Pets go BIG. Netflix beats Comcast. G.D.P.R. WTF? FuFWD #0029

This week US Web companies scramble as the EU kicks our ass with four little letters. G.D.P.R. So, what is it exactly? Then – you know, while no one was paying attending Netflix and Chill just got bigger than Comcast. Wow. And this week in Venture Capital. Crazy Cash for Pets – what could go wrong there? I’m Gene DeRose and I’m Steven Rosenbaum, and this is Future Forward… Let’s Launch!

What the Hell is GDPR?

The Birth Of GDPR: What Is It And What You Need To Know
https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewrossow/2018/05/25/the-birth-of-gdpr-what-is-it-and-what-you-need-to-know/#36af62c155e5

Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over “forced consent”

Facebook, Google face first GDPR complaints over ‘forced consent’

GDPR jokes to help ease the pain

GDPR jokes to help ease the pain

It’s Time To Talk About Netflix

Netflix is now worth more than Comcast
https://www.recode.net/2018/5/23/17386696/netflix-reed-hastings-comcast-worth-more

For a moment, Netflix was worth more than Disney
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/24/investing/netflix-disney-comcast-market-value/index.html

Is Netflix Uninvestable? Two Insiders Weigh In
https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkobayashisolomon/2018/05/22/is-netflix-uninvestable-two-insiders-weigh-in/#185 3f60b2175

Netflix magic market number larger than big cable company’s magic market number

Netflix magic market number larger than big cable company’s magic market number

Dog Walking Services? WTF?

Rover Raises 155m.

Dog-sitting startup Rover just raised $155M

On-demand dog walking app Wag raises $300 million from SoftBank Vision Fund

On-demand dog walking app Wag raises $300 million from SoftBank Vision Fund

Dog-Walking App Wag, Which Is Kind of Like an Uber for Dogs, Reportedly Loses Another Good Boy
https://gizmodo.com/dog-walking-app-wag-which-is-kind-of-like-an-uber-for-1826029927

Trevor Noah Kills Video, ZTE Flips, Machines and Media – Future Forward #0028

This week – China’s ZTE. A massive threat, or never mind, just kidding? Then, can Machines make the future of Journalism less full of Fake News? the NYC Media Lab says maybe it can. All that plus, I’m going to share the untold story of my ongoing feud with Trevor Noah. Yup, it’s about Free Speech, and so far, I’m taking a beating. That’s Future Forward for this week. I’m Gene DeRose and I’m Steven Rosenbaum, Let’s launch.

Facebook F8. Google IO – Future Forward

This week Facebook’s F8 developers Conference – announces Dating service, Oculus Go and Watch Party. Then Google I/O show’s off Google AI and Talking Robots. Its Big tech – making big moves.
Then, some of our favorite startups hit the end of the road. That’s Future Forward for this week. I’m Steven Rosenbaum and I’m Gene DeRose… let’s launch!

THE BIG CONFERENCES –

loving / hating –

FACEBOOK F8

Here Are Some Key Takeaways From Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference

Here Are Some Key Takeaways From Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference

The Virtual Insanity of F8

The Virtual Insanity of F8

The F8 Developer Conference is over: Here’s everything Facebook announced

The F8 Developer Conference is over: Here’s everything Facebook announced

GOOGLE I/O

8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

8 big announcements from Google I/O 2018

The 5 best things from Google I/O this year
https://www.cnet.com/news/5-best-things-from-google-io-2018/

THE DEADPOOL:

Dead pool

Birchbox

Birchbox has sold majority ownership to one of its hedge fund investors after sale talks with QVC fell through
https://www.recode.net/2018/5/1/17305940/birchbox-recap-viking-global-qvc-merger-sale

Basically, no one wanted to buy Birchbox
https://www.fastcompany.com/40567089/basically-no-one-wanted-to-buy-birchbox

Birchbox invaded by Vikings, leaving investors empty-handed

Birchbox invaded by Vikings, leaving investors empty-handed

Klout – is out.
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/05/klout-is-out-social-media-mojo-ranking-service-to-shutter/

Medium abruptly cancels the membership programs of its 21 remaining subscription publisher partners

Medium abruptly cancels the membership programs of its 21 remaining subscription publisher partners

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Oculus Go, The NewFronts, and More!

it’s time for the NewFronts? Don’t know what that means, you’re not alone. It’s the launch of all the new Web Show’s in one jammed packed week. Lot’s to share on the future of web video. Then – Oculus Go is out in the wild, and we’ve got one of the very first ones in our hot hands. We’ll review. So, new hardware. New software. What’s not to love? This is Future Forward. Let’s Engage!

Is The Future of TV Here – Today?

Is The Future of TV Here – Today?

So, let’s talk about TV. Not the old kind, the new kind. Starting with Roku. This is Future Forward. It used to be Roku was a good way to get to Netflix, but now it’s becoming a powerhouse all it’s own. Then, we’ll talk about shows. You know, only the good ones. And finally can tech save Journalism – we’ll explore.

Is Roku A Sleeping Giant?

The Roku Channel expansion is basically confirmed

The Roku Channel expansion is basically confirmed

Roku is adding a bunch of free news
http://www.businessinsider.com/roku-adding-free-news-2018-4

IPG Study Finds Roku Ads More Effective Than Linear
https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/ipg-study-finds-roku-ads-more-effective

Let’s talk about shows!

Billions
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/billions

Homeland
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/homeland

Silicon Valley
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/silicon_valley

Barry
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/barry/s01

Altered Carbon
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/altered_carbon/s01

Bosch
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/bosch

The Handmaid’s Tale
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/the_handmaid_s_tale

Westworld
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/westworld

Glitch
https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/glitch

Can Tech Save Journalism – does it need saving?

Civil, the blockchain-based journalism marketplace, is building its first batch of publications

Civil, the blockchain-based journalism marketplace, is building its first batch of publications

The Blockchain is Here to Save Journalism, Says CEO of Po.et Startup
https://www.inverse.com/article/43067-blockchain-journalism

or crush it?

The future of journalism? A.I. rewrites news depending on your politics
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/news-site-rewrites-stories/

Future Forward – Can AT&T Survive The Trump Onslaught?

Welcome To FutureForward. Today – the future of the Phone Company.Is ATT&T on the verge of being pushed out of relevancy by FAANG? Or Just a great big phone company that wants to get bigger. Well, it depends on who you believe. Then – More moves in the Over The Top world. And – for a trip into the future, we’ll travel to the Tribeca Film Festival – Virtual Arcade. I’m Steven Rosenbaum and I’m Gene DeRose. Ready to launch Future Forward!

Future Forward Rundown:

open, Loving and Hating –

1). AT&T / Time Warner

Time Warner C.E.O. Testifies That AT&T Merger Is Needed to Battle Silicon Valley

AT&T CEO defends Time Warner merger in court
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/383969-att-ceo-defends-time-warner-merger-in-court

From the witness stand, AT&T chief details new $15-a-month streaming service
http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/19/media/att-watch-streaming-service/index.html

2). OTT Moves:
YouYube Takes a bite of Chedder

YouTube TV adds its first digital-only networks with launch of two channels from Cheddar

Verizon Video Stratedy

Source: Verizon to sharpen content strategy with OTT video service, IoT platform

3. Tribeca Virtual Reality
https://www.tribecafilm.com/festival/virtual-arcade

#WarGames VR (World Premiere) – USA

objects in mirror AR closer than they appear (World Premiere) – USA
Based on the critically acclaimed theatrical performance The Object Lesson, objects in mirror AR closer than they appear fuses augmented-reality technology with an immersive theater installation, inviting audiences to reflect on the relationship between new media and archaic objects; 21st-century technology and 19th-century magic; and memory and optical illusion. The piece creates a philosophical playground to explore the shifting relationship between images,
memories, and things.

Terminal 3 (World Premiere) – USA, Pakistan
Project Creator: Asad J. Malik
Key Collaborators: Kaleidoscope VR, Anita Gou, RYOT, Philipp Schaeffer, Viva Wittman, Jack Daniel Gerrard,
Musa Ghaznavi
Terminal 3 is an interactive, augmented-reality documentary that explores contemporary Muslim identities in the U.S.through the lens of an airport interrogation. As viewers put on the Hololens, they step into the uncanny to directly interrogate and determine the fate of, the hologram passenger before them. These interrogations become strikingly personal encounters that only end when the participant decides if the hologram should be let into the country or not—but there is a twist.

Into the Now (World Premiere) – USA
Project Creator: Michael Muller
Key Collaborators: Michael Smith, Morne Hardenberg Director and legendary shark photographer Michael Muller’s lifelong fear of sharks eventually led him to discover the tranquility and peace of mind that is possible underwater, engaged with these curious and intimidating creatures. This stunning documentary, a revolutionary, stereoscopic virtual-reality experience, explores marine life and ocean
conservation via Muller’s own internal journey.

TED Explores The Future

Tech:
– Jaron Lanier

https://www.wired.com/story/ted-2018-is-all-about-facebookand-not-in-a-good-way/

– Steve Pinker
The world is an amazing place. So why aren’t we happier?

– James Bridle – YouTube and children

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/11/27/566769570/youtube-faces-increased-criticism-that-its-unsafe-for-kids

Architecture:
– Renzo Piano
– Bridge Builder Ian Firth

– Renzo Piano “Architecture is the art of telling stories”; “I’m Italian and I love beauty”; “Real beauty is when invisible join visible”; “Better cities make better citizens”

Bridge Builder Ian Firth “I think we have a duty to make our built environment beautiful. Anything else is a kind of grand scale vandalism.” @i_firth #TED2018

Ray Kurzweil

Kurzweil at TED: Basic income will spread worldwide by the 2030s
http://www.businessinsider.com/basic-income-worldwide-by-2030s-ray-kurzweil-2018-4?r=UK&IR=T

Kurzweil at SXSW: The Power of Ideas to Transform the World Is Accelerating
http://www.kurzweilai.net/on-stage-ray-kurzweil-interview-at-south-by-southwest-event

SR Fear of Heights
– Alex Honnold – Rock climber
https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/ng-adventure/adv-beyond-the-edge-honnold

Privacy. Virtual Reality. And The Future of Food.

Today – We’ve Got FutureForward, a show in three acts. Act 1 – Privacy. Do You Have It? Do you Want It? What does it cost? Then, ACT 2. Virtual Reality. 12 Can’t Miss Projects from the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab. And Act 3. Hungry? You better be, as we take a bite into the Future of Food. I’m Steve Rosenbaum and I’m Gene DeRose -and this is FutureForward! So off we go!

Future Forward #2021 – Privacy. Virtual Reality. And Future of Food.

A Show In Three Acts –

Act #1 Ok, Fine – Let’s Talk About Privacy.

On Facebook, Zuckerberg gets privacy and you get nothing
https://www.zdnet.com/article/facebook-two-tier-privacy-one-rule-for-zuckerberg/

Apple CEO Tim Cook explains why ‘privacy is a human right’
https://www.recode.net/2018/4/6/17197754/watch-apple-ceo-tim-cook-msnbc

Europe is trying to force Facebook to take customers’ privacy seriously
https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/5/17199754/facebook-europe-gdpr-mark-zuckerberg-data-privacy

Act #2 VR – And the Future @ Columbia University

Home – Carousel Navigation

https://medium.com/@StevenRosenbaum/2018-breakthroughs-in-storytelling-winners-9d1c847018a9

Winners:

“Arden’s Wake (Prologue)” and Maestro

The Believers Are But Brothers

Bloodless

Carne y Arena

Cosmic Top Secret

Did You Mean MailChimp?

Everything

It Must Have Been Dark By Then

What Remains of Edith Finch


* http://digitaldozen.io/projects/the-oracles/ SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

The Space We Hold


* http://digitaldozen.io/projects/zero-days-vr/ SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Home 2

Act #3 The Future of Food

At Plated, The Future Of Meal-Kit Services Is Grocery Stores
https://www.fastcompany.com/40484473/at-plated-the-future-of-meal-kit-services-is-grocery-stores

Where will meal kits find future growth?
https://www.fooddive.com/news/grocery–where-will-meal-kits-find-future-growth/507506/

Could This Be What Ends Up Keeping Meal Kits in Business?
http://www.foodandwine.com/news/meal-kits-in-grocery-stores

Whole Foods calls meeting with rattled suppliers

Whole Foods calls meeting with rattled suppliers, Bezos dines on iguana, Alexa laughs

Kids and Technology: Hard Questions About How We Raise A Techno Teen

Welcome To Future Forward, I’m Steve Rosenbaum, And I’m Gene DeRose. Today – a show in four parts. Part One: Addiction, Teens and Social Media. Part Two: Video Games – Are They Really Dangerous? Part Three: Apple. Are they losing the education market to Chrome books? And Part Four: Sex – How the web is changing intimacy for Teens
So – lots to cover, let’s dive in – starting as we do each week with Loving and Hating.

Kids and Technology: Hard Questions About How We Raise A Techno Teen

Chapter 1: Addiction & Social Media

Your Kid’s Phone Is Not Like a Cigarette

What parents should do instead of worrying that smartphones will ‘destroy’ their kids
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2018/03/27/take-heart-parents-screens-arent-necessarily-destroying-your-kids/?utm_term=.25030ddaa281

The real danger for kids today isn’t technology — it’s psychology
The real danger for kids today isn’t technology — it’s psychology

Is Instagram safe for kids?
https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/feature/social-networks/is-instagram-safe-for-kids-3673570/\

Chapter 2: Video Games:

It’s True: Violent Video Games Are Totally Sick
https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2018/03/10/if-violent-video-games-caused-mass-shootings-we-would-all-be-killers/#66d82e904d2b

Are video games bad for your kids? Not so much, experts now believe
http://www.latimes.com/business/lazarus/la-fi-lazarus-video-games-parenting-20171110-story.html

Should parents worry that their kids are playing Fortnite: Battle Royale?
https://www.independent.ie/life/family/parenting/should-parents-worry-that-their-kids-are-playing-fortnite-battle-royale-36702133.html

Chapter 3: Hardware & Apple

Apple highlights existing parental control features on new Families page
https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/apple-creates-families-page-highlighting-existing-parental-control-features/

Kids Expect Apple To Meld Creativity And Education, Says Its Retail Chief
https://www.fastcompany.com/40550815/kids-expect-apple-to-meld-creativity-and-education-says-its-retail-chief

Apple reveals new $299 iPad at education-themed event
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/27/apple-education-event-in-chicago-tim-cooks-speech.html

Chapter 4: Sex

Why you need to talk to your kids about ‘sextortion’
https://www.desertsun.com/story/opinion/contributors/2018/03/28/why-you-need-talk-your-kids-sextortion/467375002/

The Problem With Watching Porn and Playing Video Games — For Girls
http://time.com/5215906/women-video-games-porn/

Extra! Extra! The Future of News?

– FT: Future of News Summit

Steve Bannon Interview at FT Future of News Conference

WATCH Billionaire Ken Fisher Tells Us Five Things You Didn’t Know About Cramer
https://www.thestreet.com/video/14532985/watch-billionaire-ken-fisher-tells-us-five-things-you-didn-t-know-about-cramer.html

Facebook says warning to Guardian group ‘not our wisest move
https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/23/facebook-says-warning-to-guardian-group-not-our-wisest-move

– Facebook and the Future of News:

Facebook to publishers: We are your friend. Really.
http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/09/technology/business/facebook-publishers-sxsw/index.html

Facebook: We’re not backing away from news, but they are done with cheap clicks
https://medium.com/@LanceUlanoff/facebook-were-not-backing-away-from-news-but-they-are-done-with-cheap-clicks-ddc62c6ef94c

– Fundraising:

Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

Media startup Cheddar launches its TV channel in Europe with Molotov

Theskimm raises 12 million for its snarky newsletters

TheSkimm raises $12 million for its snarky newsletters

– New Solutions / Startups

Scroll, the news startup from former Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile

Scroll, the $5/month news subscription startup, signs up The Atlantic, Business Insider, Fusion Media Group, Slate, and others

Blockchain journalism startup Sludge hires 3 veteran reporters

Blockchain journalism startup Sludge hires 3 veteran reporters

DNAinfo Editors Launch Media Startup, Quickly Surpass Kickstarter Goal

DNAinfo Editors Launch Media Startup, Quickly Surpass Kickstarter Goal