The Cost of Ignorance

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.

We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

Carl Sagan

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Two days ago, I posted about Wave, an alleged new feature of iOS 8 that allows you to charge your iPhone using a microwave. It is all over the web, I came late to the party. My post had plenty of disclaimers and even featured a video of someone frying their iPhone in just three seconds.

I thought it was pretty funny. I even included video of the consequences of last year’s fake ad claiming that iOS 7 would make your iPhone waterproof.

Still I was chided for even posting it.


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It was inevitable …

Escapist Magazine

For example …


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But then I dug a bit deeper. There is a cult of netizens who just like to microwave shit. iPhones mostly. Most of the tweets included pictures of these nuked iPhones as if they had done it by accident. I think we’ve been pwned.


Search YouTube for “microwave iPhone” to see other examples

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This post began as a cautionary tale about believing everything you see on the Internet … and ends as a cautionary tale about accepting as fact anything you see on the Internet without verifying it (and using common sense).

I welcome your comments …

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