Friday links 5/5/17
- The risk of businesses learning how customers think (Sunstein in BV on the ethics of nudging)
- Phillips Lumify — a portable ultrasound which links to a mobile application
- Yuval Noah Harari discusses art in the time of AI:
“In the modern world art is usually associated with human emotions. We tend to think that artists are channeling internal psychological forces, and that the whole purpose of art is to connect us with our emotions or to inspire in us some new feeling. Consequently, when we come to evaluate art, we tend to judge it by its emotional impact and to believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder …
If art defined by human emotions, what might happen once external algorithms are able to understand and manipulate human emotions better than Shakespeare, Picasso or Lennon? After all, emotions are not some mystical phenomenon — they are a biochemical process. Hence, given enough biometric data and enough computing power, it might be possible to hack love, hate, boredom and joy.
In the not-too-distant future, a machine-learning algorithm could analyze the biometric data streaming from sensors on and inside your body, determine your personality type and your changing moods, and calculate the emotional impact that a particular song — or even a particular musical key — is likely to have on you.”
- This app promises to help you save money — by spending it (Fortune, on Acorns)
- The science of inequality: why people prefer unequal societies (Guardian, based on a recent paper published in Nature)
- Why don’t people return their shopping carts? (Scientific American)
- Marginal gains matter but gamechangers transform (Tim Harford)
- I recommend Overcast for iPhone podcasters — it’s much better than Apple native app. Developed by Marco Arment.