Starbucks Blacklash & David Bowie's Subway Station

Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 225

BL and David discuss the fallout Starbucks is enduring in the wake of the viral video of to black patrons being arrested for no good reason; the David Bowie subway takeover; the AlterEgo thought-activated device; Walmart Yodel Boy going viral; Phillips and the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Children’s Hospital innovating lighting to foster healing and recovery; bedtime stories read from space; the details on the surveillance society; a forensic tool for identifying fake photos and videos; an IKEA-friendly robot; Artificially Intelligent Flintstones episodes; the one-page Internet; and much, much more.

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Best Digital Cases

David Bowie on New York City Subway

Announcing the takeover of the Broadway/Lafayette St subway station by the David Bowie exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum, NYC Transit Tweeted “Rail control to Major Tom” with a link. The 250,000 Bowie Metro cards created by Spotify quickly became collectors’ items.

Thought Transfer

AlterEgo is a wearable system that allows humans to converse in natural language with machines, artificial intelligence assistants, services, and other people without any voice—without opening their mouth, and without externally observable movements—simply by vocalizing internally.

Bedtime Stories From Outer Space

Astronauts on the International Space Station read stories and conduct experiments for the children of earth Storytime From Space, while floating around the space station.

Healing Light

Philips Lighting is piloting a new adjustable, LED-based patient room lighting system that shifts to reflect natural daylight cycles and help patients get a better night’s sleep.

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Walmart Yodel Boy Goes Viral

At his local Walmart in Harrisburg, Illinois, right near the blow up mattresses, 11 year-old Mason Ramsey in his cowboy hat and boots, burst into an acappella version of Hank Williams “Lovesick Blues,” yodels and all. The video went viral and now Mason’s a star. His grandmother runs his social media accounts.

Surveillance Society

How thousands of companies monitor, analyze, and influence the lives of billions. Who are the main players in today’s digital tracking?

Infographic: Data Brokers

Defending Reality From Video Fakes

Worried that his software would fall into the wrong hands, the inventor of software that makes fake videos has created Reality Defender. It’s a browser-integrated app that will automatically detect fake photos and videos.

Robot Assembles IKEA Chair Without Cursing

Researchers in Singapore have trained a robit to perform another task known to confound humans: figuring out how to assemble furniture from Ikea.

Worst Digital Cases

Being Black At Starbucks Goes Viral

The arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks set a contentious national conversation in motion, complete with protests, apologies by Starbucks President and Chairman. Starbucks, which will close all 8,000 of its U.S. stores for racial bias training on May 29, has vowed to become a force for change.

AI Flintstones

Researchers have produced an AI system, Craft, that automatically produces The Flintstones scenes based on text descriptions.

Shiny New Stuff


A free tool to turn any image into a clickable social card that sends you directly to a link

Here’s a card I made with AnyImage for Twitter. The clickable image that takes you to the source.

C-Suite Podcast Interviews

Michael Krigsman interviews C-Suite leaders.


Hvper aggregates headlines from scores of news sources and social media into one constantly updated page.

82 Free or Low-Cost Online Tools & Mobile Apps for Nonprofits

A motherload of useful apps, not just for nonprofits. Only the last eight are nonprofits only.

The Daily Numbers

Chart: Companies Policies for Medical Marijuana Use


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