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What it feels like to know what we're all thinking
"So, we in behavioral economics are a little less optimistic about human nature. We think that the world is a function of confused, emotional people, and that if we help them, things could be a lot better."
economics  psychology  popscience  behaviour 
6 days ago by nccollignon
SQLite with a Fine-Toothed Comb – Embedded in Academia
SQLite is a carefully engineered and thoroughly tested piece of software. Even so, it contains undefined behaviors because, until recently, no good checker for these behaviors existed. If anything is going to save us from UB hell, it’s tools combined with developers who care to listen to them. Richard Hipp is a programming hero who always responds quickly and has been receptive to the fiddly kinds of problems I’m talking about here.
undefined  behaviour  sqlite  ub  programming  super  useful  reference  interesting  thorough  0 
6 days ago by bekishore
We are all public figures now • Ella Dawson
<p>I don’t think there is any such thing as a “private person” anymore. The vast majority of us constantly groom our internet presence, choosing the right filter on Instagram for our brunch and taking polls of our friends about our next Facebook profile picture. We don’t think about this as a public act when we have only 400 connections on LinkedIn or 3,000 followers on Tumblr. No one imagines the Daily Mail write-up or the Jezebel headline. We actively create our public selves, every day, one social media post at a time. Little kids dream of becoming famous YouTubers the same way I wanted to be a published author when I was twelve.

But there are also those of us who don’t choose this. We keep our accounts locked, our Instagram profile set to “friends only.” Maybe we learned a lesson when a post took off and left the safe haven of our community, picked apart in a horrifying display of context collapse. Maybe we are hiding from something: a stalker, an abusive ex, our family members who don’t know our true queer identity. To some of us, privacy is as vital as oxygen. Without it we are exposed—butterflies with our wings pinned to the corkboard, our patterns scrutinized under a magnifying glass. For what? For entertainment? For someone else’s mid-workday escapism? For a starring role in someone else’s bastardized rom com?

A woman boarded a plane in New York and stepped off that plane in Dallas. She chatted with a stranger, showed him some family photos, brushed his elbow with her own. She wore a baseball cap over her face and followed him back on Instagram. At no point did she agree to participate in the story Rosey Blair was telling. After the fact, when the hunt began and the woman took no part in encouraging it the way Holden did, Blair tweeted a video in which she drawled, “We don’t have the gal’s permish yet, not yet y’all, but I’m sure you guys are sneaky, you guys might…”</p>
privacy  behaviour  society  socialwarming 
8 days ago by charlesarthur
We Are All Public Figures Now – Ella Dawson
"As the content creator of this media circus, Blair is responsible for the behavior of its fans. When faced with the opportunity to discourage their privacy violations, she has done the opposite: “I’m sure you guys are sneaky.”" - knowing how to lead and moderate a community can be useful even if it's not your job.
planebae  roseyblaire  elladawson  contextcollapse  sousveillance  society  privacy  behaviour  norms  public  private  up-to-us 
9 days ago by danhon
The dark side of ‘Plane Bae’ and turning strangers into social media content - The Verge
"Creating threads of content based on the lives of average people, particularly with photos, has the potential to summon panoptic interest in the form of millions of eyes whose gaze weighs terribly on a person who is unused to a life of celebrity, as the vast majority of social media users are. We should be thinking more seriously about the ethics of live-tweeting: when is it appropriate? When it is, what should and shouldn’t you do? In Blair’s case, she seemed to think that lightly obscuring the faces of the two people she surveilled was enough to be ethical. (One face, that of a small child looking over her seat two rows ahead, was not obscured at all.)"
society  privacy  technology  behaviour  norms  planebae  theverge  sousveillance 
9 days ago by danhon
RT : Emotional intelligence: What it is and why you need it  
behaviour  from twitter
13 days ago by rhyndes
The case against teaching kids to be polite to Alexa • Fast Company
Mike Elgan:
<p>Today’s toddlers are the first generation to grow up without any memory of the world before ubiquitous artificial intelligence devices in homes. Parents are justifiably concerned about how these gadgets affect their children. One concern is manners. According to the UK research organization Childwise, <a href="">children almost never say “please” or “thank you” to virtual assistant appliances</a> (unlike adults, who often do).

Parents aren’t happy. But at least two companies are trying to help: Amazon and Google.

In April, Amazon introduced a politeness feature for its Alexa virtual assistant, along with a colorful line of Echo Dot devices just for kids. The manners feature, called Magic Word, is part of FreeTime, a wider range of child-specific features and content. It’s designed to encourage children to say “please” and “thank you” when speaking to Alexa assistant. After consulting outside child development experts, Amazon decided on positive reinforcement, with no “penalty” when a child is rude. For example, when a child says “please” in a request, Alexa might respond with “Thanks for asking so nicely.” Alexa replies to “Thank you” with “You’re welcome” or something similar. But if a child doesn’t say “please” or “thank you,” there’s no consequence.

An Amazon spokesperson told me that parents had requested help with reinforcing polite speech when their kids talk to Alexa. The company says it’s “still super early days” with the Magic Word feature, and expects to make future improvements based on customer feedback.</p>

Count me among the group that doesn't say please.
design  behaviour  interface  alexa 
23 days ago by charlesarthur
∞OS | ∞OS / 8OS bodymind operating system
In this course you will learn how to modulate conflict dynamics using the concepts and tools derived from nonlinear systems theory, organizational studies, psychology as well as Systema martial art (**which is important for experiential understanding** and habitual learning of the ideas that we propose)
psychology  behaviour  change 
28 days ago by nccollignon

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