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"Western industries have deliberately offshored the production of rare metals and its associated pollution, only to bring these metals back onshore once cleansed of all impurities to incorporate them into intangible ‘green’ technologies [creating a] division of labour, between those who sacrifice their health and environment to supply components and ...Read More
“It isn’t inherently awful that YouTube uses AI to recommend video for you, because if the AI is well tuned it can help you get what you want. This would be amazing,..But the problem is that the AI isn’t built to help you get what you want — it’s built ...Read More
"An altered video of CEO Mark Zuckerberg has surfaced on the social-media company’s Instagram app, where he appears to question his company’s data practices."
"At the country level, among developed countries, there is no relationship between energy use and development. Further, for all countries with normal economies, the less energy-intensive is a country’s economy, the happier are its people."
"In Spotify’s world, listening data has become the oil that fuels a monetizable metrics machine, pumping the numbers that lure advertisers to the platform. In a data-driven listening environment, the commodity is no longer music. The commodity is listening. The commodity is users and their moods. The commodity is listening ...Read More
Laliga was using their app to record audio and use GPS to locate bars illegally streaming football matches!
As automation increases I’m curious to see the focus shift to the environmental effects of computationally expensive AI that replaces the humans #ai #ml #environment #climate #technology
"This market-driven 'sustainable' vision of economic activity, ecological-conscious diets and 'hipness' within modern capitalism reinforce inequality and still hurt the environment."
"The entire system is designed to make creators desperate, and to make them behave in increasingly erratic ways. The creators are pushed to constantly generate content, as cheaply and as quickly as possible. It’s potentially a very lucrative business, but it’s entirely dependent on a mysterious and ever-shifting algorithm that ...Read More
"So if we put it as easy as apple pie, HTML describes the structure of a webpage. Also, it interprets to the web browser how the webpage is displayed."
Very interesting essay about AI & UBI by Vi Hart. I don't necessarily agree with the conclusions, but it does make interesting points along the way (Data Collectives, MIDs or Mediators of Individuals Data, Data Dignity...) ...Read More
"How the fantasies of the TV era created the disaster of social media" "Social media was built on TV culture’s fantasy that ever-greater “connectivity” would perfect democracy and bring harmony. This fantasy is now dashed to pieces. But casting our current crisis as one of “digital discourse,” or of social media betraying democracy, risks that we obscure both the nature of social media ...Read More
“Shopping” could become as frictionless as organizing the objects you already own or liking their pixelated representations on social media. Objects would travel in and out of our homes buying and selling themselves without us paying attention, a constant background hum of automated commercial activity as we eat and sleep ...Read More