The story behind the email which became a song and a pop culture phenomenon. Brilliantly put together.
What a stunning read this is. Hat-tip to Steph for finding it. It explains how a company, called Cambridge Analytica, are using pyschometrics to profile and target millions of people around the world (based on personal data that’s been accrued directly or indirectly through profiling). A choice quote:
on the map, there are hundreds of thousands of small red and blue dots. Nix narrows down the criteria: “Republicans”—the blue dots disappear; “not yet convinced”—more dots disappear; “male”, and so on. Finally, only one name remains, including age, address, interests, personality and political inclination.
Read it. It’s why the world feels like it’s upside down.
Strong argument for re-defining what year we’re living in to reflect the progress of humanity over the past 12,000 years.
That’s what some Silicon Valley professionals are doing to seemingly improve their workplace performance. Wired’s article on the topic is fascinating and a recommended read.
Fascinating piece about a friends drive to create a bot from the digital artefacts of her dead friend. As mentioned in the piece, it’s reminiscent of the 2013 episode of Black Mirror entitled “Be Right Back”, so if you haven’t seen that it’s worth tracking down and watching. It’s hard to know how this type of thing will shape human psyche in future but we’re going to have to tread carefully.