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Published in January of 2018, but sent to me recently by a friend. "I believe we need our educational system to engage students with issues of ethics and responsibility in science and technology. We should treat required arts and humanities courses not as some vague attempt to “broaden minds” but ...Read More
“The problem is not really that Marantz is playing to an older, establishment-oriented audience. It’s that he’s adopted that audience’s most dubious presuppositions: that the allure of right-wing politics lies naturally in their transgressive thrill, or that the media establishment of the late twentieth century was flawed but preferable to ...Read More
“In 2009, the internet was this liberating force,” says Allie Funk, a research analyst who works on Freedom House’s annual Freedom on the Net survey. It found that online freedoms have been shrinking for nine consecutive years. “Every single year it seems governments are figuring out how to better ...Read More
“Platforms don't look like how they work and don't work like how they look.” “The Stack terraforms the host planet by drinking and vomiting its elemental juices and spitting up mobile phones.” -Benjamin Bratton ...Read More
"So, what would it look like to reject the regime of cheap data, and bring data — the bits of life we coproduce from our bodies with our technologies — back into the web of life? Can we “decolonize data” or reclaim a “data commons,” especially when big data itself ...Read More
“The antitrusters want to make markets work better. By contrast, a left tech policy should aim to make markets mediate less of our lives—to make them less central to our survival and flourishing.”
A strange thing happens when human systems grow. They have a tendency to be guided less by relationships between humans and more by relationships between capital. At scale, capital is a standardized and reified token of trust that doesn’t require individuals to know each other as they would have in HUMAN COOPERATION HAS DIMINISHING RETURN AT SCALE. ...Read More
I believe that cringe perception is a product of groupthink. Each out-group considered cringeworthy is simultaneously the product and creator of an in-group not considered cringeworthy. No one wants to belong to a cringeworthy group. (Some groups purposely embrace the cringe with the same goal.) What exactly people believe is ...Read More
"The platforms on which much of this disinformation is being spread are not owned by Kenyans, are not controlled by Kenyans. So what does accountability for political misinformation look like when a British company uses an American platform to influence political discourse in a Kenyan election, [and] that results in ...Read More
Editorial by one of the two scientists who first discovered that CRISPR could be used for genome editing.
From the AI community: A panorama of AI/ML applications in green-tech, it's dense, interactive summary at: https://www.climatechange.ai/summaries Contains a nice impact-taxonomy for green-tech solutionism: ...Read More