Is technology allowing us to outsource our humanity?

Behold/beware, bros. It's BroApp. Behold/beware, bros. It’s BroApp.

Dating just got easier. Or maybe it just got dumber. There’s a new app that will send automated texts to your significant other so you don’t have to and one writer is questions what it says about humanity. Plus, check out what the blogosphere’s saying about Manu Ginobli’s imploding shoe, 7-Eleven’s latest slurpee flavor and more in this daily edition of Blog Log.

“We’re observing the emergence of tech that doesn’t just augment our intellect and lives — but is now beginning to automate and outsource our humanity.” — Evan Selinger at wired.com takes issue with modern life, and specifically a mobile app called BroApp, a self-described “clever relationship wingman” which sends “automated daily text messages” to the user’s significant other.

“With the amount of money NBA ballers make in shoe endorsement deals, you’d think the companies could supply them with something that won’t fall apart on the basketball court.” — Timothy Burke at deadspin.com critiques sneaker manufacturers after Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs busted through his shoe Tuesday night during a game against the Detroit Pistons. Ginobili was wearing custom Nikes.

“You’ll now be able to enjoy that semi-cough syrup taste of Diet Coke Cherry in slurpee form.” — Charisma Madarang at foodbeast.com reveals the latest delicacy available at 7-Eleven shops nationwide. Diet Coke Frost Cherry, which contains 30 calories per 20-ounce serving, became available this week.

“Ruby Tuesday seems to me like one of the stars in the restaurant scene in Grand Forks.” — Marilyn Hagerty at grandforksherald.com reviews another chain restaurant this week in Grand Forks, N.D. Hagerty, 87, shot to Internet fame in 2012 when she reviewed the Olive Garden, which she called “the largest and most beautiful restaurant now operating in Grand Forks.” Regarding Ruby Tuesday, Hagerty was impressed by the garden bar and its sneeze guard. The Internet is eating up her words just as she ate up the garden bar’s edamame.

“Scratch everything, bottomless brunch is legal1!” — @Rebecca_Toback tweets her relief that a rumor about the illegality of bottomless brunch in New York City is actually not true. According to Business Insider, New York Law 117-A, which prohibits unlimited drink offerings, has an exception “in the case of certain brunch specials.” Crisis averted.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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