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I Am A Data Factory | Nicholas Carr | Rough Type | 7th May 2018

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“Am I a data mine, or am I a data factory? Is data extracted from me, or is data produced by me? Both metaphors are ugly, but the distinction between them is crucial. If I am a data mine, then I am essentially a chunk of real estate, and control over my data becomes a matter of ownership. The factory metaphor makes clear what the mining metaphor obscures: We work for the Facebooks and Googles of the world, and the work we do is increasingly indistinguishable from the lives we lead”
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Don’t charge your brain implant during thunderstorms, docs warn after incident

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Last year, futurist Elon Musk announced a new project: a medical research company called Neuralink set to develop a new generation of brain implant devices—which may, among other things, help us in the coming AI apocalypse. But evil robots aside, the devices first have to face a more nefarious foe: lightning.

Doctors in Slovenia report that a 66-year-old woman with an existing brain implant experienced a close call with the device after lightning struck her apartment building. The strike ruined the woman’s television and air conditioning unit and managed to switch off her brain implant. Luckily, the woman and her device were not otherwise harmed.

But in a report published this week in the Journal of Neurosurgery, the doctors say the situation could have easily been much worse, possibly zapping her brain or destroying her implant. They call for more precautions, such as surge protectors, as well as better awareness of the risks of lightning strikes with such implants—or deep brain stimulation (DBS) devices.

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Forest Faff

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forest watercolour sketch

And nary a mosquito in sight!

Meanwhile...

naughty, naughty





Pssst: Is that some green stuff, or just a rumour?


I think the bird feeder is toast.

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Fast Food Feminism

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The lion’s share

H/T: the lovely impala

Stretching

M-shaped/fast food of the veld

Rooibok antelope

Fads
Have you heard of it? Neither had I, before QI.

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Artistic Admonishments

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Artist in therapy
It gets better, really.

It’s Read an Ebook Week at Smashwords! Get half off (or all off, off a few) mine with promo code RAE50. Leave a review, please.
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Hippo Hijinx

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Happy, happy hippos: thanks for the hijinx moment!

H/T: Great Plains Conservation
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