2 min read · Jul 27th · You want to be productive. Software wants to help. But even with a glut of tools claiming to make us all into taskmasters, we almost never master our tasks.
Whatever the cause, today this is known as the Zeigarnik effect, and psychologists who study task management say it’s part of why so many of us feel perpetually frazzled by the challenge of organizing work and life.
PROGRAMMERS OFTEN DESCRIBE software as being “opinionated.” In the guise of helping us try to do things, productivity software recommends we do them in a particular way.
It felt lovely to have a tool designed for precisely the way my mind worked.
2 min read · Aug 13th · New software applications are cleverly mapping audio to transport users to another space.
Wegener thinks there’s an emerging market for apps that take advantage of a huge platform of tiny earbuds. Specifically, apps that augment the real-world environment, the way AR app makers are building layers or “lenses” for phone screens and smart glasses.
In PairPlay, a voice oozing Andy Puddicombe–grade calmness tells people to face their AirPod partner, and then delivers two different versions of a scenario, one to each earpiece.
3 min read · Aug 7th · Researchers found that tools like OpenAI's GPT-3 helped craft devilishly effective spearphishing messages.
In a small study, researchers found that they could use the deep learning language model GPT-3, along with other AI-as-a-service platforms, to significantly lower the barrier to entry for crafting spearphishing campaigns at a massive scale.