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Why Doctors Hate Their Computers
Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. But are screens coming between doctors and patients?
healthcare  digital-health  digital-culture  doctor  computer-aversion 
4 weeks ago by PieroRivizzigno
Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom
Yuval Noah Harari: the myth of freedom

“Liberalism’s great advantage over other ideologies is that it is flexible and undogmatic. It can sustain criticism better than any other social order. Indeed, it is the only social order that allows people to question even its own foundations. Liberalism has already survived three big crises – the first world war, the fascist challenge in the 1930s, and the communist challenge in the 1950s-70s. If you think liberalism is in trouble now, just remember how much worse things were in 1918, 1938 or 1968.”

“The clashes of the 1960s strengthened liberal democracy, while the stifling climate in the Soviet bloc presaged its demise.”

“In order to survive and prosper in the 21st century, we need to leave behind the naive view of humans as free individuals – a view inherited from Christian theology as much as from the modern Enlightenment – and come to terms with what humans really are: hackable animals. We need to know ourselves better.”

“Second, renouncing the myth of free will can kindle a profound curiosity. If you strongly identify with the thoughts and desires that emerge in your mind, you don’t need to make much effort to get to know yourself. You think you already know exactly who you are. But once you realise “Hi, this isn’t me. This is just some changing biochemical phenomenon!” then you also realise you have no idea who – or what – you actually are. This can be the beginning of the most exciting journey of discovery any human can undertake.”

“Instead of confronting the challenge of AI and bioengineering, many are turning to religious and nationalist fantasies that are even less in touch with the scientific realities of our time than liberalism. Instead of fresh political models, what’s on offer are repackaged leftovers from the 20th century or even the middle ages.”

“I don’t know where the answers will come from, but they are definitely not coming from a collection of stories written thousands of years ago.”
freedom  technology  digital-culture 
8 weeks ago by craigryan
The four ways that ex-internet idealists explain where it all went wrong - MIT Technology Review
21st-century digital evangelists had a lot in common with early Christians and Russian revolutionaries.
digital-culture  Internet  evangelist 
september 2018 by PieroRivizzigno
Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media
Logged off: meet the teens who refuse to use social media

“Still, refuseniks such as Johnson may not be outliers for ever. In a world in which everyone is online, renouncing social media is a renegade, countercultural move: as quietly punk as shaving your head or fastening your clothes with safety-pins. Morgan has become a svengali for classmates wanting to escape. “My friends come to me and say: ‘Tyreke, I don’t have social media any more,’ and I go: ‘Why? I thought that’s what you guys do.’ And they say: ‘Thanks to you, because of the things you said and the stuff you’re doing.’ It’s quite cool.””

“Teenagers not ready to quit entirely are stepping back for a while. Dr Amanda Lenhart, who researches young people’s online lives, conducted a survey of US teenagers, asking them about taking time off social media. “We found that 58% of teenagers said they had taken at least one break from at least one social media platform. The most common reason? It was getting in the way of schoolwork or jobs, with more than a third of respondents citing this as their primary reason for leaving social media. Other reasons included feeling tired of the conflict or drama they could see unfolding among their peer group online, and feeling oppressed too by the constant firehose of information.””
social-media  youth  digital-culture 
september 2018 by craigryan
Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle? | Science | The Guardian
From passive-aggressive notes on ambulance windscreens to bilious political discourse, it feels as though society is suddenly consumed by fury. What is to blame for this outpouring of aggression?

Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle?

““As a historian and as a teacher, I’m always trying to get people to understand that societies in general are violent and hierarchical places,” he says. “People like you and me have wanted societies to be less violent and hierarchical and we have worked at that. We’ve never actually succeeded. We’ve managed to persuade people to take their foot off other people’s throats, when they felt secure enough.””

“This has the hammer thud of deep truth. I have worked in only a couple of offices, but there was always a gentle hubbub of whinging, in which important and intimate connections were forged by shared grievance, but it was underpinned by a deliberate relinquishing of power. You complained exactly because you did not intend to address the grievance meaningfully.”

“Like any stimulant, it has addictive properties: you become habituated to it and start to rove around looking for things to make you angry”
social-media  digital-culture  populism  alt-right 
august 2018 by craigryan
Perfidious Albion by Sam Byers review – furiously smart post-Brexit satire | Books | The Guardian
The power of global corporations and the rise of the right are scrutinised in a novel that explores current anxieties with a cold and horrified eye
digital-culture  brexit  books-fiction 
august 2018 by craigryan
In this grim age of Trump and Brexit, online fury is a dead end for the left | John Harris | Opinion | The Guardian
In this grim age of Trump and Brexit, online fury is a dead end for the left | John Harris

“It is no accident that as the war of online shouting escalates, the world is being menaced by a gang of political players – from Trump and his former lieutenant Steve Bannon, to Nigel Farage and the irksome Brexit donor Arron Banks – whose shared project seemingly amounts to an attempt to explode the internet on a daily basis and thereby nullify meaning, sow mistrust and break as many things as possible, in the vague hope that some kind of nationalistic, small-state future might rise from the rubble.

But perhaps the biggest winner is what some people call neoliberalism, which can grind away even in its currently weakened state, while its supposed opponents are locked into a politics in which a handful of online factions – to pick a few at random, the “FBPE” crowd (it stands for “Follow back, pro-EU”), Brexiteers, the Corbynite left, irate centrists who seem to want it to be 1997 again – engage in loud combat, to no obvious end.”
brexit  alt-right  fascism  fake-news  digital-culture 
august 2018 by craigryan
Algorithms in Culture: Big Data & Society: SAGE Journals
A foundational concept in computer science, algorithms – loosely defined as a set of rules to direct the behavior of machines or humans - have shaped infrastructures, practices, and daily lives around the world. This special theme, based on a December 2016 conference at University of California at Berkeley, considers algorithms as objects of cultural inquiry. It explores the implications of their development and deployment across many Big Data contexts, including politics, journalism, criminal justice, science, organizations, labor, culture, and the construction of the self.
algorithm  culture  digital-culture  Bigdata  data-society  counterpoint 
july 2018 by PieroRivizzigno
Palantir's New Patents Shed Rare Light On Its Data Methods
Palantir is one of the world's most opaque and influential data companies. We dig into its patents as Facebook's data privacy scandal refocuses media attention on how personal data is used in business and beyond.
digital-culture  digital-feudalism  palantir 
march 2018 by PieroRivizzigno
Consent in the Digital Age: Can Apps Solve a Very Human Problem? - The New York Times
“No means no” began to give way to “yes means yes” as the credo of sexual consent decades ago, but the shift has been swiftly propelled in recent years by legislation and, most recently, by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
psychology  blockchain  consent  digital-culture 
march 2018 by PieroRivizzigno
Silicon Valley's Laundry-App Race -- New York Magazine
> Entitlement is a straight line pointing heavenward

> The tidal wave of innovation that has swept out from Silicon Valley, transforming the way we communicate, read, shop, and travel, has carried along with it an epic shit-ton of digital flotsam

> Profits are higher on dry-cleaning, because who knows what dark alchemy is required to remove stains? No one, and everyone is willing to pay a premium to stay ­uninformed.

> “The laundry and dry-­cleaning industry, it’s all, like, old people,” says Dulanto in the nose-wrinkling manner of someone for whom aging is still an abstract concept

> When people in a privileged society look deep within themselves to find what is missing, a streamlined clothes-cleaning experience comes up a lot.
More often than not, the people who come up with ways of lessening this burden on mankind are dudes, or duos of dudes, who have only recently experienced the crushing realization that their laundry is now their own responsibility, forever.

> Mokhtarzada *got* Washio. He understood the indignities the company was trying to prevent. “You have to put your clothes in a car and drive them somewhere,” he says. “You have to take them out in *public*.”

> Every month, it throws a party for the [drivers], an open bar or a barbecue or bowling. “So they feel part of a community,” Metzner says. “It’s really good,” says Nadler as we are driving back from a visit to the vast building where Washio gets its laundry done, largely by immigrants who are not invited to the open bars or barbecues.
december 2017 by swlaschin
Rana Foroohar on Apple, Brexit, Uber, Basic Income, Trump, and Our Future Economy
I first posted about Rana Foroohar back in May, when her timely and well-received book Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business came out. That interview was one of our most-read pieces back then, but in the last few months, tens of thousands of new readers have come to NewCo Shift, and Rana was kind enough to come into the Nasdaq studios and shoot a fresh interview with us.
october 2017 by PieroRivizzigno

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