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Brexit proved that our social media is too narrow and selfish. Here's what to do to fix that...
The big news this week was the decision by 52% of British voters to leave the European Union, a.k.a. Brexit. I was shocked and dismayed by the result; and I bet the vast majority of you reading thi…
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Automation of our jobs and cars is coming. Cars we'll be ok with, but is society truly prepared for robots taking our jobs? Check out my latest Augment newsletter...
Automation. It’s a scary word to many of us, because it implies a threat to our livelihoods. Perhaps eventually our lives, if the rise of the robots turns into the uprise of the robots. In th…
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This week's Augment Intelligence newsletter is about ‪#‎blockchain‬, which some are saying is like the Internet in 1993: in a decade you won't know how society ever functioned without it. Personally, I think blockchain is most intriguing for its rights management potential. Read on to find out how the blockchain can help you support your favourite band and control your health data...
The blockchain is one of the most intriguing technologies of 2016. It’s the technology that powers Bitcoin, the distributed cryptocurrency. So what is blockchain? Simply put, it’s a dig…
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When Beyoncé and then Radiohead "dropped" new albums recently, I thought it'd be a good opportunity to analyse how professional musicians are using the Internet these days to both promote and sell their music. I also checked out Chelsea Wolfe, James Blake, eskimeaux and (of course) Prince. Check it out and please share if you enjoy it, or think other creative types would appreciate the tips. #music #beyonce #radiohead

I send out posts like this every week in my email newsletter, Augment Intelligence. Subscribe here: http://eepurl.com/bLOD2r
What can Beyoncé, Radiohead, Chelsea Wolfe and James Blake teach us about how to use the Internet? Find out in this edition of the Augment Intelligence newsletter. This week I investigate how music…
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This week's Augment Intelligence newsletter addresses the mobile engagement crisis. DJ Khaled has the 🔑🔑🔑...

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Digital media usage continues to increase year-over-year and most of it is due to the smartphone. “Mobile now represents almost 2 out of 3 digital media minutes,” stated a recent comSco…
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You may not know what Snapchat is, but your child sure does! Here's how to keep them safe using it... #family #cybersecurity
140 character summary: Depending on the age of your children, the safety scale goes from parental control software to encouraging responsible use of social media. This is the third in a 3-part seri…
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As a follow-up to last week's Augment newsletter on workplace automation, this week I look at whether our education system is preparing our children for the Automation Age. I also explore how Uber drivers will adapt.

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Update on my newsletter:
After nineteen editions, I’ve made a few changes to my weekly newsletter.
1) I’ve re-named it Augment.
2) It’s now a part of my personal website, rather than on a standalone site: https://ricm.ac/augment/. The aim is to have the newsletter complement my upcoming science fiction release.
(p.s. I'll also be re-designing my website soon)
3) I’m re-focusing on Internet trends and the future of technology. So there’s now a FUTURIST angle to the newsletter. This means I’ll be exploring not just the cutting edge technologies of today, but where I think it’s all heading plus the future implications for society. Again, similar to what I'm trying to do with fiction.

If you’re a new reader and this sounds like a fun, thought-provoking weekly read, I encourage you to subscribe to the newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/bLOD2r

To existing subscribers, thank you for your support! Augment will be back tomorrow with edition #20, on the topic of driverless cars and workplace automation. #futurism #technology
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In which I ponder whether we'll see titles like “You’ll Never Guess What Botticelli Did Next!” on V&A paintings soon... My latest Augment Intelligence newsletter, check it out. #museums #museumtech
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We're moving from the Information Age to the Experience Age. Here's what you need to know about this paradigm shift...

This is edition #17 of my Augment Intelligence newsletter. It's delivered weekly, so sign up here if you like what you read: http://eepurl.com/bLOD2r
We’re in the midst of another sea change in Internet technology, from the Information Age to what’s being termed the “Experience Age.” What this means is that we’re st…
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In my latest newsletter, I tackle the dangers of Artificial Intelligence. Some AI proponents say that Artificial Intelligence will usurp human intelligence or even make us obsolete! I argue that kind of talk must stop, before we lose control of AI.

This is a very important issue in the future of technology, so please comment and share. Also, I'm trying to use Medium to promote this article, so press the little heart button on there if you like it :) #ArtificialIntelligence #MachineLearning #Google #Facebook
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My latest weekly newsletter explains a new trend that all marketers and digital media mavens need to know: Platform Optimization (PO). Remember how important SEO was back in the 2000s? Well PO is the key to success for brands now. Let me know your thoughts... #marketing #seo
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Author of Trackers: How Technology is helping us Monitor & Improve our Health. Available now on Amazon: http://ricm.ac/trackers/.

My background: I founded ReadWriteWeb (now ReadWrite) in April 2003, building the business into one of the leading technology blogs in the world. I sold the company to SAY Media in December 2011.

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