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Grievance Nation

I was on a flight to San Francisco last week waiting for takeoff when the pilot announced a delay. The pilot explained the runway was backed up, and we waited, and then were told that the plane was ready to taxi, but first we needed to go and pick up some fuel. Next to me, a father with two children became enraged, venting at the flight attendant, “We couldn’t have gotten the fuel before while we were waiting?” The flight

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SXSW® 2024 Presents Renowned AI disruptor Gary Marcus and AI Truth Explorer Steven Rosenbaum debate the Future of Truth

March 11th Conversation To Raise Complicated Issues NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, February 26, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ — As part of SXSW® 2024, a thought-provoking discussion on artificial intelligence [AI] advancements in truth dissemination and perception will take center stage. The session, entitled “AI and the Future of Truth”, will explore the intersection of AI and the evolving concept of truth in today’s digital age. The Featured Session will be on Monday, March 11, 2024 at 2:30 PM local time at

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The Perilous Path Of Addiction: From Coca-Cola To Social Media

Coca-Cola was invented in 1885 by John Pemberton, a pharmacist from Atlanta, Georgia, who made the original formula in his backyard. Pemberton’s recipe contained cocaine in the form of an extract of the coca leaf, which inspired the “Coca” part of the beverage’s name. When Coca-Cola was invented, cocaine was legal, and people thought it was safe to use in small amounts. By 1902 there were an estimated 200,000 cocaine addicts in the United States, and by 1907, U.S. coca

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Blinded By The Ads

Does advertising make everything worse? One of the mini-blinds in my living room is starting to show age. I Googled something, or maybe Amazon heard me mention blinds. But now there’s an endless stream of ads for blinds. They are all the same. They show me pretty pictures and ask for my email address so a salesperson can reach out to me. Literally the same — no prices, no advice, no unique selling proposition. Just pictures of blinds. Spending a

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Parents Move Washington On Big Tech

Senate hearings are often “kabuki theater,“ as explained by a friend of mine who has been to many of them. But it may just be that yesterday‘s hearings were different. The five-hour hearing, with a single 10-minute break, promised some important changes on the horizon. Changes meant scratch it the core “amplify for profit“ business model that has come to represent the state of social mediaOf the five companies that were there, only three seemed immediately relevant. Meta, TikTok, and

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Rising Calls To Fight Social Media Addiction

Addiction isn’t a word that scientists, medical professionals, and politicians throw around casually. And yet New York has become the first major city to designate social media as an environmental toxin or “public health hazard.” “Companies like TikTok, YouTube, and Facebook are fueling a mental health crisis by designing their platforms with addictive and dangerous features,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams during his State of the City address, calling out a series of social media companies and claiming

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Amazon’s Alexa: The Free Ride is Over

The vision of Alexa was that Amazon would have a powerful foothold in your home, and buying from Amazon would be so much easier if you could place orders with a voice command. “Alexa, we’re out of toilet paper, can you send me some?” would trigger an order of your favorite brand without the click of a mouse. Instead, it grew to be a popular interface for IOT devices. In my home Alexa turns on lights, changes radio stations, and

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Notifications: Wasting My Precious Time

I’m not sure I can track the actual number of messages, updates, and notifications increasingly nibbling away at minutes in my day. But I’m sure that the number is growing — and those who send me those notifications, much like junk mail lenders, don’t have any concerns about my waste of time. Here are a few examples. See if they sound familiar to you. Over the holidays, I sent a bunch of gifts via UPS. A slew of notifications followed,

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The Future Of Autosapiens, AI That Learns And Evolves

I’ve been talking to robots a lot lately. I suspect you have, too. It starts, of course, in my living room, where I have an ongoing conversation with Alexa: lights, radio stations, weather, news. Over the last four to six months, the conversation has become somewhat contentious. You may be having the same experience. As it turns out, Alexa is getting stupider. At least, that’s been my experience and what others on the Internet are reporting. But she’s hardly alone.

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SMC Names 2023 Social Media Heroes

The Sustainable Media Center’s Heroes: Six People of Purpose. NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, December 27, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today – six remarkable Heroes. In a world facing a growing social media epidemic, we saw individuals who broke through the noise with actions that spoke louder than words—acting to be the change they want to see in the world. “There is a growing concern that the state of social media is hurting a generation of young people,” said Sustainable

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