Brave New World

People stare at their cell phones while disasters happen around them

What is it about social media lately? (A hope for controlling the crisis.)

By Justin Katz | February 29, 2024 |

Almost in passing during a recent podcast featuring Greg McKeown, Tim Ferriss stepped into an idea I’ve been contemplating lately: [A]s my job, I interview some of the top performers in the world, hundreds of them, and the change that I have seen for those people in that subset who are already, I think most…

A water drop and ripples

A few words on the viral video of girls dancing at a concert (or something).

By Justin Katz | February 29, 2024 |

I haven’t seen anybody outraged by this video. I have seen a lot of people displaying their moral superiority to the people who are supposedly outraged by it, though. For that reason, it seems like a good example of the way in which social media can social engineer movements by creating opportunities for communal opposition…

A water drop and ripples

Step lightly toward the bright future of AI medicine.

By Justin Katz | January 17, 2024 |

Such information as this, tweeted by Gregory Conley, is important to keep within your awareness: Such exploration is valuable, but we need strong personal and cultural safeguards against abuse.  Earlier this week, the Dall-E 3 AI (via ChatGPT) I use for many of the images on this site refused to add the Confederate flag on…

Clown face in a pinball machine

Politics This Week: Telling Philly Exploits

By Justin Katz | June 17, 2023 |

John DePetro and Justin Katz check in on the latest developments in RI politics.

Digital eye made of numbers.

Catching Up with Rhode Island Misadventures

By John Loughlin | May 13, 2023 |

John Loughlin talks various Rhode Island controversies with his guests.

A water drop and ripples

Lock the robots out of your bathroom, at least.

By Justin Katz | January 10, 2023 |

Nobody should be surprised by news that Roomba vacuums caught images of users in (umm) compromising positions and then the Venezuelan workers who review the images for product development posted them in an online forum.  This is a major reason that, even as an “early adopter” type of guy, I’m reluctant to move onto the…

Mark Zaccaria on Rhody Reporter

Rhode Island municipalities probably aren’t prepared for escalating cyber crime.

By Justin Katz | May 19, 2021 |

Mark Zaccaria argues, for Rhody Reporter, that local officials should start getting used to having a line item for cyber-security as more and more of their activities move online. Of course, it would be nice if the costs of new technology could be offset (and then some) by the savings in labor and productivity that high-tech…

An aerial photograph of the U.S. at night.

High-speed internet is an asset Rhode Island should build on.

By Justin Katz | May 4, 2021 |

Obviously, those of us who choose to live in Rhode Island feel the state has a lot to recommend it, even as we’re perpetually frustrated by its flaws.  While making decisions for the future, we should build on our strengths.  Explicitly noting it as a reason to move to the state, TechRepublic’s N.F. Mendoza reports…

Two Twitter Tidbits

By Monique Chartier | July 4, 2012 |

Firstly, a Manhatten judge has ruled that Twitter must release three months of tweets of a man charged with disorderly conduct. The D.A. had supboenaed the tweets to establish that the defendant knew that he was breaking the law when he marched on the Brooklyn Bridge during a mass demonstration related to the Occupy Wall…

Friends, I Give You The Euphemistic Phrase of the Month (Possibly of the Year): “Premortem Donation”

By Monique Chartier | June 3, 2012 |

… as in, “donating” – this word actually goes beyond euphemistic to inaccurate as, usually, no consent can be obtained – an organ – yes, your own vital organs from your own personal body – before you’re … well, dead. From a website called BioEdge, though the suggestion originated in the mind of a professor…