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'Prediction Machines' and Your Campus AI Discussion | Inside Higher Ed
Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
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The Fossils of the 21st Century
In 100 million years, human civilization will have bit the dust. Perhaps a nuclear war scorched the planet, or a last-ditch bid to solve climate change…
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Building a digital hospice
Earlier this year, I talked with some people about setting up a new publication. We had a specific focus, a budget, and a great list of potential collaborators.…
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Genesis P-Orridge: fantastic transgressor or sadistic aggressor?
A new kind of human relationship ... Genesis P-Orridge.Photograph: Peter Dibdin L ast month, industrial performance artist and provocateur Genesis P-Orridge…
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Back On It
Can you learn anything from this , I wonder? Can we learn anything from doing a keyword search in twitter for tweets from Our President of Shit that contain the…
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4 days ago
Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto's Nouveau Riche
Draw me your map of utopia and I’ll tell you your tragic flaw. In 10 years of political reporting I’ve met a lot of intense, oddly dressed people with very…
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This Is How The Accusations Against Neil deGrasse Tyson Finally Came To Light
This Is How The Accusations Against Neil deGrasse Tyson Finally Came To Light Alexandra Hootnick for Buzzfeed News Tchiya Amet in Covelo, California. Ashley…
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9 days ago
CBD Vape Liquid Contains Dangerous Ingredients
Michelle Peace regularly monitors online message boards to see what people are vaping, what got them high, and what gave them bad side effects. As a…
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Why Is Tucker Carlson Mad About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Photo: Screenshot via Fox News On Thursday night, Tucker Carlson, his brow furrowed in a perfect imitation of a human facial expression, devoted a segment to…
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The Gamblers Betting Against Donald Trump … and Getting Rich
The United States government stood at the brink of crisis. For more than three months, there had been no agreement in Congress over an appropriations bill to…
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McInnes, Molyneux, and 4chan: Investigating pathways to the alt-right
Publication McInnes, Molyneux, and 4chan: Investigating pathways to the alt-right What brings someone into the alt-right ecosystem? The question was posed in…
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How to Buy a Car Without Interacting With a Human
It’s true. I have recently (yesterday!) purchased a motor vehicle. It was a pleasant and invigorating experience, and my car is very beautiful and full of…
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21 days ago
Decolonizing Mars: Are We Thinking About Space Exploration All Wrong?
Greed This week, we explore greed—animal, human, and corporate. Interplanetary travel is pitched to us as a good thing. Explorers will visit other planets,…
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Philip Glass on Controlling Your Output and Getting Paid For What You Make
Let’s talk about authors. We’re talking from the point of view of the composer, the creator of the work—or of the person who’s the author. You have to start…
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California fire: What started as a tiny brush fire became the state’s deadliest wildfire. Here’s how
Before there was a spark, there was the wind. On the morning of Nov. 8, as the sun rose over the isolated mountains in the Sierra Nevada, gale-force winds tore…
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The 1987 TV Miniseries That Predicted a Russian Takeover of America
POLITICO Magazine screen grab Long since forgotten, ‘Amerika’ was a commercial and artistic flop. Watching it today makes for uncomfortable viewing. If the…
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Organisms found on hike in the woods are like no other life on Earth | CBC News
Canadian researchers have discovered a new kind of organism that's so different from other living things that it doesn't fit into the plant kingdom, the animal…
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27 days ago
Jonestown victims drew public scorn, but now we know the story of their betrayal
Forty years ago, an American preacher and madman named Jim Jones orchestrated the largest mass murder in recorded history when he forced more than 900 men,…
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28 days ago
LA's Nuclear Secret | NBC Los Angeles
T ucked away in the hills above the San Fernando and Simi valleys was a 2,800-acre laboratory with a mission that was a mystery to the thousands of people who…
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4 weeks ago
The QAnon Clock Explained – Mike Rothschild
QAnon acolytes love jargon, and they love using jargon to prove that the conspiracy theory they’ve invested so much time in is real. One of the most popular…
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4 weeks ago
How Did Larry Nassar Deceive So Many for So Long?
Photo: A still from a promotional video Nassar produced. Larissa Boyce was 10 when her coach, John Geddert, forced her legs into a split so hard she cried. He…
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Inside the booming business of background music
N ot long ago, Rob Wood found himself at Heston Blumenthal’s house, in south-west London, where he was being persuaded to eat a flower. They were supposed to…
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America’s wholesome square dancing tradition is a tool of white supremacy
If you live in the United States, chances are high that, growing up, you had to take square dancing in gym class. I myself spent a week at my Rochester, New…
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Could 'Oumuamua be an extraterrestrial solar sail?
Artist’s impression of the first interstellar asteroid/comet, “Oumuamua”. This unique object was discovered on 19 October 2017 by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in…
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Czechoslovakia ramped up spying on Trump in late 1980s, seeking US intel
Donald Trump and his then wife, Ivana, in 1988. Her father provided regular updates on the pair to Czechoslovakia’s Státní bezpečnost.Photograph: Marty…
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America’s Next Civil War
E veryone in Canada with any power has the same job. It doesn’t matter if you’re prime minister, minister of foreign affairs, or premier of Alberta; it doesn’t…
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Bret Easton Ellis still stuck with American Psycho after 25 years
Bret Easton Ellis: ‘I didn’t want to finally own up to the responsibility of being Patrick Bateman, so I laid it on my father, I laid it on Wall…
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The value of a moment – logistics and the acceleration of war
By David Beaumont. ‘Future advantage will lie with the side who can ‘own the time’ and best prepare the environment.’ – Lieutenant General R Burr, Chief of…
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The Center Held Just Fine
Joan Didion’s July 1993 essay, “ Trouble in Lakewood ,” is about a gang scandal at a white high school in a southern California town, the emblem of the sordid…
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The Magic Leap Con
Illustration: Jim Cooke ((GMG) “Today, our world feels divided.” Rony Abovitz, CEO of the infamous mixed reality startup Magic Leap stood awkwardly on a…
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A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared
State of the Art Credit Doug Chayka More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every…
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9 weeks ago
Critic's Notebook: Why is the Petersen Museum ignoring Von Dutch’s racist past? - Los Angeles Times
If an art museum today were to open a group exhibition that featured, without comment, the work of an avowedly racist and anti-Semitic contemporary artist, all…
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Idle Words—Portrait of a Campaign
Oct 10, 2016 First disclaimer : The following is not intended as a roman-a-clef. Everything here is a composite portrait drawn from a dozen or so campaigns in…
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Interview with the Luddite
Kelly: Other than arson and a lot of vandalism, what did the Luddites accomplish in the long run? Sale: The Luddites raised what was called at the time "the…
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That time 'Old Woman's Gun' saved Los Angeles
Oct. 8, 1846, was a scorcher with “not a breath of wind,” as one battle survivor would recall. At dawn, U.S. Navy Capt. William Mervine landed 300 Marines,…
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9 weeks ago
The Origins of Russia’s Broad Political Assault on the United States - Center for American Progress
Introduction and summary On January 6, 2017, the U.S. intelligence community released a declassified assessment to the public confirming what most had already…
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10 weeks ago
China Used a Tiny Chip in a Hack That Infiltrated Amazon and Apple
In 2015, Amazon.com Inc. began quietly evaluating a startup called Elemental Technologies , a potential acquisition to help with a major expansion of its…
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10 weeks ago
This Ohio Woman's Run-In With The FBI Provides A Window Into Mueller's Russia Probe
This Ohio Woman's Run-In With The FBI Gives Us A Window Into Robert Mueller's Trump–Russia Probe The probe into Cassandra Ford's Twitter account provides a…
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10 weeks ago
'Calling All Earthlings': Film Review
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California: The Not-So Golden State | History Today
Skip to main content Sign in Register Subscribe Search Subscription Offers Give a Gift Home Magazine Subscribe The Archive History Matters Miscellanies Digital…
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Why oil derricks are disguised as islands off the Long Beach coast
On some nights, the small islands off the shore of Long Beach shine with bright Vegas-style lights: orange, yellow, red and blue. Rising around a quarter mile…
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10 weeks ago
The Next Step for #MeToo Is Into the Gray Areas
As we near the one-year mark of the public accusations against Harvey Weinstein—that he serially assaulted women; that he used his power to avoid any…
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11 weeks ago
Q&A with QAnon
With little fanfare, on Wednesday night, anonymous conspiracy avatar Q announced “Q&A” and began answering questions from users on the image board 8Chan, where…
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12 weeks ago
‘True Detective’ Director Cary Fukunaga Is Bringing His Obsessions to Netflix
Credit Credit Richard Burbridge for The New York Times A t the end of 2009, the director Cary Joji Fukunaga was hunting for his second feature film. His first,…
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The Makings of a 2020 Recession and Financial Crisis | by Nouriel Roubini & Brunello Rosa
NEW YORK – As we mark the decennial of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, there are still ongoing debates about the causes and consequences of the financial…
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12 weeks ago
Signs of the Times: Ancient Symbols Reused by Hate Groups
For the past year and half, I have written extensively about the appropriation of ancient symbols, texts, and material culture as a rallying point for hate and…
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september 2018
A Trail of ‘Bread Crumbs,’ Leading Conspiracy Theorists Into the Wilderness
Go hungry for too long, and a lot of strange things will start to look like food. The smallest morsels become precious, especially if you believe they form some…
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september 2018
Plans revealed for re-opening historic Jergins Tunnel in Downtown Long Beach
When the City of Long Beach was legally required by the state to pawn off its RDA properties following the dissolution of Redevelopment , there was one property…
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september 2018
Making Monsters: The Enduring Appeal of Star Wars’ Creature Design
A rusted portcullis rises, concealed machinery rattling as sand falls from the bulwark’s blunt durasteel teeth. Beyond, a pair of pinprick eyes gleam in the…
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september 2018
QAnon, Slender Man, and Our Paranoid Surveillance Society
Donald Trump was supposed to be the main event at his rally in Tampa, Florida, in early August. Instead, thanks to a number of people in the crowd sporting…
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september 2018
A witch hunt or a quest for justice: An insider’s perspective on disgraced academic Avital Ronell
Justice is rare. But once in a while there arises an unexpected situation that nourishes the hope that justice has not disappeared entirely from the world. The…
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september 2018
Ross Asset Management - the final chapter? | Lexology
In what is likely to be the final chapter in the Ross Asset Management (RAM) liquidation, assuming no appeal is filed, the High Court has considered an…
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september 2018
White Magic
From an opening in the thicket we witness naked figures gathering around a growing fire. Their hair is long and their language foreign. Their chants intensify…
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september 2018
What NYU Professor Avital Ronell’s Defenders Get Wrong
Avital Ronell. Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Deutsches Haus: The Telephone Book @ 25/YouTube. One of the #MeToo movement’s lasting effects has been to…
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august 2018
St. Joseph’s Orphanage
Millions of American children were placed in orphanages. Some didn’t make it out alive. It was a late summer afternoon, Sally Dale recalled, when the boy was…
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august 2018
You Called for Me: Masculine Pain and Isolation in Akira
From Breaking Bad ’s arrogant, embittered Walter White to Conan the Barbarian’ s titular brute, the masculine urge to dominate is a prevalent narrative force in…
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august 2018
What Kind of an American Am I? | Essay | Zócalo Public Square
I am American. That much I know—but my life’s experience has never taken me beyond that in any way, up until this point. While many Americans embrace their…
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august 2018
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FINDING NEW MUSIC IN THE ALGORITHM AGE
Six people working in the music world tell us how they do it.
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august 2018
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American…
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august 2018
How three conspiracy theorists took 'Q' and sparked Qanon
In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded…
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august 2018
Exclusive: Hacked Emails Take Us Inside the Billionaires’ Club Around Vladimir Putin
exclusive How a little-known lawyer is at the center of a complex nexus of connections between Western fixers, Russian oligarchs, Vladimir Putin—and even Donald…
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august 2018
The Kek Wars, Part One: Aristocracy and its Discontents - Ecosophia
Every month or so since the 2016 presidential election campaign hit high tide, somebody has asked me to say something about the weirdest and most interesting…
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august 2018
Pitch Battles - Believer Magazine
I n 1988, more than a dozen of opera’s greatest superstars—including Plácido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and Birgit Nilsson—added their names to a petition…
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august 2018
I’m done with Twitter
After 12 years, I’ve decided to hang it up on Twitter . I started using the site in 2006, when it was all texts sent to your phone, and I remember my first…
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august 2018
⛵ Learning Meaning in Natural Language Processing — The Semantics Mega-Thread
Krabi, Thailand by Mo Baghdadi In which Twitter talked about meaning, semantics, language models, learning Thai and Java, entailment, co-reference — all in one…
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august 2018
It's Looking Extremely Likely That QAnon Is A Leftist Prank On Trump Supporters
"What the fuck is wrong with boomers?" There's a growing group of Trump supporters who are convinced that Donald Trump is secretly trying to save the world from…
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august 2018
Structure
I had done all the research I was going to do, assembled enough material to fill a silo. And now I had no idea what to do with it. Construction by Stephen Doyle…
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august 2018
Los Angeles in Buildings: Scientology Pacific Area Command Base
It isn't always obvious who owns Los Angeles' notable old buildings, but 4833 Fountain Avenue requires no research more intensive than an upward glance. There,…
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july 2018
Death of a Godfather: Peter ‘Sana’ Ojeda Reshaped the Mexican Mafia and Paved the Way for SoCal's Gentrification ~ L.A. TACO
D ressed in his best flannel Pendleton, Peter “Sana” Ojeda can be seen at El Salvador Park weidling his will over a collection of Southern California’s most…
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july 2018
Ancient dreams of intelligent machines: 3,000 years of robots
This dulcimer-playing automaton from the 1770s, attributed to clockmaker Joseph Möllinger, mimics human movements to play eight compositions. Credit: M.S. Rau…
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july 2018
Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not
Sometime in the late Eighties, I participated in a meeting organized by the Honda Foundation in which a Japanese professor—I can’t remember his name—made the…
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july 2018
Molly McKew “Information Warfare Expert?” – Dustin Giebel – Medium
Information Warfare Experts are hard to come by, they are specialists who understand the integration of cyber warfare and psychological operations so they can…
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july 2018
China's Xinjiang Province: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International
Johannes Eisele / AFP Police patrol a night food market near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in Chinas Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. In western China, Beijing…
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july 2018
A New Voice of the Southwest
ACID WEST IS a bit of a chameleon: it changes its color and character from one sort of book to another, depending on how one encounters it. Or, to be truer to…
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july 2018
The QAnon Conspiracy Is the Oldest Scam Out There
In October 2017, President Trump posed with a group of high-ranking military officers and cryptically declared that it was “ the calm before the storm .” Most…
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july 2018
Tron
The very first shot of Tron seems to depict a digital humanoid being compiled from its constituent digital parts. We don't see a face though, so perhaps we are…
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july 2018
Unsustainable Interstellar Civilization, Hotspot Colonies, and Dwarf Culture - Charlie's Diary
While I'd like to write SFF or rewrite Hot Earth Dreams , this year I'm stuck spending most of my energy fighting developers who decided not to let a good…
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july 2018
High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too
One of the best-selling T-shirts for the Indian e-commerce site Myntra is an olive, blue and yellow colorblocked design. It was conceived not by a human but by…
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july 2018
Stacey Camp Digs into the Mexican American Labor History of Mount Lowe Resort and Railway
Stacey Camp Digs into the Mexican American Labor History of Mount Lowe Resort and Railway FIGURE 1: Mount Lowe’s Incline Railway courtesy of the Los Angeles…
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july 2018
New model predicts that we’re probably the only advanced civilization in the observable universe
Any comments, suggestions or just looking for a chat about this subject? Don't hesitate and leave a comment on our improved comment section down below the…
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june 2018
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