#mindfultech news of the week: Oct 19, 2018 📰
This week we look at the many ways in which people have given up on tech companies and have taken control back into their own hands, as well as how technology can support humanity and we take a look at why Palm thinks your phone needs a phone.
Consumers are taking control of tech back into their own hands.
Here at Mindful Technology we strongly believe that the onus for creating human-centric technology rests with those of us that create it. However, we’re past the point of being able to count on the big tech companies to look out for us. So, this week we have: ways to set up parental controls on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, along with how to delete everything but delete your Facebook profile, and also how to control how your health and medical data is used.
Humanity, fairness, and mental health.
Another one of our core tenants is the idea that humanity matters most. To that end, this week we recommend reading how tech can help anxiety and depression, as well as a call for more humanity in artificial intelligence. As AI guru Fei-Fei Li says, we should be building tech that doesn’t replace humans, but that works with us. And finally, an important discussion about what a fair algorithm might look like.
A phone for your phone! NYMag tells us how Palm is hoping a celeb spokesperson will help them convince people that the answer to their phone addiction is another phone. (By the way, The Light Phone did it first and better.)
CNN Travel tells us how Virgin Australia is the latest airline to offer meditation in the skies. That’s great, but frankly if airlines are looking to help travelers find calmness during travel, I’d start by turning off the blaring CNN in airports everywhere.
Put down your phone, get rewarded. Travel Weekly tells us about a hotel that wants you to have a better vacation.
Another turn on the tech apology tour: a former head of product at Reddit says: “I fundamentally believe that my time at Reddit made the world a worse place.” (h/t to Carlos Pacheco)
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ps. I’ll be on the opening panel of the Decoded Future Summit here in NYC on 2 November. It looks like a great event.
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