April 25, 2019

Thrivve Newsletter — Issue #6

Hello Thrivvers, and welcome to this week’s selected stories. In this issue, we take a look at a Tim Cook's thoughts on the role of government in data protection, the potential for AI to enhance creativity and more!

Thrivve Newsletter — Issue #6

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Tim Cook says tech needs to be regulated or it could cause ‘great damage to society’

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Have you wondered what separates Apple from the other tech giants vis a vis online privacy? Hint: it has to do with a focus on the sanctity of user data and privacy that comes from the top of the organization. Read about one of Tim Cook's recent addresses where he gives his views on technology addiction as well as the importance of the role of government in protecting users' privacy.

Read more on The Verge

The Mueller Report Reminds Us How Cheap Automation Fueled the Russia Mess

Photo: Manuel Balce (AP)

The Mueller report has given us a window into one instance of how the reach and influence social media have had real influence on our everyday lives. Using the same social media tools that are available to any company or individual worldwide, Russian state actors were able to organize events and get a message in front of a large audience.

Read more on Gizmodo

You Can Opt Out of Facial Recognition Screening at an Airport

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images)

Any frequent traveller will tell you cameras, fingerprint scanners and other digital collection devices are becoming more and more integrated into the travel process. And it's rarely clear what happens to the data - how long it's stored and what other databases the information is added to. Well, in the US, for the time being, it's possible to opt out of the automated process.

Read more on Lifehacker

Tristan Harris: Tech is 'Downgrading Humans.' It's time to fight back.

Tristan Harris, former Design Ethicist at Google who created the "Time Well Spent" movement, is the founder of the Center for Humane Technology. He believes the biggest problem in technology today is that technology is "downgrading humans," including human relationships, decency and attention.

Read more on Wired

An Oxford mathematician explains how AI could enhance human creativity

Graphic by Michele Doying / The Verge

We usually read about AI in the context of future concerns, but what can AI add to culture and creativity? In an interview with The Verge that gives us an indication that AI will reach into every domain of our lives, Marcus Du Sautoy investigates the ways in which artificial intelligence can enhance creativity.

Read more on The Verge