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Quale città del futuro?

Web & Tech

Amazon is hollowing out our high streets and replacing human-facing shop jobs with warehouse drudgery that leaves workers mere servants to a machine. It is hollowing out our material culture into price-arbitraged Alibaba drop-shipped disposable trash. And the media that might object to this turns instead to affiliate links and “service journalism” to stay afloat. An entire section of New York magazine is just an Amazon catalogue now. High street shops shutter and people stay away and the decline accelerates.

http://www.jayowens.me/instablog/is-this-just-fantasy

Airbnb Vs. Booking.com

Web & Tech

Stiamo vivendo tempi di grande cambiamento e neanche ce ne rendiamo pienamente conto.

La tendenza alla vacanza in casa invece che in albergo è qui per restare. Perfino Booking.com genera il 20% dei ricavi dagli appartamenti.

Booking said that in the third quarter, it saw “over $1 billion” in revenue from its homesharing business, including vacation homes, apartments, and unique properties that aren’t hotels. For 2018, Booking said it generated $2.8 billion in revenue from alternative accommodations, accounting for 20 percent of the company’s overall revenue.

By comparison, Airbnb disclosed back in November that its own third quarter revenue was “substantially over” $1 billion although that revenue also includes money generated from bookings related to boutique hotels and experiences as well.

https://skift.com/2019/03/01/airbnbs-response-to-booking-com-weve-got-more-listings/

I 9 grandi e l’intelligenza artificiale

Web & Tech

Oggi è uscito un nuovo libro di Amy Webb, The Big Nine, che tratta un tema caldissimo: l’intelligenza artificiale e le applicazioni sviluppate dai nove grandi del tech globale: Amazon, Google, Facebook, Tencent, Baidu, Alibaba, Microsoft, IBM e Apple.

Lettura più che consigliata.

In rete si trovano diverse interviste all’autrice. Nel caso volessi qualche sintesi. Dalla biblioteca di San Francisco ho poca banda, quindi ti lascio usare i motori di ricerca per trovarle.

Gli scooter elettrici sono un fallimento economico

Web & Tech

You see where I’m going with this. Let’s be generous and say the company paid $360 for each scooter, as Bird aims to. At the rates calculated above, that company only recoups $65 to $75 on the cost of each scooter—in other words, it loses $295 to $285 per scooter. That doesn’t even include the $50 annual fee per dockless vehicle, the $3,000 in combined licensing fees, or the $100 fee for each designated parking area. Plug in the $551 sticker price for a scooter, and the losses are even greater.

Da un’altra newsletter a cui mi sono subito abbonato, Oversharing, una valutazione molto molto interessante sui numeri dietro il business del noleggio degli scooter elettrici, Bird e Lime, che stanno arrivando anche in Italia.

Il modello di business sembra avere dei problemi seri