‘Meta’ Science Company is killed off on Day of Facebook becoming “META”

Are we supposed to believe Zuckerberg Inc didn’t make the decision to become META back before they bought the company which owned the rights to the name?

Thursday marked a new chapter in Facebook’s ongoing attempt to deal with the fallout from recent revelations about its inadequate content moderation role in sparking a mental health crises, decisions to prioritize engagement over safety, facilitation of genocide, and more: it changed its name to Meta Platforms, Inc—”Meta” for short…

As it turns out, changing Facebook’s brand to Meta required sunsetting an identically-named academic software company

Meta is a Canadian scientific literature analysis company that was founded in 2009, bought by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) in 2017, and on the day of Facebook’s rebrand the Initiative announced it will shut down by 2022. Meta was the first acquisition of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and controls the URL meta.org. Notably, Facebook—er, Meta—owns meta.com.

Jeff MacGregor, CZI’s vice president of communications for science, told CNet that the organization’s assets were being transferred to Facebook but didn’t offer any specifics about the deal…In a statement explaining why its reasoning for shutting Meta, CZI alluded to “focusing” the energies of its staff, bringing “immediate value” and “greater opportunity for outsized impact” to the table.

Folks who believe these explanations, rationales, are also likely to be sitting around next April waiting for the Easter Bunny. Yum! Chocolate Meta-eggs.

Welcome to the Metaverse

This piece arrived, this morning, from one of the leading participants in this blog. He wondered if it was produced by an (truly mediocre) AI program or just someone who does poorly with English as a second language? I’d say, “Yes” to all of the above.

Here’s the headline and a few paragraphs…wholly unedited:

‘DEVASTATED’ ‘RUST’ ARMORER SLAMS ‘UNSAFE’ MANUFACTURING IN FIRST ASSERTION SINCE DEADLY TAKING PICTURES

One week after Alec Baldwin by accident shot and killed “Rust” cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, the movie’s armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed is talking out by her attorneys.

“First Hannah wish to prolong her deepest and most honest condolences to the household and buddies of Halyna,” her assertion learn, which additionally famous director Joel Souza’s hospitalization. “She was an inspirational girl in movie who Hannah appeared as much as. She additionally gives her ideas and prayers for a speedy restoration to Joel. Hannah is devastated and utterly beside herself over the occasions which have transpired.”

Nonetheless, she did need to tackle “some untruths” which have circulated, which she famous “have falsely portrayed her and slandered her.” Within the assertion, her attorneys famous “security is Hannah’s primary precedence on set. In the end this set would by no means have been compromised if stay ammo weren’t launched. Hannah has no concept the place the stay rounds got here from.”…

A current search warrant affidavit obtained by E! Information acknowledged that Gutierrez-Reed informed police that she’d “checked the ‘dummies’ and ensured they weren’t ‘sizzling’ rounds” on the set of “Rust.”

“…The protection of our solid and crew is the highest precedence of Rust Productions and everybody related to the corporate,” the corporate mentioned. “We are going to proceed to cooperate with the Santa Fe authorities of their investigation and supply psychological well being companies to the solid and crew throughout this tragic time.”

I wouldn’t look down on someone sincerely trying their best to translate a foreign language. I’ve seen a few guides to the task capable of producing text this distorted. My guess is the article – in fact the whole page where it appears – is produced by terrible software. Either way, it’s hilarious.

I’ve read portions of this aloud to a few folks. One thought it was deliberately contrived. That’s a lot of work to illustrate an infrequent problem with link blogging.

Facebook acts like a hostile foreign power: time to treat it like one.

In 1947, Albert Einstein, writing in this magazine, proposed the creation of a single world government to protect humanity from the threat of the atomic bomb. His utopian idea did not take hold, quite obviously, but today, another visionary is building the simulacrum of a cosmocracy.

Mark Zuckerberg, unlike Einstein, did not dream up Facebook out of a sense of moral duty, or a zeal for world peace. This summer, the population of Zuckerberg’s supranational regime reached 2.9 billion monthly active users, more humans than live in the world’s two most populous nations — China and India — combined.

To Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, they are citizens of Facebookland. Long ago he conspicuously started calling them “people” instead of “users,” but they are still cogs in an immense social matrix, fleshy morsels of data to satisfy the advertisers that poured $54 billion into Facebook in the first half of 2021 alone—a sum that surpasses the gross domestic products of most nations on Earth.

[Zuckerberg] introduced in a blog post the concept of a Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, inviting people to share their feedback—but only if they signed up for a Facebook account.

“More than 175 million people use Facebook,” he wrote. “If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country in the world. Our terms aren’t just a document that protect our rights; it’s the governing document for how the service is used by everyone across the world.”

Zuck has changed the name of Facebook to META. For “Metaverse” most people say. Governing principles aren’t the democracy he prattles about in defense of the Facebook style. It’s MEGALOMANIA.

Blurring the Line between Robobuses and Robotaxis

At the 2021 World Internet of Things Expo held in the eastern city of Wuxi between October 23 and October 25, Chinese autonomous driving startup QCraft introduced the country’s first 5G-enabled unmanned bus supporting online-based ride-hailing functions.

The ride-hailing manner adopted by QCraft allows passengers to request pick-ups and tracking of their bus’ real-time location via a WeChat mini-program. “Users can just book a seat on the bus and check on the estimated time of arrival while staying at home, which can reduce the waiting times for them.” Long Can, brand manager of QCraft, told Pandaily. “The ride-hailing feature can also help us lower costs during non rush-hours, as we can operate these buses based on demand.”

Long said that the company aims to take people directly to the destination after they get off the existing train network in an effort to provide a solution to the “last-three-mile” challenge. He added that the ride-sharing buses will also be launched in other Chinese cities in the future.

Fully autonomous vehicles are still a shaky concept for me. It’s a hot ticket for some global car companies that may let marketing runaway with their software capacities. Still, a repeated route [with side trips] makes a lot of sense for working out the bugs. I wish QCraft folks well in their project.

Despite disruptions, holiday spending may shatter records

The forecast is a continuation of strong consumer demand since the second half of last year which is exacerbating port congestion and other supply chain disruptions as a record number of containerized imports pour into the nation’s ports.

The NRF’s forecast for this season is calling for holiday sales (during November and December) to grow between 8.5 percent and 10.5 percent, compared to 2020, to between $843.4 billion and $859 billion. The numbers compare to the previous high of $777.3 set last year despite the pandemic…

Last year saw extraordinary growth in digital channels as consumers turned to online shopping to meet their holiday needs during the pandemic. This year, however, the NRF said that while e-commerce will remain important, households are also expected to shift back to in-store shopping for a more traditional holiday experience.

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In its latest update addressing supply chain disruptions, the world’s top shipping company Maersk said the challenges the United States is facing with its supply chain is a byproduct of its growth and that more needs to be done to keep pace with increasing consumer demand…

The disruptions in manufacturing and ports in the Far East in early 2020, due to COVID-19, disrupted the normal flow of trade. But now that life is returning to normal in much of the United States, with people returning to offices and schools back in session, there’s been renewed demand from American households that is contributing to the rise in U.S. imports. After all, 70% of U.S. GDP is linked to consumer buying so it’s the U.S. consumer driving the economy, according to Maersk…

“The current situation is a growth story in the U.S. – and the supply chain disruption you are seeing is a byproduct of this growth. The challenge is every part of the U.S. supply chain needs to build more resilience and capacity to keep pace with consumer demand,” said Phol.

No surprise to me. I keep a listing on a major head-hunting site mostly to stay in touch with their economic research. I’m quite clear in letting folks know I’ve been retired for a couple of decades. That hasn’t inhibited folks trying to lure me back into logistics with green bits of paper. :-]

Fortunately, my wife and I are quite happy with our situation. Still, it’s the best kind of compliment in the Western World…getting job offers in both sales and logistics.