Teachers insulted students in private Slack chats. After a hack, they resigned in disgrace. - The Washington Post
The apparent target of that message was Hudson Deighan, a 16-year-old who told the Providence Journal that when she spotted her name in the leaked chat logs, she began to cry
education  bullies  privacy  slack 
3 hours ago
People Want Autonomous Cars to Protect the Greater Good, But Only After Them | Motherboard
An autonomous vehicle is carrying its passenger straight towards a group of pedestrians. It can either hit and kill the pedestrians, or swerve into a wall and kill its own passenger. What should it do?

The (hopefully obvious) moral choice would be for the car to sacrifice its own passenger to save the greater number of people; it’s for the greater good. A new study published in Science found that most respondents approve of such a “utilitarian” autonomous vehicle, at least in theory. The thing is, when their own life is in the balance, those same people would rather buy an autonomous vehicle that saves the passenger.
morality  cars  automation 
12 hours ago
I have found a new way to watch TV, and it changes everything - The Washington Post
According to Audible, the audiobook company, the typical book recording is performed at 155 wpm. A 1990 study found that radio broadcasts run at 160 wpm on average, while everyday conversations, which use shorter words, occur at about 210 wpm.
storytelling  time 
23 hours ago
WeWork Quietly Opens Hotel Rooms In New York City | Fast Company | Business + Innovation
WeWork, which is valued by its investors at $16 billion, estimated that it would house 34,000 people in 69 locations by the end of 2018. WeWork’s New York City WeLive location has 20 stories dedicated to small apartments whose residents also have access to large common spaces.
wework  sharing-economy 
The ups and downs of starting a virtual reality ‘cult’ | Fusion
Now this part sounds disturbing: from a first-person perspective, being held down and forcibly caressed would feel a lot like a virtual sexual assault. When I contacted Wolf by email though, he said the experience was less invasive than it sounds.
vr  virtual-worlds  second-life 
2 days ago
This column will change your life: empathy | Life and style | The Guardian
The problem is that empathy – the attempt to feel or think how someone else is feeling or thinking – isn't a reliable way of doing good. For one thing, we find it easier to empathise with better-looking people, and with those of the same race, so the more we rely on empathy as a guide to action, the more we're vulnerable to such biases. We also get entangled in the "identifiable victim effect": empathy makes us care more about, say, the single missing child than the thousands who might be harmed by a government policy, never mind the as-yet-unborn victims of future global warming
2 days ago
Do We Need “Trigger Warnings” for Depictions of Drug Use? | TheInfluence
But while there has been much discussion about “trigger warnings” for pictures and other media that could upset trauma survivors, far less coverage has been given to the abundance of potential media triggers that may harm people with addiction, who often, of course, have also experienced a great deal of trauma. Far too frequently, these images appear alongside the very stories people with addiction are most likely to want to read.
trigger-warnings  addiction 
2 days ago
How Wimbledon will use IBM's Watson to serve up data - BBC News
Cameras linked to IBM's Watson "machine-learning" platform may be monitoring your facial expressions and trying to work out what emotions you are displaying.
If Watson learns quickly enough over the fortnight, it will apparently be able to work out which player you are supporting just by reading your face.
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) and its tech partner IBM are remaining tight-lipped on the details of the new technology - not least because it needs legal approval and raises privacy concerns.
affective-computing  face-detection  watson  privacy  tennis 
2 days ago
The Baby in the Well - The New Yorker
In this sense, empathy is an instinctive mirroring of others’ experience—James Bond gets his testicles mashed in “Casino Royale,” and male moviegoers grimace and cross their legs. Smith talks of how “persons of delicate fibres” who notice a beggar’s sores and ulcers “are apt to feel an itching or uneasy sensation in the correspondent part of their own bodies.” There is now widespread support, in the social sciences, for what the psychologist C. Daniel Batson calls “the empathy-altruism hypothesis.” Batson has found that simply instructing his subjects to take another’s perspective made them more caring and more likely to help.
4 days ago
Blade Runner | Typeset In The Future
Blade Runner‘s opening crawl is distinctly un-futuristic in its choice of font. It uses Goudy Old Style – designed by Frederic W. Goudy in 1915 – as part of a veritable typographic cornucopia:
blade-runner  sci-fi  design  typography  fonts 
4 days ago
Rush, Female Education
via brian waterman "What's funny abt this is that it's an 18th-century argument against reading novels: that they would prevent you from sympathizing IRL."

novels which so generally prevails among the fair sex. I cannot dismiss this species of writing and reading without observing that the subjects of novels are by no means accommodated to our present manners. They hold up life, it is true, but it is not yet life in America. Our passions have not as yet "overstepped the modesty of nature," nor are they "torn to tatters," to use the expressions of the poet, by extravagant love, jealousy, ambition, or revenge. As yet the intrigues of a British novel are as foreign to our manners as the refinements of Asiatic vice. Let it not be said that the tales of distress which fill modern novels have a tendency to soften the female heart into acts of humanity. The fact is the reverse of this. The abortive sympathy which is excited by the recital of imaginary distress blunts the heart to that which is real; and, hence, we sometimes see instances of young ladies who weep away a whole forenoon over the criminal sorrows of a fictitious Charlotte or Werter, turning with disdain at two o'clock from the sight of a beggar who solicits in feeble accents or signs a small portion only of the crumbs which fall from their fathers' tables.
4 days ago
We're Already Violating Virtual Reality's First Code of Ethics | Motherboard
Indeed, it was in light of this potential for lasting psychological impact during and after a virtual reality experience that Madary and Metzinger drafted a list of six main recommendations for the ethical future of commercial and research virtual reality applications. Broadly summarized, their recommendations are:
vr  ethics 
4 days ago
E3 was secretly terrible for the future of virtual reality
The company spent much of E3 under fire for supposedly buying out multi-platform virtual reality games in order to make them exclusive to the Oculus Rift. Games like Superhot and Killing Floor: Incursion won't be available to HTC Vive owners for a limited period of time after release, while others, like Ripcoil and Wilson's heart, are first-party Oculus titles that will never be available to Vive owners. Nobody blinks when Sony announces an exclusive PlayStation game, but for the Vive and Rift's platform, this is completely unprecedented. Until now, there was no such thing as a hardware-exclusive PC game.
oculus  vr 
5 days ago
The Future of Virtual Reality — Medium
Until now, storytelling mediums have allowed us to share approximations of human experience in external frames — forms that take up space in the physical world: books, letters, theater stages, movie screens, TVs, smartphones, tablets. While the stories we tell using these forms help bring us closer than ever to the lived experiences of others, they don’t give us the ability to live within those experiences firsthand. Even in the case of cinema, which has been called “externalized consciousness”, we witness, interpret, and internalize human experiences — but the medium is always external to us.
vr  pov  storytelling 
5 days ago
'There Was a Stranger in My Own House': Is the Sharing Economy Safe for Women? | Broadly
If you're a woman or belong to a minority group—black, gay, Latino, Muslim, trans—there's often no space for you within the so-called sharing economy. Get in an Uber (or dare to drive one) and you may well be sexually harassed. Think it's safer to travel in numbers? Not if you're assaulted in an UberPool. Airbnb users have been raped and held against their will. Invite a Handy cleaner into your home and you may end up being extorted.
6 days ago
Can Netflix Survive in the New World It Created? - The New York Times
(lots on company culture)

This year Netflix will spend $5 billion, nearly three times what HBO spends, on content, which includes what it licenses, shows like AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” and original series like “House of Cards.” Its dozens of original shows (more than 600 hours of original programming are planned for this year) often receive as much critical acclaim and popular buzz as anything available on cable. Having invented the binge-streaming phenomenon when it became the first company to put a show’s entire season online at once, it then secured a place in the popular culture: “Netflix and chill.”..
If subscriber growth were to stall, for instance, then Wall Street would stop treating it as a growth stock, and its price would start falling. Slower growth would also increase the cost of taking on more debt to pay for its shows. The company would be forced to either raise subscription prices even higher or cut back on those content costs or do both, which could slow subscriber growth even further.
netflix  content  television  silicon-valley 
7 days ago
prosthetic knowledge — hotspot poet Project by vtol is a collection of...
Project by vtol is a collection of portable transmitters which transmits lines of poetry as Wifi network names:
digital-art  wifi  poetry 
8 days ago
Why Fitness Classes Are Making You Go Broke - Racked
The height of opulence, especially in warm, fit cities like Miami and LA, is being rich enough not to work so you can spend all of your time perfecting your body, which has become the ultimate luxury item itself.
classpass  class 
8 days ago
How YouNow, the Most Accepting Place on the Internet, Keeps Its Community So Damn Nice
YouNow CEO Adi Sideman says he's made keeping YouNow free of bullies and pornography a priority and a big area of investment. "We have a higher sense of responsibility because we have cameras in kids' bedrooms," he says
harassment  community  thebook 
9 days ago
The Tyranny of the Filter Bubble and the Future of Public Space — Failed Architecture
Public spaces in cities risk a similar destiny. Cities are becoming archipelagos of fragmented and isolated islands, separating different groups of people. The more wealthy parts are increasingly designed to death for reasons of security, efficiency and retail, while
public-space  urbanism  diversity  workingon 
11 days ago
(((Echoes))), Exposed: The Secret Symbol Neo-Nazis Use to Target Jews Online
a new, young, amorphous conservative movement that comprises trolls fluent in internet culture, free speech activists warring against political correctness and earnest white nationalists. Some use the symbol to mock Jews; others seek to expose supposed Jewish collusion in controlling media or politics. All use it to put a target on their heads.
anti-semitism  hate  trolls  harassment 
21 days ago
Snapchat Is Now More Popular Than Twitter
The era from roughly 2005 to 2015, when social media was mostly public, is going to feel like a weird blip in the web’s timeline, whereas now people realize that maybe not everyone needs to see everything. How Twitter and Facebook respond to that conundrum remains to be seen.
snapchat  users 
22 days ago
Color Goes Electric - Triple Canopy
Specific hues must accord with memory colors—a tomato must be properly red, a Caucasian face satisfyingly tan, a sky suitably blue—but not seem exaggerated or unbelievable. Imaging scientists refer to this mandate to generate color that is perceptually enhanced yet still acceptably faithful to reality as “the naturalness constraint.”
art  photography  color 
23 days ago
Color Goes Electric - Triple Canopy
They were also picky about the hue of the sky at the horizon; when shown a pair of photographs,
one with an accurately reproduced horizon—in which the color might be almost white, due to a high degree of light-scattering by the atmosphere—and one with a horizon nearly as saturated with blue as the sky overhead, consumers reported that the latter “looked right.” The strongest, most consistent finding among all subjects was a strong preference for bright, snappy versions of well-known colors, with saturations far exceeding their actual colorimetric values.
art  photography  color 
23 days ago
Color Goes Electric - Triple Canopy
Eggleston”...unlike previous color photographers, he integrated the formal properties of color with its content, working “as though the world itself existed in color, as though the blue and the sky were one thing.”
...In the responses to these two exhibitions, one can discern the tensions that characterized color photography’s early reception more generally. Critics lamented either a realism that seemed too automatic or a chromatic intensity that seemed too coarse. The former invalidated the artistry of the photographer, since a “perfect apparatus” leaves no room for creative authorial intention, while the latter devalued the accuracy that was photography’s hallmark, and suggested either the amateurism of the vernacular snapshot or the garishness of the mass-reproduced ad. On the one hand, it was too real; on the other, too fake.
art  history  photography  color 
23 days ago
How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist — Medium
The more choices technology gives us in nearly every domain of our lives (information, events, places to go, friends, dating, jobs) — the more we assume that our phone is always the most empowering and useful menu to pick from. Is it?
design  consent  thebook  digital-literacy  google  workingon  choice 
4 weeks ago
About New York - Alphabet Soup - Telling an IRT From a BMT - NYTimes.com
''There is a certain generation of New Yorkers, native and otherwise, for whom talk of the IRT, BMT and IND is romantic and shows an extra degree of New York sophistication,'' said Joseph Rappaport, coordinator for the Straphangers Campaign, an advocacy group for New York subway riders.
nyc  nostalgia  subway 
5 weeks ago
Raspberry lemon meringue
Aquafaba (aka Chickpea Brine) Is the Key Ingredient to These Incredible Vegan Recipes
vegan  recipes 
5 weeks ago
If you’re near Montgomery, Ala., check out this... - If You Go...
If you’re near Montgomery, Ala., check out this abandoned movie set!

Spectre from Big Fish!

How to get there?

Above is a google map picture of the island. 

Cross the bridge, which costs $3 to enter, follow the road and turn right on Cypress Lane just before the train tracks. When you get to the gate, you’ll find you need a code. Turn around and go to the house on your left. There is a super sweet lady who lives there and is prepared to give out the code to visitors. Take time to talk to her, she has some fun stories! Also, she’s an Auburn fan so War Eagle to that!
travel  alabama 
5 weeks ago
The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup | WIRED
re:vr and empathy:

what we are building with artificial reality is an internet of experiences. What you share in VR or MR gear is an experience. What you encounter when you open a magic window in your living room is an experience. What you join in a mixed-reality teleconference is an experience. To a remarkable degree, all these technologically enabled experiences will rapidly intersect and inform one another... The technology forces you to be present—in a way flatscreens do not—so that you gain authentic experiences, as authentic as in real life. People remember VR experiences not as a memory of something they saw but as something that happened to them.


Artificial reality exploits peculiarities in our senses. It effectively hacks the human brain in dozens of ways to create what can be called a chain of persuasion.

The degree of presence can be so strong in VR that you have to tone down the evocation of base emotions and the depiction of brute force. The usual gore and mayhem of a first-person shooter doesn’t work as well in VR.
vr  empathy  authenticity  memory 
5 weeks ago
Interview with Jan Gehl | asla.org
If I was to tell you about a big sad story I just had with one of my grandchildren, I would lean over and it would be very personal. If it's sort of more common, we have the public, the social distance where we yak, yak, yak, and do interviews on landscape architecture. Then we have the public distance which is the distance between the priest and his congregation, teacher, pupil, whatever. We have a number of distances which are part of our instincts and upbringing.
urbanism  public-space 
5 weeks ago
Did Facebook’s Big Study Kill My Filter Bubble Thesis? — Backchannel
Who you’re friends with matters a good deal more than the algorithm.
But it’s also not insignificant. For self-described liberals on Facebook, for example, the algorithm plays a slightly larger role in what they see than their own choices about what to click on. There’s an 8% decrease in cross-cutting content from the algorithm vs. a 6% decrease from liberals’ own choices on what to click.
filter-bubble  echo-chambers  facebook  thebook  social-media  algorithms  choice  context-collapse  sharing 
5 weeks ago
Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ | Pew Research Center
People were less willing to discuss the Snowden-NSA story in social media than they were in person. 86% of Americans were willing to have an in-person conversation about the surveillance program, but just 42% of Facebook and Twitter users were willing to post about it on those platforms.
privacy  echo-chambers  social-media  thebook  snowden 
5 weeks ago
Facebook study: The algorithm doesn’t push political polarization. However.
“[i]ndividual choice has a larger role in limiting exposure to ideologically cross cutting content” than Facebook’s engineers do. All in all, users are “exposed to more cross-cutting discourse in social media” than we had all thought.
facebook  polarity  serendipity  interfaces  echo-chambers 
5 weeks ago
Is Virtual Reality Sexist? | Co.Design | business + design
Based on that pattern it should come as no surprise that VR suffers from much the same. Motion sickness in VR has plagued the format since its inception. Women have shown a greater tendency toward VR-induced nausea than men. But why? It's all about unconscious bias and technology’s notorious self-selection bias.
design  bias  vr 
5 weeks ago
Facebook’s Bias Is Built-In, and Bears Watching - The New York Times
The biggest worry is that Facebook doesn’t seem to recognize its own power, and doesn’t think of itself as a news organization with a well-developed sense of institutional ethics and responsibility, or even a potential for bias. Neither does its audience, which might believe that Facebook is immune to bias because it is run by computers.
bias  traffic  facebook  media  algorithms  trending 
6 weeks ago
Why I Quit Online Dating -- The Cut
My last internet date also took me to the Williamsburg waterfront. This was one week ago. There’s a nice park there now. This man was seven years younger than me. The man on the first date had been seven years older than me. This means that the two of them were the same age. This needs to end, I thought. I can no longer listen to 29-year-olds who don’t have full-time jobs make self-deprecating remarks.
6 weeks ago
Remembering Prince's promotion and celebration of women
This September, Prince granted a rare interview to Entertainment Weekly, during which he was asked about which musicians he was most enjoying now. Nine of the 10 artists he listed were women. Joni Mitchell. Erykah Badu, Beyonce, Tori Kelly. He called Janelle Monae "brilliant," speculating she "could run for president one day." He said of Esperanza Spalding, "I thought I could play bass until I met her." He called Mitchell "a genius, the way she paints a picture with just a few chords."
music  feminism 
9 weeks ago
An Unbelievable Story of Rape - ProPublica
That Marie recanted wasn’t surprising, Rinta wrote, given the “bullying” and “hounding” she was subjected to. The detectives elevated “minor inconsistencies” — common among victims — into discrepancies, while ignoring strong evidence the crime had occurred. As for threatening jail and a possible withdrawal of housing assistance if Marie failed a polygraph: “These statements are coercive, cruel, and unbelievably unprofessional,” Rinta wrote. “I can’t imagine ANY justification for making these statements.”
rape  crime  justice  police 
9 weeks ago
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Australian biosecurity - YouTube
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard: Australian biosecurity

Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
celebrity  Australia  weird  lol 
9 weeks ago
Why the dancers who inspired ‘A Chorus Line’ sold their stories for $1 | New York Post
When the show became a hit, Bennett had Breglio draw up a contract that gave a share of his royalties to the dancers. At the height of its popularity, “A Chorus Line” earned close to $10,000 a year for each dancer. That, of course, was nothing compared to the millions it earned Bennett. And many of the original dancers would later complain that they had sold their lives for a pittance. But nobody had any idea that two tape sessions would become the basis for the biggest hit in Broadway history.
stories  theater 
9 weeks ago
The Millions : Cool Story, Bro: The Provocations of John D'Agata - The Millions
When Fingal gently presses him on where he got the number thirty-four from, D’Agata’s answer sets the tone for the rest of the exchange: “Well, I guess that’s because the rhythm of ‘thirty-four’ works better in that sentence than the rhythm of ‘thirty-one,’ so I changed it.” With admirable restraint, Fingal thanks D’Agata for his time and mentions that he’ll “probably be checking back with you later on.”
writing  nonfiction  well-actually 
10 weeks ago
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