The open source movement is coming together under the Post-Meritocracy Manifesto
. It argues that the notion of merit can’t be measured, pursued on equal terms by every individual, nor ever be distributed fairly. A pledge for diversity and social responsibility.
“Henry, if we’re being cruel, is essentially a high-quality dildo attached to a fancy mannequin with a Bluetooth speaker in his head. But the gulf between what we imagine and what’s possible makes sex robots the perfect vehicle for pondering our sexual and technological future. (….) But if, for now, all sex robots are more or less novelties, they’re also a window into our desires. Building a robot for the purpose of sex means defining what sex means to us”.
In the US, Amazon is selling its face recognition
system, called Rekognition, to law enforcement. In a letter
to its CEO Bezos, the American Civil Liberties Union states:
Amazon offers a “person tracking” feature that it says “makes investigation and monitoring of individuals easy and accurate” for “surveillance applications.” Amazon says Rekognition can be used to identify “all faces in group photos, crowded events, and public places such as airports” —at a time when Americans are joining public protests at unprecedented levels. Amazon also encourages the use of Rekognition to monitor “people of interest,” raising the possibility that those labeled suspicious by governments— such as undocumented immigrants or Black activists— will be targeted for Rekognition surveillance.
The RSA has just published a report titled “Artificial Intelligence: real public engagement”
surveying citizens’ awareness about automated decisions in the UK (spoiler: very low) and calling for citizens to help determine under what conditions, if any, the use of automated decision systems is appropriate.
we believe that they have a lot to offer to the DSI movement precisely because they articulate a different concept of care not as a free service, but as a process that weaves new social relationships, creating knowledge, skills and tools and rethinking the meaning of key ideas such as health and body, self-determination and trust, normality and competence.
Thrilling times ahead for fans of logic and physics. The Western notions of causality and human rationality are under siege. Judea Pearl, a pioneering figure in artificial intelligence, said in a recent interview that to build truly intelligent machines we must teach them cause and effect
. Meanwhile, recent tests in quantum computing
are strongly questioning the very notion of cause and effect.
In Europe, men write 41% of the news
, compared to just 23% written by women, while almost half of all the pictures (43%) that were published were just of men, compared to just 15% featuring only women. The inequalities reported by the European Journalism Observatory are striking.
Web archeology: a 1996 beginners’ guide to the Internet
by the Wall Street Journal. “So far, many entrepreneurs lament, the only way to make a small fortune on the Internet has been to start with a large one.” ❤️
We are witnessing the transfer of responsibility for public goods and services from democratic institutions to the wealthy, to be administered by an executive class. The Guardian on the dangers of philanthrocapitalism
Saving Jack: creating a machine learning model on the Titanic
Why social media is a bummer: Jaron Lanier
doing Jaron Lanier.
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