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episode 005: disorder of the triad
with the hacks shorthanded for the first time, they decide to once again go after low-hanging fruit in search of sweet, sweet #content - this time by investing a trio of embattled tech giants. Rosemary brings us the tale of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos, Rob braves the entire Joe Rogan/Elon Musk encounter (and emerges a changed man), while Simon chronicles the (alleged) crimes of antivirus pioneer and Libertarian presidential hopeful John Mcafee. and then we try to decide what, if anything,...
episode 004: cops and LAN go hand in hand
here at the HACKS initiative, if there's one thing we love, it's our cops (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GiHftejWSvU)! but sometimes they do things that freak us out a bit, like when they adopt "pre-crime" measures and surveil us without our knowledge or consent. we take a quick look at two new-ish technologies that aim to do both of those things, as well as diving into the recent controversy that struck the open source dev community when some developers took issue with Microsoft's...
episode 003: shade runner 2018
in the first HACKS initiative field report, simon and rosemary go to a public consultation for Sidewalk Labs, Google/Alpahbet's "smart city" project for toronto's quayside area. this leads us to ponder the value and meaning of "smart cities" in general. in another topic we're sure to revisit, we also take stock of Amazon's campaign to make every major (and not so major) city in north america debase itself in the hopes of becoming the home of their second headquarters, or as you may know it,...
episode 002: spooky action at the multiplex
already scraping the very bottom of the content barrel only two weeks in, the gang takes a look at Unfriended: Dark Web, the latest attempt to make the movie internet scarier than the real internet. also, the Initiative looks at what went wrong with everyone's favorite money pit / excuse to camp out at the movies all day every day, MoviePass. links: nick pinkerton's excellent review of the movie for reverse shot (www.reverseshot.org/reviews/entry/2452/unfriended_dark_web) NYT: the entire...
episode 001: welcome to the interrortron
in our first episode, the gang ponders the promise and mission of Wealthsimple, the robo-advisor company selling you "ethical investing" without the pesky need to talk to actual humans, and whose spiffy ads recruit errol morris, various celebrities, and a seven-year old. we also pitch our counter-app and lay out the HACKS initiative's own mission.