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Edit button doesn’t fix Twitter’s problems
Insider: After years of requests, Twitter has finally introduced an edit button that will give its users the ability to change their tweets within 30 minutes of sending them. But the feature is unlikely to solve any of the biggest problems companies face — and in some cases, it could make them worse.
what does that mean: Twitter has resisted adding the ability to edit tweets for years, even though it was the most requested feature of its users, including potential owner Elon Musk. Now, paid subscribers to the platform will be the first to be able to edit tweets “multiple times” 30 minutes after they’re sent, while Twitter explores ways the feature could be abused.
The issue is: Experts have repeatedly pointed out that even with a full history of tweet editing, the ability to edit tweets could allow bad actors to rewrite history and spread misinformation. Read the full article.
The U.S. agency responsible for developing fossil fuels has a new job: cleaning them up
In his first month in office, U.S. President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling on the U.S. to eliminate carbon pollution from the power sector by 2035 and achieve net-zero emissions across the economy by 2050.
The move redefines the role of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy, a research organization whose mission has been to develop more efficient methods of fossil fuel production for nearly half a century. Now it’s tasked with helping to clean up the industry.
While the agency continues to study the production of oil, gas and coal, its core mission is to minimize the impact of these fossil fuel production. It also has to decide where to spend billions of dollars allocated by a recent slew of federal laws, while addressing concerns about the continued harm of carbon capture and fossil fuels. Read the full article.
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I combed the internet to find you the funniest/most important/scariest/most fascinating tech stories of the day.
1 Jackson enters fifth day without water
Residents of the Mississippi capital have borne the brunt of decades of government neglect. (protector)
+ For years, the city has been forced to scrape by without funds for infrastructure or repairs. (sound)
+ It is unclear when the running water will be restored. (New York Times $)
2 The impact of overturning Roe v. Wade is global
The decision has also inspired anti-abortion activists in other countries. (well-known magazine)
3 California has asked EV owners to delay charging
It’s a very bad timing, just days after it recently announced a phase-out of gasoline-fueled vehicles. (New York Times $)
+ The current heatwave is pushing the grid to its limits. (los angeles times)
+ A solar company wants to build solar panel microgrids in California communities. (new york times $)
+ There are only 6,000 EV fast-charging stations in the U.S.. (MIT Technology Review)
4 Meta’s AI can ‘read’ brain waves
However, not very accurate. (new scientist $)
5 This is what an exoplanet looks like
The James Webb Space Telescope captured the world nearly 400 light-years from Earth. (Quanta)
+ NASA’s Artemis 1 lunar mission will take off again tomorrow. (space)
6 How the Police Track the Cell Phones of US Citizens
There is also no warrant. (motherboard)
+ Police build a shadowy surveillance machine in Minnesota after George Floyd’s murder. (MIT Technology Review)
7 Moth’s sensitive ears are like the ultimate microphone
Scientists hope to better understand how they work. (IEEE Spectrum)
8 What it’s like to spend a vacation in a virtual world
The eerie, uncanny wilderness that no one can interact with is even more disturbing. (slate $)
+ VRChat users are training visitors how to run a virtual Kmart. (wired $)
+ Metaverse is a new word for old ideas. (MIT Technology Review)
9 Video games are not considered serious cultural artifacts
But archivists want to give them the recognition they deserve. (New Yorker $)
10 Musicians Who Are Making Big Money From Their Poo Songs
They can thank the kids for yelling “poo” to Alexa. (BuzzFeed News)
Quote of the day
“There are no white people there.”
—Gino Womack, program director of the nonprofit Operation Good Jackson, explained salon How the city’s basic infrastructure, including the water system, has fallen into disrepair.
The founders of macroeconomics predicted that capitalism would last about 450 years. That was the length of time between 1580 and 2030, the year John Maynard Keynes believed that humanity would address our needs and move to a higher focus.
Indeed, the system today appears to be on the verge of transformation, but not in the way Keynes had hoped. The fate of Gen Z is supposed to be to relax and live a life of leisure and creativity. Instead, it is preparing for a stagnant wage and ecological crisis.
In the end what happened? To figure out why Gen Z won’t become Gen EZ, we have to ask some fundamental questions about economics, technology, and progress. After we assume a century of a better world on top of what we’ve accumulated, those assumptions seem unfounded. It’s getting worse. Read the full article.
we can still have good things
+ Turn off those audiobooks – your dog like classical music.
+ this Vegetarian Risotto Sounds absolutely delicious.
+ a reminder Teens love cell phones Long before smartphones came along.
+ I’m still not entirely sure I understand why a group of researchers decided to eat a 55,000 year old bison.
+ I love the look of these cute lils Pokemon Gummy.