Interactive tactile hologram – Vocativ

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Strategies to improve our empathetic abilities

Roman Krznaric writes: “According to the latest neuroscience research, 98% of people (the exceptions include those with psychopathic tendencies) have the ability to empathise wired into their brains – an in-built capacity for stepping into the shoes of others and understanding their feelings and perspectives. The problem is that most don’t tap into their full empathic potential in everyday life.”
Krznaric presents three strategies to improve our empathetic abilities:
– Radical listening: “Let people have their say, hold back from interrupting and even reflect back what they’ve told you so they knew you were really listening.”
– Mindfullness: “becoming mindful of every person connected to your routine actions”
– Become curious about strangers: “having conversations with strangers opens up our empathic minds.”

EU citizens on data protection issues

Special Eurobarometer 431 on data protection is out. It has gathered the opinion of EU citizens on the topic. An example: “Over seven out of ten people (71%) agree that providing personal information is an increasing part of modern life, slightly down from 74% who said this in 2010. Roughly a fifth (21%, -1 percentage point) disagree. Just under six out of ten people (58%, no change) agree that there is no alternative other than to provide personal information if you want to obtain products or services. Around three out of ten respondents (29%, -3pp) disagree with this. … The proportion of people who agree that they feel they have to provide personal information online has increased substantially from 28% in 2010 to 43% now. In fact, more people now agree than disagree with this statement (43% vs. 39%), a reversal of the situation in 2010 when 49% of people disagreed and only 28% agreed. A majority of respondents (57%, -6pp) disagree that providing personal information is not a big issue for them. Only just over a third (35%, +2pp) agreed with this view. A majority (52%, +1pp) also disagree with the view that they don’t mind providing personal information in return for free services online. Less than a third (29%, no change) agree with this statement.”

Facebook experiments with recognition software that needs no face

Aviva Rutkin writes: “An experimental algorithm out of Facebook’s artificial intelligence lab can recognise people in photographs even when it can’t see their faces. Instead it looks for other unique characteristics like your hairdo, clothing, body shape and pose.”

Molly McHugh writes that “the solution for those trying to avoid it is also to evolve”.

We do not really know how we look

Researcher David White, Amy Burton and Richard Kemp write: “images selected by previously unfamiliar viewers – after very limited exposure to a target face – were more accurately matched than self-selected images chosen by the target identity themselves. … inaccurate representations of self interfere with our ability to judge which images faithfully represent our current appearance.”

Samsung Augmented Reality safety truck

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Media not most important in Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is “a disabling preoccupation with an imagined, or slight, flaw in appearance”. It affects around 50% of us. Most of them self-medicate because they are afraid to be labeled “vain” by medical professionals.
Dr Veale, who also works with the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, “says it is actually earlier life events such as poor child-mother attachment and bullying that are more significant. “The media pressures are out there, but they are only a small part of the story”.”


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