Things I’ve Learned from Lately #54

“Things I’ve Learned from Lately” is a regular compilation of articles that have made me a smarter marketer. Hopefully, they’ll help you, too.

Bots in Your Brain – This piece from Gizmodo writes about dust size bots, called neural dust, that could potentially allow the disabled to “interact with the world, or a monitoring system for neurology patients.” Google Glass, your competition is around the corner.

Time Warner Jeff Bewkes Bullish on Piracy - This piece from The Verge reports on the comments of Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes and his statements that pirating shows may be as good as those shows earning awards, using Game of Thrones as an example. Piracy has increased word-of-mouth for the show. The statement points to the love-hate relationship the television industry has with the Internet. Technology is changing. People are changing. What all of this means for the industry is yet to be seen.

A PR Battle in War-Torn Syria - Quartz’ Tim Fernholz writes about China’s role in the Syrian civil war with arms dealing and what this means from a publicity perspective. China has aligned with the Assad regime, but weapons are finding their way into rebel hands. Arms manufacturers hope this improves the reputation of Chinese weaponry.