People around the world have been emailing trees in Melbourne to confess their love
The idea was residents could use these emails to report trees that had been vandalised or were in a severe state of decline. But people began writing love letters to their favourite trees.
love  fb  email 
13 hours ago
Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence
Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow: more than 100 training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts.
facebook 
2 days ago
I Don’t Believe in Blockchain
An over­pro­mot­ed niche sideshow?
blockchain 
4 days ago
JSON Feed
Pragmatic syndication format like RSS and Atom. But JSON instead of XML.
standards 
5 days ago
The robot paradox
…the argument that computers are going to bring extreme unemployment in coming decades — an argument that was also popular in both the 1950s and the 1990s, it’s worth remembering — sounds increasingly dubious. It runs counter to the facts. Anyone making the argument today needs to provide a lucid and rational explanation of why, despite years of rapid advances in robotics, computer power, network connectivity, and artificial intelligence techniques, we have yet to see any sign of a broad loss of jobs in the economy.
robots  economy 
7 days ago
The Blockchain Revolution and Higher Education
A platform for a disaggregated global network of higher learning?
blockchain  education 
7 days ago
Macron y el apocalipsis de los partidos (o cómo Napster destruyó al PSOE)
El proceso del debate político es idéntico al que ha vivido la educación superior en España desde que es pública: la media de calidad y rendimiento de las aulas desciende respecto a los sistemas elitistas, pero el sistema abierto y gratuito, el procesamiento de estudiantes al por mayor, multiplica en todo caso la capacidad del parque universitario para proveer titulados excelentes.
politics 
9 days ago
What is the P2P Web?
Users should control their own data, always and forever. You should never give up ownership for the privilege of access.

P2P Sites are self-published. Each one has its own domain, identified by a public key. They’re created at the push of a button, and synced to peers who host on the author’s behalf.
p2p  web  networking 
14 days ago
Organismos extraños controlan tu mente
Los científicos están investigando los efectos de las bacterias intestinales con ratones criados en un ambiente estéril, con lo que no tienen flora intestinal. Solo con esto los resultados son reveladores: los ratones sin gérmenes tienen el cerebro y el sistema inmunitario menos desarrollado, son hiperactivos y responden exageradamente al estrés.
neurology 
14 days ago
Using Fetch API
The modern way to Ajax without helper libraries like jQuery.
javascript  ajax  programming 
19 days ago
4 New Human Rights for When Our Brains Are Hooked Up to Computers
1. Cognitive Liberty
2. Mental Privacy
3. Mental Integrity
4. Psychological Continuity
AI  rights 
21 days ago
Laffer curve: Everything Trump and Republicans get wrong about trickle-down economics and Reaganomics
The problem is, this tidy arc of cause and consequence doesn’t exist in the real world. Sure, extremely high tax rates douse economic activity. But there’s no reason to assume the relationship between tax revenue and tax rates is perfectly U-shaped. And the equilibrium point at which a government collects the most revenue possible without dragging down the economy is impossible to know—and varies by country. There was no reason in 1974—or, for that matter, now—to think the US was on the curve’s “prohibitive” half (many economists put the inflection point for the highest marginal tax rate at around 70%). In fact, without detailed data, you can’t tell where on Laffer’s curve (or non-curve) you are at all.
economy  politics 
21 days ago
La contrarrevolución energética de Donald Trump
Los negacionistas quieren ganar tiempo, tal vez una o dos décadas, para terminar de explotar los nuevos yacimientos de gas (especialmente mediante la tecnología del fracking) y de petróleo […] Todo indica que estamos ante una gran simulación. Trump sería consciente de los efectos reales del cambio climático […] El equipo de climatoescéticos de la Casa Blanca, liderado por el secretario de Estado, Rex Tillerson, ex presidente de la Exxon Mobil, quiere marcar el compás de la transición energética y dar tiempo, el mayor tiempo posible, para que las big oil acaben dominando la era solar y planifiquen un nuevo orden financiero internacional basado en la economía verde. Actualmente las mayores inversiones y opas en energías renovables ya las están haciendo las petroleras y gasistas.
earth  climate  fb 
22 days ago
Replacing Disqus with Github Comments
Aggressive tracking and heavy load: from 105 network requests to 16.
comments  privacy 
27 days ago
Estas son las cuatro guerras abiertas en la reforma europea del copyright
Dominio público, tasas Google y YouTube, minería de texto.
copyright  fb 
27 days ago
The Cyanometer of Ljubljana
Measuring the color of the sky.
places  fb 
27 days ago
Operating In Obscurity
Operating systems are the cockroaches of the digital revolution.
computers  os 
28 days ago
Big data and the end of theory?
Big data no longer seems so big. Such data thus serves to amplify the information produced by a small minority (a point repeatedly made by UCL's Muki Haklay), and skew, or even render invisible, ideas, trends, people, and patterns that aren't mirrored or represented in the datasets that we work with.
data  science 
5 weeks ago
The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete
We can stop looking for models. We can analyze the data without hypotheses about what it might show. We can throw the numbers into the biggest computing clusters the world has ever seen and let statistical algorithms find patterns where science cannot.
data  science 
5 weeks ago
Arte moderno para torturar
1938 ¿Checas inspiradas en Kandinsky? ¿Loop de "Un perro andaluz"?
war  art 
5 weeks ago
Education Technology's Completely Over
"If you don't own your masters, your master owns you" —Prince (1996)
education 
6 weeks ago
Stylebooks finally embrace the single 'they'
Using 'they' in formal English as a gender-neutral singular pronoun.
language  gender 
8 weeks ago
Avoiding the pointless blockchain project
A check list: shared database, multiple writers, absence of trust, disintermediation, transaction interaction, embedded rules, known validators and real world backing.
blockchain 
8 weeks ago
Better Web Typography for a Better Web
Free course. Web design is 95% typography.
design  typography  fonts 
8 weeks ago
This Article Won’t Change Your Mind
The facts on why facts alone can't fight false beliefs.
philosophy  fb  psychology 
8 weeks ago
11 New Cloud Types Named—First in 30 Years
Asperitas, most exciting addition to International Cloud Atlas.
clouds  science  fb 
8 weeks ago
La ciencia que sustenta la jornada escolar continua
Fernández Enguita. Ritmos circadianos, rendimiento académico y leyendas urbanas.
education  fb 
9 weeks ago
Injustícia algorítmica
La gàbia de ferro de la intel·ligència artificial.
AI 
9 weeks ago
Artificial Intelligence was 2016's fake news
The truth behind AI advances doesn't match the hype.
AI 
10 weeks ago
We didn't lose control – it was stolen
Google, Facebook: surveillance capitalists as people farmers.
facebook  google  internet  socialnetworks  fb 
10 weeks ago
Restricted Areas
Secret cities, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings. The future that never came. 
technology  places  architecture 
10 weeks ago
L'eix franco-alemany: una ficció
Setze länder contra un estat centralista.
history  politics 
10 weeks ago
El día que Franco indultó a Franco
Puig Antich, Heinz Chez y el castellano vil de la dictadura.
10 weeks ago
La bola de cristal de Churchill: predijo los móviles, los drones y la bomba atómica
En ‘De aquí a cincuenta años’, uno de los artículos que publicó a principios del siglo XX, Winston Churchill habla sobre energía nuclear, teléfonos móviles, alimentos fabricados en el laboratorio, robots comunistas y reproducción 'in vitro'. Sin embargo, detrás del texto y de su carácter visionario hay una mente científica cuya firma no aparece junto a la del político: la de su asesor Frederick Lindemann.
science  politics 
10 weeks ago
Voice and the uncanny valley of AI
WHAT DO WE WANT?
Natural language processing!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT?
Sorry, when do we want what?
AI 
10 weeks ago
The Japanese art of (not) sleeping
On a certain level, inemuri is not considered sleep at all.
sleep 
10 weeks ago
Fontana, la pel·lícula del segle XX
Entrevista. La lluita entre la cobdícia de l'1% i la vida decent del 99%.
history  politics  fb 
10 weeks ago
Against Expressive Social Media
The hyperlinked web was replaced by Usenet plus surveillance.
internet  socialnetworks 
12 weeks ago
La brecha digital es ya una brecha escolar
Sorpasso de la escuela por el hogar y de la pública por la privada.
education 
february 2017
Hopefully Your Dog Doesn't Think You're Kind of a Jerk
Dogs and monkeys emotional response to antisocial manners.
animals 
february 2017
Things Every Hacker Once Knew
Facts about ASCII, terminals, RS-232 and related technologies. Eric S. Raymond.
technology 
february 2017
MOOCs: A Postmortem
Coursera, Udacity, etc., are dead as university competitors.
MOOC  university 
february 2017
Les regles del joc del cooperativisme de plataforma
Alternatives a l'economia de plataforma d'Uber, Airbnb o BlaBlaCar.
economy 
february 2017
The Philosophy of Teenage Language
Quine discovers the indeterminacy of cross-generational translation.
philosophy  fb 
february 2017
Santa Cruz del Islote: a crowded utopia
Most densely populated island on Earth. 2.4 acres, 1,200 people.‬
islands 
february 2017
¿Es su jefe incompetente o tiene un parásito en el cerebro?
Efectos de la toxoplasmosis en la personalidad de los líderes.
neurology 
february 2017
The Real Name Fallacy
‪Mandatory real-name policy doesn't improve online behavior. But it's good for advertising.‬
socialnetworks 
january 2017
The Biggest Technology Failures of 2016
From algorithms that spread fake news to glowing plants that don't glow.
technology 
january 2017
Our Digital Idiocy
A dangerous retreat into the private sphere?
politics 
january 2017
A history of global living conditions in 5 charts
200 years or data. Is the world getting better or worse?
history  data  fb 
january 2017
Why time management is ruining our lives
Putting the burden of modern economy on our shoulders as individuals.
january 2017
Blockchain Misconceptions and the Future of Education
Not self-executing nor free, and it can't store everything.
blockchain  education 
december 2016
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