If you want to know what’s next, there are two things to always pay attention to — patents and art…



Today, a patent has been awarded to Apple for a “Head-Mounted Display Apparatus For Retaining A Portable Electronic Device With Display.”

Source: Apple Awarded Patent For Wireless VR HMD That Works With The iPhone

“The strongest force propelling human progress has been the swift advance and wide diffusion of technology.” — The Economist

Source: Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology – Medium

Technology is strongest force propelling human progress

Eleven Reasons To Be Excited About The Future of Technology

Revisiting The Cult of Done Manifesto every so often is always worth it.

For more than a year I’ve been downloading my Snapchat stories each day, then uploading them to Facebook (with Privacy settings at “Just Me”).

While I love the concept of disposable media and data impermanence, I also wanted to save a lot of those memories to relive later. Especially of my small kids.

Source: Snapchat introduces Memories: a searchable, shareable archive of your snaps | The Verge

We live in the most amazing times.

“In other words: Warner had just DMCA’d an artificial reconstruction of a film about artificial intelligence being indistinguishable from humans, because it couldn’t distinguish between the simulation and the real thing.”

Source: A guy trained a machine to “watch” Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi. – Vox

Great read from danah boyd on this ridiculous assertion that Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership will keep Facebook neutral.

Algorithms can’t be unbiased because they are programmed by biased humans, for starters…

What is of concern right now is not that human beings are playing a role in shaping the news — they always have — it is the veneer of objectivity provided by Facebook’s interface, the claims of neutrality enabled by the integration of algorithmic processes, and the assumption that what is prioritized reflects only the interests and actions of the users (the “public sphere”) and not those of Facebook, advertisers, or other powerful entities.

Source: Facebook Must Be Accountable to the Public — Data & Society: Points

I hadn’t thought of the personal information diaspora happening on Facebook as being a subtle, subconscious reaction to monetization.

Interesting thoughts from Warren Ellis in his latest newsletter.

“…users now use Facebook more like Tumblr, posting memes and gifs instead of personal updates because Facebook can’t pull marketing insight data for resale so well off memes and gifs.”

Source: [ORBITAL OPERATIONS] 1may16

Greg Swan Snapchat space150

Just over three years ago I was on WCCO explaining that Snapchat was the next big thing. Fast forward to 2016, and it’s been pretty fantastic experimenting with how brands interact with consumers in the popular chat app.

Specifically, at space150 this year we ran our summer internship program through Snapchat. We were the first company to advertise jobs exclusively through Snapchat geofilters, and the results have been extremely successful.

Here are a few of the filters we blanketed 29 colleges campuses from LA to NY with…

space150 Snapchat Tinder

space150 Snapchat SuhDude

space150 Snapchat Work Work

And here’s some of the media buzz about the program…

The Next Web: Your Snapchat story could soon land you a job:

How a person comes across on paper and in person or on film can be very different so combining a social element with someone’s academic and professional record is a much better approach to getting a full picture of the individual. Here’s to hoping more companies adopt this application process in the future and ditch the age-old application forms.

Campaign/PR Week: Agency uses Snapchat geofilters to hunt for interns:

This is the first time the agency has dedicated the entire recruitment process to Snapchat. Greg Swan, vice president of social, public relations and emerging media, says the social-media platform is already a place where students connect with friends and influencers. For an agency that receives 100 applications for every open intern position, Snapchat makes it easier to find what Swan calls “thinkers, disrupters and visionaries.”

“Whereas using Twitter to recruit was a story in 2009,” he says, “today’s recruiting medium of choice for top social-minded candidates is Snapchat.”

Candidates are expected to create a “snap story” to promote one of space150’s clients, a list that includes Nike, Buffalo Wild Wings and American Express. But there’s a twist: the story should be targeted at audiences in the year 2020. The agency will review the stories after an April 10 deadline and top candidates will be interviewed for an annual program that begins in June.

Swan says, “We wanted to cut through the traditional intern outreach and make something that captured attention and catalyzed candidates to spread the word for us.”

DigiDay: An agency is using Snapchat geofilters to find interns:

Instead of relying on standard resumes and interviews, the agency is challenging candidates to create a Snapchat story for the Space150 client of their choice — for the year 2020.

And for our local CBS-affiliate story, we even geofilter bombed their office. Because that’s a thing you can do now…

WCCO: Local company seeks interns through Snapchat:

“We are always looking for the next big thing, and to think about how we can connect with consumers in a channel that matters to them,” said Swan.

Snapchat space150 Greg Swan Jason DeRusha

To-date we’ve received more than 115 Snapchat applications. More #’s soon.

And here’s a look at the intern program: