Scooter company Lime has suspended its Swiss service after users were thrown off mid-ride. It suspects a software glitch may cause a reboot mid-ride, automatically locking the vehicles early, even as they’re in motion. Ouch.
A study has found heavy users of Facebook make impaired decisions like drug addicts. The Michigan State University research “indicates that people who use social media sites heavily actually display some of the behavioral hallmarks of someone addicted to cocaine or heroin,” TechCrunch reports.
The head of Harvard’s astronomy department isn’t afraid to say he thinks the mysterious spinning object spotted near Earth in 2017 was some kind of alien craft. Whether you agree or not, the points he makes about the politics of science, and what scientists feel comfortable to say, are worth a read.
Automation isn’t necessarily stealing jobs in the service industry, but it is having a noticeable impact. “Workers may not be replaced by robots anytime soon, but they’ll likely face shorter hours, lower pay, and stolen time.”
Is there anything less explicable in tech than the stagnation of Siri? Apple has the cash and cachet to attract the brightest minds, it has ample strategic interest in making Siri the best voice assistant, and yet the product of all that is barely better than Bixby.
4:39 PM - 12 Jan 2019
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