Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 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 on i Heart Radio, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what’s going on in the digital world. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.
This week we discussed:
- Can we discuss Elon Musk? Did you see the launch of SpaceX‘s Falcon Heavy last week? Sure, we were laughing about his The Boring Company flamethrowers last week, but we have to give credit where credit is due. Tesla, SolarCity, space travel and more. If he’s not our generation’s Edison, da Vinci and Tesla… I do not know who is.
- Many are calling for the government to step in and break up Amazon. The problem, of course, is that they are in so many businesses. From Whole Foods, to Amazon Web Services to announcing the launch of their own healthcare company, last week Amazon announced that it is launching a delivery service to compete against FedEx and UPS. Is there any business that Amazon can’t disrupt?
- Montreal (my home and native land) had a moment of pride last week that went fairly unnoticed. Bill Gates (of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) announced that his new favourite book of all time is the soon to be released, Enlightenment Now. The author that book? Steven Pinker… a Montrealer (who definitely doesn’t get enough credit on this side of the border).
- For years, people have asked Facebook for an “unlike” button. Well, now they are testing a “downvote” button in the hopes that the community can help them with everything from true and valuable content to bullying and fake news. Will this makes things right?
- App of the Week: CBC Olympic Sports.