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I turned off phone notifications and instantly felt calmer and happier | Life and style... - 0 views

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    "Stress is the common factor in many behaviours widely understood to be bad for our health - drinking too much booze, smoking cigarettes, even eating unhealthy food. (There is some evidence to suggest that cortisol - the hormone released when we feel stress - makes us crave high fat and sugary foods.) And, these days, many of life's stressors are communicated via the mobile phone. I cannot stop these stressors, but by turning off notifications, I can at least stop them ambushing me. It's an action that helps me regain some sense of control. For example, when I open up a news app, I am ready to find out what is happening in the world. It is different from being in the supermarket cheese aisle and getting an alert, where - as part of a whole barrage of communications - I may feel blindsided."
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Using Technology as a Learning Tool, Not Just the Cool New Thing | EDUCAUSE - 0 views

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    "Generational differences in learning techniques are apparent in how people of different ages approach technology. It has been said that we, the Net Generation, are closer to our grandparents-the Greatest Generation-in our work ethic and optimism about the future than to our parents' generation. But how we approach problems is totally different."
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I saw first-hand how the tech giants seduced the EU - and undermined democracy | Georg ... - 0 views

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    "The Digital Services Act marks the end of the platforms' vast liability exemptions and their seeming impunity. It will impose more transparency on the platforms' content moderation and set rules on so-called dark patterns, design features that can trick users into doing things they didn't mean to."
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What is the metaverse--and what does it mean for business? | McKinsey - 0 views

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    "Cathy Hackl: I think it's important to state that there is really no agreed-upon definition right now. Every morning-it's become a bit of a ritual-I go to the Merriam-Webster dictionary and type in the word metaverse. And every day it says this word is not in the dictionary. But if we needed to define it, I tend to have a pretty expansive view of what the metaverse is. I believe it's a convergence of our physical and digital lives. It's our digital lifestyles, which we've been living on phones or computers, slowly catching up to our physical lives in some way, so that full convergence. It is enabled by many different technologies, like AR [augmented reality] and VR [virtual reality], which are the ones that most people tend to think about. But they're not the only entry points. There's also blockchain, which is a big component, there's 5G, there's edge computing, and many, many other technologies. To me, the metaverse is also about our identity and digital ownership. It's about a new extension of human creativity in some ways. But it's not going to be like one day we're going to wake up and exclaim, "The metaverse is here!" It's going to be an evolution."
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AI suggested 40,000 new possible chemical weapons in just six hours - The Verge - 0 views

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    "Researchers put AI normally used to search for helpful drugs into a kind of "bad actor" mode to show how easily it could be abused at a biological arms control conference. All the researchers had to do was tweak their methodology to seek out, rather than weed out toxicity. The AI came up with tens of thousands of new substances, some of which are similar to VX, the most potent nerve agent ever developed. Shaken, they published their findings this month in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence."
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Moore's Law: Scientists Just Made a Graphene Transistor Gate the Width of an Atom - 0 views

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    "The gate, a chip component that switches transistors on and off, is a critical measure of transistor size. Previous research had already pushed gate lengths to one nanometer and below. By scaling gate lengths down to the size of single atoms, the latest work sets a new mark that'll be hard to beat. "In the future, it will be almost impossible for people to make a gate length smaller than 0.34 nm," the paper's senior author Tian-Ling Ren told IEEE Spectrum. "This could be the last node for Moore's Law.""
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That broken tech/content culture cycle - 0 views

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    "That broken tech/content culture cycle"
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'Making music is about making assets for social media': pop stars battle digital burnou... - 0 views

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    "Ultimately, despite all the pitfalls of social media, there may be no going back. "Sometimes I wish the electrical grid would go down so I wouldn't have to do it any more," says Quin. "But we're in the maze and I don't know how to get out.""
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What Is the Metaverse? A Beginner's Guide to Tech's Latest Obsession - 0 views

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    "To conclude: this is all a long-winded way of saying the metaverse is the internet. But spatial. And built with game engines. And probably NFTs. And who knows where that takes us…"
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Your attention didn't collapse. It was stolen | Psychology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The more our attention degrades, the harder it will be to summon the personal and political energy to take on the forces stealing our focus. The first step it requires is a shift in our consciousness. We need to stop blaming ourselves, or making only demands for tiny tweaks from our employers and from tech companies. We own our own minds - and together, we can take them back from the forces that are stealing them."
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What does tech take from us? Meet the writer who has counted 100 big losses | Internet ... - 0 views

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    "100 Things We've Lost to the Internet. Its form seems to fit an era of short attention spans, breaking up its author's writing into short essays with headings such as "Solitude", "Ignoring people", "Leaving a message" and "A parent's undivided attention". At its best, the book reads like it mixes journalism with sociology and anthropology. To its credit, it also manages the rare feat of exploring what technology has done to us without succumbing to doom and panic."
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Constant craving: how digital media turned us all into dopamine addicts | Life and styl... - 0 views

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    "We've forgotten how to be alone with our thoughts. We're forever "interrupting ourselves", as Lembke puts it, for a quick digital hit, meaning we rarely concentrate on taxing tasks for long or get into a creative flow. For many, the pandemic has exacerbated dependence on social media and other digital vices"
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Techies think we're on the cusp of a virtual world called 'the metaverse'. I'm skeptica... - 0 views

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    "In a recent interview with The Verge, an enthusiastic Zuckerberg described the metaverse as "the successor to the mobile internet," and a kind of "embodied internet, where instead of just viewing content - you are in it.""
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Why is the English spelling system so weird and inconsistent? | Aeon Essays - 0 views

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    "Some standards did spread and crystallise over time, as more books were printed and literacy rates climbed. The printing profession played a key role in these emergent norms. Printing houses developed habits for spelling frequent words, often based on what made setting type more efficient. In a manuscript, hadde might be replaced with had; thankefull with thankful. When it came to spelling, the primary objective wasn't to faithfully represent the author's spelling, nor to uphold some standard idea of 'correct' English - it was to produce texts that people could read and, more importantly, that they would buy. Habits and tricks became standards, as typesetters learned their trade by apprenticing to other typesetters. They then often moved around as journeymen workers, which entailed dispersing their own habits or picking up those of the printing houses they worked in."
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What's artificial intelligence best at? Stealing human ideas | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    " A new AI pair programmer that helps you write better code. It helps you quickly discover alternative ways to solve problems, write tests, and explore new APIs without having to tediously tailor a search for answers on the internet. As you type, it adapts to the way you write code - to help you complete your work faster. In other words, Copilot will sit on your computer and do a chunk of your coding work for you. There's a long-running joke in the coding community that a substantial portion of the actual work of programming is searching online for people who've solved the same problems as you, and copying their code into your program. Well, now there's an AI that will do that part for you."
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'It just doesn't stop!' Do we need a new law to ban out-of-hours emails? | Work & caree... - 0 views

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    "A study last year of 3.1 million workers in North America, Europe and the Middle East found "significant and durable increases" in both the average number of emails sent internally, and the number of recipients. By measuring the time between the first and last emails sent (or meetings attended) in a 24-hour period, the researchers concluded that, since the pandemic, the average workday had extended by 48.5 minutes."
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El Salvador becomes first country to adopt bitcoin as legal tender | El Salvador | The ... - 0 views

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    "El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender after its congress approved President Nayib Bukele's proposal to embrace the cryptocurrency in an effort to promote "financial inclusion", investment and economic development."
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How beauty filters took over social media - 0 views

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    "They are subjects in an experiment that will show how the technology changes the way we form our identities, represent ourselves, and relate to others."
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Live Deep Fakes - you can now change your face to someone else's in real time video app... - 0 views

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    "The first thing that came into my mind when I first heard about Deep Fakes, is what would happen if we could create DeepFakes in realtime and not just for existing videos or photos? Suppose we can go online with someone else's face, would this be funny or would this push the ethical boundaries even further? I decided to see how much effort it would be to try it out."
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Can anyone become an NFT collector? I tried it to find out | Digital art | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Once the image was in my Ethereum wallet, I didn't particularly feel like I owned it any more than the other screenshots in my Images file. But I did feel a nihilistic rush - the thrill of abstract money moving around."
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