The Prove-Trustworthiness Edition Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Here’s How Online Privacy Is Possible, by Geoffrey A. Fowler, Washington Post

But the privacy co-pilot market is burgeoning with new ideas, joining the likes of password managers and security-focused WiFi routers. California’s new law smartly carves out protection for third parties to manage our data for us. Now we need clear professional rules for how these companies represent us and prove their trustworthiness.

I don’t know exactly how this will evolve. But we’re more likely to win when there are laws that stop data collection from being a secret — and when we have companies fighting to protect our privacy, not just exploit it.

Diet Tracking App 'Calory' Now Tracks Water, Subtracts Burned Calories, More, by Zac Hall, 9to5Mac

There’s also water logging and adding meals up to a week ahead of time — a great feature for weekly meal planning.

Japan Loves Robots, But Getting Them To Do Human Work Isn’t Easy, by Motoko Rich, New York Times

Japan, the world’s third largest economy, hopes that robots and other types of automation will help solve its demographic problems and impending labor shortage. That priority is reflected in a government blueprint, dubbed Society 5.0 and repeatedly emphasized by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

But businesses are struggling as some jobs that seem ripe for a robotic takeover prove remarkably difficult to outsource to a machine.

How Home Assistants Ruined Us, by Violet Blue, Engadget

This was the decade technology broke us. The products saturating our lives are released in the worst, most broken, untested, and often dangerously flawed forms imaginable. Think Skynet, but a dumbass. Terminator, controlled by Shitnet. We've seen the films, we know the dystopian warnings. It enslaved us as a species anyway. We cannot escape. Because Siri can't understand our pleas to unlock the door, the getaway vehicle won't start until it reboots, you can't even run away because your shoes are bricked from a bad update.

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It's great that I can use a single pair of AirPods on multiple devices, dear Apple. Now, can you make the same thing for the Magic Keyboard too? Thank you.


Thanks for reading.