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Facebook and Google must do more to support Wikipedia | WIRED UK
Everyone knows the difference between tending a community garden for the use of their neighbours, and tending it for a company to throw a corporate picnic.
wikipedia 
yesterday
If You’re A Facebook User, You’re Also a Research Subject - Bloomberg
The free gifts are just one of the little-known and complicated ways Facebook works with academic researchers. For scholars, the scale of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users provides an irresistible way to investigate how human nature may play out on, and be shaped by, the social network. For Facebook, the motivations to work with outside academics are far thornier, and it’s Facebook that decides who gets access to its data to examine its impact on society.
facebook  ethics  research  academia 
yesterday
Women on the Verge - bookforum.com / current issue
Since late 2016, a whole slew of sunny, triumphalist works about the social, political, and cultural progress being made in one corner or another have been forced to add awkward, doomy turns to their introductions and conclusions, the beginnings and ends of their chapters.
writing  books 
yesterday
Dr. Space Junk Unearths the Cultural Landscape of the Cosmos | The New Yorker
Archeology can be defined as the study of material objects, not just old objects, and Gorman believes that considering things like an oxygen tank from Skylab, a glove dropped on the moon, or a defunct satellite still circling our planet as archeological artifacts helps reframe our relationship to space. How might we think differently, she asks, if we considered space as a cultural landscape with richly layered scientific, political, and religious meanings, instead of as an empty vacuum that anybody with heroic ambitions—and a bank balance to match—can venture into with impunity?
space 
yesterday
Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space
Permanent ownership claims to an asteroid, whether by a company or a bunch of college space nerds, are unlawful—some might even say rapacious.” ...space barons are shrewdly—one might say cynically—tapping into our respect for astronauts and our idealism about what space represents.
space  elon-musk  good-writing  space-barons 
yesterday
The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company - Bloomberg
Some former staffers say they called customers “marks” and referred to themselves as “lions,” “tigers,” and sometimes “fluffers,” a term borrowed from porn sets. “You fluff someone to get them energetically and emotionally hard,”
silicon-valley  grift 
yesterday
The Death of a Once Great City | Harper's Magazine
Billionaires’ Row has throttled what used to be one of the more eclectic and delightful avenues in Manhattan. Along with Carnegie Hall, 57th Street boasted the graceful Art Deco Fuller Building, Steinway Hall, with its piano showroom; the Art Students League, the Russian Tea Room; the gorgeous little gem of a bookstore that was Rizzoli’s, already a refugee from its old stand on Fifth Avenue; the marvelous ramble of Coliseum Books. A steamship company office, where my wife and I once booked a trip to Europe. A diverse array of movie houses, including, once upon a time, the Bombay Cinema, New York’s only Hindi-language theater. Countless little restaurants, churches, coffee shops, art-supply stores, studios, and galleries. High culture and little hideaways, together they made up a stretch of Manhattan at its most alluring, a boulevard that was at one and the same time touristy and tony, a place to browse and to slip inside, both European and unmistakably New York.
nyc  gentrification 
yesterday
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium
“The reason I took the job was that I thought I’d have every day to sit around by myself and study for my GREs,” Korpi explained of the Graduate Record Exams often used to determine admissions, adding that he was scheduled to take the test just after the study concluded. Shortly after the experiment began, he asked for his study books. The prison staff refused. The next day Korpi asked again. No dice. At that point he decided there was, as he put it to me, “no point to this job.” First, Korpi tried faking a stomach-ache. When that didn’t work, he tried faking a breakdown. Far from feeling traumatized, he added, he had actually enjoyed himself for much of his short tenure in the jail, other than a tussle with the guards over his bed.
psychology  experiment  history  fake 
6 days ago
The Netflix Binge Factory
“I don’t want any of our shows to define our brand, and I don’t want our brand to define any shows,” he tells me, sitting in his office, where not one but three posters for The Godfather hang. “There’s no such thing as a ‘Netflix show.’ That as a mind-set gets people narrowed. Our brand is personalization.”...“You have to be very cautious not to get caught in the math, because you’ll end up making the same thing over and over again,” Sarandos says. “And the data just tells you what happened in the past. It doesn’t tell you anything that will happen in the future.”
netflix  data  algorithms  taste  television 
8 days ago
Google and HTTP
Many of the sites they will label as "not secure" don't ask the user for any information. Of course users won't understand that. Many will take the warning seriously and hit the Back button, having no idea why they're doing it. Of course Google knows this. It's the kind of nasty political tactic we expect from corrupt political leaders, not leading tech companies.
google  web  protocols  security 
8 days ago
Claudia La Rocco - BOMB Magazine
Going back to Jill Johnston, she became very frustrated with artists at some point because they never responded to the craft and quality of her prose but only to her opinions. She found it dispiriting that she engaged with their work—trying to find a form that could relay the experience of, say, the Judson moment—but she felt they only cared whether she liked a piece or didn’t. Frustratingly enough, I find that to be largely true today.
criticism 
10 days ago
Interview with Claudia La Rocco | Art Practical
What I get more often are writers who want to wrap themselves in expert voices. They just become waiters for other people’s ideas, and that’s really problematic. You’re standing here in front of this piece, what do you think about it—not Derrida or Foucault or Judith Butler.
writing  criticism 
10 days ago
Bookforum | feb/mar 2005
If a great writer's words are deemed to be worth nothing between the covers of a book, why should they be deemed to be of value on the back of a book?
publishing 
11 days ago
A stealthy Harvard startup wants to reverse aging in dogs, and humans could be next - MIT Technology Review
Biologist George Church says the idea is to live to 130 in the body of a 22-year-old.
crispr  genes  aging  biotech 
14 days ago
Archaeology for cyborgs – janeruffino – Medium
Where does the person stop and the personal data begin?
data  rights  gdpr  ethics 
15 days ago
Venice_Architecture_Swiss_Pavilion_essay.pdf
the slightly out-of-date furnishings—specifc to the tastes of an actual occupant—no mater how smartly edited or staged, seem to foretell that such an apart-ment may only be suitable for a slightly out-of-date person: superannuated, obsolescent.
design  real-estate  nyc  aesthetics 
17 days ago
Tax-Free Storage Wars
if a $10 million painting ends up hanging on a billionaire’s wall in New York after passing through an FTZ, the FTZ alone will not save its owner from the state’s 8.875 percent tax on sales and use. It might be more convenient or indeed more prudent to store a painting bought in Manhattan just a few miles uptown from the auction house than in Delaware or Long Island, because moving art is risky, but an FTZ won’t save money. And in the event that a painting was bought in London and brought to New York, the most the FTZ would do is defer tax until the piece leaves the zone.
art  capitalism  nyc  real-estate 
17 days ago
PACIFIC • The hard truth about tech conferences
Nevertheless, speakers like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek have mastered the art -- there should be a German word for it -- of speaking for 30+ minutes without saying much of consequence or going beyond their comfort zone.
conferences 
19 days ago
"I thought she had family money." | MetaFilter
Delvey was really good at spotting marginal people and institutions to exploit--people who were on the edges of the action, so could be beguiled by the right references, but lacking real sophistication. But that's not where the big money is.
grifters 
20 days ago
How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis for Google - The New York Times
The polarized debate about Google and the military may leave out some nuances. Better analysis of drone imagery could reduce civilian casualties by improving operators’ ability to find and recognize terrorists. The Defense Department will hardly abandon its advance into artificial intelligence if Google bows out. And military experts say China and other developed countries are already investing heavily in A.I. for defense.

But skilled technologists who chose Google for its embrace of benign and altruistic goals are appalled that their employer could eventually be associated with more efficient ways to kill.
google  ethics  ai  harm-reduction  defense 
20 days ago
How Social Media Became a Pink Collar Job | WIRED
the influx of women in these roles is the reason salaries and status remain low. Historically, when women entered both journalism and public relations beginning in the late 19th century, society began to value these types of work less
labor  gender  community  moderation 
20 days ago
Zuckerberg set up fraudulent scheme to 'weaponise' data, court case alleges | Technology | The Guardian
“They felt that it was better not to know. I found that utterly horrifying,” he said. “If true, these allegations show a huge betrayal of users, partners and regulators. They would also show Facebook using its monopoly power to kill competition and putting profits over protecting its users.”
facebook 
26 days ago
Amazon Alexa recorded private conversation, sent it to random contact, woman says | FOX13
SEATTLE - A Portland, Oregon, family contacted Amazon to investigate after they say a private conversation in their home was recorded by Amazon's Alexa – the voice-controlled smart speaker – and the recorded audio was sent to the phone of a random person in Seattle, who was in the family’s contact list.
amazon  alexa  surveillance  voice 
26 days ago
Amazon gives Seattle’s Mary’s Place free food and real estate—and is a total pain.
. Not only did staff not know how much to expect, they often didn’t have enough refrigerator space back at Mary’s Place to store it all—which meant the small, already time-strapped shelter staff on evening or overnight shifts had to throw away the food or else find another home for it, since it was too late to serve it at that evening’s meal.
amazon  seattle  logistics 
27 days ago
Opinion | Europe’s Data Protection Law Is a Big, Confusing Mess - The New York Times
There’s another reason for the regulation’s complexity and ambiguity: What are often framed as legal and technical questions are also questions of values. The European Union’s 28 member states have different historical experiences and contemporary attitudes about data collection. Germans, recalling the Nazis’ deadly efficient use of information, are suspicious of government or corporate collection of personal data; people in Nordic countries, on the other hand, link the collection and organization of data to the functioning of strong social welfare systems.
europe  gdpr  classification 
27 days ago
No one’s ready for GDPR - The Verge
regulators can’t entirely control what’s going to happen on May 25th because parts of the GDPR are user-driven.

If an EU resident submits a data subject request, a company has 30 days to respond. Say a company gets one of these requests, but they still aren’t completely GDPR-compliant and literally incapable of responding. If the company fails to respond, the data subject can then file a complaint with their local regulator.
gdpr 
27 days ago
Theranos Inc.’s Partners in Blood - WSJ
They made the microbiology team vacate a room it occupied, had it repainted, and lined its walls with rows of miniLabs stacked up on metal shelves.

Ms. Holmes took Mr. Biden on a tour of the facility and showed him the fake automated lab. In a discussion with a half-dozen industry executives right afterward, Mr. Biden called what he had just seen “the laboratory of the future.”
silicon-valley 
29 days ago
Is Peak TV Slowly Killing TV Critics? | Vanity Fair
Landgraf’s point of view is, not surprisingly, darker. He imagines a world where none of these critical thoughts even matters. “If you look at the Internet’s point of view, the algorithm does the job,” he said. “We don’t need editors, we don’t need fact-checkers, we don’t need journalistic standards, we don’t need anything except the algorithm that takes what you’ve liked in the past and serves it to you again.”
tv  taste  recommendation  criticism 
5 weeks ago
Is Your Script Gender-Balanced? Try This Test - The New York Times
The big hurdle in the industry will be buy-in. In response to questions from The New York Times about its products, Final Draft, maker of a leading screenplay software, said in a statement on Thursday that its next iteration, Final Draft 11, due out within the year, will offer “enhancements” that allow writers “to analyze many different aspects of the script, including gender representation.”
screenwriting  gender  film 
5 weeks ago
Opinion | How to Be a Prophet of Doom - The New York Times
One might think that Americans in the 1960s were already afraid. This was, after all, the era of the doomsday clock, duck-and-cover drills and home fallout shelters.

But we tend to forget how strong the culture of nuclear denial was at the time.
nuclear  fear  history  war 
5 weeks ago
Google’s AI sounds like a human on the phone — should we be worried? - The Verge
...One effect of AI phone calls might be to make us all a little bit ruder. If we can’t tell the difference between humans and machines on the phone, will we treat all phone conversations with suspicion? We might start cutting off real people during calls, telling them: “Just shut up and let me speak to a human.”
google  ai 
5 weeks ago
The End of a Nuclear Power Plant - The Atlantic - The Atlantic
Pilgrim Nuclear Reactor in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is scheduled to close down in 2019. It won’t be alone—because of increased concerns over the safety of these plants and decreased gas prices, many will struggle to stay open in the United States. In this short film, locals who work in the plant reflect on the effects of the impending closure.
nuclear 
5 weeks ago
The national food-stamp database proposed by House Republicans is a potential nightmare.
First, the benefits would be modest. Double dipping is rare. According to a study, less than 0.2 percent of SNAP participants were dual participants. To put it another way, about 99.8 percent of SNAP enrollees received food aid in only one state. Occasionally a household looks like it’s double dipping when it moves to a new state and the SNAP agency in its former state is slow to record its case as closed.
poverty  surveillance  machine-learning  automation 
5 weeks ago
AI Isn’t a Crystal Ball, But It Might Be a Mirror | WIRED
We’re using algorithms as crystal balls to make predictions on behalf of society, when we should be using them as a mirror to examine ourselves and our social systems more critically. Machine learning and data science can help us better understand and address the underlying causes of poverty and crime, as long as we stop using these tools to automate decision-making and reinscribe historical injustice.
machine-learning 
5 weeks ago
How can we be sure AI will behave? Perhaps by watching it argue with itself. - MIT Technology Review
Take, for instance, an AI system designed to defend against human or AI hackers. To prevent the system from doing anything harmful or unethical, it may be necessary to challenge it to explain the logic for a particular action. That logic might be too complex for a person to comprehend, so the researchers suggest having another AI debate the wisdom of the action with the first system, using natural language, while the person observes.
machine-learning  ai  adversarial 
5 weeks ago
New rules challenge Google and Facebook to change the way they moderate - The Verge
Under the Santa Clara rules, any time an account or other content is taken down, the user would get a specific explanation of how and why the content was flagged, with a reference to the specific guideline they had violated. The user could also challenge the decision, presenting new evidence to a separate human moderator on appeal. Companies would also present a regular moderation report modeled after current reports on government data requests, listing the total number of accounts flagged and the justification for each flag.
moderation  community 
6 weeks ago
Safety | Colorado State University
Are we willing to push ourselves into uncomfortable places in order to see the reality of what people experience on our campus and how we help to perpetrate it, whether through action or inaction, collectively and as individuals?

If we can do that, then we take a big step toward assuring that everyone with the talent and motivation to earn a college degree here at CSU can do so in a setting in which they’ll be intellectually challenged, but also one that they’ll be proud to call home. That’s a goal we will never stop striving for; it is simply who we are.
education  diversity 
6 weeks ago
AI will spell the end of capitalism - The Washington Post
If AI remains under the control of market forces, it will inexorably result in a super-rich oligopoly of data billionaires who reap the wealth created by robots that displace human labor, leaving massive unemployment in their wake.

But China’s socialist market economy could provide a solution to this.
china  ai  fascism  capitalism 
6 weeks ago
Osita Nwanevu on Twitter: "There are many, many people in American public life who believe in most of the same values that Peterson espouses & who are not generally placed close to the alt-right by liberals and the left. Ben Sasse for instance. This is a
There are many, many people in American public life who believe in most of the same values that Peterson espouses & who are not generally placed close to the alt-right by liberals and the left. Ben Sasse for instance. This is a fact worth exploring rather than ignoring, imo.
alt-right 
6 weeks ago
Opinion | Decolonizing the Art Museum: The Next Wave - The New York Times
It is not easy to acknowledge one’s blind spots. What I had hoped would be an opportunity for public education and “truth to power” in the presentation of “Scaffold” was simply not possible because of the continuing historical trauma about an unreckoned-with colonial past. This was a humbling public admission for a person whose career has been devoted to providing a platform for underrepresented histories.
art  museum  outrage  institutions 
6 weeks ago
The Spectre of Future History – Rex Sorgatz – Medium
As Rian diagnoses it, the onset of this affliction, in which one develops an inexplicable interest in historical content, begins circa The Big 4-0. In my case, some insidious microbe entered my bloodstream around this age, and immediately began eradicating all prior hobbies and interest
history  atemporal  media  buzzfeed  documentary 
6 weeks ago
Postcommodity: About
Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist. Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.
artist 
7 weeks ago
Are you really Facebook’s product? The history of a dangerous idea.
The saying, in short, is everywhere these days. It has become such a staple of social media criticism that Facebook itself sought to address it in a Q&A on its Hard Questions blog this week. (Spoiler: Facebook disagrees that you’re its product, albeit rather unconvincingly.)
facebook 
7 weeks ago
Sexism and Sexual Assault in Literary Communities
Dia exhibited a Carl Andre retrospective with no mention of
Ana Mendieta’s death and Elliot Roger massacred several Santa Barbara
students in accordance with his misogynist and racist manifesto. Thus,
it certainly could not have been a “bad summer” as many began to call
it, like the prostitute euphemism “bad date.” Rather, it was the summer
that an active, political, emotional, experimental, critical, deeply serious
poetics scene, with anti-capitalist, anti-racist, feminist commitments
looked directly at untouched, entrenched patriarchy
gender  rape  literary 
8 weeks ago
Jeff Bezos v the world: why all companies fear 'death by Amazon' | Technology | The Guardian
Of the top 10 US industries by GDP (information, manufacturing non-durable goods, retail trade, wholesale trade, manufacturing durable goods, healthcare, finance and insurance, state and local government, professional and business services, and real estate), Amazon has a finger in all but real estate...“Only looking at a consumer side of a business power is totally ludicrous. It slices the human in half, not looking at them as a worker, producer or supplier.”
amazon  retail  labor  antitrust 
8 weeks ago
Dan McComas, Reddit Product SVP and Imzy Founder Interview
The incentive structure is simply growth at all costs. There was never, in any board meeting that I have ever attended, a conversation about the users, about things that were going on that were bad, about potential dangers, about decisions that might affect potential dangers. There was never a conversation about that stuff.
silicon-valley  reddit 
8 weeks ago
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