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

Weapons of Math Destruction

Weapons of Math Destruction

Kathy O’Neil [ 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 do that — and we’re

Tokens to Tablets

Tokens to Tablets

Ivars Peterson [ Web 3.0 ] We learn to count at such an early age that we tend to take the notion of abstract numbers for granted. We know the word “two” and the symbol “2” express a quantity that we can attach to apples, oranges, or any other object. We readily forget the mental leap required to go from counting specific things