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Facebook 2026
for every 10 people that get on the internet, about one person gets lifted out of poverty, and almost one new job gets created. If you’re talking about 4 billion people who are not on the internet, spreading internet connectivity is clearly one of the biggest things we can do to improve the quality of life for so many people around the world.”

Zuckerberg added that direct investment in education and health is critical. “But I think one thing that a lot of people miss is that if you’re living in a town that doesn’t have a good school, then the internet actually is your best bet for getting a good education,” he said. “And if you’re living in a place that doesn’t have a good doctor, then the internet is your best bet for being able to look up what a condition might be.”
facebook  zuckerberg 
yesterday
American Horror Story - MTV
Take the deaths of Tamir Rice and John Crawford III, both captured by security cameras. This means that the camera angle is fixed, like a picture frame, and the video is choppy and blurry, the quality constrained by the fact that the camera is always running. We watch Crawford and Rice as a still life, for a few minutes, their motions carefree and unaware. The police enter the frame suddenly, and the deaths are almost as abrupt. In Rice’s case, only a few seconds elapse between the appearance of the police and the crumpling of his body. In Crawford’s, we do not even see the instrument of his death until after he is dead. In both cases, they die silently. There are no microphones in the security cameras.
film  perspective  pov 
17 days ago
Second Life's creators try for a third — in virtual reality
Altberg hopes Sansar will become the platform for social VR creators, just as YouTube became the go-to streaming solution for uploaded video. "There will be games, there will be special applications, there will be vertical all kinds of things," he said.
second-life  vr 
23 days ago
How to Beat Insomnia With Your Diet: The Food-Sleep Connection - Vogue
happens more easily when you’re digesting in the lying-down position. Beyond that, “look for foods high in tryptophan,” she says, referring to the amino acid that helps stimulate the production of serotonin and sleep-promoting melatonin. The amino acid is found in chia seeds, walnuts, and most animal proteins—ever wonder why that annual Thanksgiving meal makes you drowsy? For best results, according to Katz, combine it with a whole-grain carbohydrate. “Sushi with brown rice is a great choice,” she says. Bonus points if you add magnesium-rich avocado, which can promote muscle relaxation.
food  health  sleep 
28 days ago
The Survivors :: Peter Frase
all the article really demonstrated was that the media’s portrayal of Sanders as a genial hippie grandpa was at odds with his real nature as a political survivor, someone who was always interested in merging principle with power.
leadership  sanders  left  politics 
28 days ago
Why boarding schools produce bad leaders | Education | The Guardian
Crucially, they must not look unhappy, childish or foolish – in any way vulnerable – or they will be bullied by their peers. So they dissociate from all these qualities, project them out on to others, and develop duplicitous personalities that are on the run, which is why ex-boarders make the best spies.
education  uk  leadership  bullying 
28 days ago
Facebook’s VR goal is true “social presence”
Oculus is already experimenting with headsets that use cameras to capture a user's lip movements:
surveillance 
4 weeks ago
Poème électronique - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
. Varèse composed the piece with the intention of creating a liberation between sounds and as a result uses noises not usually considered "musical" throughout the piece.
art-tech  sound  music 
4 weeks ago
Cannes Lions Innovation Film: The Mill BLACKBIRD - YouTube
t fully adjustable car rig that creates photoreal CG cars
simulacra 
4 weeks ago
Using Parrots To Pull The Curtain Back On Facebook's M - BuzzFeed News
M might be able to do a lot of things, but it doesn’t exactly have a flock of parrots sitting around, waiting to roll out on-demand. When M ventures in the outside world — which is a large part of its promise, it has to bump up against humans. And when it does, it drops the pretense of AI altogether and becomes just another cog in the gig economy.

“M contacted us, that’s her name, she made it seem like she was your personal assistant,”
automation  mechanical-turk  bots 
4 weeks ago
Here's What Facebook's Latest Algorithm Change Means For Publishers - Fortune
A previous algorithm change Facebook made in 2014 looked at the number of times users clicked on a headline and then came right back to their feed without reading, and essentially down-ranked those kinds of stories.
facebook  clickbait  edgerank 
4 weeks ago
Why Does Facebook Keep Suggesting You Friend Your Tinder Matches? | Motherboard
“It is likely that these social network companies are buying data from one another, which means that Facebook can acquire some information on user activity from other platforms,” he said.“If that’s the case, it would be very easy to cross match.”

“It could also be a coincidence,” he added. “But I don't believe very much in coincidences.”
tinder  facebook  edgerank 
4 weeks ago
Facebook is using phone location to suggest new friends | Fusion
Last week, I met a man who suspected Facebook had tracked his location to figure out who he was meeting with. He was a dad who had recently attended a gathering for suicidal teens. The next morning, he told me, he opened Facebook to find that one of the anonymous parents at the gathering popped up as a “person you may know.”...Imagine going to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, and then getting “Friend” suggestions the next day for members of the group along with their full names and profile information. Or getting hit on at the bar by a guy that gives you the creeps, giving him the cold shoulder and no information about yourself, but later getting a ‘Friend Request’ from him. Or visiting an abortion clinic and discovering that one of the abortion protestors outside was offered up your identity by Facebook.
facebook  edgerank 
4 weeks ago
TV Look Like a Soap Opera? Turn Off Motion Interpellation
This is known within the TV-nerd community as the “soap opera effect.” It’s a common problem in which fancy new TVs make everything played on them look cheap, fake, and plasticky. It’s also one of the very few good names for anything in the tech community. It is fixable — and to be honest it’s pretty easy to fix, so if you just want to fix it you can scroll right to the bottom of this page. But if you want to know more about why it happens (so that you can explain it to your family next Thanksgiving), read on.
film  tv  streaming 
4 weeks ago
Some Came Running: The Current CInema, And Plenty Of It
"Well, did you find it morally objectionable?" And the screenwriter, somewhat sheepishly, said, yeah, he did. Well, the executive concluded, and we concurred, if you find something morally objectionable there's no point in acting like you're too cool to admit it. Which point has always stuck with me. I don't require my art to be morally upstanding, and the aesthetic advantages of partaking in certain aspects of amorality are not lost on me. By the same token, dimwitted exploitation bullshit is dimwitted exploitation bullshit and risks liabilities both strictly aesthetic and, yep, moral. If noticing that makes me Bosley Crowther, c'est la vie. 
film  criticism 
4 weeks ago
Bernie - Your Personal Matchmaker A.I.
Bernie is your personal matchmaker assistant. Be free to meet the people you personally find attractive, through your favorite online dating sites. Bernie uses the latest advancements in machine learning and natural language processing to learn your "type" of partner, and ensures the interest is mutual.
tinder  face-detection  dating  machine-learning  ai 
4 weeks ago
Automating Tinder with Eigenfaces
What do girls think of the bot? I've gone on at least 10 dates with the help of the bot and I've shown my partners the bot in its entirety. One date literally didn't believe me and thought I was pulling her leg. Another person thought it was really cool and wanted the full tour. All were in agreement that it is not creepy, though some felt it was borderline. Kind of nice considering it's not something you'd come across everyday.
tinder  automation  face-detection 
4 weeks ago
Inside Facebook's Compassion Department - The Atlantic
“Hey John” worked more often than a simple “Hey,” and phrases like signifying humility or vulnerability, like “please” or “this bothers me,” took the edge off the confrontation. Today, one of these prepopulated message reads, “Hey John, this is a bad photo of me and I don't want people to see it. Would you please take it down?”
facebook  automation  communication  authenticity  empathy 
4 weeks ago
Why Movies Are More Shallow than Literature | New Republic
There was a quality in Citizen Kane which could stick in the mind, the character had a depth and structure, and a personality other than that of a hero or a villain. Because the movie concerned itself with the living of a life rather than with a life only. But this was the exception. Hollywood projects events and throws the character into the event and the quality of living is never captured.
film  criticism  storytelling 
4 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks 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 
5 weeks 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 
5 weeks 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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks 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
empathy 
5 weeks 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 
5 weeks 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 
5 weeks 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.
empathy 
5 weeks 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 
5 weeks 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.
vr 
5 weeks 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 
5 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.
sharing-economy 
5 weeks 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 
6 weeks 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 
6 weeks 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 
6 weeks 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 
6 weeks 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 
6 weeks 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 
8 weeks 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 
8 weeks ago
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