How one boy with autism became BFF with Apple's Siri -- Illustration by Louie Chen

Inspiring reads: Mobility, Innovation, Disruption and heart

(every few weeks I contribute to a short newsletter for my blue hive colleagues about cool things in digital.  this is my most recent article)

I’ve been traveling a lot recently, so instead of a cohesive point of view about a topic in Digital, I’m sharing the raw materials: here’s some great articles, podcasts, websites and videos that have inspired me in the past few weeks:

Mobile is eating the world:  100 years ago, Trains were the innovative technology transforming the world.  That’s right, Trains.  Benedict Evans takes us through what it means for a technology to transform life, and how Mobile technology has surpassed “technology” and is more like “trains”, that is: irreplaceable, fundamental infrastructure for modern life.  DROP EVERYTHING AND WATCH this  video of Ben Speaking at a WSJ event about the year ahead on the internet.

129 cars: This american life episode about a struggling Chrysler dealership in America.

a16z podcast: the end of ownership.  Three CEOs from the world’s top Collaborative Economy companies (AirBnB etc) talk about the changing nature of “ownership”.

The future of Automobility: IDEO. What does the future of transport look like?

The Disruption Machine:  “Innovation” and “Disruption” are the en vogue business ideologies right now.  Where did this come from? How did we get here?  Is this really a good thing?  Should we get over it?

The Programmer’s Price: For years tech people rolled their eyes at job openings asking for “ninjas” “rockstars” and “gurus”.  How prescient that was: In this new startup driven economy, the best programmers in the world are now, frankly, rockstars.  Now, they have agents.  An incredible story of the realities of “high skill” programmers in a hot-money, trillion dollar industry.

To Siri, with love: How one boy became BFF with Apple’s Siri: You may have seen the movie Her, which postulates a rather intimate future for technology and human relationships, but in real life, now, technology is having human impact in fascinating and heartwarming ways.  Thanks to Louie Chin for the header image that accompanied the NY Times article.