The author asks whether 3-D food printers can substitute traditional manufacturing, but I don’t believe that it’s going to happen “entirely”. In the same way that other technologies (e.g. food processors, microwave ovens, frozen pre-processed food, etc) only have empowered the chefs, enabling them to experiment with new things, I believe that 3-D printing will mostly empower chefs, not replace them.
The author asks whether there are other public services that could be improved with crowdsourced information gathering. Definitely yes. Pretty much all the mobility services, education and healthcare could benefit greatly from having access to the enormous data pools that tech companies currently have. The options are limitless!
The true value in luxury watches definitely stems from the artisanal craft, but not only. Even if components are made with 3D printing, luxury watchmakers will still need to design, style and assemble the watches, which is not easy feat! At the end of the day, it’s not the liquid in the bottle that makes Chanel No. 5 what it is, and it’s going to be the same for watches.
My answer is no, Lego cannot stay relevant in the age of AI. Children are increasingly being exposed to digital platforms earlier and earlier on, and the new forthcoming generation of parents hasn’t been exposed to LEGO in their childhood. Unfortunately, children born in 2030 will not receive LEGOs, they’ll receive tablets.
The author questions the role of government in making sure technology platforms positively contribute to society. The government can force big data companies to open APIs and allow 3rd parties to study and work onto consumers’ data. If my data is out there, and owned by Uber, it might as well be public.
The author asks whether AirBnB should have any responsibility in choosing hosts that are fully committed to tax payments. My answer is YES. AirBnB gained traction through a “you can sleep on my bed” share-economy rhetoric, but despite its fake altruistic and borderline-“communitaristic” rhetoric, AirBnB is the epitome of the most ruthless kind of rent-seeking that circumvents rules and regulation that were put in place to foster the common good. Yes, AirBnB should require hosts to register their tax IDs and potentially handle the tax contributions on their behalf. Inevitably, if they don’t take this step, they might face severe regulatory backlash.
You mention that Amazon, using its incredible amount of consumer data, and a solid supply chain infrastructure, could become the leading food company in the world. It’s possible, but I don’t believe it’s their ambition. I believe though that Amazon can effectively try to become a leading food BRAND, not MANUFACTURER. Amazon’s goal is to “sell you everything” and they will increasingly use AI to understand your behavior and recommend foods they distribute, but jumping into manufacturing would be too far a step ahead for them. But maybe I’m wrong!
You suggest the option for the users to override the ML algorithm by implementing a “pin not relevant” button, but shouldn’t the machine be let run free, in the spirit that “consumers don’t really know what they want”?