Considerations for a Sentient AI — The Singularity Challenge

Sentience, conscious autonomy, might be less about computational prowess and more about biological limitations that we must learn to mimic through technology.

New Gear: FeiyuTech Vimble 2

Going to try some video shooting with this gimbal from FeiyuTech, the Vimble 2. It's a budget-class gimbal for vertical mobile video with a selfie stick.

The Internet of Brains and Swarm Intelligence — Time to Plug In

Scientists have now demonstrated an "internet of brains" — in rats. This is a huge step towards direct brain-to-brain contact and swarm technologies.

The Case Against Twitter’s Decision to Ban Political Advertising

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Twitter's decision to ban political advertising plays to people's fear of data-mining and their distrust of politicians.

Wired public relations

The new spin. Public relations used to be mostly about getting publicity and managing the news. Now, brands connect directly with their publics to build their own loyal brand audiences.

How many true fans does your brand have?

The Publics in Public Relations

The psychologist John Dewey (1859-1852) formulated the concept of publics as a result of situational stimuli.

What is Public Relations?

Can there be a unifying definition of public relations? This is the story about the difficulties of finding that definition.
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Jerry Silfwer

I'm a freelancing senior adviser and I help companies and organisations with digital strategy and public relations. This blog is my online basecamp. You're welcome to take a load off, get your bearings, and prepare before heading out for the summit.

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Digital Strategy

The key to a successful journey is being prepared and having figured out out how to tackle any obstacles along the way.

Your Brand Has Zero True Fans

The insight that should hit some community managers like a ton of bricks is that many brands have ZERO true fans.

Taking on a Stupid Majority — The Most Efficient Underdog PR Strategy

Identify a stupid majority and join forces with the smart minority to bring the giants down. It might just become the finest PR work of your career.

Iceberg Publishing — The Cooler Way to Grow Website Traffic and Conversions

A great website can be so much more than the sum of all pages linked from your site's navigation menu.

Social Media Marketing

Social media for brands can be fun, engaging and sometimes provocative. The challenge is to give your brand audience what they want.

Algorithmic Poison — Beware of Ghost Followers

How do you beat social media algorithms? A small, but highly engaged, community is way better than attracting huge bulks of ghost followers.

The Magic Middle — The Nash Equilibrium of Influencer Marketing

Instead of going big every time, consider the Nash equilibrium and pitch Magic Middle Influencers instead.

How to Scale Social Media Marketing

Trying to scale social media marketing won't work, but tapping into several different and pre-existing interest group systems does.

The Four Dot Ellipsis Mystery in Star Wars

Why are there four dots ending the intros and opening crawls in Star Wars? And is there really such a thing as a 'four dot ellipsis'?

Übergeek Edition

Sometimes you just want to dive head first into some obscure subject, right? Even if it has nothing to do with your job or your everyday life.

Weird stuff is the best stuff.

Twin Peaks Season 3 Finale Explained — The ‘No Stones Left Unturned’ Theory

The Twin Peaks finale left me sad and empty. But what if I was wrong and the actually show ended on a positive note?

The Four Dot Ellipsis Mystery in Star Wars

Why are there four dots ending the intros and opening crawls in Star Wars? And is there really such a thing as a 'four dot ellipsis'?

The Human API — The Dawn of the Cybernetic Renaissance is Upon Us

What if humanity is just a 'Human API' — and we're in the first stages of a 'Cybernetic Renaissance'?

New Gear: FeiyuTech Vimble 2

Going to try some video shooting with this gimbal from FeiyuTech, the Vimble 2. It's a budget-class gimbal for vertical mobile video with a selfie stick.

New Gear: Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Black

Got this bad boy from my father-in-law who lives in Mora, Sweden where these knives are being manufactured. It's a Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Black.

How do you persuade your brand audience?

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Increasing Efficiency by Creating an Illusion of Scarcity

The principle of scarcity is well-defined in scientific literature. Scarcity makes us want rare things more — simply because they are fewer.

Programmatic Brainwashing — The Scary Art of Micro-Targeting Individuals

Brands will start to explore psychological "pre-suasion" campaigns micro-targeting individuals. Welcome to the advent of inception marketing.

How to Fight Populism — Why Poisonous Ideologies Must Be Suffocated Early

Populism is brewing in many Western democracies. Is there a way to fight back? It may be too late — at least this time around.

The Word-of-Mouth Tipping Point — How to Push People to the Point of Endorsement

How do you de-code the word-of-mouth tipping point? This PR guide will help you identify and target the right type of referrers to succeed.

What to read and watch about media and psychology?

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Series Review — Criminal (Netflix)

A psychologically intense cat versus mouse drama in a confined space — often in real time while battling the countdown timer.

Series Review — Mindhunter S1-S2 (Netflix)

Mindhunter does a fascinating job of portraying the emerging field of creating behavioural profiles of serial killers.

Series Review — The Loudest Voice (Showtime)

Anyone interested in public affairs, crisis communication, and political power will definitely gasp at the absurdity by which one single man can influence such a large numbers of people by using non-ethical propaganda techniques.

Book Review — Political Public Relations

An academically sound dive into some interesting fields of research within political public relations. However, this book is not an entertaining read.

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