Interface: 47. Paying to be Advertised To

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Okay, Google, turn off the lights. Here’s what I found for “turn off the lights.” Hot, single electricians in your area! Only ten dollars a minute. Call now! Did you want new lightbulbs? Your preferences indicate a desire for the maximum possible savings. Placing an order for 50,000 lightbulbs to save you one half a cent per bulb compared to a five-pack. Users who bought lightbulbs also bought 30,000 feet of knob-and-tube wiring. Did you know that 13% of structural fires in the United States are electrical in nature? You have three calendar events today. And today is the premiere in theatres of Grown Ups 3. Based on your viewing habits, I purchased tickets for the entire theatre.

Interface: 46. Is Copying Actually Bad?

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I’ve definitely seen this one before. I can’t quite put my finger on where — Facemash? Soundjammers? Twibbles? Show me again, website. Yes, I’m sure I’ve watched this before. I remember making it. We marinated the chicken in mayo, which made it extra juicy! (Ed: this actually works.) Here’s the thing. When I saw it, there was a person there, more than just hands. A face and a personality, you know? And yet here we are with a twenty-five second portrait video compressed to hell and claiming to be something else. Who would do such a thing? Do you really think someone would do that? Just go on the internet and steal content?

Interface: 45. Switch Anxiety

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After roughly 6 years of flings with various Android devices, Chase has found true love and happiness with an iPhone 6S. Moving from Android to iOS can’t be without pain points, though, right? Changing apps, different content providers, a keyboard that is hard to punctuate… how will he adjust? And what’s the cost of switching platforms in the current state of technology?

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Interface: 44. The Blue Light Generation

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When we were kids, we rode bikes and played outside. Today’s kids are buried in their devices, and experiencing the world through a tiny glass window. But what happens next? How does it change the way they interact as they grow up? What dependencies does it form?

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