The OneZero family is expanding. Today, we’re launching two new publications, Debugger and Future Human, to serve readers new perspectives on consumer technology and science.
Debugger explores how we use gadgets, apps, and services. Future Human is all about the science that will shape our survival as a species. And OneZero will continue to explore what we call the undercurrents of the future; technology topics like surveillance, automation, and platform moderation.
I’ve been reading a new book called The Twittering Machine. Written by Richard Seymour, it examines and complicates the clichéd narrative that social media companies are enacting a kind of mind control on a naive populace, forcing us to engage and post like we’re struck by the tendrils of a zombie fungus.
There’s no denying that social technology has changed us, and the book explains many of the ways it has done so, but technology is not some alien force: It shapes and is shaped by people. …
Earlier this month, movers dropped and shattered my television. It was less than a year old and, it turns out, completely unsalvageable.
The original manufacturer, LG, shrugged: Accidental damage understandably isn’t covered under warranty. The company’s customer service agent connected me to a number of local repair shops, none of which were able to fix the screen. Displays are by far the most expensive part of a television, and I soon learned that a replacement for my particular LG would cost about $1,117, not including any shipping or labor costs. I had bought the TV brand new for $1,300.
In August, OneZero published a science-fiction story by Ted Chiang, an entire book on surveillance capitalism, and also — yes — a riveting investigation of cow farts. Below are these and other recent favorites for your reading consideration over the holiday weekend.
Here’s my routine these days: I wake up at about 7:30 a.m., immediately pick up my phone, open Slack, respond to anything that needs my attention, do the same on Gmail, maybe snooze for another half-hour or so with my phone resting on my chest in case I get “pinged,” wake up again, look at Slack and Gmail again, scroll through Twitter, drag myself out of bed, make coffee, maybe brush my teeth, sit down in front of my three monitors, jump in and out of Zoom calls and Google Meets for eight hours, quickly respond to messages or edit…
There’s nothing more frustrating than when something stops working and you can’t do anything about it. I was fiddling with a busted Switch controller this weekend and watched helplessly as the calibration program showed the joystick pushing to the top of the screen without my direction; a little green ghost in the machine that I couldn’t exorcise.
A lot of things feel like this right now. August has been a long haul: It’s hot and slow; the president is blowing up the post office (!!!); Joyce Carol Oates, the 82-year-old author and five-time Pulitzer finalist, is revitalizing the soul of…
On Sunday, a man at the Apple Store pointed a temperature scanner at my forehead and pressed a button. It made me think of a tired grocer grabbing shrink-wrapped Tyson chicken from the conveyor belt and registering its bar code.
My number came up — 97.5, a bit lower than usual — and I was escorted past the Purell dispenser into the store’s basement, where an employee ran diagnostics on my iPhone. (Verdict: The screen was cracked.) He told me to come back in 90 minutes, at which point a team member would bring the repaired device outside to me…
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