Trump was infected with coronavirus. You can defy law, but not Mother Nature. Because science. I doubt the rumors he’s faking it, but so many crazy things have happened. There aren’t any big technical headlines this week, which doesn’t mean we don’t have much to discuss.
DULUTH, MN – SEPTEMBER 30 – President Trump visited Duluth on Wednesday September 30, 2020 as one of … [+]
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US judge stops Trump’s TikTok ban hours before it should start The sale period of November 13th remains in force.
Whistle Out released the results of a survey that found the majority of social media users believed they were being spied on. One in five thinks Facebook should be banned. While the company is trying to mitigate the unintended consequences of its algorithms, I think its fiercest critics are right.
What if I told you in 2000 that twenty years from now, advertising recommendation algorithms would become mind controlled? We will willingly submit to this mind control in order to reap the short-lived benefits of small dopamine hits. What if I said you longed for these meager benefits? You would be practically addicted. A prisoner. What if I said that the satisfaction of this desire is controlled by a decabillionaire, a private individual? And this private individual only claims that he has the right to control his creation, even though he is not selected by the public but is accountable to anybody through the occasional use of his company’s free products by consumers and not to anyone. Would you have agreed with that? Neither do I.
We check our social media feeds dozen of times a day.
I know I said Tik Tok is another Trump distraction and a lot of fun, but the more I think about it, the more I think he’s actually into something, albeit for the wrong reason, of course (he wants himself avenge) the K-pop parody). Tik Tok, Facebook, and Google are not benign gatekeepers. They are for-profit companies that are not accountable to anyone. Worse still, Tik Tok, because it is owned by Bytedance, a Chinese company, it is accountable to its government.
At the same time, Facebook is a driving force, announcing that 2.5 million voters are registered. They increase the restrictions on disinformation and the interruption of elections. Snap also registered an additional million voters, more than half of the first-time voters. 80 percent are under 30.
The Quest 2 reviews are in and they are mostly positive. Here is our attitude. The most important thing, the resolution, was brought up and Facebook cut the price from $ 100 to $ 299. I can only recommend it with one review. You have to buy the Premium Elite Strap. for $ 50 because the strap they give you is terrible.
Roblox goes public. The IPO market is hot for tech companies. Video game usage has skyrocketed during quarantine.
The new VR universe Sensorium Galaxy, supported by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, announced a partnership with dance music impresario David Guetta to create Prism World. The virtual venue will open in the first half of 2021.
VR Magicians Adam Cheyer (Co-Founder Siri & Viv Labs), Curtis Hickman (CCO & Co-Founder The … [+]
Wizard in VR
Magicians in VR will take to the digital stage in AltspaceVR on Wednesday, October 7th at 4 p.m. EST / 1 p.m. PST – accessible in VR and in 2D mode for PC and Mac.
Hapt X is building a full-body exoskeleton with a grant from Virginia Tech and U. Florida.
The Platform starred in Steve Aoki’s concert at Oculus Venues.
This week on XR is now a podcast hosted by Paramount futurist Ted Schilowitz. You can find it on podcasting platforms Spotify iTunes and Youtube.