Acura’s Concept Cockpit Envisions the Age of Autonomy

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The Acura Precision Cockpit fuses a sporty design with a next-gen touchpad-based interface and new Acura operating system. Source: Wired Magazine Date: December 6th, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/acuras-concept-cockpit-envisions-age-autonomy/#slide-1 Discussion 1) “As much as people like touchscreens in their cars, because of the parallels to tablets and smartphones, it may not be the best strategy for cars,” says Acura product… Read more »

My Insane Adventure to Buy Snap’s New Spectacles

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LATE LAST WEEK, a Minionesque vending machine mysteriously appeared in a parking lot near Snap’s original offices in Venice, California. It was named Snapbot, and it was there to sell Specs, the company’s goofy new picture-taking sunglasses, for $130 a pop to anyone who got there fast enough. After 24 hours, the machine disappeared. Source: Wired… Read more »

Beware online “filter bubbles”

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As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for… Read more »

Analyzing Social Data to Understand the US Electorate

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Networked Insights analytics engine Kairos processes unstructured data from millions of sites, blogs, and social platforms like Twitter and Tumblr. Billions of public posts are then analyzed and classified across 25,000 topics, emotions, and demographics—turning noisy social data into insights. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 9th, 2016 Link: https://www.wired.com/2016/11/faq-analyzing-social-data-understand-us-electorate/ Discussion 1) “We built 4 metrics: Awareness, Positivity, Negativity… Read more »

Facebook’s Race-Targeted Ads Aren’t as Racist As You Think

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IN LATE OCTOBER ProPublica released a scathing investigation showing how Facebook allows digital advertisers to narrow their target audience based on ethnic affinities like “African-American” or “Hispanic.” The report suggested that Facebook may be in violation of federal civil rights statutes and drew parallels to Jim Crow Era “whites only” housing ads. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November… Read more »

Should games firms welcome or fear Chinese conquest?

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The Chinese are coming and they’re hungry for games companies.  They need new content to feed their 560 million avid gamers, who contribute to the biggest gaming market in the world – worth an estimated $24.4bn (£19.8bn) in 2016, according to Newzoo.  And this market is growing at around 15% a year. Source: BBC Technology News… Read more »

Uber’s Self-Driving Truck Makes Its First Delivery: 50,000 Beers

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WALT MARTIN IS kneeling, legs folded behind him, butt resting on his heels. “I’ve got to practice my yoga,” he says, clearly joking. Never mind that we’re in the cab of an 18-wheeler cruising through Colorado at 55 mph and Martin was, until a moment ago, the guy at the wheel. Source: Wired Magazine Date: November 1st,… Read more »