We live in interesting times. Personal information is given away so we can use software for free. Then, that information, culled and collected from billions of people, then sliced and diced and used by many, is then used to influence and manipulate the very users who gave up the information in the first place.
Nothing good is going to come from such a practice.
Already we’ve reached the era where news is faked to such a degree that many adults cannot tell the difference between facts and fiction, between news and fake news, and do not understand that opinion on the news isn’t really the news. We live in an era where video and audio can be faked to appear absolutely real to the untrained eye, and, in a scary way, altogether too convincing to those who can tell the difference between reality and fiction.
We live in an era where everything can be faked. How can that possibly be a good thing for humankind? What is real?
One of the benefits of social media networks like Twitter is how quickly members attack what is wrong, what is fake or faked, or what is contradictory. We see those responses take place whenever the president tweets what he should not.
I know tech better than anyone
Learning to use a spellchecker is a part of knowing tech, right?
Earlier this week I watched a YouTuber’s video on what he did when someone stole a package that had been delivered to his door. He had a security camera of the theft and thief and showed it to police. It wasn’t worth their time.
So, YouTuber Mark Rober crafted a glitter bomb to tramp such thieves. It worked. Once the thief opened the bomb a gazillion pieces of glitter exploded all over, a can of fart spray (I didn’t know there was such a thing; Amazon can be your friend for more than you think) did what you think it could do, and a few smartphone cameras captured it all on video. The resulting YouTube video was viewed over 40-million times.
Except important chunks of Rober’s video were faked. It was entertaining, yes, but also mere entertainment and not as real as Rober wanted his viewers– he gets lots of money from Google for his YouTube channel– to believe.
We live in an era where everything can be faked.
What I want from Apple is reality. I’m willing to pay the Apple Tax, be a fanboy and a critic, but what I want from Apple is reality. A reality I can trust. It can be a walled garden ecosystem– that keeps customers away from the riffraff of the Windows and Android worlds– and I’m OK with that, but I demand honesty and reality for my tax money.
Fair enough, right?
Some new iPad Pro models ship with a slight bend in the chassis. Apple says that’s normal. It. Is. Not. Or, put another way, it is not acceptable. Leif Johnson:
Apple confirmed… that some iPad Pro models shipped with a slight bend, but the company claims this isn’t a defect. The problem seems to affect cellular models more than regular models, and that this is all simply part of the cooling process, Apple says it shouldn’t worsen over time. It’ll be fine! Everybody go home.
I see too much fake outrage these days, but Apple’s response– if, indeed it was Apple’s response and not just another media narrative; I didn’t see any quotes or attribution– is not based on genuine reality.