Donna Tartt on “The writhing loathsomeness of the biological order” 321 words that made 864 pages worthwhile.. https://t.co/gXRRg295Bh
The #MardiGras40 launch rather confirmed everything anyone queer has ever said to me about how it no longer represents them. Weird.
I love this initiative. They are also looking for in-kind PR or Marketing support. DM for deets :) https://t.co/M19ApKyNSi
For all my marketing friends. Strongly approve :) https://t.co/kNp5pwF6Qt
It is *this* simple: https://t.co/bukIWz27SO
This report for the Council of Europe provides a new definitional framework for information disorder, overviews current responses and summarizes key academic studies
Biased Algorithms Are Everywhere, and No One Seems to Care
The big companies developing them show no interest in fixing the problem.
- by Will Knight
- July 12, 2017
"As researchers and engineers, our goal is to make machine learning technology work for everyone."
OR. This is VERY TRICKY TO EXPLAIN... so.. it's like this...
Perhaps predicting the rise of 360 technology, in 2014 Australian creative agency Grumpy Sailor worked with Google’s Creative Lab in Sydney on an experiment called Story Spheres, which stitches together photos and audio. It allows journalists, documentary makers and educators to tell powerful stories if they don’t have access to video.
Elle O'Brien, computational scientist, software developer and science writer on her fascination with romance novels .. " — the kind they sell at the drugstore for a couple of dollars, usually with some attractive, soft-lit couples on the cover. So when I started futzing around with text-generating neural networks a few weeks ago, I developed an urgent curiosity to discover what artificial intelligence could contribute to the ever-popular genre. Maybe one day there will be entire books written by computers. For now, let’s start with titles.
Humanity has already changed a lot over its lifetime as a species. While our biology is not drastically different than it was 70,000 years ago, the capabilities enabled by our scientific, technological, and sociocultural achievements have changed what it is to be human. Whether through the processes of agriculture, the invention of the steam engine, or the practices of storing and passing on knowledge and ideas, and working together effectively as large groups, we have dramatically augmented our biological abilities. We can lift heavier things than our biology allows, store and access more information than our brains can hold, and collectively solve problems that we could not individually.
Why I don’t fear super intelligence.
It is wise to think through the implications of new technology. I understand the good intentions of Jaron Lanier and others who have raised an alarm about AI. But I think their method of considering the challenges of AI relies too much on fear, and is not based on the evidence we have so far
Thanks to a small group of Silicon Valley’s satellite startups, we may never look at our planet again the same way.
The International Space Station releases early Planet Labs satellites in February 2014.NASA
- ROBINSON MEYER
- MAR 9, 2016
You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don't know what they're talking about. Don't trust them.
Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.
Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
Artificial intelligence might endow some computers with self-awareness. Here’s how we’d know
By CHRISTOF KOCH AND GIULIO TONONI Posted 25 May 2017 | 15:00 GMT
Artificial Intelligence is colossally hyped these days, but the dirty little secret is that it still has a long, long way to go. Sure, A.I. systems have mastered an array of games, from chess and Go to “Jeopardy” and poker, but the technology continues to struggle in the real world. Robots fall over while opening doors, prototype driverless cars frequently need human intervention, and nobody has yet designed a machine that can read reliably at the level of a sixth grader, let alone a college student. Computers that can educate themselves — a mark of true intelligence — remain a dream.
Once you have read James Baldwin’s “Giovanni’s Room” and Larry Kramer’s “Faggots,” both classic gay novels, here are 25 recent works that have shaped the L.G.B.T.Q. literary genre over the last two decades.
If words can cause stress, and if prolonged stress can cause physical harm, then it seems that speech — at least certain types of speech — can be a form of violence. But which types?
This question has taken on some urgency in the past few years, as professed defenders of social justice have clashed with professed defenders of free speech on college campuses
The price of Bitcoin has hit record highs in recent months, more than doubling in price since the start of the year. Despite these gains, Bitcoin is on the verge of losing its position as the dominant virtual currency.
The value of Ether, the digital money that lives on an upstart network known as Ethereum, has risen an eye-popping 4,500 percent since the beginning of the year.
There’s many stones to step on towards gaining international equality, acceptance and safety, but movements towards this are relentless and tomorrow’s creative icons are making their cases heard. Meet the individuals shaping arts, design, tech, fashion and culture whilst championing inclusivity, as nominated by industry leaders; Tea Uglow, Kate Moross, Hello Mr, A Nasty Boy, Martin Firrell, The Nest, Matt Lambert and John Down.
What's the point if we don't understand what the machines are actually learning? When, in order to know something we have to accept we will never know why.
We are all idiots.
Complicated but fascinating essay
Doing exactly what it says it does...
Digital technology has completely changed our relationship with light. Since we all carry little boxes of light in our pockets, we’re becoming more hands-on with it.
Image: Tear Drop (After Robert Irwin) Anila Agha
This is a fantastic article by John Foreman about the implications of Disney's magic bands - self-tracking as a utility - which moves beyond Disney to take a quick look at what happens when you invert our hyper-tracked digital space and interpret it in daily reality. It's not pretty.
Great article from WIRED on the crowdsleuthing of the missing Malaysian plane.
Digital Globe are doing some pretty awesome digital sleuthing using their hi-res Satellite imagery - this latest project - helping look for the missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 is both poignant and an amazing reminder of how brilliant the human brain is when used on a massive scale alongside programmatic logic.
I really love this visualisation of music history by the research.google team - they allow you to see the progress of genres of music in an refreshing way. Can't wait to see more done with the data from Google Play.
Over the past couple of years, (and somewhat incentivised by the demise of Posterous) I have been exploring other solutions to capturing the flotsam and jetsam of the my stream.
(hence the gaps in this blog).
Need more? All the Stuff from ages ago....