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“For Amazon,” said Dixon, “all they care about is getting the job done and getting it out fast and not realizing how it’s affecting us and our own bodies.” "Amazon’s famous speed and technological innovation have driven the company’s massive global expansion and a valuation well over $800 billion. It’s also helped make Amazon the nation’s second-largest private employer behind Walmart and its CEO, Jeff Bezos, one of the richest humans on Earth. Now, an investigation by Reveal from ...Read More
“It is as if we have forgotten that a product is an object moving through space, fighting gravity, air resistance and other forces of nature. Companies, though, are only too aware of it. While we choose and buy our purchases with mere inch-wide movements of our thumbs, they are busy The frictionless appearance of a box on the doorstep is such a seductive notion. We have come to rely on it in such a brief period that we have not been able to grapple fully with the scale or the meaning of home delivery.” ...Read More
It would seem that despite amazon stopping their rewards program for reviews, that 3rd party sellers have found a way around this in order to get 5 star reviews. Things like this make me feel most review systems are now massively compromised without requiring any skin in the game. "Sellers reach out to Jessica through targeted Facebook ads touting free items or dedicated review groups with thousands of members, and give her a specific set of instructions to purchase their products on Amazon. After she leaves a 5-star review, the sellers reimburse her via PayPal or an Amazon gift ...Read More
Freelance workers, known informally as turkers, race to grab and do the tasks, providing what Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, once called “artificial artificial intelligence.” "Most tasks pay a dime or less, and there is a daily churn of tasks that pay only a penny. ...Read More
Amazon poured nearly $1.5 million into local elections in its hometown of Seattle, hoping to install a more business-friendly slate of politicians on the city council and to defeat an incumbent socialist who’s also a vocal Amazon critic.
When a longtime resident started stealing her neighbors’ Amazon packages, she entered a vortex of smart cameras, Nextdoor rants, and cellphone surveillance. "In some cities, the relationship between the police and companies has gone beyond marketing. Amazon is helping police departments run “bait box” operations, in which police place decoy boxes on porches—often with GPS trackers inside—to capture anyone who tries to steal them. Gearing up for one such operation in December ...Read More
"Amazon has spent an amount on shipping in the last year that is more than the GDP of 100 countries in the world... Nearly half (48%) of Amazon’s packages are delivered by the company itself, up from 20% last year. It has cut ties entirely with FedEx and dialed back ...Read More
Delivery trucks operated by UPS and FedEx double-park on streets and block bus and bike lanes. They racked up more than 471,000 parking violations last year, a 34 percent increase from 2013.
After a long legal battle with a number of organizations, the Waorani people successfully protected half a million acres of their ancestral territory in the Amazon rainforest from being mined for oil drilling by huge oil corporations. The auctioning off of Waorani lands to the oil companies was suspended indefinitely This win for the indigenous tribe has now set an invaluable legal precedent for other indigenous nations across the Ecuadorian Amazon. After accepting a Waorani bid for court protection to stop an oil bidding process, the court also halted the potential auctioning off of 16 oil blocks that cover over ...Read More
Everybody’s complaining about technology all the time — there’s nothing more on-trend than lamenting our ephemeral hashtag culture. So it’s easy to believe that there really is a roiling tech backlash that will somehow head off any dystopian outcomes, while we lean back and ask Alexa whether it’s raining. In ...Read More
Such a quality article with strong, clear ideas. This part really struck me: “Decomputerization doesn’t mean no computers. It means that not all spheres of life should be rendered into data and computed upon. Ubiquitous “smartness” largely serves to enrich and empower the few at the expense of the many, while inflicting ecological harm that will threaten the survival and flourishing of billions ...Read More
"“The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produce 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire,” tweeted French President Emanuel Macron. And yet the photos weren’t actually of the fires and many weren’t even of the Amazon. The photo Ronaldo shared was taken in southern Brazil, far from the Amazon, in 2013. The photo that DiCaprio and Macron shared is over 20 years old. The photo Madonna and Smith shared is ...Read More
The companies have wrested control of land, deforested it, and helped build a controversial highway to their new shipping terminal in the one-time jungle, all to facilitate the cultivation and export of grain and soybeans. The Amazon terminal is run by Hidrovias do Brasil, a company that is owned in ...Read More