The weird science of the placebo effect keeps getting more interesting
There is so much we may never know about our history
The discovery suggests that there was rampant interbreeding between ancient human species in Europe and Asia more than 30,000 years ago. But, far more significant was the finding that they also mated with a mystery species from Asia – one that is neither human nor Neanderthal.
My new favourite saying 😀
pyramid-scheme-adjacent business hustles.
We are literally hard wired to create conspiracy theories, and our brain gets addicted to it
The pleasurable feeling that our explanation is the right one—ranging from a modest sense of familiarity to the powerful and sublime “a-ha!”—is meted out by the same reward system in the brain integral to drug, alcohol, and gambling addictions.
"The real enemy of truth is not ignorance, doubt, or even disbelief, it is false knowledge"
It’s more convenient to say there’s “an effect,” blame social media for teens’ depression, and call the case closed — even though that’s not the whole story.
The solution isn’t to outlaw algorithmic ranking or make noise about legislating what results Google can return.
It seemed obvious that unless you were passing around a GoFundMe link, no good could come from social platforms at that moment.
Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections and political affairs around the world,
if it is only done for the sake of accomplishment, then it feels like an even longer, more painful time
The average person’s mind wanders 47 percent of the time, according to a 2010 Harvard study, so nearly half the time you’re doing one thing, you’re thinking about something else
prompting users to enable Sidewalk on their existing Echo speakers and Ring cameras. This will inevitably push surveillance cameras into places they weren’t reaching before.All of this results in a vision for technology that’s distinctively more paranoid than that of other tech giants like Apple and Google.
crows know what they know and can ponder the content of their own minds, a manifestation of higher intelligence and analytical thought long believed the sole province of humans and a few other higher mammals.
How can you critique an algorithm — a sort of black box — if you don’t have true access to its inner workings or the capacity to test a good number of its decisions?
This behavior resembles another, older phenomenon: It’s strikingly similar to cult recruitment tactics of the pre-internet era, in which recruits are targeted and then increasingly isolated from the noncult world.
it wasn’t controversial to suggest that we could use signals to determine whether or not a domain was low quality. There was a consensus that not all information was worth pushing directly into people’s inboxes.
Only dorks grade by bezel thickness
Also, in most cultures it’s considered bad form to shock the heads of new acquaintances with huge magnets.
Mark Weiser, writing about Ubiquitous Computing in 1991, summarizes seamlessness well: “By invisible, I mean that the tool does not intrude on your consciousness; you focus on the task, not the tool.”
What actually do you get from Facebook?
Facebook – Takes your data in exchange for being able to brag about yourself and stalk your friends.
This sums up the attention economy as a whole. More eye balls the better and they don't care who suffers for it
the algorithm takes a positive social movement, such as Black Lives Matter, and shows it to a bunch of people who are inclined to be enraged by it, introduces them to one another, and then continues to rile them up for profit,
Bingo. The web is dead
So Google controls the Web’s search and video infrastructure. It can and does dictate standards and media formats. It also controls a huge chunk of the revenues available when publishing and selling on the Web. It even controls the operating system and browser through which most people interact with it.
Seems like Google are keeping Firefox afloat so that Chrome doesn't get too much attention
That’s over $400 million to be the default search provider in 4% of browsers.
Facebook has apologized to its users and advertisers for being forced to respect people’s privacy in an upcoming update to Apple’s mobile operating system – and promised it will do its best to invade their privacy on other platforms.
Julian hits the nail for me, I get very similar feelings and need to get to the bottom of them.
But it occurred to me, as I lay awake at just after 4.30 am, how little time I'd spent looking at the alternative. What's that? Well, I might delete all profiles or stop opening them and/or sharing material, but the truth is I've got nothing else as compelling to hold my attention.
In February, the World Health Organization called the new coronavirus "a massive "infodemic" with an "overabundance of information—some accurate and some not—that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it."
Karens are both the kind of petty enforcers who patrol other people’s failures at social distancing, and the kind of entitled women who refuse to wear a mask because it’s a “muzzle.”
Pichai had a go at denying that — starting an answer with the claim that “in general that’s not true” before Demings repeated the contention: “So you’re saying that more user data does not mean the more money that Google can collect?”