Author Archives: GilPress

About GilPress

I launched the Big Data conversation; writing, research, marketing services; &

The Rise of Facebook to the Top of the Social Networking Market

Facebook was a late-comer to the social networking market, defying the business mantra of “first-mover advantage.” Why did it succeed so fabulously where the pioneers of the industry, already with millions of participants, have failed so spectacularly? On April 15, 1999, LiveJournal was … Continue reading

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2001: A Space Odyssey and our fascination with (killer) AI

50 years ago, on April 2, 1968, the film 2001: A Space Odysseyhad its world premiere at the Uptown Theater in Washington, D.C. Reflecting the mixed reactions to the film, Renata Adler wrote in The New York Times that it was “somewhere between hypnotic … Continue reading

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The 3 Eras of IT: Computing, Communications, Communities

A number of this week’s milestones in the history of technology trace the shift in the focus of the “computer industry” from computing to communications to communities and the shifting fortunes of key players such as IBM, Apple, and Google. … Continue reading

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Twitter as Entertainment

One of this week’s milestones in the history of technology, the launch of Twitter, sheds light on the way we live now—deriving social status and enjoyment by playing games and gaining popularity on the Internet, including creating and spreading fake … Continue reading

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The Origins of Blue Origin SpaceX Race and the Broadcom ‏Qualcomm Fight

This week’s milestones in the history of technology include communicating through the ether and travelling through space. On March 16, 1926, Robert Goddard launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Futures of Work

A number of this week’s milestones in the history of technology connect accidental inventors and the impact of their inventions on work and workers. On March 11, 1811, the first Luddite attack in which knitting frames were actually smashed occurred in … Continue reading

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Debating the Impact of AI on Jobs

  One of this week’s milestones in the history of technology sets the tone to two centuries of debating the impact of machines and artificial intelligence on human work and welfare. On February 27, 1812, Lord Byron gave his first … Continue reading

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