Designers from the Sandbox: War and Wireframes with Hector F.
Veterans-turned-UX designers Hector F. Hernandez, Shane Strassberg, and James Z. B. Vanié, speak about their time in service and how they’ve translated what they experienced into insights about humanity and behavioral change.
ux  users 
J.M. COETZEE - On the Edge of Revelation (Robert Musil)
Musil maintained
a lifelong reserve toward Freud, whom he regarded as fundamentally mistaken in assuming
that the unconscious, the repressed irrational, or what Musil preferred to call,
more vaguely, "the other condition," is accessible to the language of rationality
interpretation  literature  freud  musil 
3 days ago
Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd - NYTimes.com
Silicon Valley culture encourages it. Google calls engineers who aren’t managers “individual contributors.” Technical skills are valued above soft skills or business skills. “Anyone who deals with a human being is considered less intelligent,” said Ellen Ullman, a software programmer and author of a new book, “Life in Code.” “You would think it would be the other way around, but the more your work is just talking to the machine, the more valuable it is.”
4 days ago
Fascism Has Already Come To America - MTV
It is impossible to read about the post-Reconstruction, pre–Jim Crow era without alarms going off in your head. The complete capitulation to segregation and Jim Crow was caused by the collapse of the institutions restraining it: Southern populism, Southern conservatism, and Northern liberalism. As Woodward wrote, "The South’s adoption of extreme racism was due not so much to a conversion as it was to a relaxation of the opposition.
racism  history  politics 
5 days ago
Evangelical Urbanism: A Review of the Downtown Project's Vegas Revival
One thing kept popping into my mind as I was walking around downtown Vegas. What if Google/Facebook/Apple/Your Tech Company Here had decided to do this for San Carlos/San Mateo/San Jose/Your San-Prefaced City Here? We'd be celebrating their every move. We give these Silicon Valley places so much heat for not being better neighbors and Hsieh has gone ahead and transcended any possible expectation we could ever have for a tech company...e. Compared to other interests in Vegas, the Downtown Project/Zappos is really just a blip on the landscape. The culinary union, for example, is over 75,000 people. There are international gaming companies headquartered there that are building more than ten times what the Downtown Project is planning
silicon-valley  zappos  las-vegas  urbanism 
5 days ago
James Damore Google Memo: Flawed Argument | Fortune.com
In order for an argument to be valid, the conclusion must be true if each premise is true.
7 days ago
How to Make a Movie Out of Anything — Even a Mindless Phone Game - The New York Times
In 1996, of the top 20 grossing films, nine were live-­action movies based on wholly original screenplays. In 2016, just one of the top 20 grossing movies, ‘‘La La Land,’’ fit that bill.
hollywood  ip  film 
7 days ago
What a Fraternity Hazing Death Revealed About the Painful Search for an Asian-American Identity - NYTimes.com
protesters marched in cities across the country, giving rise to a new Pan-­Asian unity forged by the realization that if Chin, the son of Chinese immigrants, could be killed because of Japanese auto imports, the concept of an ‘‘Asian-­American’’ identity had consequences.
8 days ago
Segregated Valley: the ugly truth about Google and diversity in tech | Technology | The Guardian
Picture a technology hub where more than 17% of high-tech workers – from programmers to security analysts to software and web developers – are African American.

This isn’t some kind of utopian diversity thought experiment. It is the greater Washington DC metropolitan area, home to more than 200,000 high tech jobs, many of them with the federal government or government contractors.

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“You’d be hard pressed to have someone out here who thinks that blacks doing computer work is weird,” said William Spriggs, a professor of economics at Howard University. And lest you think that the computing in DC is less advanced than that in Silicon Valley, he adds: “We don’t do Mickey Mouse stuff out here. This is the number one place if you want to do cyber security.”
google  diversity 
9 days ago
The many lives of Susan Lyne | Fortune.com
. "I was seeing a technological invention that changed the way people spent their time," she says, "and therefore what they cared about." Opening her deep Rolodex -- remember, she tells employees, "you will meet these people over and over again" -- she pitched Rupert Murdoch, who had owned the Voice, on creating a magazine about movies based loosely on a French publication. It would use top writers to explore the film business rather than simply sucking up to movie stars. When it launched in 1987, the magazine, Premiere, sold out its first run in two weeks
media  80s 
10 days ago
World's lamest cyborg? My microchip isn't cool now – but it could be the future | Technology | The Guardian
was wary of the implant before changing her mind. “I did my research, and I’m now so excited abut what the possibilities are and where we’re going to take this.”
14 days ago
Not with a Bang, but a Retweet: The Rise of the Alt-Right - Los Angeles Review of Books
For all of Nagle’s interest in distinguishing “the liberal left and the materialist left,” peculiarly absent is any speculation on what all of this transgression might have to do with capitalism. The prophet motive is also a profit motive; a great deal of the rise of the alt-right is about money at least as much as anything else.
15 days ago
Paul McCarthy interviews Gene Youngblood (1977) on Close Radio
Youngblood, an electronic media arts scholar, discusses six new technologies that artists are using. He explores two emergent trends: the inevitable integration of technologies into a single, unified communication system, as well as the rise of a completely decentralized system of communication that has the potential to invert the structure and function of mass media.
new-media  television  70s 
16 days ago
A ‘Neurographer’ Puts the Art in Artificial Intelligence | WIRED
He’s built himself a Tinder-style interface to quickly work through piles of newly generated “neurographs” and find the few that strike him as any good. “I produce a thousand images and maybe two or three are great, 50 are promising, and the rest are just ugly or repetitive,” he says.
16 days ago
Confessions of a social media editor: 'I'm not confident this will be a real field five years from now' - Digiday
They definitely end up being the unsung heroes of the fashion and beauty game. We get a lot of flack if the content doesn’t succeed, but editors get the credit when it does, and we don’t always get a say in the content we’re given to promote.
social-media  media 
20 days ago
AI expert: Worry more about jobs than killer robots | VentureBeat | AI | by Blair Hanley Frank
“I’ve been in a lot of private conversations with AI leaders, or business leaders who are working on new AI products that will wipe out tens of thousands of jobs in a single company, maybe more across multiple companies,” Ng said. “And the interesting thing is that a lot of people whose jobs are squarely in the crosshairs of the technologies, a lot of people doing the jobs that are about to go away, they don’t understand AI, they don’t have the training to understand AI. And so a lot of people whose jobs are going to go away don’t know that they’re in the crosshairs.”
ai  technological-unemployment 
21 days ago
ImageNet: the data that spawned the current AI boom — Quartz
When an algorithm can only work with data that’s close to what it’s seen before, the model is considered overfitting to the data; it can’t understand anything more general past those examples. On the other hand, if a model doesn’t pick up the right patterns between the data, it’s overgeneralizing.
machine-learning  computer-vision  mechanical-turk 
21 days ago
We can teach women to code, but that just creates another problem | Technology | The Guardian
The distinction between back and front wasn’t always so rigid. “In the earliest days, maybe for the first 10 years of the web, every developer had to be full-stack,” says Coraline Ada Ehmke, a Chicago-based developer who has worked on various parts of the technology stack since 1993. “There wasn’t specialization.”
programming  code  bias 
22 days ago
Andrew O’Hagan reviews ‘Powerhouse’ by James Andrew Miller · LRB 6 October 2016
The good agent was a man who told lies with obvious charm, a backslapper, an arse-kisser, a tower of obstinacy, and someone who prided himself on seeing every client as a unique cause.
publishing  entertainment  showbiz 
24 days ago
The Business of Artificial Intelligence
The most effective rule for the new division of labor is rarely, if ever, “give all tasks to the machine.” Instead, if the successful completion of a process requires 10 steps, one or two of them may become automated while the rest become more valuable for humans to do.
automation  labor  machine-learning 
24 days ago
Why AI Can’t Write This Article (Yet)
they can’t write a decent screenplay, or pass Schank’s Romeo and Juliet test. For the most part, they can’t reason about cause and effect. They can’t write stirring prose, and they can’t persuade a public official to go on the record about an important policy. Still, there’s plenty they can do. AI may not be able to tell a great story, but it can help us better tell our own.
ai  machine-learning 
24 days ago
I'm Phil Tippett, stop-motion animator, director, dinosaur supervisor. AMA. : IAmA
In the olden days, producers knew what visual effects were. Now they’ve gotten into this methodology where they’ll hire a middleman – a visual effects supervisor, and this person works for the producing studio. They’re middle managers. And when you go into a review with one of them, there’s this weird sort of competition that happens. It’s a game called ‘Find What’s Wrong With This Shot’. And there’s always going to be something wrong, because everything’s subjective.
film  management  cgi 
26 days ago
Stuart Hall and the Rise of Cultural Studies | The New Yorker
These scholars believed that the rise of mass communications and popular forms were permanently changing our relationship to power and authority, and to one another. There was no longer consensus. Hall was interested in the experience of being alive during such disruptive times. What is culture, he proposed, but an attempt to grasp at these changes, to wrap one’s head around what is newly possible?..It wasn’t merely the content or the language of the nightly news, or middlebrow magazines, that told us what to think; it was also how they were structured, packaged, and distributed.
culture  theory  communication 
27 days ago
Reparative Criticism | The Brooklyn Rail
Understanding the context in which criticism emerges entails recognizing that most young critics are also nonprofit interns, gallery assistants, service workers, and students—often all at once. The pressures of mounting debt, precarious work, and high rents assure that few can afford to make a living writing, with the result that would-be critics lack the time to practice their craft, to train themselves in looking, describing, relating, distinguishing. Criticism is no longer, if it ever was, a vocation
28 days ago
Google fights spam with artificial intelligence - CSMonitor.com
For the most part, Google’s system is based on Gmail’s “report spam” and “not spam” buttons. By taking this user input and referencing other user actions, the Internet giant can learn what counts as spam and what doesn’t. For e-mails that were sent with maliciousness intent, the server can learn, parse, and redirect from the inbox...Neural networks apply limited layers of computation to draw conclusions and learn, which is different from the distributed, varied, and compounded approach that brains take, says Blumer, whose research is in machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and human-computer interaction.
spam  google  neural-networks 
29 days ago
This famous roboticist doesn’t think Elon Musk understands AI | TechCrunch
Should autonomous cars be able to decide to drive the wrong way down a one-way street if they’re stuck? What if a 14-year-old riding in an Uber tries to override it, telling it to go down that one-way street? Should a 14-year-old be allowed to ‘drive’ the car by voice? There will be a whole set of regulations that we’re going to have to have, that people haven’t even begun to think about, to address very practical issues.
car  self-driving  automation  automotive  robots 
29 days ago
What the Enron E-mails Say About Us | The New Yorker
The true wellspring of civilization isn’t writing; it is editing. E-mail, produced in haste, rarely receives the requisite attention. That is bad for us but good for posterity—and for students of the literary gestures we imprudently put in pixels. When inboxes are gathered, cracked open, and studied, they become a searchable, sortable atlas for the contours of our social minds...After what must have been punishing study, he discovered a fixation on “ball” metaphors. “I thought I’d get the ball rolling,” one Enroner wrote. “Sounds like you guys had a ball at dinner,” another said. “I played hard ball and told them that I had to have more time,” a correspondent reported. “Someone really dropped the ball here!” an employee chides. “From June 1, we will be totally on the ball,”
email  writing  technology  records 
29 days ago
Android killed Windows Phone, not Apple - The Verge
Google’s real target was always Microsoft, and it hit the bullseye.
mobile  iphone  android  google 
4 weeks ago
Artificial Intelligence Will Make Forging Anything Entirely Too Easy | WIRED
Just as there are (admittedly imperfect) technological solutions that attempt to prevent image software like Photoshop from being used to counterfeit money, there may be technological solutions that can mitigate the worst impacts of AI-enabled forgery. Blockchain, the same technology used to secure cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, offers one possibility:
forgery  faking  automation  fake 
4 weeks ago
Please Prove You’re Not a Robot - The New York Times
. A simple legal remedy would be a “ Blade Runner” law that makes it illegal to deploy any program that hides its real identity to pose as a human. Automated processes should be required to state, “I am a robot.” When dealing with a fake human, it would be nice to know.
bots  automation  law 
4 weeks ago
James W. Carey - Wikipedia
In this work Carey focuses more on the reconfiguration of space as opposed to time, however he does explain that with space diminishing as an obstacle in communication, time becomes somewhat more important. The existence and use of the telegraph meant that the uncertainty of time in relation to trading, for instance, becomes more relevant than the uncertainty of space. Time was almost ‘expanded’ in a way, as trading time was no longer limited to daylight hours, as one may be trading with someone in another time zone or even in a different hemisphere.
history  technology 
4 weeks ago
Reddit User Claims He Automated His Job For 6 Years, Finally Is Fired, Forgets How To Code| Interesting Engineering
When he first got his software testing quality assurance job, he spent eight months automating all of the programming tasks. With all of his tasks fully automated by a computer, he was able to literally sit back and do whatever he wanted
automation  tech  programmers 
4 weeks ago
My Summer on the Content Farm – The Awl
"I was to be an intermediary between the web at large and the raw, reliably weird substance that results from the unlikely union of algorithmically created topic assignments and writers of, shall we say, widely variable competence. "
4 weeks ago
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