If you put [Funeral] on in a room full of people ages 37 to 45, at least 25 percent of them will immediately start crying.
I feel seen.
Nice piece from Jason Snell about some cool new short distance wireless technology to replace or at least greatly augment Bluetooth.
Across various podcasts last week, there was a great deal of speculation that Apple withheld a tile-like beacon device because the technology wasn’t ready (remember AirPower, they said).
But an Apple tile wouldn’t be terribly useful without a vast and scattered set of devices able to link them to the Internet. So an equally plausible reason (and not a last minute decision) to delay such a tile would be to wait until there were idk maybe 50 million Ultra Wideband capable iPhones in the world instead of basically zero. Not to mention third party IoT type gadgets.
So maybe don’t get too excited until next September. Which also leaves time for Apple to extend Ultra Wideband into any iPads, Macs, Apple TVs, HomePods, etc.
Attorneys general for 50 U.S. states and territories on Monday officially announced an antitrust investigation of Google, embarking on a wide-ranging review of a tech giant that Democrats and Republicans said may threaten competition, consumers and the continued growth of the web.
Good essay on the Electoral College from Julia Azari.
“There are no dangerous weapons. There are only dangerous men.”
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Magical thinking with machine learning and subverting civil liberties in service of doing something about U.S. gun violence epidemic.
I’ve been basking in The Wicked + The Divine as a way to celebrate (slash mourn) its conclusion.
Which led to me wondering who I would have used as inspiration for a pantheon based in Boston instead of Gillen and McKelvie’s London.
So maybe Jon Fishman as Dionysus or maybe Hermes or some other trickster god (like Veles)?
I miss the old days when I could weight-shame you.
The framing of this Financial Times article by Richard Waters is off.
First in the dek, “Machines have an insatiable need for our personal information.” And then again in the body text (so don’t blame it all on SEO):
[T]he machines have an insatiable need, and the processing of this type of personal data won’t stop…
It’s machines don’t need. It’s people that need. I don’t know, maybe people are too easily confused by referring to things as A.I.?
The conclusion hooks back into place though:
Left unchecked, [machine learning systems] could lead to a new digital capitalism run wild, as companies seek to exploit their new powers to understand and influence humanity purely to feed their own bottom lines. This is the warning contained in Surveillance Capitalism, the recent tome by Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff that has become a rallying cry for the digitally disaffected.
Warren Ellis on Kevin Smith.