September 22, 2019

Tech

"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."

"Footage of last week’s massacre in New Zealand, which the shooter streamed in real time via Facebook Live, quickly proliferated. The original 17-minute webcast was viewed fewer than 200 times and wasn’t immediately reported, Facebook says."

"Anxious, I asked the Google gods for advice. I expected I’d find something from a lifestyle blogger, or a life coach, or a Reddit thread — the corners of the web that have always been there for me during pivotal life moments..."

"What would happen if you put together a group of diverse people to produce information? What would the results look like? Evans knew just the place to conduct the experiment: Wikipedia."

"The traces we leave on the Web and on our digital devices can give advertisers and others surprising, and sometimes disturbing, insights into our psychology."

"The fax machine is a symbol of obsolete technology long superseded by computer networks — but faxing is actually growing in popularity."

"Warren’s policies are misguided and premature. Undeniably, the big tech platforms have resulted in innovations enabling the launch of new products and services resulting in many benefits to consumers."

"Warren unveiled her latest war against corporate titans last week -- a proposal to break up tech companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google... Over the weekend, Facebook handed Warren a prime example of its power..."

"The first politicians who master this tech revolution and shape it for the public goodwill determine what the next century will look like..."

"The Mind Game, as it’s called, is designed primarily to gauge the psychological state of young recruits, and it often presents its players with impossible situations to test their mental fortitude in the face of inescapable defeat."

"For months, there have been rumors of Facebook preparing a major “pivot” toward messenger services. On Wednesday, in a blog post, Zuckerberg officially called the turn."

"Creativity is, and always will be, a human endeavor... Creativity is among the most mysterious and impressive achievements of human existence. But what is it?"

"The gender pay gap at Google – at least within one pool of software engineers – doesn't seem to point in the direction that most people expected..."

"The Momo Challenge is a moral panic spreading through new and powerful channels. It’s also true that she is able to entrance people almost instantly by appearing, jarringly, in the middle of their media..."

"Today’s smart cities were born from tragedy. After the 9/11 attacks, New York City and other cities installed 24x7 surveillance cameras and AI to protect public spaces through public-private partnerships (PPP) driven by cities and corporations."

"Thanks to everyone embracing 4G LTE, we'd finally gotten to the point where phones could be taken to almost any carrier and still work. Then 5G came along."

"The old robots were blue-collar workers, burly and clunky, the machines that rusted the Rust Belt...the new ones are “white-collar robots,” knowledge workers and quinoa-and-oat-milk globalists, the machines that will bankrupt Brooklyn."

"What could the internet have been? We’ve grown so used to our digital networks that they can seem like a force of nature, with laws as immutable as the laws of physics. "

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