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 
7 days ago
Immersive indoor cycling IMAX classes | Well+Good
This is where IMAXShift—which incorporated all of its proprietary IMAX movie technology like a curved screen, theater geometry, and speakers behind the screen—goes wrong. Instead of a course, its approach essentially shows scenic images (think forests and cityscapes), but you’re not made to feel like you’re a part of it. Instead, it’s a bird’s eye view, reminiscent of an old-school computer screensaver. The teaching style—they tapped top talent Jesse Alexander and Bree Branker, both formerly stars at Flywheel—doesn’t allow for you to be “transported,” since you’re focused on resistance and RPMs throughout. Instead of being entertained, I was mostly th
vr  fitness  cycling 
8 days 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 
12 days ago
Raspberry lemon meringue
Aquafaba (aka Chickpea Brine) Is the Key Ingredient to These Incredible Vegan Recipes
vegan  recipes 
13 days 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 
13 days 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 
15 days 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 
15 days 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 
15 days 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 
15 days 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 
16 days 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 
18 days 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.
20 days 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 
5 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 weeks ago
Craig Wright’s upcoming big reveal | FT Alphaville
I’d want to see:
A message signed with the same PGP key Satoshi used back in 2010. (…but his computer could have been hacked)
A message signed with keys from early Bitcoin blocks (…but his wallet could have been stolen).
Email or private forum posts he sent to me in 2010 (… but email could have been hacked).
A conversation about technical stuff, ideally via email, so I can see if it feels like the same person I communicated with in 2010
bitcoin  authenticity 
8 weeks ago
'Broadcast': A 'Black Mirror' Style Series Releasing for Gear VR
Each of Broadcast’s initial five episodes will run three to five minutes and will feature a unique and self-contained story exploring the darker side of VR in a manner similar to the BBC’s Black Mirror.
8 weeks ago
The Science Behind Why Airplane Food Tastes Different — Plane Talk | The Kitchn
. That, too, can interfere with our taste preferences, inhibiting our ability to taste sweet and enhancing our appreciation for umami,
food  senses  taste 
8 weeks ago
Google AI ethics board remains a mystery - Business Insider
Google's artificial intelligence (AI) ethics board, established when Google acquired London AI startup DeepMind in 2014, remains one of the biggest mysteries in tech, with both Google and DeepMind refusing to reveal who sits on it.
google  artificial-intelligence  ethics 
9 weeks ago
BBC - Future - These unlucky people have names that break computers
“We moved almost immediately after we got married so it came up practically as soon as I changed my name, buying plane tickets,” she says. When Jennifer Null tries to buy a plane ticket, she gets an error message on most websites. The site will say she has left the surname field blank and ask her to try again.
names  error  interfaces 
9 weeks ago
Vice Media Web Traffic Plunges 17% in February, Sunk by Risky Strategy | Variety
he inventory that Vice makes available to media buyers is actually a combination of its own website, Vice.com, and a collection of other Web properties Vice doesn’t really own or operate, such as ModernFarmer.com and ThePlaidZebra.com. Comscore enables this arrangement by allowing one publisher to essentially sign away its audience to another publisher through a document known as a “traffic assignment” letter. These pacts are typically struck by smaller publishers lacking advertising sales infrastructure; in exchange for turning over their traffic, they can have their inventory represented by a bigger entity with better access to a wider range of marketers.
vice  traffic  analytics  advertising 
9 weeks ago
Amerika (miniseries) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Amerika was about life in the United States after a bloodless takeover engineered by the Soviet Union. Not wanting to depict the actual takeover, ABC Entertainment president Brandon Stoddard set the miniseries ten years after the event, focusing on the demoralized American people a decade after the Soviet conquest. The intent, he later explained, was to explore the American spirit under such conditions, not to portray the conflict of the Soviet coup.
towatch  alt-history 
10 weeks ago
Chelsea Manning: government anti-leak program a 'blank check for surveillance' | US news | The Guardian
The Insider Threat file on Manning suggests that the soldier’s gender dysphoria – where her gender identity is out of sync with her gender at birth – was also a character trait that could have been used to predict her desire to leak state secrets.

Chase Strangio, the ACLU lawyer who represents Manning in her legal disputes with the US military relating to her gender transition, said that the file was yet another example of the soldier’s voice and identity being used against her. “They are using her gender identity to suggest it fits into an offender profile.”
manning  surveillance  identity 
10 weeks ago
Dear Tech, You Suck at Delight — Medium
Year In Review feature first juxtaposed his daughter’s face — his daughter Rebecca, who died of aggressive brain cancer on her sixth birthday — with balloons and partiers.
What we’ve found, over and over, is an industry willing to invest endless resources chasing “delight” — but when put up to the pressure of real life, the results are shallow at best, and horrifying at worst.
empathy  delight  buzzwords  algorithms 
10 weeks ago
Think intelligence is fixed? You’re more likely to overestimate your own | Ars Technica
The issue of overconfidence appears to be a secondary effect of a person’s thoughts on intelligence. When participants were instructed to focus on the easiest parts of a task, they also began to show the same thought patterns as people who fundamentally believe that intelligence is fixed and overestimated their abilities. Receiving the opposite instruction reversed this outcome. When participants were instructed to spend most of their time on the most challenging part of a task, their confidence fell, and they were better able to assess their own skill level accurately.
intelligence  confidence  psychology 
10 weeks ago
A History of SmarterChild | Motherboard
How about a robot that instantly pulls and returning info from the internet when requested? Sixteen years ago, three guys had that exact idea—and it didn't exist. The web was still a greenfield project. And thanks to some great foresight (perhaps too much, if that’s real) they created ActiveBuddy, the startup that built SmarterChild.

SmarterChild was a robot that lived in the buddy list of millions of American Online Instant Messenger (AIM) users. He was, as far as I know, my first interaction with artificial intelligence.
bots  chatbot 
10 weeks ago
What Happened In The March 15 Primaries | FiveThirtyEight
No one is totally sure why this works, but we have yet more evidence from tonight’s returns that Google searches for candidates in states that are voting are decent indicators of how those states will vote. They showed Kasich’s relative strength in Ohio, Cruz’s in Missouri and Rubio’s in Florida (relative to his performance in other states, not to Trump’s in Florida). This is still a very new area of study, and it remains to be seen how best to convert Google search numbers into vote shares, where it works and where it doesn’t, why it isn’t as useful on the Democratic side, and — the big question! — why searches are predictive of votes.
search  politics  elections 
10 weeks ago
Time Travel Subway Car | Improv Everywhere
For our latest mission, we staged an elaborate time travel prank on a New York City subway car with four sets of identical twins. A man enters a subway car and announces he is raising money to complete his time machine. At the next stop, his future self enters to try to talk him out of it. More and more time travelers convene on the subway car as the train rolls along, surprising the random commuters caught up in the middle.
time-machine  comedy 
10 weeks ago
The "Shadow" of a Hiroshima Victim, Etched into Stone Steps, Is All That Remains After 1945 Atomic Blast | Open Culture
“Receiving the rays directly, the victim must have died on the spot from massive burns. The surface of the surrounding stone steps was turned whitish by the intense heat rays. The place where the person was sitting became dark like a shadow.”
memorial  history  japan  hiroshima 
10 weeks ago
Cato (spy) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cato was an African-American slave who served as an American Black Patriot spy and courier gathering Intelligence with his owner, Hercules Mulligan, who was a "sub-agent of the Culper Ring" in New York City.[1] Mulligan's activities began before the Ring was formed and he operated both independently and in connection with the Ring.[2] Cato was a vital associate in Mulligan's activities, often acting as a courier, in part through British-held territory. Historian Paul R. Misencik has written that Cato was a "faithful accomplice" of Mulligan
spies  history  18th 
10 weeks ago
The Spy Who Never Was — Central Intelligence Agency
It would come soon—but only after Washington’s appointment of Nathaniel Sackett as de facto chief of intelligence in February 1777. Sackett, a wholly forgotten figure, should justly be counted as the real founding father of American intelligence-gathering. He would last only a few months in the job, but it was he who conceived the idea of embedding agents among the British. Major John Clark was among the first of these remarkable individuals. He spent some nine months living undercover and unsuspected on Long Island, all the time making precise observations of British troop strength. It is important to realize, however, that Clark’s success was almost certainly unique. Sackett’s few other agents tended to last about a week, having either switched sides or suffered exposure.
spies  history  18th 
10 weeks ago
The New York Times Needs To Be More Open About the News - Fortune
The story remained unchanged for nearly 10 hours—before it was edited multiple times over the following few hours into Wednesday morning. As originally reported in a Medium post and described by Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone, passages that previously seemed complimentary were watered down while comments that could be interpreted as favorable were weakened or removed. No editorial notes were added.
news  editing  finish-fetish 
10 weeks ago
Cyber femme fatale targets South Korean government
The Choson Ilbo reports that North Korea has set up a series of Facebook profiles with pictures of “pretty women” to attract the attention and cyber friendship of South Korean officials.

The National Intelligence Service told parliament, “If a beautiful stranger wants to become your friend on Facebook, you should turn them down,” the newspaper reported.
catfishing  robin-sage 
11 weeks ago
Zero Hedge: Wall Street's daily dose of doom and gloom - Sep. 25, 2014
Zero Hedge, a financial blog, offers a deeply conspiratorial, anti-establishment and pessimistic view of the world.
finance  communities 
11 weeks ago
The Actress Patti Murin Takes On Broadway Chat Board - The New York Times
The theater community is small, and the BroadwayWorld chat board, which has had six million messages since it was started in 2003, claims to be the largest for theater fans. The website, which is independently owned by its founder, Robert Diamond, has news, features and listings about theater in multiple cities. Mr. Diamond said that the chat board participants are “a wide variety of people that range from Tony-winning performers to 14-year-olds in Kansas City,” and said the forum was established to “create a place for those of us that didn’t grow up with theater-loving friends to chat about the things we were obsessing about.”
11 weeks ago
HBO's 'Silicon Valley' had diversity problems at TechCrunch Disrupt - Business Insider
During the review process once the footage was woven in, another editor criticized the crowd shots for not featuring any women and blamed Berg for the oversight. 

"She said those crowd shots were absurd," Berg told the crowd at SXSW. "Those were real shots of the real place, and we didn’t frame women out. The world we’re depicting is f---ed up."
internet-culture  television 
11 weeks ago
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