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Unmasking the Truth in Caricature

I had an interesting experience with Facebook's face-recognition system for auto-tagging photos recently. Essentially, it misidentified a person in my photos.

August 3, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Are We Hoarding Connections?

Ed Note: This article is from the Anthropology in Practice archives, and was originally posted on August 24th, 2010. I've elected to repost it given the introduction of the Google+, which offers (necessitates?) a new means to connect...

July 28, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

The Original Angry Birds?

It occurred to me that birds have been angry with us for some time: And perhaps, they have good reason to be: Launching themselves via slingshots seems a natural next step, no?

July 22, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Picturing Science: Secrets of the Museum Revealed

To the public, museums are mysterious, magical places. Science, history, and context are carefully preserved and displayed—though the guy-wires are carefully hidden so as to not disturb the experience of the visitor...

July 21, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Communicating Meaning Online: A Digital Expression of Theory of Mind

The growth of email, instant messaging, texting, and various other digitally-mediated communicative tools (DMC) has been rapid and pervasive. The majority of people today are comfortable enough to use these communicative tools on a daily basis, particularly among younger generations...

July 18, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

Shifting Stigmas: The Act of Crying in Public

Jimmy Dugan firmly established that there’s no crying in baseball. But what about in public? In New York City, at some point or another you’re going to encounter a crying person—in fact, you could even be the crier.A few weeks ago, I boarded the subway for a short trip uptown...

July 7, 2011 — Krystal D'Costa

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