June 27, 2019

Tech

"Apple claims that AirPods are building a “wireless future.” Many people think they're a symbol of disposable wealth. The truth is bleaker."

"As much as astrology has changed the internet, the internet has also changed astrology. The abundance of information online about celestial movements and a seemingly infinite number of people writing horoscopes has transformed the practice..."

"This is why we love podcasts: they are the internet for our ears. Now we can be on the internet all the time. Every corner of the internet has its corresponding podcast..."

"Our emotions today are radically different from what 19th-century Americans felt. That’s partly due to technology."

"After Facebook on Friday banned far-right figures and organizations from their platform, including the site Infowars, the president threatened to “monitor” social-media sites in retaliation."

"Shortly before walking into a synagogue near San Diego on Saturday and embarking on a shooting spree, the alleged gunman posted a manifesto on the message board 8chan..."

"Instagram users will be able to shop directly from posts starting next week, its parent company Facebook announced during its annual F8 developer conference today."

"The future of wireless technology holds the promise of total connectivity. But it will also be especially susceptible to cyberattacks and surveillance."

"Earlier this month, Russian company StartRocket confirmed to Futurism that it was working on launching satellite ads to be viewed in the night sky."

"After the Christchurch shootings, Australia passed a law imposing harsh penalties on tech platforms that don't remove certain types of content. Should the U.S. do the same?"

"Social media influencers have helped turn public lands into tourist-infested swamps. And one cantankerous man is fighting back."

"When we go online these days, we know we’re not alone: The internet is looking back at us. Our clicks give us the information and products we ask for, but at the same time they provide information about us."

"In critical facilities across the country, experts predict that it is only a matter of time before the electrical infrastructure holding society together undergoes catastrophic failure."

"Unlike China’s system, our emerging post-privacy order is not (for now) totalitarian; its impositions are more decentralized and haphazard, more circumscribed and civilized, less designed and more evolved, more random..."

"Like too many women, I’ve been harassed online. The harasser described in explicit detail how he intended to violate me, though somehow his threats didn’t violate Twitter’s terms of service. Twitter, despite my repeated reports, did nothing."

" The tech companies and their leaders have been saying we should be in charge of our information for 20 years. So why — now, more than ever — does it feel that we aren’t?"

"The solution, Wishnatzki believes, is to make a robot that can pick strawberries. He and a business partner, Bob Pitzer, have been developing one for the past six years."

"Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google are waging a war of all against all—a war for all of your time, all of your money, all of your worldly interactions and desires."

"One major problem with trying to archive the internet is that it never sits still. Every minute – every second – more photos, blog posts, videos, news stories and comments are added to the pile."

"Read people's questions and other people's advice. Like any other form of eavesdropping, there'll be moments when you find yourself reveling in smugness. That's fine!"

"Instagram and Snapchat Are Ruining Our Memories. Documenting our lives for Snapchat and Instagram can decrease the likelihood of retaining those moments as a significant memory."

"As automation gets better, the skills of human operators gets worse. Are the Boeing Max 8 crashes an anomaly, or a new normal?"

"You can never go home to GeoCities again... The new video games Hypnospace and Wrong Box offer up complicated nostalgia for the internet of yesterday."

"Humans are struggling to teach computers comedy. Just ask an Israeli scientist heading an IBM project to write a program to win a debate: He’s limited to just one attempt at a joke..."

"“We were promised robot servants in our future but the closest we’ve got to that is a small, disc-shaped unit that beaches itself on the edges of rugs. Now suddenly we’re supposed to be worried about the introduction of sex robots?”"

"After a civil rights backlash, Facebook will now treat white nationalism and separatism the same as white supremacy, and will direct users who try to post that content to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups."

"Diesel Peltz, 25, son of hedge fund billionaire Nelson Peltz, is on a mission to cure FOMO (fear of missing out) with Twenty, an app that encourages offline interactions in the real world."

"A team of researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology attempted to answer some questions about voting with the help of artificial intelligence (AI)."

"Sanctuary, a digital astrology start-up backed by $1.5 million in venture capital, made the considered decision to launch its service on Wednesday — the dawn of the new astrological year, when Pisces gives way to Aries in the astral cycle."

"Artificial intelligence (AI) might have the potential to change how we approach tasks, and what we value. If we are using AI to do our thinking for us, employing AI might atrophy our thinking skills."

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