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Posted by hkarner - 13. Januar 2020

Date: 11‑01‑2020

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Chef Christina Tosi, Roblox CEO David Baszucki and others predict what’s next for the way their industries work

David Baszucki

CEO and co‑founder, Roblox Corp., the maker of an online gaming hub with 100 million monthly active users

Just as the movie industry in the 1910s and ’20s went through a blossoming of tools and types of work, gaming is at the very early phase of that. Jobs will be more varied, and teams will continue to get larger and more distributed. A [game development] team may be situated in Lithuania with an artist in Vietnam and coders in Argentina. The developers may be 15 years old, as it’s easier to get into the digital economy than a traditional job [at that age]. We’ll see [more] companies where there is no central office: All communication is digital and employees come together once a year for an off‑site [meeting]. Additionally, digital civility will sit side by side with the quality of the tech and experience. To get the industry to a point where it’s just as safe to digitally watch or interact as it is to read a book, there will be a huge growth in technical roles like machine learning, natural‑language processing and image classification, as well as moderation, filter‑training and corporate digital ethicists and corporate policy makers—the people who decide what’s OK and what’s not OK.

Jeff Blau

CEO, Related Cos., the real‑estate developer of New York’s Hudson Yards Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A love affair with liberal democracy that soured

Posted by hkarner - 13. Januar 2020

Date: 09‑01‑2020

Source: The Economist Books and arts

“The Light that Failed” explores how, in eastern Europe, disillusionment set in

The Light that Failed. By Ivan Krastev and Stephen Holmes. Pegasus Books; 256 pages; $26.95. Allen Lane; £20.

In a viral video for a song by Sergei Shnurov, a Russian rock star, a provincial young woman in a shabby Soviet‑era apartment vies for the attention of a Westernised businessman she has befriended over Skype. He invites her to an art exhibition. She duly waxes and squeezes herself into tight jeans, emulating a model in a glossy magazine, and paints the soles of her shoes in red nail varnish to mimic the expensive Western originals. Alas, as she answers the door, the jeans treacherously split, the shoes stick to the floor—and the Russian Cinderella falls flat on her face.

A scathing take on Russia’s abortive date with the West, the video’s popularity was due in part to its liberating message. Don’t bother aping others, it wittily enjoined; stick with what you’ve got. The pitfalls for ex‑communist countries of copying the (once) liberal West are the subject of “The Light that Failed”, a sharp, polemical and ideas‑packed book by Ivan Krastev, a Bulgarian‑born political scientist who has witnessed and participated in the remaking of central and eastern Europe, and Stephen Holmes, an expert on the history of liberalism at New York University.

Published for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, their book sets out to explain how the liberal transformation of eastern Europe turned into a defeat for the idea of liberalism itself; why, after making reforms that paved the way for Europe’s emancipation, Russia became a bitter enemy of the West; and why “the end of history”—as Francis Fukuyama once put it—gave way to the apparent cancellation of the sunlit future. Membership of nato made many ex‑communist countries more secure than ever. Accession to the European Union helped make them unprecedentedly rich. Yet disillusionment set in. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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