Weekly Social Pulse, Week of 8/7

Plandids Jump the Shark: It’s another buzzword!! This week it’s “plandid,” a portmanteau  of “planned” and “candid” — which is basically a post that looks like you didn’t know the pic was taken, but you’re still posing. It isn’t new, but is making the rounds in social this week. How do you take the best plandid? […]

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We Built an Emoji Flag Translation Facebook Bot for the Olympics

(cross-posted from space150’s blog) In the four years since the last Summer Olympic Games, a lot of positive change has happened in social media and technology — including the popularization of Snapchat Stories and widespread accessibility of 360º content — that create unrivaled, engaging experiences that would completely shock attendees of the original 1896 Games. […]

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When the AI can’t tell the difference between real and a simulation

We live in the most amazing times. “In other words: Warner had just DMCA’d an artificial reconstruction of a film about artificial intelligence being indistinguishable from humans, because it couldn’t distinguish between the simulation and the real thing.” Source: A guy trained a machine to “watch” Blade Runner. Then things got seriously sci-fi. – Vox

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Warren Ellis on Facebook becoming more like Tumblr every day

I hadn’t thought of the personal information diaspora happening on Facebook as being a subtle, subconscious reaction to monetization. Interesting thoughts from Warren Ellis in his latest newsletter. “…users now use Facebook more like Tumblr, posting memes and gifs instead of personal updates because Facebook can’t pull marketing insight data for resale so well off […]

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