I’m hanging out in a virtual universe. Not a metaverse, per se, but it is relatively immersive environment, one that has digital friends, activities, its own internal commerce system, and that lets me teleport from one experience to another.
It’s also a relatively august virtual social network, one that existed when Mark Zuckerberg was first cooking up The Facebook.
Second Life is not my social network of choice. It’s a virtual environment far removed from its heyday 15 years ago when companies like Circuit City were building virtual stores and auto-manufactures like Nissan were launching virtual showrooms and vending machines…
We’re all talking about space again thanks to back-to-back, crewed, edge-of-space flights by two disparate space crafts.
Standing amid of group of people glued to a TV screen, I listened as they all commented on Blue Origin’s impending New Shepard launch on Tuesday.
“Why can’t we see inside?”
“Does the rocket take it to space and steer it back?”
“Would you go to space?”
Then silence as Bezos’ Liquid Hydrogen/Liquid Oxygen-powered, unfortunately shaped spaceship ignited and then smoothly lifted off the launch pad. The hush continued as the rocket with a capsule carrying Bezos, his brother Mark, Wally…
I do not need to post to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or, really, any platform any more quickly than I already do. I don’t want or need a device that can read my thoughts because I’m not frustrated that sometimes I can think faster than I type or speak. Maybe I should just slow down.
So, no, I’m not sad that Facebook, more specifically its research-based Reality Labs, has decided to shift its focus from an optical-based, head-mounted thought-reading system to wrist-based neural interface devices and more intuitive AR/VR input.
When Facebook announced four years ago that it was working on…
Former President Donald Trump is, as of this moment, still banned from Facebook, but before you cheer or deride the decision, know this: The Reckoning is just beginning.
The Oversight Board agreed with Facebook’s initial actions: kicking Trump off its platforms (Facebook and Instagram) as the Capitol riots unfolded and then extended it indefinitely the next day. However, the board, which operates independently of Facebook, also called out the social media giant for seeking to avoid its responsibilities. Facebook tried punting on the long-term decision to permanently ban the ex-president.
Apple’s 13-year-old App Store (and its slightly younger in-app purchases and commission system) is facing its biggest test, not with consumers but in a trial that kicked off Monday in Oakland, California.
At stake is the 30% revenue cut Apple takes on every app and in-app purchase. Fortnite maker Epic didn’t like it and, last summer, it launched a carefully calibrated campaign (breaking Apple’s rules on direct purchases, teasing Apple about it in a “1984-style” ad, and suing them) to upend it and bring the entire issue to court.
Poor Artificial Intelligence, technology’s scapegoat.
These concerns are so concrete that A.I. regulation is now racing far ahead of more general, and possibly more necessary, tech industry regulation (data, competition, content control, and moderation).
Earlier this week, the European Union dropped a 108-page A.I. policy document proposing sweeping A.I. regulations that attempt to touch on virtually every aspect of A.I. development. As senior analyst, A.I…
Well over a decade’s worth of posts, photos, likes, groups, and comments. That’s my Facebook data, which, as of today, I have even more options for collecting and transferring to other platforms.
I imagine myself downloading it all, piling it onto a rickety wooden cart, hitching it to my trusty donkey IO, and then pulling it across the digital terrain to Google Docs. Once there, I dump it all in, and then, taking one rueful look back at the massive, disorganized pile, I slam the shed doors on it and walk away.
Facebook’s acceleration of data transfer tools and options…
Are physical goods worth more than digital ones? Is a physical painting worth more than a radical idea?
As I started investigating the non-fungible token—or NFT—craze, I wondered how and why people would pay thousands of dollars for a digital piece of art, trading card, meme, or virtual creature. According to EconClips, a YouTube channel about economics, “There are no goods of fixed value. They are valuable as long as people value them and only to that extent.”
EconClips’ video (which is also embedded at the bottom of this story) explains that people value, for instance, diamonds over water because…
I’m not afraid of robots, not at least in the same way I fear humankind and its potential for administering pain and suffering. Even so, I understand the concern surrounding MSCHF’s latest bit of mischief: putting a paintball gun on the back of one of Boston Dynamic’s Spot quadruped robots.
I track Spot updates closely, and yet I missed this one. It wasn’t until I saw a Twitter post from my former PCMag colleague and current TechCrunch hardware editor Brian Heater that I learned about MSCHF’s audacious plan: attach a paintball gun to the back of Spot and let online…
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