Thoughts on Social Media, Television, Media, Startups & Technology.

8 Bullet Thursday – May 17th

The New Digital Age

What I’m Reading:

  • Tesla Autopilot engineers considered the need for eye-tracking and steering wheel sensors to ensure driver attentiveness but executives refused due to concerns about efficacy and budget, according to sources for The Wall Street Journal; Elon Musk reportedly also worried that excessive alerts could be annoying – Read the article.
  • Google announces Google One, a slate of new cloud storage options for consumers; in coming months, all paid consumer Drive plans will be upgraded to Google One (does not affect G Suite plans); plans range from 100GB to 30TB and support Drive, Gmail, and Photos; adds family sharing and bonuses in other Google products. Read the article.
  • About a dozen Google employees resign in protest of the company’s involvement with the Pentagon’s Project Maven, according to Gizmodo sources; Google developed a custom AI system for analyzing drone footage and identifying objects; ~3k employees previously signed a letter to CEO Sundar Pichai, calling for Google to exit the project. Read the article.
  • TiVo set-top boxes are getting Alexa support by June 1st. Read the article.

What I’m Watching:


Shameless TV Series Showtime

More than 8 seasons in and I am only just now catching wind of this amaZing TV series.

Oscar®-nominated William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum star in this fiercely engaging and fearlessly twisted series. Chicagoan Frank Gallagher (Macy) is the proud single dad of six smart, industrious, independent kids, who without him would be…perhaps better off. When Frank’s not at the bar spending what little money they have, he’s passed out on the floor. But the kids have found ways to grow up in spite of him. They may not be like any family you know, but they make no apologies for being exactly who they are.

Binge in on Netflix this weekend – it’s that good.

Purchase I’m Enjoying:

Haven’t been spending much on myself lately, I’ve also not purchased anything that I feel sharing this week.

What I’m Listening to:

What’s “in” in social:

Have your social media policies in place? If not: get in front of potential issues re: employees sharing/using apps. Even Pope Francis has released instructions telling nuns to use social media apps, such as Facebook and Twitter with “sobriety and discretion”.

The Cor Orans, a document of instructions for the contemplative life of catholic women, has been updated and now includes The document now includes instructions for the use of social and digital media. Pope Francis has also urged nuns to not let social media become occasions for wasting time.

The document specifies the use of discretion with the quality of the information and the type of communication, as well as actual content of the media. These guidelines come with a warning of the “decisive influence” digital culture has on modern society.

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Quote of the week:

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

About Chris Zilo

Ideation + Execution. Mission Driven Startup Guy & Early Adopter obsessed w/ all things tech. Former Third Culture Kid.