Here are three stories that caught my eye recently. As I mentioned in my last update, writing time and energy is short these days. So I thought I'd try something new: feature stories, ideas, quotes, projects of interest, etc. on here with brief commentary when I don't have time for more substantial posts.
The Baffler reports on the nootropic boom in Silicon Valley. Basic idea? Sell "brain boosting" drugs to people who need to avoid sleep, focus for extended periods of time, and work efficiently. One wonders if this sort of biohacking has caught/will catch on in other places. Probably. I'm not convinced it's all "brain boost," though. There's probably a good deal of "brain fry" involved in there as well. But who cares... as long as you're hitting deadlines, right?
Even faster trading
As if high frequency trading wasn't fast enough. But apparently it isn't and it can get faster. The bottom line? We're probably heading even faster toward another stock market crash because more trades in less time means less time before another crash, burst bubble, or whatever other metaphors are used to describe what happens when light-speed financial excrement hits the digital turbine. Hold onto your hats, everyone!
We're being played
Apparently Pokemon Go isn't as fun as everyone thinks it is. Well, at least it's having fun with our valuable data while we're having fun catching Squirtles and such. Also, I find it fascinating that video games are no longer just taking place in another world (virtual reality) but are taking place in our world (augmented reality). This brings up so many questions. Probably too many to list here. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but I prefer my video games to keep me on the couch.