According to Vice, Apple's AirPods are tragedy. They note their cost, the ridiculous low wages paid to the people who help make them, to the fact that in 18 months these devices will be utterly useless and completely non-recyclable.
Even if you only own AirPods for a few years, the earth owns them forever. When you die, your bones will decompose in less than a century, but the plastic shell of AirPods won’t decompose for at least a millennia. Thousands of years in the future, if human life or sentient beings exist on earth, maybe archaeologists will find AirPods in the forgotten corners of homes. They’ll probably wonder why they were ever made, and why so many people bought them. But we can also ask ourselves those same questions right now.
Why did we make technology that will live for 18 months, die, and never rot?
|"A future where you can no longer discern if you're dealing with a human or a computer."|
|“American-made social media platforms were key to the dissemination of propaganda by ISIS.”|
|The Racist, Sexist Tendencies of AI|
|Twitter the World's Fastest Growing Search Engine|
|Muthaf**kin' Tractor Beams!|
|“Recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence.”|
|“A two-legged robot created by Agility Robotics, designed to get your delivery from a car to your door.”|
|“Many [Silicon Valley] parents now have serious concerns about tech's impact on kids' psychological and social development.”|
|The (Very Scary) People of Public Transit|
|Recycled Vacuum Lamps|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“For the first time in the history of life, we can affect the future of our evolution.”|
|“The company is losing billions, has essentially no underlying value, and its business could be hammered overnight.”|
|“A deep fake sex video emerges in a Google search of your name.”|
|Naked Preacher Lady [NSFW]|
|“Self-driving trucks will begin hauling mail between USPS facilities.”|
|“How these systems are being fused together to design new regimes of totalitarian surveillance and control.”|