#mindfultech news of the week: Nov 8, 2018 📰
If I was your teacher, today I would assign you to read a series of articles about the personal hypocrisy of Silicon Valley and screen time, insist that you watch a spoken word video about AI, and I would give you extra credit for doing a deep dive into everything else we cover this week.
But since I am not your teacher (and you are very busy) I can only hope that we’ve presented some valuable information here that will inspire you to want to learn more. Class is in session!
Must read! NYT series on the hypocrisy of silicon valley
If you haven’t had the time to fully read the New York Times series on the disparities that many Silicon Valley denizens have created––and continue to perpetuate with their own personal choices––make the time now. It should bother us all that the people creating the technology that is pervasive in our own lives are severely limiting screen time in their own homes, and that some don’t want their own children to see screens. Even worse, the divide between the poor and wealthy is being hugely perpetuated by the new digital divide (which is not at all what you think it is.) Please: read this series.
One of our core operating values is to narrow the digital divide, and this series makes it clear that more technology in the hands of more people is not the answer. It’s complex, but so important.
In ‘Happy With 20% Chance of Sadness’ Scientific American discusses the potential and pitfall of linking technology to human emotion. Anytime someone tells me they want to surprise or delight their customer, I shudder. Here at Mindful Technology, we’re not into any kind of emotional manipulation (although we do see room for helping people learn to control their own moods when and where they want to.) To that end, I’m trying to figure out how I feel about Panasonic’s experimental Kasa Lights, which only glow when the beholder is calm and gentle. I do know that I like KYŌ app, which gives users a chance for self reflection, which is why we interviewed them here.
Also in #mindfultech news this week . . .
VentureBeat take a look at the ‘Rise of the stripped down secondary phone.’ I totally get the value (I really do) but I can’t help thinking about how my mother’s strict, years-long refusal to move past the flip phone has actually moved her from luddite to trendsetter.
From fashion to meditation – a journey that closely maps to my own! PSFK talks to former Intermix CEO and now founder of Inscape Khajak Keledjian about his own journey. (Fair warning: it includes Burning Man.)
Brett Frischmann’s piece in Scientific American aligns nicely with our warning about using coded language. Read about our take on the ‘Misleading Power of Internet Metaphors’.
I recently downloaded the Environments app, which is a beautifully rendered app featuring the natural sounds first recorded and mixed by Irv Teibel on analog tape in the 1960’s. I highly recommend it.
Not news, but still very timely: I’ll be speaking at emotional technology expert Pamela Pavliscak’s class at Pratt next week (ooh, my chance to assign homework!) In preparation, I watched her TEDx talk ‘How to Live Happily in the Digital Age’ and I recommend you watch it, too.
WHAT WE’RE DIGGING
How did we not know about the Algorithmic Justice League before now?! Count us as the latest superfans of Joy Buolamwini and her work, which includes the AJL and her project Gender Shades. Watch her moving spoken word performance called, “AI, Ain’t I a Woman?” below. It’s powerful and important and also beautiful and maddening.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE WEEK
A lot of people have asked us about how they can tame tech in their own personal lives, and we’re cooking up a free program for you in the New Year. Make sure you’re on our newsletter list to get notified.
ps Seriously, watch this video …
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