We Are All Confident Idiots – Pacific Standard

Incompetent people cannot recognize just how incompetent are. In order to realize how incompetent they are, they must have expertise in the area they simply lack. It’s like a blind spot: they don’t know what they don’t know. This is called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Read more here  

The Fantasy of Opting Out | The MIT Press Reader

In a world where the cost of opting out is getting constantly higher, the pressure of not to opt out is mounting. Almost every platform tells users that by opting out from cookies, link and click tracking, personal information, etc. they won’t be able to fully benefit from the platform (services). Some platforms even go […]

Facebook’s Latest Purchase Gets Inside Users’ Heads—Literally | WIRED

Facebook purchased CTRL-Labs (pronounced “Control” labs), a company that allows uses to control computer interafaces with brainpower. They use a mix of machine learning and neuroscience to accomplish that. While they are not the only company that tries to do that, CTRL-Labs is considered to have a quite pragmatic approach to brain computer interfaces. Users […]

OpenAI has released the largest version yet of its fake-news-spewing AI – MIT Technology Review

A half-size version of the now infamous language model of OpenAI has been released and the group examined the impact of their decisions so far in a recent paper. OpenAIs decision not to publish the whole model was heavily critized. Vanya Cohen, a recent master’s graduate from Brown University, went on to recreate an open-source […]

iPhone 11, iPadOS and iOS 13 for PWAs and web development

A very good overview on Progressive Web App related changes on iOS 13. No push notifications, but there might be some movement in this area in the (near?) future. Just speculating: maybe Apple will add them without much fanfare in a minor update (say iOS 13.3) just like they added Progressive Web App support in […]

Credit card privacy matters: Apple Card vs. Chase Amazon Prime Rewards Visa – The Washington Post

It started with a banana. Chilling article on how your personal data is collected, cross-referenced and used for all kind of purposes. However, recent data scandals were eye-opening to a broader public and people are starting to take notice how privacy affects our daily lives in often unforeseen ways. Therefore businesses should pay close attention, […]

Always In — Real Life

Interesting article on how wireless headphones became augmented reality devices. Those devices are changing our behaviour: notice for example how people keep their AirPods on when they are talking to others. In doing so, wearers signal that they are not fully present and relegate the immediate environment to the background. By not having to look […]