Hybrid work trend of the moment: "coffee-badging"

"Coffee badging" is the practice of hybrid workers to show up to the office just to show their face and "make an appearance" to create the false impression that they're spending more time in the office than they really are. Some 58% of hybrid workers admit to "coffee badging," according to a June survey by Owl Labs

Some see it as a passive-aggressive protest against back-to-office mandates. But "Coffee badging" may be driving high levels of employee engagement. But it could reveal other cultural problems within the organization

From Mike's List: Why Humane's AI Pin won't succeed

I love the fact that someone is trying a whole new wearable platform concept in the market. The innovation is real and the design impressive. And many of the elements of the AI Pin are appealing. For example, the idea of having access to AI, and to some elements of a smartphone, without an addictive and anti-social smartphone screen — or without anything covering your eyes or ears — is a wonderful idea.

Unfortunately, it doesn't stand a chance

The sound system district of Mexico City is really, really loud

Around the historic center of Mexico City, there are thousands of retail stores, each grouped by neighborhood according to what they sell. There are blocks and blocks of nothing but tire stores, for example, or lighting fixtures. 

Hilariously, the sound system section of the city features stores trying to draw attention over the others by blasting music. They're ALL blasting music. And so walking down the street is an extremely noisy experience, according to my Apple Watch's sound level warning feature. 

(Video taken via Ray-Ban Meta glasses.) 

Israel-Hamas war propagandists are churning out disinformation, including AI-generated images

And the sad part is that people are believing the falsehoods and sharing them broadly on social media. 

The picture above, for example, which appears to show a man carrying his children out of the rubble. The Chinese embassy in France claimed on Xitter that "This image will symbolize the West for decades to come. They will not forgive and will not forget and those children (if they survive) will grow up angry, very angry."

Except those children don't exist. The picture is generated by AI. And not even good AI. The children have the wrong number of toes, clothing blends together and it has other telltale problems. 

AFP has a good fact-check page chronicling some of the disinformation. AP is doing a pretty good job as well. FactCheck.org is doing a great job. And DW has a nice "how to spot fake content" explainer.