Yelling at Amazon’s Alexa
The first time I met Alexa, the A.I. robot voice inside the wine-bottle-size speaker known as the Amazon Echo, I was at my friends’ house, in rural New England. “Currently, it is seventy-five degrees,” she told us, and assured us that it would not rain. The future is coming. I admit I’m tempted even though I know the technology isn’t quite there. yet.
Nations, Fighting Powerful Refrigerant That Warms Planet, Reach Landmark Deal
KIGALI, Rwanda — Negotiators from more than 170 countries on Saturday reached a legally binding accord to counter climate change by cutting the worldwide use of a powerful planet-warming chemical used in air-conditioners and refrigerators. Not headline news, but maybe should be? Here’s to treating our planet better.
At a young age, I put on a mask. A mask to try and hide all my foibles, to hide my anxiety so I could be somebody else and so that nobody would know the real me. I thought I would never be able to take that mask off, maybe swap it for another but never to remove it completely. Worth reading, not easy to read. Such is the things that shape us.
Every baby born in Scotland will get a free box of useful things from 2017
Babies born in Scotland will be gifted “baby boxes” from New Year’s Day 2017, the country’s First Minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon said Nordic-style policy, which was first announced in April, would be a “symbol of a belief in a level playing field” for all children. Continually proud of being Scottish. Regardless of the ‘politics’, stuff like this makes a real difference.
Meet the Perennials
This content is appropriate for people of all ages. And that’s the point. The days of targeting media and products at people based on their age is over. The Perennials. My name is Gordon. I am a Perennial.
Can I Train My Cat to Be Less Annoying?
Of all the misbehaving house cats in the world, my cat, Zadie, isn’t the worst. She’s sweet when she wants to be, she pees where she’s supposed to, and she only occasionally pounces on my forehead in the middle of the night. In short, all cats are dicks, can they be less ‘dick’? (answer, kinda maybe yes, but mostly no, because CATS!)
The scientists who make apps addictive
In 1930, a psychologist at Harvard University called B.F. Skinner made a box and placed a hungry rat inside it. The box had a lever on one side. As the rat moved about it would accidentally knock the lever and, when it did so, a food pellet would drop into the box. Disturbing read but weirdly spooky because it’s all so true.