Defending Reality

Defending Reality

Supasorn Suwajanakorn  [ 7:15 | Machine Learning ] Look at these images and tell me which Obama here is real. . . . to help families refinance their homes, to invest in things like high-tech manufacturing, clean energy and the infrastructure that creates good new jobs . . . Anyone? The answer is, “none of them.” None of these is actually real. Let

Bubble Gnomics

Bubble Gnomics

Safiya Noble [ 53:59 Machine Learning ] speaks at re:publica — a 3-day conference in Europe that deals with the Web 2.0, especially blogs, social media and information society that takes place annually in Berlin. All talks and discussions are streamed directly to the internet. Re:publica stems from the Latin res publica — from which we get our word Republic – meaning “public

Persuasion Architectures

Persuasion Architectures

  Zeynep Tufecki [ Machine Learning ] When people voice fears of artificial intelligence, very often, they invoke images of humanoid robots run amok. You know, Terminator. That might be something to consider, but that’s a distant threat. Or, we fret about digital surveillance with metaphors from the past. “1984,” George Orwell’s “1984,” it’s hitting the bestseller lists again. It’s a great book,

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

Field Guide to Lies

Field Guide to Lies

Daniel Levitin [ Attention Economy ] I started writing the book in 2001, because my job was to teach students at McGill University how to think critically. Both undergraduates and graduate students. We used a little textbook, “How to Lie with Statistics” that was written in the 50s. And it’s a wonderful book, but all the examples came from the US Steel Annual

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