Posts tagged technology

globalvoices:

Forward thinkers are harnessing the unprecedented power of technology to bring languages back from the brink of extinction, and in rare cases, to resurrect an extinct language.
How Technology Is Helping People Learn—and Even Save—the World’s Languages

globalvoices:

Forward thinkers are harnessing the unprecedented power of technology to bring languages back from the brink of extinction, and in rare cases, to resurrect an extinct language.

How Technology Is Helping People Learn—and Even Save—the World’s Languages

huffingtonpost:

People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

The bots of the new uncanny valley

These new robots constitute a technological advancement more creepy than groundbreaking. Almost every news story announcing Otonaroid’s and Kodomoroid’s arrival on the world scene has used the phrase “uncanny valley” to describe them. (Funny that more didn’t use the phrase “lurching, life-sized demon dolls.”)

The uncanny valley effect is an oft-cited phenomenon where robots or CGI that closely approximate human appearance elicit a strong negative emotional response, even feelings of dread. People are “creeped out” by images that seem human but aren’t quite. 

The truth about tech's sexism problem is even worse than you think

That the tech industry is sexist is no surprise: One need only peruse the extensive timeline of incidents at Geek Feminism for an illustration.

But every now and then, it’s especially sexist, like Sexist Superman exploded out of the underoos of the latest set of khaki-clad dudebros—as in the case of Tinder, where co-founder and former marketing vice president Whitney Wolfe is suing the company for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and defamation.

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