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12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech – by Anil Dash

Technology isn’t an industry, it’s a method of transforming the culture and economics of existing systems and institutions. That can be a little bit hard to understand if we only judge tech as a set…
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"Technology isn’t an industry, it’s a method of transforming the culture and economics of existing systems and institutions. That can be a little bit hard to understand if we only judge tech as a set of consumer products that we purchase. But tech goes a lot deeper than the phones in our hands, and we must understand some fundamental shifts in society if we’re going to make good decisions about the way tech companies shape our lives—and especially if we want to influence the people who actually make technology."
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The Tech Industry’s Psychological War on Kids

The tech industry’s powerful psychological mind manipulation tools are hijacking kids’ minds and hooking them to social media, video games, and phones.
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How Amazon Became Corporate America’s Nightmare

How Amazon Became Corporate America’s Nightmare | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
CEOs may grumble about wages, shareholders, and Washington, but they should truly fear Jeff Bezos’s sprawling empire.
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Let's call it "the Amazon effect"
"The company has grown so large and difficult to comprehend that it’s worth taking stock of why and how it’s left corporate America so thoroughly freaked out. Executives at the biggest U.S. companies mentioned Amazon thousands of times during investor calls last year, according to transcripts—more than President Trump and almost as often as taxes. Other companies become verbs because of their products: to Google or to Xerox. Amazon became a verb because of the damage it can inflict on other companies. To be Amazoned means to have your business crushed because the company got into your industry. And fear of being Amazoned has become such a defining feature of commerce, it’s easy to forget the phenomenon has arisen mostly in about three years."
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Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down?

Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
A decade ago, smart devices promised to change the way we think and interact, and they have – but not by making us smarter. Eric Andrew-Gee explores the growing body of scientific evidence that digital distraction is damaging our minds
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How creepy YouTube channels trick kids into watching violent videos

How creepy YouTube channels trick kids into watching violent videos | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Creepy and inappropriate content continues to show up on the YouTube Kids app, and YouTube is mostly hands off until someone complains.
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After the end of the startup era

After the end of the startup era | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
There's a weird feeling afoot these days, in the Valley, and in San Francisco. Across the rest of the world -- Denver, Santiago, Toronto, Berlin, "Silicon..
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Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The long read: It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell
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New Report Highlights Dangers of Hacked Factory Robots

New Report Highlights Dangers of Hacked Factory Robots | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Cybersecurity firm describes how malevolent hackers might compromise various kinds of industrial robots
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How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide

How to Call B.S. on Big Data: A Practical Guide | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Michelle Nijhuis reports on a course at the University of Washington, in Seattle, that teaches students to approach data-backed claims with skepticism.
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Valve is not your friend, and Steam is not healthy for gaming

Valve is not your friend, and Steam is not healthy for gaming | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The illusion behind the "Good Guy Valve" reputation
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"This, then, is Good Guy Valve — a corporation which employs precision-engineered psychological tools to trick people into giving them money in exchange for goods they don't legally own and may never actually use while profiting from a whole lot of unpaid labor and speculative work ... but isn't “evil.” This is the Good Guy everyone seems too afraid to call out, the toxic friend who is so popular that upsetting him will just make things worse for you, so you convince yourself he's really not that bad and that everyone else is over-reacting. Once the Good Guy illusion has disappeared, we're left with the uncomfortable truth: Valve is nothing more than one of the new breed of digital rentiers, an unapologetic platform monopolist growing rich on its 30 percent cut of every purchase — and all the while abrogating every shred of corporate or moral responsibility under the Uber-esque pretense of simply being a "platform that connects gamers to creators.” 
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Scholars' open debate paper on the World Health Organization ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal

Scholars' open debate paper on the World Health Organization ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Scholars' open debate paper on the World Health Organization ICD-11 Gaming Disorder proposal on ResearchGate.
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The Deep Space of Digital Reading - Issue 47: Consciousness - Nautilus

The Deep Space of Digital Reading - Issue 47: Consciousness - Nautilus | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
In A History of Reading, the Canadian novelist and essayist Alberto Manguel describes a remarkable transformation of human consciousness,…
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Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face mounting pressure over data scandal | News | The Guardian

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face mounting pressure over data scandal | News | The Guardian | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Growing calls in US and UK for investigations to explain data breach affecting tens of millions
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Say goodbye to the information age: it's all about reputation now | Aeon Ideas

Say goodbye to the information age: it's all about reputation now | Aeon Ideas | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that circulates, the more we rely on so-called reputational devices to evaluat
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"We are experiencing a fundamental paradigm shift in our relationship to knowledge. From the ‘information age’, we are moving towards the ‘reputation age’, in which information will have value only if it is already filtered, evaluated and commented upon by others. Seen in this light, reputation has become a central pillar of collective intelligence today. It is the gatekeeper to knowledge, and the keys to the gate are held by others. The way in which the authority of knowledge is now constructed makes us reliant on what are the inevitably biased judgments of other people, most of whom we do not know."
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Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture | World news | The Guardian

Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture | World news | The Guardian | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
When fixing items is actively discouraged by manufacturers, recycling becomes a political act, say Repair Cafe volunteers
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Repair cafe volunteer Stuart Ward says that when fixing items is actively discouraged by manufacturers, repair becomes a political act. He is vehement about the “right to repair”, a movement opposed to the practices of companies like the machinery company John Deere, which, under copyright laws, doesn’t allow people to fix their own equipment or take them to independent repairers.
“You own your equipment, you’re allowed to take a screwdriver to it and play with it,” he says. “It’s something fundamental.” Teaching people how to fix their own gear is at the heart of the Edinburgh Remakery, a store on the main street of Leith that is part repair shop, part secondhand store, part repair education centre.
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Big Tech: The New Predatory Capitalism

Big Tech: The New Predatory Capitalism | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The tech giants are menacing democracy, privacy, and competition. Can they be housebroken?
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As a human, I don't do technology. I _am_ technology

What does it mean to be a responsible, mature and wise technological being? Our future lies in seeking real answers to this type of question.
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Silicon Valley’s Latest Craze: Brain Tech

Silicon Valley’s Latest Craze: Brain Tech | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and other big Silicon Valley players want to make commercial gadgets for your brain
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Sea Level Rise Isn't Just Happening, It's Getting Faster

Sea Level Rise Isn't Just Happening, It's Getting Faster | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
In at least the third such study published in the past year, scientists have confirmed seas are rising, and the rate of sea level rise is increasing as time passes - a sobering punchline for coastal communities that are only now beginning to prepare for a troubling future.

What was a 2.2 millimetre per year rise in 1993 was a 3.3 millimetre rise in 2014, based on estimates of the mass changes of a number of key components of sea level rise, such as the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, the study in Nature Climate Change found.

That's the difference between 0.86 and 1.29 inches per decade - and the researchers suggest further sea level acceleration could be in store.

The chief cause of the acceleration was the melting of the Greenland ice sheet, which went from contributing less than 5 percent of all sea level rise in 1993 to contributing more than 25 percent in 2014, the study found. The loss of ice in Antarctica and smaller glaciers over the same time period also contributed to quicker sea level rise.

The increase in the rate of sea level rise "highlights the importance and urgency of mitigating climate change and formulating coastal adaptation plans to mitigate the impacts of ongoing sea level rise," write Xianyao Chen of the Ocean University of China and Qingdao National Laboratory of Marine Science and Technology, and colleagues. Chen's co-authors hailed from institutions in China, Australia and the United States.

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It Took the Bicycle 200 Years to Find Its Way in the World

It Took the Bicycle 200 Years to Find Its Way in the World | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Some inventions come ahead of their time. This one came along well after it
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The blockchain paradox: Why distributed ledger technologies may do little to transform the economy — Oxford Internet Institute

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The Myth of a Superhuman AI – Backchannel

The Myth of a Superhuman AI – Backchannel | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Debunking the myth of a superhuman artificial intelligence: Hyper-intelligent algorithms are not going to take over the world for these five reasons.
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"The most common misconception about artificial intelligence begins with the common misconception about natural intelligence. This misconception is that intelligence is a single dimension. "
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Live and death: Facebook sorely needs a reality check about video

Live and death: Facebook sorely needs a reality check about video | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Facebook Live was meant to be part of the social network’s optimistic vision. But in the wake of two violent crimes, its response has been woefully inadequate
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