Bias Networks

Bias Networks

David R. Williams [ Bias Networks ] An article in the Yale Alumni Magazine told the story of Clyde Murphy, a black man who was a member of the Class of 1970. Clyde was a success story. After Yale and a law degree from Columbia, Clyde spent the next 30 years as one of America’s top civil rights lawyers. He was also a

Machine Intelligence

Machine Intelligence

Zeynep Tufekci [ Machine Learning ] I started my first job as a computer programmer in my very first year of college — basically, as a teenager. Soon after I started working, writing software in a company, a manager who worked at the company came down to where I was, and he whispered to me, “Can he tell if I’m lying?” There was

Prospective Hindsight

Prospective Hindsight

Daniel Levitin [ Attention Economy ] A few years ago, I broke into my own house. I had just driven home, it was around midnight in the dead of Montreal winter, I had been visiting my friend, Jeff, across town, and the thermometer on the front porch read minus 40 degrees — and don’t bother asking if that’s Celsius or Fahrenheit, minus 40

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

Karen Konkoly [ Sleep Engineering ] This could be a dream. Do you remember how you got here? The best way to test reality is to read something twice. When you’re awake the words will always stay the same, but when you’re dreaming the words will always be different. Dreams can seem vague because when you’re awake all you have is a memory

Weapons of Math Destruction

Weapons of Math Destruction

Kathy O’Neil [ 33 K Views, 252 Likes, 12:15 ] Imagine that you’re seeing Mathematics. I stole this from my husband’s desk yesterday. Mathematicians use notation like that — hope you can see it — because mathematicians are lazy. Mathematicians use notation as shorthand for much more complicated things, that they’d have to write out with words, and it takes too long to

Blindspotting

Blindspotting

Anthony Greewald [ Bias Networks ] In the last 30 years, psychology has undergone an “implicit revolution.” Occurring outside of awareness, implicit bias disadvantages segments of society, intrudes on law enforcement and affects the administration of justice. In “Discriminating without Awareness of Discriminating,” Psychology Professor Anthony Greenwald, University of Washington, discusses how intergroup discrimination can occur without prejudicial hostility, conscious intent or awareness

The Maui Habit

The Maui Habit

B.J. Fogg [ Mindset ] Today I want to share with you my favorite habit. I’m a behavior scientist, and in my research I’ve never set out to find my favorite habit. But I guess it’s sort of like a geologist who’s studying a landscape, in a new way. And as he’s doing the research, he stumbles across a gem, and that’s hard