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Do We Worship Complexity?
Why Sometimes We Don’t Avoid Complexity.
22 hours ago
Amazon's Echo May Be Able to Read Your Emotions - The Atlantic
Alexa Wants to Know How You’re Feeling Today

Amazon has patented technology that would allow its devices to read your emotional and physical state, and sell advertisements based on them. Are we entering the era of the mood-targeted ad?
internetofthings  computing  advertising  personalization  emotions  privacy  atlantic  amazon 
22 hours ago
Who Gets To Profit From Patients' Medical Data? : Shots - Health News : NPR
When Scientists Develop Products From Personal Medical Data, Who Gets To Profit?
datamining  privacy  bigdata  npr  artificialintelligence 
Your Medical Data Might Become A Moneymaker. How Could You Profit? : Shots - Health News : NPR
Hospitals are increasingly using the huge amount of medical data they collect for research. It's a business worth billions of dollars. When a company profits from your data, should you get a cut?
Internet  advertising  datamining  npr  bigdata 
The Prophets of Cryptocurrency Survey the Boom and Bust | The New Yorker
Inside the ongoing argument over whether Bitcoin, Ethereum, and the blockchain are transforming the world.
economics  bitcoin  ethereum  cryptocurrencies  blockchain  newyorker 
The lost art of concentration: being distracted in a digital world | Life and style | The Guardian
We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. Always-on behaviour is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the pause button
health  brain  smartphones  Internet  Psychology  guardian  Productivity  concentration  Cognition 
2 days ago
We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN | Environment | The Guardian
Urgent changes needed to cut risk of extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty, says IPCC
report  climate  environment  politics  guardian 
3 days ago
What Could Happen in a World That's 4 Degrees Warmer | WIRED Brand Lab - YouTube
Produced by WIRED Brand Lab for Western Digital. Comedian Aparna Nancherla explores how global warming and climate change will directly affect our lives 100 years from now when the average global temperature is projected to increase by 4 degrees Celsius, or 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Nancherla met with Professor of Atmospheric Science at UC Berkeley, Inez Fung, and Chief Data Officer at Western Digital, Janet George to to make predictions about how we’ll live in a 4C World.
climate  environment  Health 
3 days ago
Alex Honnold: How I climbed a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without ropes | TED Talk
Imagine being by yourself in the dead center of a 3,000-foot vertical cliff -- without a rope to catch you if you fall. For professional rock climber Alex Honnold, this dizzying scene marked the culmination of a decade-long dream. In a hair-raising talk, he tells the story of how he summited Yosemite's El Capitan, completing one of the most dangerous free solo climbs ever.
climbing  ted 
4 days ago
New Ikea report finds that people don't feel at home in their homes
A new Ikea report is an unsettling look at life in the 21st century

“Almost half of Americans (45%) go to their car to have a private moment to themselves,” the company reports in a new survey of 22,000 people in 22 countries.
ikea  report  FastCompany 
4 days ago
Climate change: can individual consumer choices make a difference? - Vox
Can consumer choices ward off the worst effects of climate change? An expert explains.

Climate change isn’t all your fault. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do about it.
climate  interview  consumption  consumerism 
5 days ago
Will artists get replaced by robots? — Quartz at Work
Artists aren’t worried about being replaced by robots—but should they be?
art  Creativity  automation  artificialintelligence  robots  robotics 
6 days ago
Why Netflix Should Scare You More Than It Does
Facebook can influence elections, but Netflix can influence hearts and minds.
netflix  media  facebook 
6 days ago
The Pentagon’s Plans to Program Soldiers’ Brains - The Atlantic
The military wants future super-soldiers to control robots with their thoughts.
brain  warfare  military  cyborgs  transhumanism  atlantic 
7 days ago
The 3 Ways Leaders Can Influence Company Culture – Know Your Company Blog
How do you help create the positive workplace culture you’re looking for? Start here.
Leadership  culture 
7 days ago
The Simple Art of Creating Long-Lasting Habits – Better Humans
Comparing and testing the four most popular systems for learning new habits
habits  learning 
7 days ago
Universal Basic Income Is Silicon Valley’s Latest Scam
The plan is no gift to the masses, but a tool for our further enslavement
7 days ago
Newco Shift | This Is How Amazon Loses
Algorithmic merchandising leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Slowly but surely, it will erode trust for all the tech giants.
amazon  algorithms 
7 days ago
Silicon Valley Thinks Everyone Feels the Same Six Emotions
From Alexa to self-driving cars, emotion-detecting technologies are becoming ubiquitous—but they rely on out-of-date science
artificialintelligence  emotions  Psychology 
8 days ago
Can Artificial Intelligence Be Smarter Than a Person? - The Atlantic
The Spooky Genius of Artificial Intelligence

AI doesn’t think—it evolves.
artificialintelligence  atlantic 
8 days ago
How Technochauvinism Derailed the Digital Future - The Atlantic
In a special bonus episode of the podcast Crazy/Genius, the computer scientist and data journalist Meredith Broussard explains how “technochauvinism” derailed the dream of the digital revolution.
future  Technology  atlantic  humanity  gender 
8 days ago
Is Alexa Dangerous? - The Atlantic
Alexa, Should We Trust You?

The voice revolution has only just begun. Today, Alexa is a humble servant. Very soon, she could be much more—a teacher, a therapist, a confidant, an informant.
alexa  smarthome  smarthomes  internetofthings  voice  bots  chatbots  atlantic  privacy 
8 days ago
Popular college majors changed abruptly after the financial crisis — Quartz
The 2008 financial crisis completely changed what majors students choose
education  career  work  futureofwork 
9 days ago
Solar panel tech: robots, floating power plants, and 2-sided panels are coming - Vox
Today’s hottest solar tech is all about supporting old-fashioned silicon panels.
solar  energy 
14 days ago
The headphone wars have begun - The Verge
Microsoft’s Surface Headphones are the first shot
14 days ago
Electric cars still face a big hurdle: the charging system - The Verge
Automakers have a choice: build their own charging networks or rely on third-party networks
transportation  futureoftransportation 
14 days ago
Google is losing users’ trust.
Why I’m Worried About Google

I used to trust some of its products, like Chrome. I increasingly don’t.
google  privacy  slate 
15 days ago
Opinion | In Praise of Mediocrity - The New York Times
The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure.
life  excellence  nytimes 
15 days ago
Are you ready to eat meat that was grown in a lab, not at a farm? |
Cultured meat could be coming to our plates in the next few years. How is it made? And will it help, or hurt, the planet? Here’s what we know so far.
food  futureoffood  agriculture  bioengineering  farming  ted 
15 days ago
How to Program Your Job - The Atlantic
When workers automate their own duties, who should reap the benefits?
automation  work  futureofwork  Programming  coding  atlantic 
15 days ago
Silicon Valley’s Keystone Problem: ‘A Monoculture of Thought’ - The New York Times
According to a new book, many of Silicon Valley's problems can be laid at the feet of an engineering-and-data-obsessed monoculture that invites little input from people outside the bubble.
google  siliconvalley  nytimes  diversity 
15 days ago
The annoying habits of highly effective people - Bartleby
Be wary of taking life lessons from chief executives
habits  economist 
16 days ago
The best designed phones of all time according to experts
We’re constantly inundated with claims about the latest, greatest phone design. Here’s what the experts have to say.
mobile  smartphones  phones  design  FastCompany 
16 days ago
How Spotify, Netflix, and other leaders use AI
5 lessons of the AI imperative, from Netflix to Spotify

It’s easy to say that algorithms matter more than ever, but harnessing their power is an endless battle—and humanity remains at the heart of every business.
algorithms  artificialintelligence  Computing  netflix  spotify  FastCompany 
16 days ago
Algorithms are controlling your life - Vox
How algorithms are controlling your life

And why you should probably pay closer attention.

Algorithms are making hugely consequential decisions in our society on everything from medicine to transportation to welfare benefits to criminal justice and beyond. Yet the general public knows almost nothing about them, and even less about the engineers and coders who are creating them behind the scenes.
algorithms  bias  Computing  interview 
17 days ago
Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds | The New Yorker
New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.
economics  Psychology  brain  mind  newyorker 
17 days ago
Amazon ‘4-Star’ store review: An admission of past missteps, a worthy experiment - Recode
Amazon has failed as a destination for ‘discovery’ shopping — so it built a physical store to try it the old-fashioned way

The new “Amazon 4-Star” store is an admission of past missteps but also a worthy experiment.
amazon  shopping  ecommerce 
17 days ago
Uber drivers and other gig economy workers are earning half what they did five years ago - Recode
More people are working for ride-sharing and delivery companies but on average they’re making less.
uber  work  futureofwork  economics 
17 days ago
A Breathtaking Documentary Following A Man Who Has Climbed Everest 21 Times - Digg
And here we were feeling great about ourselves for going to yoga this morning.
mountaineering  adventure  everest 
17 days ago
How Grammy-winning producer Oak Felder turns his laptop into a studio - The Verge
No studio needed: how anyone can make a hit record with a laptop

The Future of Music, episode 4
music  futureofmusic 
17 days ago
Mexico’s Drug Cartels Are Moving Into the Gasoline Industry – Rolling Stone
Mexico’s drug cartels are moving into the gasoline industry — infiltrating the national oil company, selling stolen fuel on the black market and engaging in open war with the military. Can the country’s new populist president find a way to contain the chaos?
mexico  crime  drugs  cartels 
18 days ago
VIDEO | Over its 20 years, Google has revolutionized the world | Fast Company
The tech giant celebrated its 20th birthday this month, and it’s hard to imagine life now without all of its many products and services.
google  history  Innovation  FastCompany 
19 days ago
Love in the time of AI: meet the people falling for scripted robots | Technology | The Guardian
A crop of dating simulations where the goal is to reach a virtual happily ever after have recently become hits. Are they a substitute for human companionship or a new type of digital intimacy?
artificialintelligence  dating  relationships  guardian 
19 days ago
Ordinary people must have a say in deciding the future of the web | Media Network | The Guardian
Against the backdrop of the ITU World Conference of International Telecommunications, David Rogers explains why the existing approach to web governance would benefit from broader participation
Internet  guardian 
19 days ago
Same Difference — Real Life
Creativity has become one of capitalism’s biggest growth sectors and best alibis: On Oli Mould’s Against Creativity
capitalism  Creativity  Innovation  economics 
20 days ago
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