Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance
Here’s the text of a talk I gave yesterday, “Build a Better Monster”. 6000 words, no pictures, so pack a lunch:
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Polar Expressed - The New Yorker
Exquisite on an ancient myth’s mutation into 19th-century fiction, actual science, and back to myth
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6 days ago
Merging Data — GeoPandas 0.2-py3.5.egg documentation
RT : Compiling rtree's C dependencies is a throwback, but once you've got it going geopanda's spatial join is cool!
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Sache, jeune vandale, que le 16ème arrondissement opposera systématiquement à ton impertinence la force de ses conv…
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Or, why we shouldn’t be involved in Syria, unless your goal is world war.
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16 days ago
(503) https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Deadly-Sins-Psychology-Scientific/dp/0691158908
My book on psychology & open science is out now! Thx to many friends & colleagues for inspiration & leading reforms
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I think I'm in love: a stunning isochrone map of travel times from Paris by rail in 1882 (making this a very early…
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23 days ago
Designing Map Interfaces
tidy collection of design patterns for map interfaces :
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V nice job on this opening sentence
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TFW when you write something just because and it ends up being useful.
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6 weeks ago
Secrets and mysteries
investigative and explanatory journalism as competing paradigms a think piece, for old times' sake
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RT : YES THIS how many times have I said this. The riddle of this discrepancy will reveal key insights for data journali…
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with a brother

Hey other brother, , get jealous!
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7 weeks ago
Donald Trump hails 'new chapter in American greatness' in Congress speech | US news | The Guardian
The final paragraph of this Guardian article () should appear in the dictionary next to "mic…
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The final paragraph of this Guardian article () should appear in the dictionary next to "mic…
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Questions and Answers about the East StratCom Task Force - European External Action Service
American journalists and academics concerned about misinformation may want to look at EU's East StratCom Task Force.
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7 weeks ago
After Panama Papers success, ICIJ goes independent | International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
RT : As ICIJ goes independent, we'd like to thank to our members, funders, legal support team and all our supporters
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8 weeks ago
Untitled (https://www.dezeen.com/2017/02/22/california-architecture-students-design-shelters-for-los-angeles-growing-homeless-population/)
Every "design challenge for the homeless" is novel architecture to fix a problem that's primarily legal & financial
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8 weeks ago
When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes - ProPublica
When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes by – best science reporting in years
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8 weeks ago
When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes - The Atlantic
Wonderful to see the "A decade of reversals" paper find an audience outside of academia. Also love the term "bio-plausible" to explain how stupid procedures survive simply because it seems obvious that they should work.
health  medicine  statistics  science 
8 weeks ago
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Is this the greatest epigraph ever?
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8 weeks ago
People Make The World Go Round by manuel0 | Manuel Aristaran | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Just recorded this little cover of a classic tune by The Stylistics: «People Make the World Go Round"
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8 weeks ago
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These people think they can be the master race, but they're legit scared of European suburbs
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9 weeks ago
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Strange to see a book written by my parents still laying around on the occasional NZ bookshelf...
It was published…
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9 weeks ago
Lie in the Sky – @DFRLab – Medium
RT : . But Russia lies an awful lot and does a bad job of it, so it's easy to catch them out
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RT : This media outlet freed slaves trapped in cages.
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9 weeks ago
A man walks into a bank
"Banks don’t do business like the rest of us do business. Banks don’t do lunch to resolve an issue. They send a lawyer. Banks don’t care about your rights. They care about their rights. (Read your bank’s provided explanation of your banking rights, if you don’t believe me.) Banks don’t care about your bank balance. They care about their bank balance. And what banks really don’t do is take responsibility for their mistakes. They enforce penalties for ours."
economics  banking  ethics 
9 weeks ago
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I don't think you beat conspiracy theories by becoming a conspiracy theorist... never was there a better time for s…
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9 weeks ago
Rolf Zwaan: The Dripping Stone Fallacy: Confirmation Bias in the Roman Empire and Beyond
"There is a black stone called the Dripping Stone, captured originally from the Etruscans and stored in a temple of Mars outside the city. We go in solemn procession and fetch it within the walls, where we pour water on it, singing incantations and sacrificing. Rain always follows--unless there has been a slight mistake in the ritual, as is frequently the case."

"And of course nobody bothers to look for small errors in the ritual when it is raining cats and dogs, or for hidden moderators when p<.05"
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9 weeks ago
BayesFactor: Software for Bayesian inference: How to train undergraduate psychologists to be post hoc BS generators
"The assignment: Students are assigned an article from a peer-reviewed psychological journal and asked to critique it. [...] The basic problem with this assignment is that students are not particularly well-versed in any particular psychological topic, nor in psychological research methods. On the other hand peer-reviewed articles have been reviewed by people who are, which means that whatever problems remain with the research have evaded skilled reviewers. [...] Upon reading such an article and having difficulty find a critique, a student is in an awkward position: they must write an essay. So what do they do? They come up with whatever critiques come to mind, which are likely to be low-quality critiques. I suspect readers of this blog have experienced these sorts of critiques in student assignments: maybe there are cultural differences? The sample seems small. Are these really the best stimuli to use? They must choose a number of these arguments, and argue for them, in spite of the fact that they don't have sufficient knowledge on which to base such a critique. We're training them in the fine art of bullshit."
psychology  science  education  teaching 
9 weeks ago
Nobody Knows What They're Doing
"This is the most pervasive of of all Washington legends: that politicians in Washington are ceaselessly, ruthlessly, effectively scheming. That everything that happens fits into somebody's plan. It doesn't. Maybe it started out with a scheme, but soon enough everyone is, at best, reacting, and at worst, failing to react, and always, always they're doing it with less information than they need."
politics 
9 weeks ago
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Wow—this is quite the letter to the editor.
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9 weeks ago
4 redenen waarom onderzoeksjournalistiek noodzakelijk is - Luc Pauwels
Over journalistiek in post-truth tijden. Effe in eigen boezem kijken, toch.
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10 weeks ago
Untitled (https://osf.io/preprints/psyarxiv/q46q3)
Check out our new preprint, Introduction to Bayesian Inference for Psychology:
Some magical examples in there. ;-)
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10 weeks ago
Getting critical with data literacy - zararah.net Zara Rahman
I wrote a quick post about critical data literacy, with a big shout out to :
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10 weeks ago
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ICYMI, we just finished our first week of a few lil' changes at Vox Media.
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10 weeks ago
How Can Medical Professionals Avoid Making Assumptions That Lead to Mistakes?
Most doctors, like everyone, are bad at understanding probability. This is a problem. Excellent piece.
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10 weeks ago
OpenNews Ascent Stage Initiated | OpenNews
And I will be taking on a new role with : Deputy Director. Woohoo.
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10 weeks ago
Science: Hans Rosling – data rock star
RT : Here's 's 2014 profile of Hans Rosling. He was an inspiration to all who tell stories with data:
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10 weeks ago
Expressing value statements with measures | niksilver.com
Expressing value statements with measures - New on the blog...
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New script for automatically transforming boundaries into rectangles. Check out the repo:…
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This story about George Formby and his wife Beryl's trip to South Africa always cheers me up.
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11 weeks ago
Unlearning descriptive statistics
Unlearning descriptive statistics (and learning better ones) – new post!
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11 weeks ago
Untitled (https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/big-data-cambridge-analytica-brexit-trump)
Arrêtez tout et lisez cette enquête incroyable sur le rôle joué par des experts big data dans la victoire de Trump
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11 weeks ago
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A new header for a new chapter in my life.
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12 weeks ago
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This opening paragraph sounds like an acid trip. Actually, the whole article.
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12 weeks ago
[Weekly Review] | January 25, 2017, by Joe Kloc | Harper's Magazine
This opening paragraph sounds like an acid trip. Actually, the whole article.
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12 weeks ago
Calling Yourself ‘Humbled’ Doesn’t Sound as Humble as It Used To - The New York Times
"We bow our heads in recognition of this thing that’s bigger than us, than our massive egos, and we’re humbled by its immensity. And why not? It’s got to be huge to eclipse us."
culture  society  language 
12 weeks ago
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I've solved climate change. Guardian needs to remove this dangerous button NOW. Irresponsible!
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january 2017
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Shaved and feeling pretty.
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january 2017
Why newsrooms need storytelling tools and what we’ve learned building them
Since many have asked: Yes, we plan to open-source (at least parts of) our toolbox sometime soon.
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january 2017
How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies | Politics | The Guardian
"When macroeconomics is used to make a political argument, this implies that the losses in one part of the country are offset by gains somewhere else. Headline-grabbing national indicators, such as GDP and inflation, conceal all sorts of localised gains and losses that are less commonly discussed by national politicians. [...] So when politicians use national indicators to make their case, they implicitly assume some spirit of patriotic mutual sacrifice on the part of voters: you might be the loser on this occasion, but next time you might be the beneficiary. But what if the tables are never turned?"

Interestingly the solution might be more statistics, not less: we might for example demand of politicians not just increased employment or health, but also (or even exclusively) the reduction of disparities. And disparities are easily quantified as statistical deviations (SD, MAD).
statistics  history  society  politics 
january 2017
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Woke Empire update: MLK edition
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january 2017
Who killed the curry house? | Bee Wilson | Life and style | The Guardian
Interesting snippet from a great read on the decline of the British curry house.
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january 2017
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Interesting snippet from a great read on the decline of the British curry house.
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january 2017
Susan Gelman's Response to "Lure of Luxury" | Boston Review
"The psychologist Paul Rozin notes that people seem to operate according to a principle of “magical contagion,” where one can be harmed by contact with an object involved with evil or death, leading people to reject wearing Hitler’s sweater, a suit that someone died in, or a house in which a murder was committed."
psychology  cognition  morality 
january 2017
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