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"Economists, for obvious reasons, can’t be completely oblivious to the role of banks, but they have spent much of the twentieth century arguing about what actually happens when someone applies for a loan. One school insists that banks transfer existing funds from their reserves, another that they produce new money, The one thing it never seemed to occur to anyone to do was to get a job at a bank, and find out what actually happens when someone asks to borrow money. In 2014 a German economist named Richard Werner did exactly that, and discovered that, in fact, loan officers ...Read More
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
“Here’s why the colonization & centralization of the internet are so important: by mediating our online activity, corporations restrict our ability to actively recreate ourselves at the speed of data. Nonetheless, the internet’s emancipatory potential remains there. Though subjected to the tyranny of the algorithm, the internet search remains a ...Read More
WOW! “Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and the documents.”
New post from the Relevant Blog re: political ads, attention, and algorithmic manipulation 🚨 "The problem isn't just advertising, it's the attention economy. When platforms like Twitter and Facebook use engagement-based algorithms, there's no such thing as "free and fair" civil discourse on their networks — even without targeted political ads."
On average, in the US, by entering your zip code, gender, and date of birth, you could be correctly located in an “anonymized” database 81% of the time. Given 15 demographic attributes of someone living in Massachusetts, there’s a 99.98% chance you could find that person in any anonymized database.
Adversarial designs, as this kind of anti-AI tech is known, are meant to "trick" object detection algorithms into seeing something different from what's there, or not seeing anything at all. In some cases, these designs are made by tweaking parts of a whole image just enough so that the AI ...Read More
"The group Roomful of Teeth came under fire recently from Inuit singer Tanya Tagaq about their use of throat singing, or katajjaq, which comes from a long oral tradition among Inuit women, and can be heard in the composition Partita for Eight Voices. The piece has won two noteworthy awards: This story shows how traditional practices, such as Inuit throat singing, which has cultural protection status in Canada, contrast with Western ideas of the "public domain" - saying that pre-copyright creations are common property. Post-colonialist thought problematizes cultural appropriation, where the dominant culture reaches into (its) former colonies to, ...Read More
SPECIAL REPORT: STREETWEAR HAS A SUSTAINABILITY PROBLEM “Ethical isn’t a word commonly associated with streetwear,” says American industry veteran and creative business consultant Julie Gilhart, who has worked with everyone from Amazon, Prada, and Jil Sander to Goyard and Mulberry. “It’s too broad of a term, and it doesn’t really resonate with the culture.” Gilhart argues that, ...Read More
"The Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board of management has announced that tourists will be banned from climbing Uluru from 2019. The climb has always been discouraged by the park’s Traditional Owners (the Anangu people) but a number of tourists continued to climb the rock on a daily basis. Below, in There's a grotesque CBS video of westerners lining up to climb the mountain on the last day. The degree of ignorance among the tourists is astonishing - they see it as their last chance to tread on a sacred site, like it's a bucket list objective. Meanwhile aerial ...Read More
"Yet as awareness of algorithmic bias has grown, a rift is emerging around the question of what to do about it. On one side are advocates of what might be called the “inclusion” approach. These are people who believe that criminal justice technologies can be made more benevolent by changing If one camp sees inclusion as the path forward, the other camp prefers abolition. This involves dismantling and outlawing technologies like facial recognition rather than trying to make them “fairer.” The activists who promote this approach see technology as inextricable from who is using it. So long as communities of ...Read More