You don’t want your privacy: Disney and the meat space data race — Tech News and Analysis
“Meat space” (coined by William Gibson in Neuromancer) is a term for the physical world where our bodies (meat) move around and do meat-like things (for example, eat, jog or go clubbin’). The interesting thing about the term is it’s a play on “cyber space” — meat space is an internet-first way of viewing the world.
And that internet-first way of seeing the world is what’s driving these changes at Disney, casinos, insurance companies, etc. We’ve been “cookie-ing” people online and tracking their browsing habits for years, and in that contained environment, businesses have seen the value of acting on personal transactional data. But now businesses are taking this approach and applying it to meat space.
Why? Because cyber space is small, it starts and stops at internet-connected devices. Think of the transactions and interactions that are carried out each day in meat space. Think of the money spent in meat space (on your caramel macchiato, for instance).
While not everyone is online all day long, we’re all implicitly offline. Wouldn’t it be great it we could gather meat space data and use that to tailor the offline experience much like companies now tailor your online experience? “Personalizing your meat space experience” is a gross way of saying “pretty much control your life.”
Which is frightening. But that’s exactly what companies want to do.
Gay Check Online by Netro (Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach)
Gay Check Online may seem totally offensive and inappropriate at first, but think back to reports in March 2013 that Facebook had sussed out that someone was gay without many clues to go on, hinting at perhaps an algorithmic, Bayesian deduction that was unfavourably made available to ad placement software. The artists are clearly commenting on the hidden motives of data-mining and statistical analysis being carried out by services such as Facebook. Categories for people that are useful for ad targeting are usually decided using Bayesian Probability - the system may not know your age, gender, political or sexual orientation, but your online behaviour may match a certain pattern that helps ‘predict’ such details.
Gay-Check-Online makes visible and parodies these systems using face detection software and an algorithm that works under ten seconds.
Based on scientific studies about facial characteristics of gays, the Internet Agency NETRO has created an online tool to verify your sexual orientation in under 10 seconds. NETRO wrote an algorithm to compare your face with the original databases from the studies of the Charles University in Prague and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. In approximately 10 seconds a face is measured and analyzed and the sexual orientation can be determined. Gay Check Online is a rapid and simple method to provide the user with a sense of security and clarity.
44 Stock Photos That Hope To Change The Way We Look At Women
Getty Images launched the “Lean In Collection” Monday in partnership with LeanIn.org, featuring more than 2,500 photos of female leadership in contemporary work and life.
The project began when Pam Grossman, director of visual trends at Getty Images, commissioned a study that would track the changes in the representation of girls and women in the media. The study turned into a presentation that Grossman later shared with Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In team at Facebook Headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., last fall.
“This is such a big passion project for all of us, and cheesy as it sounds, by showing people powerful images of women, we thought maybe we could actually change the world,” Grossman told BuzzFeed.
Internet Service Provider BT filter much more than porn. via NS
Over the weekend, people were appalled to discover that BT filters supported homophobia, with a category blocking, “sites where the main purpose is to provide information on subjects such as respect for a partner, abortion, gay and lesbian lifestyle, contraceptive, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy.”
BT have since reworded this description to remove the ‘gay and lesbian’ reference, but given that their filtering is provided by an unnamed “third party supplier” it seems highly unlikely that the filter itself has changed overnight – merely the description. Such measures would never be taken against the ‘heterosexual lifestyle’ - this is discrimination, pure and simple, hard-coded into our national communications infrastructure.
Discrimination hard-coded into our national communications infrastructure.
DNA-pparel, submitted by fiatluxemburg
Each shirt contains information representing base pairs from up to one million SNP locations. These are pieces of the human genome that vary between individuals and contribute to the uniqueness of your personal DNA.
Next nature: Our cities have become techno-natural organisms. Hard to point out the difference to a neurone..
Paths Through New York City by Eric Fischer. A flow map showing the most commonly-travelled paths through New York City, as gleaned from a database of geotagged Tweets.
Google launches ‘Constitute,’ a new tool for designing governments | The Verge
The process of redesigning and drafting a new constitution can play a critical role in uniting a country, especially following periods of conflict and instability. In the past, it’s been difficult to access and…
This had to happen.
I Watched James Deen Make the First-Ever Google Glass Porn | Motherboard
And from MiKandi: Tits & Glass [NSFW]: “Share, comment and vote on your favorite sexy photos with Google Glasses.”
Does cloud computing have weather? - rodcorp
“There is weather, too, beyond the physical infrastructure. Our “likes” and “favourites” are small prayers to the social network gods to keep safe the photos, spreadsheets and status updates we entrust to their cloudy crypts. (Not all precipitation makes it back to the ground: virga is rain that evaporates (or hail that sublimes) before reaching the ground - the observable spinning bar that never results in a file being displayed on our screens. Our status updates may not suffice as offerings: if we didn’t pay for the cloud service, we’re making a wish.) Service uptime websites are the weather charts. A database fails, creating a ripple of low data pressure.”
Another argument for #technonatures:
We know when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sleeps – Quartz
“Less than 12 hours ago, we had never heard of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Now we know that he did not like haircuts but did like Game of Thrones. We know he was a wrestler and that he won a $2,500 scholarship while at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. We know he liked fast cars, ate lots of waffles, and probably used an iPhone from AT&T (but it broke in December).” […]
“Where it was once only reporters and the police who dug up information about people of interest, a whole nation is at it today. And for all the myriad concerns about privacy settings, cookies, data protection, automated surveillance, and Facebook, we reveal immense amounts of information about ourselves publicly, unthinkingly, and sometimes involuntarily.”