June 18, 2019

Tech

"Badiucao’s new exhibition launches in Hong Kong on November 3, but the Chinese artist and cartoonist won’t be attending it, because he’s scared that if he does he’ll be “disappeared” by Communist Party of China (CPC) agents."

"Tech is displacing work, not just for low-income, low-skilled workers, but increasingly on middle-class professions too. Information-based work, where computers can do more efficient and accurate work is all under threat."

"Technology has always been a coin with two sides: potential and peril. That’s what Mary Shelley explored in “Frankenstein,” which is celebrating its 200th birthday this year, and it has been the main theme of science fiction ever since."

"Electric vehicles are going to render the fight over fuel economy standards moot. The auto industry is headed for revolution, Trump notwithstanding."

"Perhaps the global rise of authoritarians and big tech platforms are merely correlated, and no causation can be proved. But I increasingly wonder whether we would benefit if tech companies assumed that some level of causation was real."

"When it comes to machine learning, things can get a little spooky: We know an algorithm can solve a problem, but we often don’t know exactly how."

If a self-driving car is headed towards a baby and an elderly woman, which should it hit? New research into public opinion may offer an answer - and the elderly won't be pleased.

"Space travel presents its own unique challenges to the Jewish astronaut: How can one procure kosher space food, as well as all the other necessities of Jewish life? How does one face Jerusalem when praying in orbit?"

A human mission to Mars would be more than a visit. The astronauts would be up in space for a considerable amount of time. That might mean having kids in Zero-G.

"On its face, voting by phone makes sense. Nearly ninety-five per cent of American adults own mobile phones, and rely on them for all sorts of secure transactions."

"The “Kmart” group on the photo-sharing website Flickr has amassed a staggering twenty-five thousand photos of its subject, a struggling American discount store."

Elizabeth Warren's DNA test, which she used to prove her own Native American heritage, has stirred a controversy about identity and genetics. But how accurate are DNA tests anyway?

"Recently my son visited a Holocaust Museum where a program called New Dimensions in Testimony provided a hologram of an Auschwitz survivor. The unreal man would answer any question the children asked about the horrors of history. "

“Google engineer triggered self-driving car accident that went unreported.”

“When we die now, we leave a multitude of digital relics behind. Can we grieve properly for those we love when the dead remain with us?”

“The solution is so simple it’s almost laughable: just make our clouds a little more reflective, so they reflect more of the sun’s light, and thus reduce our heat.”

"New techniques that dig more deeply into genetic databases may soon make the anonymity of their customers’ DNA impossible to safeguard."

“Across the technology industry, rank-and-file employees are demanding greater insight into how their companies are deploying the technology that they built.”

“Today, Alexa is a humble servant. Very soon, she could be much more—a teacher, a therapist, a confidant, an informant.”

“More than a decade into era of prevalent social networks & smartphones, people still can’t make informed choices about how to safely conduct their lives online.”

Feeling overwhelmed by the deluge of content coming at you from screens? Now you can block it all out IRL.

“The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple…”

“Although FEMA maintains that the alerts will only be used for mega-disasters, the infrastructure is now in place for it to, down the line, be used in other, more totalitarian ways.”

“Using a mobile app as a form of contraception raises questions: What do we expect it to do? How reliable should it be, and what’s required of the user to make it effective?”

“Facebook has proven over and over again that it prioritizes its own product agenda over the safety and privacy of its users…”

Instagram’s founders have left the company in Mark Zuckerberg’s hands. Will he ruin it?

“Body cameras that automatically activate in response to the sound of gunfire could forever change people's expectations about public spaces.”

People like to blame social media for turning Americans into oversharing narcissists – but maybe technology isn’t at fault. Maybe this is who we are, and who we've always been.

Amazon's new line of hardware makes one thing clear. From glancing at the clock to cooking in the microwave to driving in your car, Amazon wants to be with you absolutely everywhere you go.

"As Seen On TV" gadgets like the "sock slider" or a banana peeler are often mocked for being useless wastes of plastic. But for some individuals with disabilities, these gadgets make all the difference.

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