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Such a quality article with strong, clear ideas. This part really struck me: “Decomputerization doesn’t mean no computers. It means that not all spheres of life should be rendered into data and computed upon. Ubiquitous “smartness” largely serves to enrich and empower the few at the expense of the many, while inflicting ecological harm that will threaten the survival and flourishing of billions ...Read More
Thé app could also prove to be one of China’s most effective weapons in the global information war, bringing Chinese-style censorship to mainstream U.S.
"Where previous decades had unique images and sounds, today’s popular cinema and soundtrack are stuck on repeat. Trapped in infinite additions to the Star Wars universe, these films don’t feel so much like a generational marker as they do an inescapable loop designed to dislodge notions of historical thinking. Ubiquitous Text by Joshua Citarella ...Read More
"Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube have moved to hide or obscure measures of popularity, in the name of less toxic dialog. Users give a thumbs-down."
The field of “climate services” is spawning an industry of companies that sense the potential for massive profits by selling customized data to clients who want to learn in explicit financial detail where and how much climate change will affect them. This “shifts the incentives for climate science away from ...Read More
"Think of content moderation right now and how it’s sensationalized as something horrific and terrible to do. From the perspective of the workers, it’s a job. And it’s a job that actually takes quite a bit of creativity and insight and judgment. The problem is that the work conditions don’t ...Read More
"Instead of broadening their spheres of association, people gravitate towards interactions with ideologically aligned content and similarly minded individuals. Portions of a social network can thus turn into ‘filter bubbles’4, in which individuals see only an algorithmically curated subset of the larger conversation. Filter bubbles reinforce political views, or even make them more extreme, and drive political polarization. Stewart and colleagues now describe a related, but distinct, way in ...Read More
Corrupt state subsidies and poor business plans are giving solar energy a bad reputation. “Just one day after Tesla finalized its acquisition of SolarCity, Preet Bharara, then the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced criminal charges against a handful of Cuomo staffers for rigging the construction bids for the Buffalo Billion program to favor the governor’s campaign donors. The man ...Read More