Who will the Google Assistant Serve- When No Man Can Serve Two Masters!

Sundar Pichai unveiled the new AI-powered “Voice Assistant” at the recent Google IO conference to an ecstatic crowd. But, let us take a moment to think- is this to be unequivocally welcomed? Who is the real master of our friendly Google Assistant?
You or Google? Should we be excited or worried about the Google Assistant?
Read more to find out… Who will the Google Assistant Serve- When No Man Can Serve Two Masters!

Why Zuck is right in thinking that we won’t pay for an Ad-Free Facebook?

What is the minimum that needs to be paid for an “Ad-Free” Facebook? $10, $5 or $1? If Facebook is a media company,  the closest paid media service is Netflix. The minimum subscription for Netflix is $8 per month. So, would you pay $8 per month for Facebook? That’s about how much you would have to pay for using ad-free, no data harvesting policy Facebook. Are we really willing to pay for an “Ad-Free” Facebook? Read more to find out….

Is the Internet Shrinking?

The last decade has seen a transformation in the way knowledge is produced and consumed. But who controls the knowledge? From 23,500 websites in the early days of internet (1995), it has grown to over 1.3 billion websites today. We thought the internet will allow free expressions, there will be millions (actually billions :)) of web sites and everyone can have a place under the sun and self-publish, get their words across. We thought it was the end of the gatekeepers. But we see
that the internet is actually shrinking! And why? If everyone speaks at the same time, can anyone be heard? ? Read more…

I Got Your Attention- But it is worth less than a 10th of a cent (as per Facebook)

There is fight for attention, but attention itself is cheap. Now if this article has reached you, Facebook deigned that it could be of your interest. Facebook gave me an offer to promote my blog post for USD 3 to reach 5400 people. But I could have force fed it to you for just 4 Indian Paise(less than a 10th of a cent). All of us are economic agents for Facebook and Google. Even when you are idling in office (on internet), you are making money for someone, if not for your boss/employer. And this part-time wealth creation venture of yours is what enables you to read for such fantastic content that are you are about to read now. Read more…

Should Google be Regulated?

The “do no evil” company changed the slogan “to do the right thing” in October 2015. And they are doing the right thing- if you are a Google Shareholder- you are definitely happy 🙂 . Google dominates the search engine market globally. Recently, Google has been fined a record 2.4 Billion Euros by EU, for what they call, “abusing internet search monopoly”. This blog presents my view on- Did EU get it right? Can Google be called a natural monopoly? What will it take for a competitor like Bing to reach where Google is? Can Google search easily be construed as a public utility and is it time for it to be regulated? So, should you sell your Google stock now? Read more to find out…