All posts tagged: information

The Information Age Has Forgotten Formation

The Information Age Has Forgotten Formation

Oftentimes people try to use the wrong delivery method for the kind of content they are conveying. Here, I am going to talk about three different kinds of content, and how they differ in how best to deliver them. The three types of content we will be discussing are formational, informational, and transformational. Of these types of content, you are probably most familiar with informational content, as we are inundated with it in the information age. In fact, that is probably the primary problem I am addressing here. In the information age, we address all content as if it were informational content that can be delivered by informational means. In fact, we do have the best information delivery systems that have ever existed in human history. But information is not the only type of content we encounter. The attempt to shove every type of content into this one category makes us less effective at understanding the others. So let’s talk about what these terms mean. Informational content is data and skills. When I turn on a YouTube video, I …

More Information on Apple’s iOS 17.4 Software Update (Video)

More Information on Apple’s iOS 17.4 Software Update (Video)

Apple’s latest iOS 17.4 beta version is stirring quite the excitement among iPhone users, and for good reason. This update introduces a plethora of new features and enhancements aimed at improving user experience and security. Let’s dive into the details to see what this update has in store for you. The video below from Brandon Buitch gives us more details on the update. For iPhone users in the European Union, there’s a specific update tailored to enhance your app installation process. With new regulations around sideloading and third-party app stores, Apple has introduced a new splash screen aimed at verifying the authenticity of apps before installation. This move not only aligns with EU regulations but also provides an added layer of security for users. In what’s being called the most significant cryptographic upgrade in its history, iMessage now incorporates a post-quantum cryptographic protocol, PQ3. This cutting-edge technology is designed to protect your messages against potential threats from quantum computing, ensuring that your conversations remain private and secure against even the most advanced decryption methods. If …

Pennsylvania Supreme Court says GOP subpoena for voter information over 2020 election ‘unenforceable’

Pennsylvania Supreme Court says GOP subpoena for voter information over 2020 election ‘unenforceable’

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that state GOP subpoenas for voter information after the 2020 election are “unenforceable,” overturning a lower court ruling. Republican Pennsylvania Senate lawmakers moved to subpoena voter information in 2021, but the state’s Democratic attorney general legally challenged the effort and argued the real purpose of the subpoenas was to bring 2020 election results into question. The Supreme Court threw out the subpoenas on procedural grounds Wednesday, declaring they are no longer valid because the legislative session has ended. Pennsylvania Republicans argued at the time voting took place to issue the subpoenas for voter information that they were intended to investigate possible changes to election law. State Sen. Cris Dush (R), who led the effort, labeled it an “election integrity investigation” that would “uncover information which is necessary for the legislature to potentially take future legislative action.” President Biden defeated Trump by more than 80,000 votes in the Keystone State in 2020. Copyright 2024 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. …

Here’s the single most important bit of information on a wine bottle | Wine

Here’s the single most important bit of information on a wine bottle | Wine

We all have our ways of picking wine from the great big, baffling wall of bottles at the supermarket or local merchant. Some of us choose by grape variety. We know roughly what we’ll get from malbec or sauvignon blanc, chardonnay or pinot noir, no matter where it’s grown. For others, it’s the place that is most significant, the particular style of wine they make in Bordeaux or Rioja, Marlborough or Mendoza. Labels and brands might play a role but not as much as they do when buying cereal, chocolate, or beer. There are few wine brands that retailers consider as essential as Corn Flakes, Cadbury’s or Stella. As for independent merchants, bars and restaurants, they will actively seek out the unfamiliar. For me, one of the best ways of navigating a set of unfamiliar wines is to look at the back of the bottle. There, usually in quite small print, you’ll find what might be the single most useful piece of information on a wine you’ve never come across before: the name of the …

If Information Is Wealth, Are Deepfakes a Form of Counterfeiting?

If Information Is Wealth, Are Deepfakes a Form of Counterfeiting?

Deepfakes, we are told, are set to overwhelm us. Faked up images of real people doing scandalous things are, it is true, increasingly hard to detect. And of course robocall deepfake voices of Joe Biden or Donald Trump are a source of concern in a U.S. election year. And then there’s the panic. Wired Magazine, for one, has been an especially prolific source of deepfakes panic: “Deepfake porn is prolific. The explicit, AI-generated images of Taylor Swift that circulated on X this week are taking the issue to new heights.” (Wired) “The Biden Deepfake Robocall Is Only the Beginning” “Targeted, AI-generated political misinformation is already out there—and humans are falling for it.” Wired writers thus add to the chorus of voices demanding that the government do something about deepfakes. The trouble is, government didn’t create deepfakes. It probably doesn’t know what to do about them. Legislation could help but — if poorly thought out and created in a panic — it could just make things worse. So let’s step back from the panic for a …

Canada airline to pay customer after chatbot gave false information

Canada airline to pay customer after chatbot gave false information

After his grandmother died in Ontario a few years ago, British Columbia resident Jake Moffatt visited Air Canada’s website to book a flight for the funeral. He received assistance from a chatbot, which told him the airline offered reduced rates for passengers booking last-minute travel due to tragedies. Moffatt bought a nearly $600 ticket for a next-day flight after the chatbot said he would get some of his money back under the airline’s bereavement policy as long as he applied within 90 days, according to a recent civil-resolutions tribunal decision. But when Moffatt later attempted to receive the discount, he learned that the chatbot had been wrong. Air Canada only awarded bereavement fees if the request had been submitted before a flight. The airline later argued the chatbot was a separate legal entity “responsible for its own actions,” the decision said. Moffatt filed a claim with the Canadian tribunal, which ruled Wednesday that Air Canada owed Moffatt more than $600 in damages and tribunal fees after failing to provide “reasonable care.” As companies have added …

Jennifer Lopez: This Is Me… Now review – too much information on JLo’s lovestruck return | Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez: This Is Me… Now review – too much information on JLo’s lovestruck return | Jennifer Lopez

Your tolerance for Jennifer Lopez’s first album in a decade will depend on how invested you are in the return of Bennifer, AKA her relationship with professional meme generator and actor Ben Affleck. The sequel to 2002’s This Is Me… Then, released when the pair were first engaged (they split in 2004), This Is Me… Now depicts their reunion, their marriage and their passionate lovemaking in eye-opening detail (there’s also an accompanying film). The syrupy Mad in Love (“With you it’s paradise/ And it was worth the wait”) is perhaps the nadir, while the peppy Midnight Trip to Vegas, which interpolates Chris Isaak’s weepie Wicked Game, gets into the specifics of her and Affleck’s “crazy” and “simple” nuptials. On the horn-laced lead single Can’t Get Enough, which Lopez performed at said wedding, sex is conflated with an MOT (“you got my engine runnin’”, “you got me accelerated”, etc). There are nice moments of nostalgia: banger Hearts and Flowers references Jenny from the Block, while the excellent Rebound is a throwback R&B jam accentuated by fluttering …

A simple cognitive tendency has surprisingly profound implications for the spread of biased information

A simple cognitive tendency has surprisingly profound implications for the spread of biased information

Have you ever considered that our brains might be more receptive to learning from people we like compared to those we dislike? A recent study conducted by researchers in cognitive neuroscience reveals just that — our ability to learn and make connections between different pieces of information is significantly influenced by our feelings towards the person presenting the information. Essentially, if the information comes from someone we like, we find it easier to remember and link together compared to when it comes from someone we dislike. The new findings have been published in the journal Communications Psychology. The motivation behind this study stems from a desire to understand the mechanisms that underpin our learning and memory processes, particularly in the context of social dynamics. Memory plays a crucial role in our ability to learn from new experiences and update our existing knowledge. By examining how social preferences affect memory integration—the process through which we connect information across different learning events—the researchers aimed to shed light on how our social environments can shape our understanding of …

A simple cognitive tendency has surprisingly profound implications for the spread biased information

A simple cognitive tendency has surprisingly profound implications for the spread biased information

Have you ever considered that our brains might be more receptive to learning from people we like compared to those we dislike? A recent study conducted by researchers in cognitive neuroscience reveals just that — our ability to learn and make connections between different pieces of information is significantly influenced by our feelings towards the person presenting the information. Essentially, if the information comes from someone we like, we find it easier to remember and link together compared to when it comes from someone we dislike. The new findings have been published in the journal Communications Psychology. The motivation behind this study stems from a desire to understand the mechanisms that underpin our learning and memory processes, particularly in the context of social dynamics. Memory plays a crucial role in our ability to learn from new experiences and update our existing knowledge. By examining how social preferences affect memory integration—the process through which we connect information across different learning events—the researchers aimed to shed light on how our social environments can shape our understanding of …

‘Kremlin conducting information operations against Moldova’ says ISW

‘Kremlin conducting information operations against Moldova’ says ISW

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenburg stated that NATO does not see any immediate threat of military attacks on a NATO member but noted that there is a “constant risk” of hybrid attacks. The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) has recently observed Kremlin actors, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, setting informational conditions to justify possible Russian hybrid attacks on Moldova as well as the Baltic states, Denmark, and Finland. In its latest assessment, the US based think tank says: “The Kremlin is conducting information operations against Moldova very similar to those that the Kremlin used before it invaded Ukraine in 2014 and 2022, likely to set conditions to justify possible future Russian escalation against Moldova. Earlier, the Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service (VLA) stated that the Russian military’s ongoing restructuring and expansion effort aims to intensify Russian military posturing against Finland and the wider NATO alliance. VLA reported that the Russian military is forming the Leningrad Military District and Moscow Military District in order to posture against Finland and NATO while also attempting to “partially …