Journal 05/29/2012 (a.m.)

    • New commercials for Siri, the digital assistant on Apple’s iPhone, have it  serving as a best friend and confidante to a man who is preparing for a romantic  dinner date at home and to an ingénue who takes a rainy day off from work to  dance around her apartment in bare feet. I interview young people who tell me  they hope that in the future, Siri will be even more like a best friend to them.
    • We are at a moment of temptation, ready to turn to machines for companionship  even as we seem pained or inconvenienced to engage with each other in settings  as simple as a grocery store. We want to instrumentalize daily life with real  people and accept fantasies of “intimate” conversations with robotic personal  assistants who have no real understanding of what we are saying to them in terms  of what things mean to us.
    • We seem lonely but afraid of intimacy. Siri, the social network, digital  assistants, all of these give the illusion of companionship without the demands  of relationship. The path we are on seems fraught with paradox and about the  most important human matters.
    • I would not be surprised if disappointed investors drive the price down to a  point where you and I can have the ultimate revenge on Mark Zuckerberg: Buy his  company at a bargain basement price and make money off him
    • “So, like so many other useless progressive fops who glide from cocktail  party to panel discussion, Chris Hayes continues to push his progressive vision  of collectivist serfdom from behind the unbreachable wall of American warriors,”  Schlichter wrote. “He has not stood with them and, in fact, is unworthy of doing  so. He is a parasite taking sustenance from the exertions of better men and  women.”

       

      He also picked apart Hayes’ line, “rhetorically proximate to justifications  for more war.” The MSNBC host, Schlichter blogged, “sounds like one of my commie  grad students trying to impress credulous freshman girls after a choom session  in the quad.”

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Journal 05/25/2012 (a.m.)

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Journal 05/23/2012 (a.m.)

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