Over the past two years, we’ve learned that there isn’t any actual monetizable ‘cultural value’ in building a content farm with an authoritative voice or domination of a niche area. Instead, it is more important to chase quantifiable human metrics by shoving lowbrow content in front of Facebook users.
It’s been studied in animals and humans for more than 30 years with almost no documented complications. Known as “the male birth control injection,” an application called RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance) was invented in India in the 1970s by Sujoy Guha, a professor of biomedical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology. It’s affordable, minimally invasive, and fully reversible—and it’s the most effective, non-permanent way of preventing pregnancy (from the sperm side) the world has ever seen, according to studies so far.
It’s Instagram for your ears. It can mute annoying babies. A lot of people are excited by this, and Here have raised over £600,000 from baby-haters and people who think the world needs tuning on Kickstarter, a vast sum dwarfed by the $17 million parent company Doppler Labs just raised from investors. Everyone thinks Here is great, because none of them have ever used assistive hearing technology.
The very concept of ancient computers might sound bizarre, and the notion of centuries old open source computer music stranger yet, but both represent historical realities with roots far deeper than is generally recognised.
It’s hard not to romanticize the Amish. Their food is delicious. They wear charming outfits (The bonnets! The beards! The wide-placket shirts!) and they ride around in black, horse-drawn buggies with big wagon wheels that harken back to a simpler time. That’s another thing the tourism brochures say again and again and it’s sort of true.