In the fall of 2000, before we lost our innocence, before the towers came crashing down, before a Harvard dropout connected and upended the world, and when “binge” still meant wildly over-eating, Tribeca Films held a digital film and technology conference.
No, this wasn’t the nascent Tribeca Film Festival, which is running in Manhattan through June 20. There were no red carpets, no premiering films, just discussions about how technology and the Internet were changing film and entertainment. …
I tell one student to put their phone away. I tell another who has his head down to wake up. On the computer, I have to specify I’m talking to one student instead of another, but of whom look up when I say their similar-sounding names. The wi-fi drops and I get kicked out of Zoom. Students tell me I’m frozen and they can’t hear me. We spend the next 10 minutes figuring out how to get back on Zoom to not waste instructional time.
Welcome, my friends, to a day of hybrid instruction.
I don’t mind teaching fully in-person…
We have an organ shortage.
People are desperate for organs, but there is no easy way to make more. It would be awesome if we could use a summoning charm (accio membrum?) to create and distribute kidneys and livers, but unless we radically change our approach — or create human organs that we can harvest from animals — we’re shit out of luck.
Last month, a new milestone in attempts to advance medical treatment of humans by using animals, in this case a monkey, kicked off a barrage of commentary from ethicists and scientists. …
‘Dark patterns’ aren’t always malicious mind control. They’re often a symptom of disjointed company culture. Will the Times change?
A recent New York Times op-ed, titled “Stopping the Manipulation Machines,” derided the use of dark patterns: design tricks that push people to do things online by confusing or deliberately inconveniencing them.
Kudos to the writer, Greg Bensinger, a member of the Times’ editorial board, who does a laudable job calling out obnoxious dark patterns.
His first target is the Amazon Prime unsubscribe process, which he calls “a labyrinthine process that requires multiple screens and clicks.”
Bensinger claims Amazon deters customers…
Recent social science research has parents concerned about whether deep immersion in digital technologies is bad for their children.
A variety of studies find that rates of teen anxiety, depression, and self-harm have risen since 2012, in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada, although the evidence that this rise was caused by smartphones and social media is hotly debated.
It may take another decade for researchers to reach agreement, but parents need guidance now if their kids are to develop a healthy relationship with technology.
To limit or not to limit, that is the…
More than a third of the global population of 7.8 billion people use Facebook. They post 350 million photos a day and no one seems to know (except Facebook) exactly how many overall posts Facebook sees per second (it has to be in the millions).
Now imagine human moderators standing before that tsunami of content, all 15,000 of them, spread across the globe, interpreting languages, nuances, cultural norms, political imperatives, and ideological nuances for content that crosses the line. It’s like a feather trying to hold back a hurricane.
There’s a new privacy sheriff in town. His name is ATT and he rode in Monday on a horse named iOS 14.5. He likes apps just fine but not ones that pick your pockets for bits and pieces of data debris that he can share with his posse.
I don’t think it’s stretching the analogy too far to say that Apple’s App Tracking Transparency (ATT) policy for app developers is one of the most talked-about and potentially feared updates since Wyatt Earp strolled into Tombstone.
Now that it’s here, though, I’m astounded at all the misinformation and confusion surrounding this…
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…
The question isn’t what’s going to get automated. It’s what’s going to get automated last.
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As I wrote Always Day One, my book about tech giant culture, I learned of a massive automation program inside Amazon’s corporate offices called Hands…
The evidence is overwhelming: we are far more powerful than the technology that is supposedly mind-controlling us. It’s not even close.
As I’ve discussed here and in many other places, we need to give ourselves more credit. Instead of passively accepting the idea that we’re all being puppeteered by some sort of menacing tech bogeyman, we can hack back distractions.
To be clear, too much social media can be harmful. No one disputes that too much of all sorts of good things can be bad, whether it’s too much news or too much booze.
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