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Obama's $400,000 Wall Street speaking fee will undermine everything he believes in
Best line: Obama and other center-left leaders around the world do not espouse that view primarily, I think, because they believe it is simplistic and wrong. But a crucial vulnerability of center-left politics around the world is that their sincere conviction — a faith in the positive-sum nature of cosmopolitan values and appropriately regulated forms of global capitalism, tempered by a welfare state — is easily mistaken for corruption.
Teaching 
2 days ago
How artificial intelligence learns to be racist - Vox
its resnick, so it's pretty bad. but could be useful in teaching 100g.
teaching 
2 days ago
Changing minds on a changing climate - Yale Climate Connections
Writer uses Reddit to ask why some people changed their minds and accepted climate change: "science" is one of four options; a third is bad weather patterns. could be used in isf 100g for climate change unit.
teaching 
2 days ago
Records Found in Dusty Basement Undermine Decades of Dietary Advice - Scientific American
Nutrition wars; isf 100g, example of publication bias and politcal interests in study of nutrition
teaching 
2 days ago
How Republicans came to embrace anti-environmentalism
History and politics of American environmental movement
Teaching 
4 days ago
Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit
David Graeber's interesting but chuckle-headed theory
teaching 
5 days ago
The Secret PR Push That Shaped the Atomic Bomb's Origin Story - The Atlantic
Great article for 100G; I could use it in a unit on "credit": how credit is given between disciplines or on a unit on disciplines: how disciplines argue about their contribution.
teaching 
7 days ago
Are We Really in a Housing Bubble?
Use this to get the students to compare charts and figures
Teaching 
8 days ago
In theory, science is not political. In practice, it needs a march. - Vox
March on science stuff; can I use this to open the ISF 100g class? So something like: these are all the ways that we think of science as political but can we go beyond them to think about the actual content of science?
teaching 
8 days ago
Teaching Race: On Stereotypes and Privilege — Cultural Anthropology
good tips and a good chapter suggestion for undergraduates.
teaching 
9 days ago
MITP on Nautilus: Last Words: Computational Linguistics and Deep Learning
Great piece. Manning says that the goal of NLP people is do study the domain. interesting boundary work
research  platformization  artificial_intelligence  machine_learning 
9 days ago
Instant recall - The Verge
On the launch and failure of Facebook's Instant Article feature.

But it's unclear if any huge advantage ever materialized. Facebook decided from the start that publishing a story using the Instant Articles format would not automatically improve its ranking in the News Feed. In practice, Instant Articles typically do reach more people, because people are more likely to read and share them. But as the format spread, competition increased, and any advantage to using Instant Articles was blunted within months. Given that Instant Articles were designed to carry less advertising than mobile web articles, broad reach was essential to ensure publishers would profit from the format. The reach just never arrived.
journalism  polarization  facebook  platformization 
10 days ago
Big data: are we making a big mistake?
Nice analysis of google flu trends and duhigg's article.
teaching  bigdata 
12 days ago
Our Very Own Grand Challenge – Udacity Inc – Medium
Udacity has turned its courses into talent-spotting contests
moocs  udacity 
12 days ago
Robots aren’t killing the American Dream. Neither is trade. This is the problem. - The Washington Post
this is one of those debates that goes round and round. are robots reponsible? is trade? is it someting else? rinse, repeat
teaching 
13 days ago
No, Republicans didn’t just strip away your Internet privacy rights - The Washington Post
definitely assigning it for 100g. goes to show that net neutrality is best understood as a debate between isps and content companies; this particular article is a good argument for the ISPs side.
teaching 
13 days ago
This is why the Congressional Budget Office will likely survive Republican attacks - The Washington Post
100g. asks why the CBO has maintained its reputation as non-partisan. because it has staff that is actively invested in their institutional identity.
teaching 
13 days ago
MIT Crispr Scientist Feng Zhang Braves Enemy Territory at UC Berkeley | WIRED
100g. crispr unit. can be used to think about patents and the change in universities.
teaching 
13 days ago
Is it worth trying to "reframe" climate change? Probably not. - Vox
Could be used in the climate change unit of 100G. To show how social psych is used but also to show how framing matters.
teaching  socialpsychology 
13 days ago
Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies
The bots race against each other in book pricing
algorithms  amazon  teaching 
14 days ago
Policing the digital cartels
This episode suggests that the availability of perfect information, a hallmark of free market theory, might harm rather than empower consumers. If the concern is borne out, a central assumption of the digital economy — that technology lowers prices and expands choices — could be upended.
teaching  platformization  algorithms 
14 days ago
The unexpectedly close Kansas House race shows that targeting is overrated
Jurisdiction contest example. Who chooses races probable to win?
Teaching 
14 days ago
How Alaska fixed Obamacare
In another situation this could be corruption. Here it's just good governance. The distinction is hard.
Teaching 
14 days ago
Most criminal forensic science isn’t real science. Jeff Sessions just shut down efforts to change that
Jurisdiction contest? Could be paired with OJ. Or aired with lecture on how medicine became a science.
Teaching 
14 days ago
The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices
The question begging to be asked is why all the players in the market—plan sponsors, drug companies, and pharmacies—put up with a middleman that extracts profits from all of them? And the answer is the failure of federal antitrust policy.
generalinterest  research  teaching 
17 days ago
Banks and Tech Firms Battle Over Something Akin to Gold: Your Data - The New York Times
Rather than tech firms getting financial data, banks want it themsleves; nice example of interest-group pluralistic theory of politics
Teaching 
17 days ago
Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2016 Results
Survey results about most popular programming languages, etc. etc.
research 
17 days ago
When Did Science Become Apolitical? – Pacific Standard
The modern notion of scientists as disinterested, non-partisan figures arose (perhaps counterintuitively) during the Cold War, according to many historians. It’s hard to imagine a period during which the overlaps between science and politics were clearer.
teaching 
17 days ago
Fury Road: Did Uber Steal the Driverless Future From Google? - Bloomberg
As Google’s car project grew, a debate raged inside the company, reflecting a broader dispute about the direction of autonomous vehicles: Should the tech come gradually and be added to cars with drivers (through features like automatic parking and highway autopilot) or all at once (for instance, a fleet of fully autonomous cars operating in a city center)? Urmson, a former Carnegie Mellon professor, preferred the latter approach, arguing that incremental innovations might, paradoxically, make cars less safe. Levandowski believed otherwise and argued that Google should sell self-driving kits that could be retrofitted on cars, former colleagues say.

Urmson won out, and according to two former employees, Levandowski sulked openly. After one dispute between the two, Levandowski stopped coming to work for months, devoting his time to his side projects. This didn’t stop Page and Brin from discreetly acquiring 510 Systems and Anthony’s Robots for roughly $50 million in 2011.

As Google’s driverless car program matured, Levandowski seemed to become impatient. Creating a fully functioning driverless car means training a complicated hardware and software system to identify lane lines and red lights and to control the car’s movements. It also means writing software that anticipates thousands of unlikely “edge cases”—hairpin turns, drivers who use hand signals, covered bridges, recumbent bikes, and so on. That work seemed to bore Levandowski. He became increasingly frustrated at Google’s inability to operate its cars on city streets and decided to take matters into his own hands. “Engineers were like, ‘We are totally ready to go,’ and I’m like, ‘Let’s go then. Let’s see whether it’s real or a demo,’ ” Levandowski said in the summer interview.
google  uber  Silicon_valley 
17 days ago
Voyage spins out of Udacity with autonomous taxi service - Business Insider
This makes me think that this was really what Udacity wanted to do; create a community of engineers around topics and sell them to companies; and even have them spin off stuff. Wow, what a development.
moocs  udacity  platformization  toblog 
17 days ago
A deep look at Google's biggest-ever search quality crisis
A really comprehensive look at some of the problems that google has been having with search and with the community in general; his main suggestion is that Google needs to say that the search is its best guess, otherwise, it'll keep offending people.
teaching  google 
17 days ago
These Hackathon Hustlers Make Their Living From Corporate Coding Contests - Bloomberg
"Corporate hackathons don’t always go according to plan, though. Salesforce.com blazed into the hackathon scene in 2013, offering a $1 million grand prize — an unprecedented amount that dazzled hackers, who registered in record numbers to compete. But when judges awarded the prize to a former Salesforce employee, who had written some code before the hackathon officially began, the backlash from developers was severe. Salesforce clarified the rules in 2014 and has since abandoned the splashy competition in favor of an online learning program for developers."
Silicon_valley  Teaching 
17 days ago
Triumph of the Thought Leader … and the Eclipse of the Public Intellectual - The Chronicle of Higher Education
Great piece by Dan Drezner

A public sphere dominated by Public Intellectuals has high barriers to entry; the marketplace of ideas becomes ossified and stagnant over time. One dominated by Thought Leaders has high barriers to exit; too many bad ideas linger in the intellectual ether. A healthy public discourse in which good ideas rise to the top requires a balance between the two types of thinkers.

The same deep forces that have empowered Thought Leaders have also hampered the academy’s ability to influence the marketplace of ideas. Three factors — the erosion of trust in authority, the increase in political polarization, and growth in economic inequality — have collectively lowered the academy’s public standing. To be sure, many academics have found public outlets in places like Vox, Lawfare, or The Washington Post and The New York Times. Some academics have learned to survive and thrive in the Ideas Industry. Most of the superstars, however, primarily do so by adopting the style of Thought Leaders, thereby tipping the scales even further toward that tribe.
polarization 
17 days ago
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