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In true December fashion, all media outlets were releasing their predictions for 2020, gift guides, and the intersection between technology and the holiday season! Other talked-about tech topics included AI, diversity and inclusion, innovation, and gadgets! With that little bit of knowledge, these articles stood out above the rest – and their share count proves it! We have rounded the top tech articles for December. It’s our gift to you!
Sam Byford, The Verge
The Why: In December of 2019, Xbox did a surprise reveal of the Xbox Series X, and it looks nothing like past consoles. The gaming PC is in stark contrast to its previous release, the One X. The latest version screams power through its sheer size. This article goes into detail about Xbox’s most recent features and puts the question of, “who would want to buy an Xbox?” to rest. Apparently, everyone wants to buy a Series X!
Good to see Xbox back on the map with this article, and taking the spotlight away from PlayStation products for some time, albeit brief.
Greg Satell, Harvard Business Review
The Why: Over the decade or two, the challenge is going to be to advance technology that we don’t understand well at all, “Power in this new era will not sit at the top of industrial hierarchies, but will emanate from the center of networks and ecosystems.” This Harvard Business Review article, Satell discusses three shifts that will happen in the future for the innovation of talent, technology, and information. The three changes include: from a digital to a post-digital age, from rapid iteration to exploration, and from hyper-competition to mass collaboration. One of the most expansive predictions for 2020!
Jonah M. Kessel, The New York Times
The Why: This article was apart of the New York Times documentary, “Killing in the Age of Algorithms.” It aims to examine the future of artificial intelligence and warfare. AI is going to change war, but not in the way that you would think. A great read on the function of AI as primarily an enabler, merely changing how wars are fought, but changing nothing in regards to the nature of war.
Jay Peters, The Verge
The Why: After over a year of waiting, Andriod users were excited for the release of the RCS Chat. This article detailed all the improvements over the previous messaging platform, SMS. RCS now supports read receipts, typing indicators, and better supports group chats. Check out Android’s new primary texting platform with the article!
Megan Rose Dickey, TechCrunch
The Why: In 2019, there was a lot of pressure towards tech companies to jumpstart diversity in many hiring and unconscious bias training efforts – primarily due to a lack of diversity present in their data. Going into 2020, the article predicts the dissolving of “the old white boys club” and calls for diversity and inclusion initiatives to be taken seriously. Recently, tech giants, Lyft and Pinterest, appointed Heads of Inclusion and Diversity. This initiative and investing in diverse tech companies will pave the way for the future!
We hope you are enjoying the new year thus far, but old habits die fast. If you are still looking for current tech topics to follow, please check out last week’s 5 Journalists To Follow on Twitter blog! We wouldn’t lead you astray.