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“Whether they copied the LG Prada or not, Apple built upon a very mid-aughts idea created by the fashion industry: the luxury masstige product. Apple realized it didn’t need a fashion brand to create a “premium” product. The iPhone was the first luxury product that felt accessible to everyone, that ...Read More
"The largest crowdfunding site in the world puts up a mirror to who we are and what matters most to us. Try not to look away."
Really into this call for journalists to include more solution-based narratives in tech reporting but also #Zucksucks “We need a public not only skeptical of Big Tech, but capable of navigating policy debates and ready to conceive of a technological world different from the one we live in.”
"In 2007, speaking with fellow composer Frank Oteri, Carlos remarked on how technological breakthroughs in the present have allowed us to revisit artworks of the past with new esteem. She says, 'we can at last treat them with diligence, introspection and respect. I hope music, my music, can be treated ...Read More
"Yet as awareness of algorithmic bias has grown, a rift is emerging around the question of what to do about it. On one side are advocates of what might be called the “inclusion” approach. These are people who believe that criminal justice technologies can be made more benevolent by changing If one camp sees inclusion as the path forward, the other camp prefers abolition. This involves dismantling and outlawing technologies like facial recognition rather than trying to make them “fairer.” The activists who promote this approach see technology as inextricable from who is using it. So long as communities of ...Read More
What does WeWork’s architectural automation say about the state of architectural design and the way we all work? “if we look at contemporary patterns of employment, jobs within production have been largely automated while entire new sectors of professional, managerial, clerical, sales, and service workers have expanded resulting in a self-perpetuating system that exists purely to produce more pointless layers of bureaucracy filled with more bullshit jobs”
For those of us living in SF even five years ago when this was all beginning, the clear lack of viable unit economics was obvious. We called it the “VC-sponsored lifestyle”. Uber and Lyft weren’t regulated back then so prices were even lower. VCs were also more optimistic and willing Now their new investments are more conservative, but the big startups that they’ve already sunk hundreds of millions into are going public and still tied to unprofitable models 🤷🏻‍♂️ ...Read More
"The development of Google’s search algorithm, for instance, had been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, a US public grant-awarding body. Electric car company Tesla initially struggled to secure investment until it received a $465 million (£380 million) loan from the US Department of Energy. In fact, "That posed an urgent, more fundamental problem. If it was the state, not the private sector, which had traditionally assumed the risks of uncertain technological enterprises that led to the development of aviation, nuclear energy, computers, nanotechnology, biotechnology and the internet, how were we going to find the next wave ...Read More
"The average viewership metrics were not inflated by only 60%-80%; they were inflated by some 150 to 900%," and all facebook gets is a slap on the wrist...
Millions of Flickr images were sucked into a database called MegaFace. Now some of those ...Read More
https://www.reddit.com/r/ElsaGate/ Motivated by the same vigilantism that drives the PizzaGate crowd, R/ElsaGate is a community dedicated to finding and flagging disturbing YouTube content marketed for children. Seems like there's a certain kind of person, regardless of political orientation, who processes socioeconomic alienation by making themselves into a defender of children.
Facebook’s essential threat to democracy isn’t that Mr. Zuckerberg will intervene on behalf of his preferred candidate — it’s more fundamental than that. Mark Zuckerberg need not intervene, because Facebook, the platform, will do so instinctively. With its algorithmic mandate of engagement over all else, Facebook has redefined what it ...Read More
“A quest for another sort of authenticity—the paid-for privilege of being present at an Event—fuels what Amnesia Scanner call “the experience economy” of today’s festivals. Just as much as bottle-service raves on cruise ships or EDM gatherings like Electric Daisy Carnival, experimental music festivals are selling exclusivity and a sense ...Read More
"Still, even in 2018, the thematic frames for our listening are uncertain. Style, aesthetic appreciation, and the technological production and social consumption of music all incongruently condition our reception, aurality, and agency for listening. A signal emerges, and we can listen to that signal, registering it as it vibrates within. ...Read More
"For developers, the goal of this new generation of open-world games is stimulating a player’s sense of adventure in ways that emulate the real thing. Jean-Sebastien Decant, creative director for the latest Far Cry installment, New Dawn—which puts players in a carefully rendered postapocalyptic Montana—says, “The key is to provide "At ReStart, the issue seems settled: staff and clients talk about gaming like they would any other addiction. Rae tells me about a 13-year-old boy who was “using” World of Warcraft a dozen hours a day. Stories about game addicts run the gamut—lost jobs, dashed hopes, broken marriages. Rae mentions ...Read More