Four short links: 9 December 2016


Automating the Middle Class, Voiced Penetration, Drone Fish, and On Assumptions

  1. What Robots Are Doing to the Middle Class (Common Dreams) — Paul Buchheit lays it out: the bifurcation of jobs, the reinforcement of privilege, and…A final relevant consideration was hinted at by The Economist, in talking about technological revolutions of the past: “It took several decades before economic growth was reflected in significant wage gains for workers—a delay known as Engels’ pause.” (via Cory Doctorow)
  2. Voice Control Security Holes“His neighbor, who was coming by to borrow some flour, was able to let himself in by shouting, ‘Hey Siri, unlock the front door.'”
  3. Using a Robotic Dummy Fish to Study Social BehavioursUltimately, the experiments showed that the electric signal played a crucial role as a key stimulus in inducing “following behavior,” while there was no significant effect of motion pattern on attractiveness of the dummy. I feel vindicated in my decision to eschew dance classes in favour of an EMP generator.
  4. On Assumptions (Adrian Colyer) — The safety questions are the ones we’re trained to ask (although we often forget). But it’s the opportunity questions that can unlock some really interesting lines of inquiry and discovery.

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