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Indistinguishable from prejudice
May 18th, 2017, 03:21 PM

“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, 03:21 PM

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, 03:21 PM

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, 03:21 PM

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, 03:21 PM

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, 03:21 PM

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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Mail from Xpeditr
April 20th, 2017, 03:21 PM

Xpeditr has really overestimated the size of my wine cellar.

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Alien knowledge
April 19th, 2017, 03:21 PM

Medium has published my long post about how our idea of knowledge is being rewritten, as machine learning is proving itself to be more accurate than we can be, in some situations, but achieves that accuracy by “thinking” in ways that we can’t follow. This is from the opening section: We are increasingly relying on […]

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The CluePlane Manifesto
April 12th, 2017, 03:21 PM

(An unauthorized, unapproved homage to The Cluetrain Manifesto). A powerful global reaccommodation has begun. Corporations are rediscovering themselves in their muscular masculinity. For we are the makers, the takers, and above all else, we are the winners. Customers, employees, the needy, the vulnerable are, by definition, the losers. Each one of them would gladly trade […]

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There goes that paradox!
April 11th, 2017, 03:21 PM

“There is nothing that has not already been said on the Internet” has zero hits at Google. Until now. For I am the Destroyer of Paradoxes.

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