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    • The New York Times CompanyDONALD G. McNEIL Jr.10/12/2013 min
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      The New York Times Company
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      joshw1 year ago

      just curious: how successful can we be at “making sure this doesn’t happen again” when we, as a society, don’t even understand in general how security risks come about or are mitigated? if all of the prevention measures we have now for “preventing terrorists from hijacking planes” for instance, had been proposed on, on let’s say September 2nd 2001, it would have certainly been rejected for being too inconvenient, too costly, and too unlikely. i’m fairly certain we are a reactive society, in that we don’t really have a good imagination for bad possibilities until we see it happen, and then we focus on what would have prevented THAT...we don’t suddenly become better at imagining the next thing. people have been warning about a virus outbreak, and American lack of preparedness, for at least a decade. and yet here we are reactive instead of proactive yet again.

      i predict that we will be caught off-guard by the next thing, too, even as we wear our masks and take our shots and give that extra long search to those Sikhs in airports “randomly” and add Patriot-style acts to our laws.

    • joshw1 year ago

      ok i’ll play the devil’s advocate with this question: the freedom you’re offering The Connected...is that what they really want? studies show that the brain cannot distinguish real from virtual. same chemicals in the same quantity whether it’s a real friend or a virtual one you’re interacting with, etc. so even if you think it’s unhealthy and capitalistic and immoral, in the end aren’t you actually trying to get people to do something they don’t want to do? even with the drug intervention analogy, you can’t really do much if they don’t want help.

      p.s. this is from someone who pre-ordered the Mudita Pure phone so don’t lynch me. looking forward to your responses.

    • joshw1 year ago

      like most problems involving >1 humans, lack of empathy can have astounding results.

    • joshw1 year ago

      this is great, but also seems like it could low-key be a new kind of Apple ad.

    • The New YorkerAnthony Gottlieb4/27/2016 min
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      joshw1 year ago

      this article was cool. distinctly cool.

    • joshw1 year ago

      so hard having uncleared notifications 😩 i used to have to clear them all, too! i totally jive with that feeling and had deleted all my socials at one point while i imploded. now that i have been quiet for so long, and had time to focus on what 95% of things i could say no to, i am now booting up the social spheres again but with much more intention and curation. linkedin is completely focused on the narrow eXtended Reality vertical that contains VR and AR. twitter is only for networking with VR creators (and your ReadUp integration). instagram is for...actually i have four instagram accounts i was testing to see which focus i wanted to put there and just recently decided to delete them all again and start over (only 395 followers so won’t be missed amongst the billions haha)! always room for improvement, hey? actually, i am getting tired of hearing myself write so i’ll finish this and hit publish because i’m past the time by which i wanted to be done commenting. we should talk more about this on twitter. good luck bill, i think you’re a good guy and am happy to be a part of your new social life.

      🙏🏼

    • joshw1 year ago

      everyone should hear about this. men should have to prove they aren’t creepy to get a woman to even say hello back. this just shows how little empathy many men have. this was so gross to read. how does making women uncomfortable give you confidence?! who cares about your fucking stats?? this locker room chit chat is atrocious. i’m glad it’s on the internet now so we can all read about it and know to question the motives of all men instead of starting off by assuming they are romantic. yeesh.

    • joshw1 year ago

      seems like they haven’t heard of altvr.com or rumii from doghead simulations or neosvr or mozilla hubs or...🤷🏻 Educators in VR just held a huge summit over many days entirely in VR. i go there for meetups and host events. my friends just chatted with someone who takes all their client meetings there. some can even be accessed on phones and laptops in 2D. imho, the problem is not the technology or even infrastructure, but rather the lack of willingness to test and try new things from those who host meetings. i used to work at Intel and when i asked if i could come to work remotely via a telepresence robot one day my manager actually laughed at me. that’s Intel, one of the companies allegedly leading us into the future of tech. but alas, they are not the tech company they want us all to think they are; they’re a manufacturing company with near-zero agility who is desperately trying to figure out how to maintain profit margins while continuing to do what they’ve always done. date i say: the future (including VR) probably belongs not to the strongest or the fastest, but to the most adaptable. so, will I see you in the metaverse? 🦾😏

      1. Update (3/11/2020):

        great example of what’s possible but most don’t know about: https://mobile.twitter.com/spatialxr/status/1237791685402189824

    • joshw1 year ago

      definitely good insight into the difference between what looks successful and what is successful. my takeaway: always be genuine; ask for help when you need it; hire your weaknesses; don’t be greedy; instagram is where fake people go to lie.

    • P.S. I Love YouNiklas Göke2/21/205 min
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      P.S. I Love You
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      joshw1 year ago

      figuratively 😭

    • FiveThirtyEightMaggie Koerth2/19/206 min
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      FiveThirtyEight
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      joshw1 year ago

      it’s a tough thing, the waste stream. because most people never have to deal with, or even see, trash after it leaves their house, i submit that most have no clue the amount of aggregate waste that society as a whole, or even just the US, is trying to figure out what to do with. like many other problems of 2020, the change in problem is happening exponentially faster that the innovations in solution and we are left with a sense that nothing san be done. it’s always interesting to me seeing what solution innovations do pop up though; Sharetown seems like a great emergency phenomenon of facebook marketplace ubiquity + someone who is willing to try to things to solve large problems, and i like that.

      the other interesting part of this all is information flow: the more people that know about the problem side of things, the higher chance there is that the info about it ends up reaching a solution innovator type. to me, that means that, at an abstract level, spreading problem info in a way that targets innovators is itself a type of problem. what if ReadUp contains its own emergent phenomenon something like: innovators end up reading infos on ReadUp because of the innovative approach to reading, and thus the problem statements contained therein reach an audience that has a much higher percentage of engaged, innovative, problem-solvers but at a lower distribution cost because the overall audience is narrow/small. so then theoretically my innovation to try on the abstract level would be something like: creating an API on the ReadUp platform that dumps curated problems, in the form of easy-to-digest info cards, into innovation hubs like incubators and non-profits and co-working spaces, etc. Then those who want to work on making cheaper, faster, positive failures in the solution space will have an endless supply of problem cards to apply their innovative ideas to.

      anyway, i think what i meant to say was, “thanks for sharing!”

    • blog.readup.comBill Loundy3/1/202 min
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      joshw1 year ago

      i haven’t ever used the Chrome extension before, but in my professional opinion is that you’re making the right call. carry on!

    • blog.readup.comBill Loundy2/23/201 min
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      joshw1 year ago

      cool! i hope this is something awesome because i AM ON twitter but I HATE IT. 😭

    • ribbonfarmVenkatesh Rao1/16/2027 min
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      joshw1 year ago

      this is so good I literally don’t know what to do with it other than show it to others. fite me irl if you disagree.