I saw this device under the headline "waste paper and create clutter" which colored my first impression. Then, I took a closer look and it seems like a pun little gadget. It never occurred to me that this thing is doing personalized content curation.
Just stumbled across this fascinating use of RSS aggregation and text-filtering algorithms to track potentially impaction human biological events. "The BioCaster system has two major components: a web/database server and a backend cluster computer equipped with a variety of text mining algorithms which continuously scan hundreds of RSS newsfeeds from local and national news providers." Very cool!
Sums it right up: "The ability to personalize our news diets has given rise to fears that we'll end up inside echo chambers of the like-minded, gorging on brownies and ignoring the broccoli we need to function as informed citizens."
"Consuming news is one of the most popular activities, up there with email and more popular than social networking. Only general Web-browsing proved more popular on tablets than news and email. Even so, just 14 percent of those who consume news on tablets said they have paid for news content on their devices."