The Unintended Consequences of Legalizing Recreational Marijuana.

Legalizing recreational marijuana to fund education in Colorado. What could possibly go wrong? And, by the way, where has the actual tax revenue of $1B (to-date) gone?

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Other states take note: Legalizing recreational marijuana isn’t the silver tax revenue bullet you think it is. There are major costs associated with it, none-the-least of which include increased law enforcement and social services costs. The unintended consequences this Gazette article unveils, are just the tip of the iceberg.

Monetizing Pokemon GO.

Driving business through Pokemon GO. What could possibly go wrong?

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The truth is out there: Pokemon isn’t just a game. This quote from a July 14, 2016 article in Fortune says it all:

“L’inizio Pizza Bar in Long Island City in New York claims its sales jumped 75% over the weekend by activating a ‘lure module’ feature that attracts virtual Pokemon characters to the store, thereby tempting in nearby players. The store’s manager spent $10 to have a dozen Pokemon characters placed in the location, according to a report in the New York Post.”

It’s both ingenious, and frightening, at the same time.

AI Wrote Academic Papers.

And they were published as fact. What could possibly go wrong?

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Just read these two articles, and you’ll discover that you really should question everything you read: Chocolate Leads to Weight Loss and Computer-Generated Fake Papers Are Being Published as Fact. Maybe we should augment Edgar Allan Poe’s famous “Believe nothing you hear, and only one half that you see” quote with “and question everything you read.” The information age seems to have only made it harder to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Using a Fake Gmail Account to Handle Spam.

Creating and connecting a fake Gmail account to other apps. What could possibly go wrong?

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Eons ago, I set up a Google account to use for spam and signing into various sites without giving away my real email address. When I decided to delete the account, I found getting rid of apps connected to it was laborious. If you’re trying to do the same, keep this in mind: Apps like Picasa are like parasites that are hard to get rid of. In the case of Picasa, I had to remove the photos associated with my Google account first, before I could delete the app, and ultimately the Gmail account. It was an arduous process.

Spending Your Life on the Internet.

Replacing connecting in person for connecting online. What could possibly go wrong?

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Technology is polarizing us. When was the last time you talked to the person next to you on a plane and made a connection with them, versus scrolling through your emails or playing games on your laptop/tablet/phone? When you Google something (e.g. a particular type of restaurant), were the results limited to what you already know and like, or were they serendipitous (e.g. a random assortment of stores and restaurants in the area)? We’ve lost the human connection and adventure that once existed before the internet became commercialized.

Online Proof Readers Needed.

Relying on spell check to be your proof reader, or skipping proof reading all together. What could possibly go wrong?

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There’s a serious need for online proofers these days. While USAToday isn’t the sole offender, I’ve seen more terribly-edited articles such as this one on their site than on other news sites. Is this the result of trying to get a story out ahead of the competition?