Tesla Is Not A Car… It's A Software Platform

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • The new Tesla car went on sale, and the numbers were huge. The Model 3 had over 250,000 people plunk down $1000 to reserve the car (which will be available around the end 2017). There’s been a lot of water cooler chat about this car. Many people have asked me if this car is self-driving? Will it have the same features of the other Tesla models? What most people don’t realize is this: Tesla is the first car based on software, and that’s the real game-changer.
  • Instagram has some big changes! Now, you can shoot 60 seconds of video. The real big news, is that now you’re not going to see the latest pictures that your friends are posting. They are switching over to an algorithm-based news feed (much like Facebook, that owns them). Will this be good for users? Why do all of the online social networks do this? 
  • App of the week: Masquerade (which was just acquired by Facebook).

Listen here…