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annikastheory wrote

I found this paragraph bleak.

At the same time, Zuckerberg said, the metaverse will bring enormous opportunity to individual creators and artists; to individuals who want to work and own homes far from today’s urban centers; and to people who live in places where opportunities for education or recreation are more limited. A realized metaverse could be the next best thing to a working teleportation device, he says. With the company’s Oculus division, which produces the Quest headset, Facebook is trying to develop one.

This one was worse though.

[Interviewer] I’m not sure that people would necessarily find it more natural to work all day wearing a VR helmet, but maybe it’s something we get used to?

[zucc] But just to go back to your comment about people not working in [a VR helmet] all day long — there’s clearly an evolution, or multiple, in the technology that are going to need to be possible, that will need to happen before this is the main way that people work. But I think we’re going to be there by the end of this decade.

Yikes. Imagine your boss is able to instantly teleport into your workspace at any moment.

[zucc] But I actually think miniaturizing things and getting a supercomputer to fit into a pair of glasses is actually one of the bigger challenges. But once you have that, ... that’s going to enable a bunch of really interesting use cases..

If you want to talk to someone, you’re working through a problem, instead of just calling them on the phone, they can teleport in, and then they can see all the context that you have. They can see your five monitors, or whatever it is, and the documents or all the windows of code that you have, or a 3D model that you’re working on. And they can stand next to you and interact, and then in a blink they can teleport back to where they were and kind of be in a separate place.

This would actually be kind of cool.

you will be able to, with basically a snap of your fingers, pull up your perfect workstation. kind of wave your hands and you can have basically as many monitors as you want, all set up, whatever size you want them to be, all preconfigured to the way you had it when you were at your home before. And you can just bring that with you wherever you want.

Interviewer finally asked a good question. (zucc dodges it though)

I want to ask one more question about responsibility. I was talking to Nilay, who runs The Verge, about all this. And he asked me the question, “Who gets to augment reality?” And he talked about a world where we’re all wearing our headsets, and we’re looking at the US Capitol building. And most of us might have an overlay that says, “This is the building where Congress works.” And then some people might see an overlay that says, “On January 6, 2021, our glorious revolution began.” And then maybe some other people see an overlay that says, “Lizard people are inside doing experiments on humans.” And I think the real question in there is: does this metaverse further splinter our sense of shared reality? Does it let us sort ourselves into a bunch of unrelated bubbles? Should we be worried about that?


annikastheory wrote

Last year, villagers updated the regulations: the groom’s family now has to pay 50,000 rupees (£500) to the bride’s family, which includes 20,000 of mehr, to account for inflation. There is no wedding feast – only dates and tea can be served – and just three people are allowed to accompany the groom.

So isn't that still a dowry? I get that it is drastically different than the current practice in fact it seems to flip the whole practice on its head which is great. Maybe dowry has a more narrow meaning than I realize.

Also I highly recommend reading one of the articles linked in this titled: Dowries a major contributor to India's gender imbalance, researchers find


inthedustofthisplanet OP wrote (edited )

Seems related to targeted advertising.

Facebook will impose more control on the types of ads that children as young as 13 are exposed to on Instagram and other platforms, as new research finds Australian alcohol companies are not restricting their social media content from reaching younger users.

Facebook announced on Wednesday that, starting in a few weeks, Instagram will stop advertisers marketing to teens under 18 based on their interests. Only their age, gender and location will be able to be used to target ads to them.

Lobby group Reset Australia recently reported being able to set up ads targeted at teens between 13 and 17 based on interests they had expressed including smoking, extreme weight loss and gambling.

The changes will apply across Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. In a blog post, Facebook said although everyone could opt out of targeted ads manually, the company had decided to do it automatically for children.

“We’ve heard from youth advocates that young people may not be well equipped to make these decisions. We agree with them, which is why we’re taking a more precautionary approach in how advertisers can reach young people with ads.” Facebook users in front of a sign Facebook allows advertisers to target children interested in smoking, alcohol and weight loss Read more

The reforms were announced on the same day a new paper was published in the journal Public Health Research and Practice, which found Australia’s largest alcohol companies were failing to stop alcohol advertising reaching children on social media, including Instagram.

The paper examined the use of social media age-restriction controls by 195 leading alcohol brands on Instagram and Facebook, and found large numbers were not shielding their content from children.

The 195 brands were owned by nine companies, and the research identified 153 Facebook accounts, including 84 based in Australia, and 151 Instagram accounts, of which 77 were Australian-based.

The authors found 28% of the Instagram accounts and 5% of Facebook accounts had not activated age-restriction controls.

“Compliance with the industry marketing code requirement for age-restriction controls is inconsistent among the largest alcohol companies operating in Australia,” the paper found. “The industry-managed regulatory system is not preventing children’s access to alcohol content on social networking sites.”

The industry’s system of self-regulation requires that companies activate age restrictions on social networking sites to prevent children accessing alcohol-related content.

The code, named the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code, is industry-managed and is a requirement only on signatories. All of the companies in the study had signed the code.

Study co-author Julia Stafford, also the chair of the Cancer Council alcohol working group, said it was clear that companies were not complying with the code.

“The alcohol industry has demonstrated that it is unable to effectively control its own marketing,” Stafford said.

“Statutory government regulation, which includes an effective monitoring system, is the necessary step to ensure children’s exposure to alcohol advertising is minimised.”

Reset Australia executive director Chris Cooper said the change made by Facebook did not limit the company’s collection of profiling data on teenagers.

“Facebook isn’t saying it will stop profiling kids based on dubious interests, just that it will not let advertisers target them based on them. There is no commitment Facebook itself won’t keep using this profiling for its own purposes,” he said.

“This just underscores the need for meaningful public oversight about how these platforms collect and use young people’s data. Big tech needs regulation so that it can operate in a way that meets public standards, we shouldn’t keep letting it make its own rules.”

Other changes Facebook announced include people under 16, who start new accounts will be set up with a private account by default. And those who have already joined and have a public account will be notified of the benefits of going private.

Eight out of 10 people under 18 already, by default, choose to have their account on private.

Instagram will also flag “potentially suspicious accounts” used by adults that have been blocked or reported by teens, and will prevent those accounts from seeing teenagers’ accounts in explore, reels, or accounts suggested for you.

If they search for usernames, they won’t be able to follow teenager accounts, or leave comments or see others’ comments on those accounts.

These changes will initially roll out in US, Australia, France, the UK and Japan, with other countries to follow.

In March it was reported Facebook was exploring developing a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13. The company could not say this week whether the plans had advanced since then.


annikastheory wrote

The recent revelations about Facebook's mental health effects on children and its plan to target younger audiences are indeed disturbing

Does anyone know of what they are referring too? Was some study done on facebook's impact on children? I haven't really kept up with the news of facebook since I left it a number of years ago.


annikastheory wrote

Holy shit, and only in france, I don't even want to think what has happened world wide.

The French Catholic church has expressed “shame” and pleaded for forgiveness, after a devastating report found that at least 330,000 children were victims of sexual abuse by clergy and lay members of church institutions over the past 70 years.

And they have the gall to "pleade for forgiveness".

The numbers are staggering, the account, which I won't quote here, from a victim is heartbreaking.

It said the “vast majority” of victims were boys, who came from a wide variety of social backgrounds and who were attacked at a young age before reaching adolescence. Some sex offenders inside the church were “predators” on a vast scale who targeted extremely high numbers of children over long periods, with some attacking more than 150 victims.

between 2,900 and 3,200 sexual abusers of children who operated in the French catholic church since 1950, yet it said only a handful of cases had prompted disciplinary action under canonical law, let alone criminal prosecution.