Bird, an electric scooter sharing company has found a way to mobilize teens in order to charge the scooters, but they perceive it as a game, a hobby almost. On top of this it seems there is a subculture rising that attaches social esteem to the act of “Bird hunting”.
Many people have thought of ways how video games can abstract doing “real work”, as to use the input of gamers to create value somewhere. I think Bird has found a small step in that direction, it’s fascinating to read how the local community is embracing this as a game which makes you some extra pocket money.
Buzzfeed has a great piece on how users thrive on the Instagram platform using automated scripts and bots to build a following and monetize that.
“It’s not just Russian bots and hackers, it’s 22-year-old kids in their dorm rooms and influencers and brands of all sizes,” he said. “The damage is done on a very large level because nothing is genuine.”
3D Printed Food Startup Presents Peculiarly Pixelated Sushi at SXSW
3D printed food is not something from the future anymore. Or maybe it is.
Science mimics nature: Microsoft researchers test AI-controlled soaring machine – News Center
Microsoft researches develop AI to keep a motorless sailplane in the air using natural thermals, identical to birds.
Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA | WIRED
The future is calling: they want to insert something in your DNA to hack computers that try and read it. Wow.