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Top 2 Beatles songs
June 13th, 2017, 05:16 AM

About a week ago, out of the blue I blurted out to my family what the two best Beatles songs are. I pronounced this with a seriousness befitting the topic, and with a confidence born of the fact that it’s a ridiculous question and it doesn’t matter anyway. Vulture just published a complete ranking of […]

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[liveblog] metaLab
June 6th, 2017, 05:16 AM

Harvard metaLab is giving an informal Berkman Klein talk about their work on designing for ethical AI. Jeffrey Schnapp introduces metaLab as “an idea foundry, a knowledge-design lab, and a production studio experimenting in the networked arts and humanities.” The discussion today will be about metaLab’s various involvements in the Berkman Klein – MIT MediaLab […]

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1.5 random thoughts
June 3rd, 2017, 05:16 AM

1. Life Pro tip: Aim at what you hit. 2. A metaphor that may come in handy someday: As undignified as a child climbing a slide.

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The Internet is an agreement
May 29th, 2017, 05:16 AM

Jaap van Till has posted an aggregation of thoughts and links to remind us of what it seems we have so much trouble remembering: The Internet is not a thing but an agreement. An internet, network of networks, is a voluntary agreement among network operators to exchange traffic for their mutual benefit. (The Internet is […]

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Indistinguishable from prejudice
May 18th, 2017, 05:16 AM

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” said Arthur C. Clarke famously. It is also the case that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from prejudice. Especially if that technology is machine learning. ML creates algorithms to categorize stuff based upon data sets that we feed it. Say “These million messages are spam, and […]

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[liveblog][AI] AI and education lightning talks
May 15th, 2017, 05:16 AM

Sara Watson, a BKC affiliate and a technology critic, is moderating a discussion at the Berkman Klein/Media Lab AI Advance. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Karthik Dinakar at […]

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[liveblog][AI] Perspectives on community and AI
May 15th, 2017, 05:16 AM

Chelsea Barabas is moderating a set of lightning talks at the AI Advance, aat Berkman Klein and MIT Media Lab. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Lionel Brossi recounts […]

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[liveblog] AI Advance opening: Jonathan Zittrain and lightning talks
May 15th, 2017, 05:16 AM

I’m at a day-long conference/meet-up put on by the Berkman Klein Center‘s and MIT Media Lab‘s “AI for the Common Good” project. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Jonathan […]

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[liveblog] St. Goodall
May 11th, 2017, 05:16 AM

I’m in Rome at the National Geographic Science Festival , co-produced by Codice Edizioni which, not entirely coincidentally published, the Italian version of my book Took Big to Know. Jane Goodall is giving the opening talk to a large audience full of students. I won’t try to capture what she is saying because she is […]

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Predicting the tides based on purposefully false models
May 7th, 2017, 05:16 AM

Newton showed that the tides are produced by the gravitational pull of the moon and the Sun. But, as a 1914 article in Scientific American pointed out, if you want any degree of accuracy, you have to deal with the fact that “the earth is not a perfect sphere, it isn’t covered with water to […]

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