Feb 24

I’m a tall man with big hands, and the designed world fits me.

I'm a tall man with big hands, and the designed world fits me. It doesn't fit my wife, who is short and has particularly small hands. I knew that, but I hadn't fully thought through how widespread the problem is.

https://amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/feb/23/truth-world-built-for-men-car-crashes?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&__twitter_impression=true

Feb 18

Karen Conlin will enjoy this recent exchange in my workplace.

Karen Conlin will enjoy this recent exchange in my workplace.

New Zealander 1 (me, as it happens): That whole thing is huckery. I would even go so far as to say munted.

British colleague: So, to un-munt it...

NZer 2: Once a thing is munted, that's it. You can't undo it.

NZer 1: Yeah, munted is a final state.

Feb 17

At Swift’s shows, ISM installed cameras behind kiosks marked as “selfie stations”, drawing concert-goers in with…

Originally shared by Judah Richardson

At Swift’s shows, ISM installed cameras behind kiosks marked as “selfie stations”, drawing concert-goers in with Swift trivia and behind the scenes footage. Their hidden cameras scanned the facial features of fans interacting with the screens, the company explained in a series of posts on its website. They also outlined how this helped generate metrics used to enhance the tour, in a post that has since been removed.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/feb/15/how-taylor-swift-showed-us-the-scary-future-of-facial-recognition?CMP=fb_a-technology_b-gdntech

Feb 06

Via Keith Wilson.

Via Keith Wilson.

Headline is, of course, a clickbait exaggeration not backed up by the article. But it's interesting to contemplate the scenario where human population is dropping.

Originally shared by Irreverent Monk

Unintended consequences... Blackberry started the first generation of smartphones. It did emails very well, but the apps sucked. The browser sucked hard too. Then Google bought Android. And was about to deliver a blackberry killer, and BAM Apple came out of nowhere and kick started the second generation of smartphones. Google quickly retooled, and shipped Android. And thus began the smartphone wars.

Apple was focused on their hardware and software, and making it the best they could.

Google was focused on spreading Android far and wide. And because Verizon couldn't get iPhones for 5 years, they were forced to go Android.

And now, you can find Android everywhere. From the expensive high ends, to the cheap low ends.

And everywhere means EVERYWHERE

Even the very poor, living in slums in 3rd world countries, have smartphones.

And what does having a smartphone give you, besides flappy birds and other games? Data. Information. Girls, women, are now exposed to knowledge.

And are choosing to have smaller families.

Cheap smart phones are pushing the world population down.

Bet you didn't see that coming, did you?

Android leads to lower global birth rates.

https://www.wired.com/story/the-world-might-actually-run-out-of-people/

https://www.wired.com/story/the-world-might-actually-run-out-of-people/

Feb 03

I’m increasingly concluding that if you want to find the real drivers of history, you need to look beyond the great…

I'm increasingly concluding that if you want to find the real drivers of history, you need to look beyond the great man theory and study food. Also cloth, but mainly food.

Originally shared by Kerry Amburgy-Dickson (Kalex)

https://qz.com/quartzy/1148452/potato2/

Jan 28

You could definitely use this in a techno-thriller.

You could definitely use this in a techno-thriller.

Originally shared by Adafruit Industries

Lasers that Transmit Audible Messages to Specific People #MusicMonday

https://blog.adafruit.com/2019/01/28/lasers-that-transmit-audible-messages-to-specific-people-musicmonday/

Headphones are getting smaller and less connected but this new sound delivery system gets rid of them all together.

Via BoingBoing:

Researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, a United States Department of Defense research facility, developed laser systems that can “transmit various tones, music and recorded speech at a conversational volume” to specific people without the recipient wearing any special equipment. Basically, the operator points a laser at someone from a distance and that individual hears the transmitted audio even though others in the area don’t. Conspiracy theorists, start your engines.

Read more

https://blog.adafruit.com/2019/01/28/lasers-that-transmit-audible-messages-to-specific-people-musicmonday/

https://blog.adafruit.com/2019/01/28/lasers-that-transmit-audible-messages-to-specific-people-musicmonday/

Jan 27

Disturbing, not only because of the people who have made themselves unable to admit reality, but also because they…

Disturbing, not only because of the people who have made themselves unable to admit reality, but also because they are obsessive stalkers who threaten innocent people.

Originally shared by Keith Wilson

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/23/conspiracy-theories-internet-survivors-truth