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Gamed and uattended

Beyond the robot. Waiting for the robot. The question of who does what won’t matter when the automata yield the paintbrush, teach Castilian Spanish, dance, and write best-selling romance novels. Even if this is all simulation, the gamers from above played their part in permitting the unscripted. Like hungry pigeons, we were just picking up […]

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The sharing virus

The biggest threat to a virus is its own exhaustion. It wants to be said, repeated, and spread until it cements into a meme. Words, ideas, and apps are all types of viruses. Pretty much anything that spreads. Most are benign of course but perhaps none is more pervasive and self-inflicted than the sickness of […]

Airbus Beluga XL 🐳👨‍✈️

Loving the whale-inspired design of the Airbus BelugaXL, due to launch in 2019. According to the plane’s official photographer on Twitter, the aircraft is currently on its 17th test flight. You can read more about the plane’s “whale-inspired eyes and enthusiastic grin” here.

Skim reading is the new normal

Ziming Liu from San Jose State University has conducted a series of studies which indicate that the “new norm” in reading is skimming, with word-spotting and browsing through the text. Many readers now use an F or Z pattern when reading in which they sample the first line and then word-spot through the rest of the […]

The only reassurance you need

We treat fame and social media status like currency. We presuppose that anonymity or a lack of engagement trivializes what we do. Even worse, we let TV and Instagram determine our self-worth. But what and who matters is rarely popular. No one wants to pull back the curtain and see the sweat and tears of […]

Information resurfaced with Readwise

The glut of information means that we need to review things more than ever. And one of the most useful tools I’ve come across is Readwise. Each day or weekly (up to you), it emails you a dose of your Kindle and Instapaper highlights. Rereading through them not only reminds you of the interesting passages […]

From bytes to bits of reality

We demand privacy yet admit ourselves to the culture of exposure. But rather than celebrating our uniqueness, we publish the same things everybody else does: selfies, food porn, and bullet journal snapshots. The one benefit to seeing other people’s stories is the reinforcement of FOMO (fear of missing out). The unlived life taunts one into […]

A tablet that bends like an ancient scroll

A university in Canada has developed a prototype for a tablet that bends, mimicking the ancient scroll. It’d be hard to believe Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon aren’t already working on something like this but cool nonetheless.   Be sure to check out the rare Chinese scroll by Song dynasty artist Su Shi set to break […]

‘Technology isn’t bad. If you know what you want in life, technology can help you get it’

Technology isn’t bad. If you know what you want in life, technology can help you get it. But if you don’t know what you want in life, it will be all too easy for technology to shape your aims for you and take control of your life. Especially as technology gets better at understanding humans, […]

The running conversation in your head

The mind is perpetually stuck in the future, worried about tomorrow instead of tomorrow’s yesterday. It’s as if we’re running toward an elusive finish line, lured by the temptation of retirement. Hold up…why do we move so fast? Skimming and skipping produce a race to the bottom. We expect the algorithms and Google shortcuts to […]

Keep your writing concise with Grammarly

I’m a big fan of the Grammarly app. As a blogger, I use it daily. Whether I’m writing in Gmail, Facebook, WordPress, or Twitter (on desktop and mobile) it’s always double-checking my work for proper punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure. The plugin also reminds me to get rid of unnecessary words. THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. […]

The reading brain in a digital world

How often do you print something out just so you can take the time to read it with more focus? In an interview with The Verge, UCLA neuroscientist and author of the forthcoming book Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World, Maryanne Wolf explains what tech does to the reading brain. This is a […]

Taste the rainbow, on loop

There it was, crushing the human will. It was the antithesis to my Kindle Jenner, a screen of sanctity for focus and learning. The lite brite is an attention thief. Like a fresh bag of Skittles, it begs you to consume your favorite colors first. The rainbow hue of Instagram may be the shiniest of […]

Four to one

The goal is to be good at more than one thing. Everyone should be versatile. But sometimes it is better to narrow yourself to expand. Instead of doing everything, you focus on doing one thing well. And the rest gets better as a result. Take social networking for example. It’s a misperception that one has […]

Living in porous, glass houses

Privacy is extinct, self-inflicted. Within selfies, tweets, and blog posts, we open the floodgates to our mind. The internet normalizes exposure. Nothing to hide, we all build glass houses around our lives. Shine the light on us, we declare–pay us with your attention in the currency of likes and shares. Scroll and refresh, the influencer […]