts (lies). But there are more subtle, more insidious types of fake news. Specifically, articles that might pass a cursory fact check,...
  • The Death of the Internet: What Happens Now?

    Shelly Palmer  Net Neutrality rules were originally enacted to ensure that all Americans would have equal access to a free and open Internet. We can argue about what Net Neutrality rules did and did not accomplish in a moment, but now I want to explore the most sensational of...
  • TV’s Cry for Help

    Shelly Palmer  Welcome to the TV industry’s latest bit of magic … prestidigitalization. It’s a new twist on the old sleight-of-measurement trick. Here’s how it works. You buy TV the old-fashioned way because, well, that’s how you buy TV. The ratings suck. You want to pay less because you’re...
  • The End of Net Neutrality Could Be Good for Marketers — And Bad for Almost Everyone Else

    Shelly Palmer  The Federal Communications Commission announced that it will vote on December 14 to enact the exceptionally misleadingly titled “Restoring Internet Freedom” order. If passed, it will do the opposite of restoring anything resembling freedom — it will repeal the current net neutrality rules which were enacted to...
  • Messy Desks Are Perfectly Optimized

    Shelly Palmer  While I was out at a meeting, my meticulously neat wife armed herself with a feather duster, donned protective pink rubber gloves, and viciously, mercilessly straightened, organized, and dusted the desk in my home office. My desk was clean, but the results were suboptimal. Everyone is talking...
  • iPhone X Review

    Shelly Palmer  What you’re about to read is going to sound like a love letter to Apple. So, just to level set, I stand by my assertion that “Imitation Is Not Innovation.” Apple’s high-end smartphone offerings are now feature-competitive with high-end Android devices. If you’re an iOS person, this review will...
  • What MeToo Is Teaching AI

    Shelly Palmer  AI is getting smarter every day. Google’s AutoML project has learned to replicate itself – early steps on the path to superintelligence. Just down the hall, DeepMind’s AlphaGoZero trained itself to beat the human-trained AlphaGo 100 games to zip! As we move closer to a world where machines train themselves – but think...