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Ian Robinson's Weekly Digest 4th April 2021

Ian Robinson's Weekly Digest 4th April 2021
By Ian Robinson's Weekly Digest • Issue #7 • View online
Here’s the latest Weekly Digest with pointers to things that have caught my eye. It has nine items, including three new music releases. All links from names go to a Twitter account or a website.
I am having issues with HEY World on posts with lots of links. So I’m switching back to Twitter Revue as it’s a better tool for what I’m doing with these digest posts. Sorry for the hassle! 

Technology
Getting AI to work in a fleshy, messy world is harder than you think - Wired - Link
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is seeping into many aspects of the modern world. Mainly in the form of machine learning (ML) systems. Getting the balance right between these systems and the humans they are meant to help is difficult. But it’s crucial if the AI and ML systems are going to be accepted. This article by Matt Burgess from Wired UK is a good overview of why people need to be the primary concern when designing and implementing AI systems.
How to Become an iOS Developer in 2021 - Paul Hudson - Link
If you ever wondered what skills you need to learn to start writing iPhone or iPad apps, this overview by educator and author Paul Hudson is a good primer. His courses on iOS development technologies are top-notch. The article is not a sales pitch—just good info and advice on the topic.
Ars Technica’s non-fungible guide to NFTs - Ars Technica - Link
If you have managed to avoid the term NFTs (non-fungible tokens), then lucky you. If you haven’t (a more likely scenario) and wonder what it all means, then Ars Technical has published an explainer. I’d be happy never to hear the term ever again, and I have muted it on Twitter to help me with that.
Science
Premature Freak-Outs about Techno-Enhancement - Scientific American - Link
There are many people writing about technology who think that certain technologies are going to be either the doom of humanity, or something that lifts us into a god-like nirvana. I’ve long felt that they both overstate the timescales and feasibility of most technologies. If they want to write about that topic, then they should write sci-fi! John Horgan agrees, and he has discovered the term “wishful worries" to describe it. He outlines his thoughts in this Scientific American article.  
Culture
Raise my taxes – now! The millionaires who want to give it all away - The Guardian - Link
An increasing number of billionaires and millionaires are realising that the wealth gap is wrong and unsustainable. This long read from The Guardian is a good review of who is involved in the movement, and what they want. Kudos to them all. I still think UBI should be a thing for everyone. 
Saga Stories #5: Volcanoes in the Sagas - The Reykjavik Grapevine - Link
This 10-minute YouTube video was presented to me by the algorithm as I’ve been watching the live webcams of the Geldingadalur volcano a lot. It’s a great academic-led discussion of why the Icelandic Sagas don’t refer to volcanism or their extreme daylight duration changes that much. 
Culture - New music I discovered this week 
St. Vincent - The Melting Of The Sun - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
Ina Wroldsen - Matters - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter
half•alive - What’s Wrong - Apple Music - Spotify - Twitter 
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