My [UberX] driver turned out to be a Google employee who said he drew the lucky H1-B visa straw to get out of Bulgaria … he told me he works at the company’s Mountain View campus, but started driving for UberX for two hours on Saturdays and Sundays to send money to a family of four kids he met on vacation, who couldn’t afford to go to school or even shoes. ‘I just calculated that if I work four hours of a week, I can clothe all of them,’ he told me. ‘For so little, it’s amazing what you can do.’(via Valleywag)
On the left is the first photograph ever taken (1826),… On the right is a cat who accidentally took a picture of itself (2013). It’s estimated that in 2014, humans will take 880 billion photos (not including cats). In fact, 10% of all the photos ever taken were taken in the past 12 months.
Taken together, we’re observing the emergence of tech that doesn’t just augment our intellect and lives — but is now beginning to automate and outsource our humanity.Today’s Apps Are Turning Us Into Sociopaths | Wired (via futuristgerd)
Ellen Breaks Most-Retweeted Record With All-Star Selfie At Oscars: Until now, the most retweeted tweet was when Barack Obama was re-elected, earning over 781,000 retweets. Ellen’s tweet has over 2.6 million retweets.
Labels were based on eating habits and nutrition data from the 1970s and ’80s, before portion sizes expanded significantly … “It’s an amazing transformation,” said Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, commissioner of the F.D.A. “Things like the size of a muffin have changed so dramatically. It is important that the information on the nutrition fact labels reflect the realities in the world today.”