S.A. Applin

Opinion

Science Fiction Is Not Social Reality

The tech industry is inspired to create our world from linear, scripted science fiction stories.
S.A. Applin
7.20.18
anthropunk

With Echo in Hotel Rooms, Amazon Can Now Track Your Travel Habits

Amazon (and hotels) now have the option to collect new forms of data from people.
S.A. Applin
6.21.18
anthropunk

Amazon Wants You to Shop at Amazon as Long as You Follow the Rules It Doesn't Tell You About

Amazon has swallowed retail, and now has begun banning and threatening to ban what it deems to be problematic customers.
S.A. Applin
5.29.18
anthropunk

Tech Billionaires Are Building Their Utopias Without Asking Us

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are charting humanity's future, and there's little the rest of us can do to influence them.
S.A. Applin
5.21.18
on the clock

Google Is Saving Its Own Time, Not Yours

Algorithmic guessing misses what makes us human.
S.A. Applin
5.15.18
Google I/O

Google Duplex Puts AI Into a Social Uncanny Valley

Google Assistant can now make phone calls, but the people answering the phones at small businesses can't yet form a relationship with an AI agent.
S.A. Applin
5.9.18
anthropunk

Delivery Robots Will Rely on Human Kindness and Labor

If robots are going to invade public spaces, they will be subject to vandalism and pranking.
S.A. Applin
5.8.18
Electric Scooters

Disrupting the Commons: Dockless Bikes and Scooters Create Layers of Community Instability

San Francisco's electric scooters are disruptive to the communities where they are abandoned and, because they are constantly moving, the issues of abandonment and refuse cycle through neighborhoods.
S.A. Applin
4.26.18