It takes some moral gymnastics to argue that mass surveillance to stop terrorists is beyond the pale but mass surveillance to serve advertising is perfectly fine.
It's conflicting. There IS outrage here, rightly, but the reality of the technologies and ideologies involved is nuanced. Nuance and anger don't mix.
I've run afoul of this myself. When I was a bit younger I had a Cigna plan that meant I was basically insured in name only. I thought I had health insurance, but I really didn't. One visit to the emergency room later and I was stuck with a $2,500 hospital bill that my insurance covered none of and that I couldn't afford to pay. It took months of bargaining with the hospital to show financial hardship so I could get that cut down, and the fact that I "had insurance" actually worked against me during the process.
Especially if the Gigafactory gets built Tesla will have more capacity than anyone else to make the biggest non-commodity bit of an electric vehicle, the battery.
Of course, Gigafactory being built is still a very big if. But this could help line up more partners and make fundraising easier.
The danger is that someone takes that patented tech and out-innovates Tesla, but it seems to be a small one. Electric vehicles are a non-trivial technology venture even when you don't have to dodge patents. And Tesla is farther along than anyone. It makes more sense to partner than to steal.
Which is why it was really interesting to speak with Kevin Denuccio, the man charged with turning Violin around. He's got a very different perspective on the industry than a lot of other executives in the space, and actually thinks Violin might just be placed the best to be the storage giant of the next wave of networking.
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