Senior Citizens Are The Latest Group To Protest Tech Commuters

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency more than tripled fees for tech buses from $1 to $3.55 per stop today. The Agency says the increase is to cover the costs of less than anticipated bus usage. However, this fee increase is not a solution to collective activist groups who would like to stop the shuttle buses from using Muni stops altogether.

Multiple groups representing seniors and the disabled claim that these tech buses increase rent rates near each stop, forcing them out of their homes. Those groups, which include Senior and Disability Action, the Grey Panthers, Eviction Free San Francisco, and the San Francisco Tenants Union, staged a protest at 24th and Mission to get that point across this morning.

Several seniors and group members held up two unmarked buses that were scheduled to take tech workers from San Francisco’s Mission district down to Silicon Valley.

A recent report…

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Forget killing business cards – SwivelCard rockets them into the digital age

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Originally posted on BGR:

For years, we’ve been told that various technologies were going to render business cards obsolete. NFC-enabled smartphones, apps that let you bump two devices together even without NFC to exchange contact details, and plenty more have come and gone, and yet we still carry cards and hand them out when we need to exchange info.

Since business cards don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon, one company has decided to give them a much-needed digital update instead of trying to kill them off.

Meet the SwivelCard.

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Rare Color Photographs from the Trenches of World War I

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Originally posted on LightBox:

Black and white photographs often feel more genuine than color images — more truthful, somehow — especially those depicting historical events. Much of that perceived authenticity derives from the fact that black and white pictures seem to be, in the most positive way, far simpler than their color counterparts. The world itself (we like to tell ourselves) was simpler in the latter part of 19th century, and in the earliest decades of the 20th. It was only when human experience began to accelerate and grow profoundly more complicated — say, around the time of the Second World War — that color photography began to come into its own.

When Adolf Hitler, impressed by the color pictures made by his personal photographer, Hugo Jaeger, pronounced in the late 1930s that “the future belongs to color photography,” he might as easily have declared that “color photography belongs to the future.”

The…

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Prospero: Robot Farmer [dorhoutrd.com]

Despite its quaint reputation, agriculture has always been an early adapter of technology. This is evident from the beginning of mechanization with the cotton gin, McCormick’s Reaper, tractors, hybrid seed, to genetically engineered plants that protect themselves and grow in arid environments. Yields have grown quickly, but demand from developing countries and population growth are growing faster

via Dorhout R&D LLC – Prospero: Robot Farmer.

Facebook is no longer a social network. It’s the world’s most powerful news reader

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Originally posted on PandoDaily:

newsIt was barely two years ago that things were starting to look absolutely awful for Facebook.

Its stock was hitting one new low after another, at one point falling to half of its IPO value. General Motors announced that Facebook ads were basically useless. The same people who named Mark Zuckerberg the Person of the Year began the calls for him to resign. And the whole “teens hate Facebook” line began to emerge, along with accusations that the company overpaid for Instagram.

The perception was that Facebook was sick, and the list of symptoms could have filled a Pepto Bismol commercial. What’s more, the company’s app and gaming platform, which at one point had seemed so promising, was falling apart as Zynga collapsed.

But the disease itself could not have been more clear — Facebook’s mission statement and core value proposition were not working. Maybe people didn’t…

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What ‘The Golden Girls’ Taught Us About AIDS [ozy.com]

Dammit, why is this happening to me? I mean, this shouldn’t happen to people like me.”

This desperate question from a beloved character Rose on a beloved show The Golden Girls is the defining moment in yet another landmark episode in the critically-acclaimed series. The show known as much for its hilarious comedy as for fearlessly venturing into taboo TV territory was tackling its next sensitive topic: AIDS.

via What ‘The Golden Girls’ Taught Us About AIDS | Performance | OZY.

We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does [washingtonpost.com]

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future.

He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era of abundance. Then he noted that the technologies that make such abundance possible are allowing production of far more output using far fewer people.

On all this, Summers is right. Within two decades, we will have almost unlimited energy, food, and clean water; advances in medicine will allow us to live longer and healthier lives; robots will drive our cars, manufacture our goods, and do our chores.

There won’t be much work for human beings. …

via We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does – The Washington Post.

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