[nonostantement #174] - synthetic messenger / uber is a scam / third eye
Now with MORE concrete buildings!
Welcome to nonostantement: a weekly newsletter with allowable, wobbling and sugary stuff found all over the Internet.
Hello my dears and welcome to the typical Sunday email in which yours truly (Joele, for those who don't know me) sends his friends the most interesting links he found during the past week, while working on online communication projects.
Let's start with some music you can listen to while browsing the links: Osamu Shoji - Synthesizer Sounds '78 Bee Gees (an album with rearranged synthesized versions of various Bee Gees songs) and Hélène Vogelsinger - Illumination (don’t miss the other videos by her).
Well this could be #THEGOODSIDE but I leave it here because normally this type of technology is used for much less honorable reasons and it seems like a nice project to start this newsletter with: Synthetic Messenger is a botnet that artificially inflates the value of climate news. Everyday it searches the internet for news articles covering climate change. Then 100 bots visit each article and click on every ad they can find. Don’t forget to watch the [Video] mesmerizing live video feed of the bots for a while :)
[Video] - The Gravel Institute just published a video about Uber and as you can imagine they didn't go easy "Uber has a big secret: there's no profit, no gains in efficiency or effectiveness, and, above all, no innovation. Simply put, Uber is one of the biggest scams in American economic history. "
TikTok just gave itself permission to collect biometric data on US users, including ‘faceprints and voiceprints’. #WCGW
Facebook cracks down on misinformation superspreaders - it will now limit the spread of all posts from individual Facebook users who repeatedly share content that's been debunked by fact-checkers. But… Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Nestlé document says majority of its food portfolio is unhealthy - Internal company presentation acknowledges more than 60% of products do not meet ‘recognised definition of health’. Surprised Pikachu
In the US, policemen can work after hours and get paid by privates. It seems clear to me, that it is time to manage them in a gig economy style - given that it is working so well with other jobs.
noyb.eu sent over 500 draft complaints to companies who use unlawful cookie banners - making it the largest wave of complaints since the GDPR came into force.
In big tech’s dystopia, cat videos earn millions while real artists beg for tips. Instead of paying musicians properly, the likes of Spotify have set up ‘donation’ buttons – thus passing the buck to fans.
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Marcher Arrant: ”This is a project where I walked and wrote my name on every street of Barcelona. I drew out a line on a map, making sure it traversed every street, then I took the map to the street and followed the line by walking.”
Artists need brands for funding. Brands need artists for authenticity. The stigma is gone. Welcome to the post-sellout era.
[Video] - For all the nice designed books nerds out there, I recommend watching this lecture by Irma Boom.
That's it for now.
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