探寻苹果应用商店的「墓地」、互联网特有的「纸面富翁」

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The Apple App Store graveyard

苹果的 Apple Store 绝对是软件分发的里程碑,其应用数量增速非常快:

First, to set the context, let’s take a look at the average number of apps released each year. The first complete year of the App Store was 2009, when about ~3,000 new apps were released per month. Fast-forward to 2016; more than 50,000 new apps have been released per month so far, and it seems to be accelerating.

这样背景下,新应用被发现的成本越来越高、而应用评分数量直线下降,这个看似庞大的市场不可避免地出现了二八效应……


Why Bots Should Be More Like Plants and Less Like People

这篇文章提出一个非常有趣的观点:

if we designed bots to be like plants rather than humans, would there be an uncanny valley at all?

换言之,从植物智能的角度去思考个人虚拟助理或人工智能的实现方式,研究人员Stefano Mancuso 在TED 中讲到:

“Let’s imagine that we can build robots that are inspired by plants. We have androids that are inspired by man. But why have we not got any plantoids? Well, if you want to fly, it’s good that you look at birds — to be inspired by birds. But if you want to explore soils, or if you want to colonize new territory, the best thing that you can do is to be inspired by plants that are the masters in doing this. It’s much easier to build hybrids. Hybrid means it’s something that’s half-living and half-machine. It’s much easier to work with plants than with animals. They have computing power. They have electrical signals. The connection with the machine is much easier, much more ethically possible.”


Only in Silicon Valley could Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes lose $4.5 billion she never had to begin with

在创业公司上市前,他们的估值以及创始人由估值暴涨而被人津津乐道的「财富」不过是纸上的数字罢了:

The Forbes news was internet gold. But while it makes for a compelling headline, it’s not quite true that Holmes “lost” $4.5 billion—in fact, she never had that fortune to begin with. Instead, she had shares in a company somebody decided was worth that much. This is telling of a broader issue affecting Silicon Valley and beyond: Society has become accustomed to using a single number to describe personal wealth and start-up valuation. But net worth is actually a terrible metric of wealth—it serves primarily to mislead the public and create media headlines. By perpetuating to the myth making that so often surrounds start-up founders, this type of economic hyperbole contributes to the ever-ballooning Silicon Valley bubble.


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