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Favoriting August 19, 2019: Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann on their new book "Super Thinking" (and Duck Duck Go)

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This week: Co-authors (and spouses) Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann talk about their new "book of mental models" called "Super Thinking." Gabriel is also the founder of the search engine Duck Duck Go.



Pointers:

Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models, by Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann

What if We All Just Sold Non-Creepy Advertising?, Gabriel's op-ed in the New York Times (June 19)

Twitter thread by Ashkan Soltani on the Do Not Track Act from Sen. Josh Hawley; see also Duck Duck Go's post on the act

Duck Duck Go, Gabriel's search engine

Techtonic from Jan 29, 2018, featuring an interview with Gabriel

Recent news:

Facebook's mind-reading helmet covered on A Little Slice of Tech Pie from today (my 2-minute segment on Wake & Bake with Clay Pigeon).

People Are Starting to Realize How Voice Assistants Actually Work (Sidney Fussell in the Atlantic, Aug 15): "And Facebook makes five. Which is to say, this isn’t so much a series of “scandals” surrounding human review as the results of a user base becoming minimally aware of how voice-assistant technology actually works. Our listening devices did what they were designed to do. We just didn’t realize who was listening."

John Gruber on Daring Fireball, Aug 16: "If I graded Apple on the privacy and trust implications of [Siri audio surveillance], I’d give them an F."

• From Aral Balkan (Aug 14): "Don’t call it a techlash, there’s no backlash against technology, there’s a backlash against a single toxic strain of exploitative, colonial, surveillance-based technology developed and exported by Silicon Valley. There’s a Valleylash. There’s a yearning for techmancipation."

• From recent Techtonic guest Chris Gilliard (referring to a NYT article today, Aug 19):



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  Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann, co-authors and spouses, talk about "Super Thinking," their new book on mental models. Plus: Gabriel talks about his company Duck Duck Go.
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Listener comments!

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ultradamno:

Hello Mark! Techsterminators!
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Webhamster Henry:

"Super Genius!" <- Wile E. Coyote's business card
  6:01pm
melinda:

Hi all
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chresti:

Hello!
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Ken From Hyde Park:

You're our techtodontist, Mark. Always straightening us out!
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Ike:

Greetings, humans.
Avatar 6:04pm
geezerette:

(pulling blanket over head) Howdy...?
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Phillippe Bastille:

Hey there!
  6:04pm
S:

Love the intro song :)
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Bas NL:

Hi Mark! Hi all!
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Webhamster Henry:

Yeah WFMU Internationale!
  6:06pm
melinda:

Cool that you got to visit David!
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queems:

howdy folks
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geezerette:

Love Duck Duck Go.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:09pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Saturday nights, ET, on the Drummer Stream has recently added a show by The Knave from Melbourne, Australia. www.wfmu.org...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:10pm
ultradamno:

Whenever you're in a friends house with a smartsoundtube, start running water and say 'we can't speak freely here'
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geezerette:

We have nothing but the dumbest devices we can find. Even our car is an idiot.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:10pm
Phillippe Bastille:

We test-drove an Alexa when they first came out. Best thing about it was that when Alexa was prattling on you could say "Alexa, shut the f*ck up!" and she would.
  6:10pm
LCBD:

Hi Mark, queems, and all!
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Carmichael:

Listening from my Faraday cage.
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chresti:

Yeah, not very smart devices here, either, they don't understand a word I say.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:14pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

We need a mole. Someone can take one of those listening analysis jobs and report back on the situation.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:15pm
chresti:

They want to steal voices, too?
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:17pm
Bas NL:

Makes me think of that medieval automaton of a chess player that had a dwarf hidden in a box doing the chess moves.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:17pm
Webhamster Henry:

I need a job, but those people won't hire me.
  6:17pm
melinda:

@ultradamno I love that idea
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geezerette:

They "own" your imagery too. :(
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:19pm
ultradamno:

Instagram to the rescue! I feel better already www.cnet.com...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:22pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

In the olden days, if someone were to bug your telephone, you'd be outraged. "They're listening to my conversations!"
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geezerette:

Ulra, thanks for the share, interesting !
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chresti:

Everyone that has a smart voice-activated assistant, start talking in a funny cartoon voice now..
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geezerette:

Ken, I still feel that way.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:24pm
ultradamno:

That picture is like that old optical illusion, is it a duck or is it a weird banana...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:25pm
ultradamno:

Errr, bunny I mean static.independent.co.uk...
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geezerette:

ha!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:33pm
Webhamster Henry:

So, why is anyone doing anything but trying to deal with the Climate Crisis?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:37pm
Mark Hurst:

Hi all, thanks for tuning in this evening! Let me know if you have comments/questions on the interview - we'll have a few minutes for listener comments.
  6:38pm
JakeGould:

I love Duck-Rabbit! www.independent.co.uk...
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Sean d:

Henry!...first mind reading then mind control.... Then "climate is fine"
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Richard S:

Signing in NOW so I can say I use DuckDuckGo as my primary search engine! I avoid Google as much as I can.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:50pm
Richard S:

And I have to give DuckDuckGo a HUGE round of applause for allowing me, the user, to ROTATE A MAP! I can turn it to better fit the map on my computer screen. Google doesn't do that. They won't even let you do a simple "Rotate 90 degrees" like Every. Single. Image. Viewer. does.
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Mark Hurst:

Thanks, Richard, I wasn't aware of that map-rotation feature!
  6:52pm
JakeGould:

But what kind of “reading” is he referring to? I read tons of decent stuff online, but at a local discount store the security guard saw me carrying a William Blake book and recommended Milton William Cooper’s conspiracy classic: “Behold a Pale Horse.”
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Carmichael:

I use Duck Duck Go exclusively, and I am telling all my friends.
  6:56pm
Meesalikeu:

fyi a downside is people can view yr search history in ddg. start page and search encrypt do not.
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geezerette:

Thanks, Mark, for the valuable public service you provide every week!
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Carmichael:

If you start DDG in incognito mode, there is no search history.
  6:57pm
Sam:

You should tell people it’s duckduckgo.com, not duck.go which is what I thought you were saying.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:58pm
Bas NL:

Thanks Mark!
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chresti:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
ultradamno:

www.discogs.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone!
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dale:

this is all fine and good until google buys duck duck go (like they did with what's app) and your guests retire to the bahamas.
  7:00pm
JakeGould:

@dale: Nice cynicism.
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dale:

it happens.
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chresti:

I was thinking that they'll be getting offers@dale
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:04pm
Mark Hurst:

@dale, listen to my previous interview with Gabriel (linked at left) - I asked him that exact question!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:05pm
dale:

i will mark. thanks.
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