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President Paula-Mae Weekes: 'My three wishes are...' | Local News |
First of all I ask you to find ways to make a positive difference in whatever your sphere of influence, not necessarily ambitious designs but rather specific, practical, doable projects - the results of which can be seen and measured in the short term, and then let us celebrate each success. Many individuals and organisations have asked to meet with me. Let’s not meet just for meeting sake … we do not have that luxury. Come armed with your ideas, your feasible projects to improve our...
t&t  inspiration  bestof2018 
yesterday by elrob
Why the Cybercrime bill should worry journalists - Tech News TT
The guiding measures of the Reynolds Principle

The seriousness of the allegation. The more serious the charge, the more the public is misinformed and the individual harmed, if the allegation is not true.
The nature of the information, and the extent to which the subject-matter is a matter of public concern.
The source of the information. Some informants have no direct knowledge of the events. Some have their own axes to grind, or are being paid for their stories.
The steps taken to verify the i...
T&T  law  journalism  cybersecurity  bestof2018 
5 days ago by elrob
My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields Gets Deep Into 'Loveless' - All Songs Considered
This is a complex and fascinating conversation with Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine about the latest version of the band's legendary 1991 album Loveless. It's also about the group's future. If you have the vinyl version of Loveless you probably think you it's an analog recording. Well the technical truth is, you don't. It's a bit confusing, but for one, the nice segues on Loveless — those seamless song-to-song transitions — were done on a computer. And before a pressing plant ma...
bestof2018  mbv 
8 days ago by elrob
Sam Bowman on neoliberalism
We care about the poor. Caring about people’s wellbeing leads us to caring about the worst off people. Usually an extra £100 makes a pauper better off than it makes a millionaire. This diminishing marginal utility means that poor people’s lives are the easiest to improve for a given amount of time, energy and money. We care about the welfare of everyone in the world, not just those in the UK. It’s natural to feel more in common with people who live near you and live like you, just as it’s natural to care much more about your family than about strangers. But when it comes to policy, we care about improving everyone’s lives, wherever they are. That’s one reason we tend to be quite pro-immigration — not just because it’s good for natives here, but because it’s so good for the migrants themselves.
neoliberalism  identity  bestof2018 
9 days ago by elrob
Paul Ford on Bitcoin
Here’s what I finally figured out, 25 years in: What Silicon Valley loves most isn’t the products, or the platforms underneath them, but markets. “Figure out the business model later” was the call of the early commercial internet. The way you monetize vast swaths of humanity is by creating products that people use a lot—perhaps a search engine such as Google or a social network like Facebook. You build big transactional web platforms beneath them that provide amazing things, like search results or news feeds ranked by relevance, and then beneath all that you build marketplaces for advertising—a true moneymaking machine. If you happen to create an honest-to-god marketplace, you can get unbelievably rich.
bitcoin  Blockchain  silicon-valley  bestof2018 
9 days ago by elrob
Difference between DS, ML and AI
So in this post, I’m proposing an oversimplified definition of the difference between the three fields: Data science produces insights Machine learning produces predictions Artificial intelligence produces actions
ML  bestof2018 
9 days ago by elrob
How Capitalist Is Singapore Really? – People's Policy Project
The Singaporean state does not merely own the land. They directly develop it, especially for residential purposes. Over 80 percent of Singapore’s population lives in housing constructed by the country’s public housing agency HDB. The Singaporean government claims that around 90 percent of people living in HDB units “own” their home. But the way it really works is that, when a new HDB unit is built, the government sells a transferable 99-year lease for it. The value of that lease slowly declines as it approaches the 99-year mark, after which point the lease expires and possession of the HDB unit reverts back to the state. Thus, Singapore is a land where almost everyone is a long-term public housing tenant.
Singapore  housing  bestof2018 
10 days ago by elrob
Lessons from Spotify
Silicon Valley is, unsurprisingly given the name, built on silicon-based computer chips, and that goes for Silicon Valley venture capital, as well. Silicon-based chips have minimal marginal costs — sand is cheap! — but massive fixed costs: R&D on one hand, and the equipment to actually make the chips on the other. And while those two costs live on different parts of the income statement — the latter is a cost of revenue that impacts gross margins, while the former is “under the line” and an operational cost that only impacts overall profitability — the fundamental economic rationale for taking on venture capital is the same: spend a lot of money up-front to develop and build a product, and take advantage of minimal marginal costs to make it up in volume. You can see how this model translated perfectly to software: marginal costs were even lower, and an even greater percentage of costs were R&D. Companies needed lots of money to get started, but those that succeeded could generate returns that vastly exceeded the amount of investment. This is certainly the case for today’s business models.

Over the last few years there has been a third model of startup that has emerged: the so-called sharing economy, or Assets-as-a-Service (AaaS). When you spend $10 on an Uber or Lyft ride, around $7 goes to the driver; when you spend $100 on an Airbnb, $85 goes to the host, and so on and so forth.
SIM  software  spotify  bestof2018 
12 days ago by elrob
One smart guy’s frank take on working in some of the major tech companies
Remaining challenges in tech industry: scaling and incentives (and incentives at scale :). I also see a major extrovert bias, which might seem a little funny for tech. But, again, product managers (or, God forbid, Sales people) are all really subject to the “let’s just get some people in a room” style of planning and problem resolution. I firmly believe some massive amount of productivity is squandered from people choosing the wrong communication paradigm — I think it’s often chosen for the convenience or advantage of someone who is either in an extrovert role or who is just following extrovert tendencies. Massive problem at Google, which is ironic given their composition. Amazon had some obvious nods to avoiding these sorts of things (e.g., “reading time”) but I don’t know how pervasive they were or how effective people believed them to be.
tech  career  bestof2018 
14 days ago by elrob
Robin Hanson on Signaling and Self Deception (Ep. 35)
I was very selfish as a young person, and I had very little career sense or sense of how to succeed in life. I was just really interested in things, and so I would go into an area and read about it as it held all these interesting insights, and as those ran out, I got bored and switched to other things.

It took me a while — actually, until the age of 34 — to go back to school to get my PhD, where I had a little more career sense to realize I would have to be a seller, not a buyer, to make thing...
bestof2018  podcasts  signalling 
18 days ago by elrob
Nesta / How to be more bee-like in innovation mapping
Natural Language Processing methods that classify entities (papers, business, patents) into finely grained categories can also help match activities. This is an approach we have adopted in a recent project to map Innovation in the United Arab Emirates where we classify a variety of innovation activities (including research, business and skills supply and demand) in highly granular tech sectors to gain a holistic view of strengths and gaps in each of them. We will publish our results soon.
SIM  bestof2018 
19 days ago by elrob
Last year, 80 Londoners were fatally stabbed. In Glasgow, nobody was. Why? | Apolitical
The first major program of the VRU is now the stuff of legend in Scottish policing. In an effort to tackle Glasgow’s rampant gang problem, Carnochan and McCluskey developed the Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV), a focused desistance program adapted from gang reduction projects in Cincinnati and Boston.

The launch of CIRV began in 2008 in the Strathclyde Sheriff’s court, with about 80 known gang members in attendance. CCTV footage of gang-related crimes and individual of...
gangs  scotland  t&t  progress  bestof2018 
20 days ago by elrob
The Aggregator Paradox
The problem with Google’s actions should be obvious: the company is leveraging its monopoly in search to push the AMP format, and the company is leveraging its dominant position in browsers to punish sites with bad ads. That seems bad! And yet, from a user perspective, the options I presented at the beginning — fast loading web pages with responsive designs that look great on mobile and the elimination of pop-up ads, ad overlays, and autoplaying videos with sounds — sounds pretty appealing
google  facebook  ads  bestof2018 
22 days ago by elrob
Could the tech companies run *everything* better?
A very important question is at what rate the existence of the tech companies boosts the incentive for individuals to become one of these very talented cogs in the machine of grand productivity. Training and talent-spotting matters! And just as tennis players keep on getting better, so can we expect the same from talented, high-cooperation workers, at least as long as the rewards are rising.
tech  management  bestof2018 
23 days ago by elrob

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