This is a pretty good explainer of how Hitsune Miku came to be so popular and how virtual stars could be, in some ways, better than human ones.
Wow! Interesting research in the field of depression. I’ve always felt that our understanding of how the brain works is insufficient to actually treat problems that involve it (such as cognition, mental processing, and emotion). It will be interesting to see what new ideas come of research like this.
While I found the article informative I find fault in its entire premise. It’s easy to pick examples of tech that are bad for our humanity (really, isn’t that the whole premise of Silicon Valley … I kid), but you can’t disclaim all tech because of this. I think there are still plenty of shining lights of progress even in today’s apps. They’re just not the ones that get venture capital.
…the police have come too late to the notion that they are there to â€œprotectâ€ lives. â€œThe law,â€ wrote James Baldwin, â€œis meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer.â€ Those who call for law and order now must understand that there is no order because men with badges have been acting lawlessly.
…a small girl saw my drone hovering in the sky and asked her mother what it was. I heard the mother answer, â€œItâ€™s a drone, and if you donâ€™t do your homework, itâ€™s going to go after you!â€
I totally want this toy. Uh … for my kids, of course.