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Overcoming Bias : A Coming Hypocralypse?

September 5, 2018 Bilal 0

Overcoming Bias : A Coming Hypocralypse? https://ift.tt/2Pyx1l0 Many people have been working hard for a long time to develop tech that helps to read people’s feelings. They are working on ways to read facial expressions, gazes, word choices, tones of voice, sweat, skin conductance, gait, nervous habits, and many other body features and motions. Over the coming years, we should expect this tech to consistently get cheaper and better at reading more subtler feelings of more people in more kinds of contexts more reliably. Much of this tech will be involuntary. While your permission and assistance may help such tech […]

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Occupational Classifications: A Machine Learning Approach — by Akina Ikudo, Julia Lane, Joseph Staudt, Bruce Weinberg

September 4, 2018 Bilal 0

Occupational Classifications: A Machine Learning Approach — by Akina Ikudo, Julia Lane, Joseph Staudt, Bruce Weinberg https://ift.tt/2LY5qaY Occupational Classifications: A Machine Learning Approach NBER Working Paper No. 24951 Issued in August 2018 NBER Program(s):Labor Studies Characterizing the work that people do on their jobs is a longstanding and core issue in labor economics. Traditionally, classification has been done manually. If it were possible to combine new computational tools and administrative wage records to generate an automated crosswalk between job titles and occupations, millions of dollars could be saved in labor costs, data processing could be sped up, data could become […]

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Measuring Gentrification: Using Yelp Data to Quantify Neighborhood Change — by Edward L. Glaeser, Hyunjin Kim, Michael Luca

September 4, 2018 Bilal 0

Measuring Gentrification: Using Yelp Data to Quantify Neighborhood Change — by Edward L. Glaeser, Hyunjin Kim, Michael Luca https://ift.tt/2N7y3qL Measuring Gentrification: Using Yelp Data to Quantify Neighborhood Change NBER Working Paper No. 24952 Issued in August 2018 NBER Program(s):Economic Fluctuations and Growth, Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship We demonstrate that data from digital platforms such as Yelp have the potential to improve our understanding of gentrification, both by providing data in close to real time (i.e. nowcasting and forecasting) and by providing additional context about how the local economy is changing. Combining Yelp and Census data, we find that gentrification, as […]

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Where are the key transformative tech trends of 2018?

September 4, 2018 Bilal 0

Where are the key transformative tech trends of 2018? https://ift.tt/2oAoAtY It’s the beginning of September (and no, I don’t know how that happened either), and as the summer lull winds to a close and we prepare for a renewed frenzy of activity, it’s a good moment to take stock of the year so far. Last month, two different articles were published looking back over some of the key trends we’ve seen in 2018 with regard to emerging technology and digital transformation, and comparing them to what was predicted. One was a piece by Forbes contributor Daniel Newman of CMO Network, […]

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Tesla, software and disruption

September 4, 2018 Bilal 0

Tesla, software and disruption https://ift.tt/2C7u8pq “We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone. PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.” – Ed Colligan, CEO of Palm, 2006, on rumours of an Apple phone “They laughed at Columbus and they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” – Carl Sagan When Nokia people looked at the first iPhone, they saw a not-great phone with some cool features that they were going to build too, being produced […]

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Bad Mobs of Good People: The Paradox of Viral Outrage

September 3, 2018 Bilal 0

Bad Mobs of Good People: The Paradox of Viral Outrage https://ift.tt/2LPP83O People become less approving of social media outrage the more people join in with it. One person rebuking another is fine, but ten people doing it looks like a mob. This is the key finding of an interesting new paper called The Paradox of Viral Outrage, from Takuya Sawaoka and Benoît Monin of Stanford. According to the authors, the titular ‘paradox’ is that "individual outrage that would be praised in isolation is more likely to be viewed as bullying when echoed online by a multitude of si Publish Science […]

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Lessons from the Most Popular Crypto-Based Application

September 3, 2018 Bilal 0

Lessons from the Most Popular Crypto-Based Application https://ift.tt/2NC7qqO A force for mass adoption is here, but it’s not a Dapp. Everyone is talking about ways to achieve mass adoption for cryptocurrency and blockchain these days, but not many are making it. If we look at the “most popular” — you will see why they’re in quotes in a sec — blockchain-based applications, none of them have more than 500 daily active users. This is nuts. Way to go for blockchain mass adoption. But you know what, he is right. By he I mean, Jon Choi, who recently gave a “hype-minimized” talk on blockchain development […]

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Who needs democracy when you have data?

September 3, 2018 Bilal 0

Who needs democracy when you have data? https://ift.tt/2MqgCSM In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an experiment in “electronic democracy,” in which a single citizen, selected to represent an entire population, responded to questions generated by a computer named Multivac. The machine took this data and calculated the results of an election that therefore never needed to happen. Asimov’s story was set in Bloomington, Indiana, but today an approximation of Multivac is being built in China. For any authoritarian regime, “there is a basic problem for the center of figuring out what’s going on at […]

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How the humanities can deliver for the fourth industrial revolution

September 3, 2018 Bilal 0

How the humanities can deliver for the fourth industrial revolution https://ift.tt/2wDoXs9 What do you teach university students in a post-Google world? In a few minutes, anyone with a smartphone can get basic knowledge about the side-effects of pseudoephedrine, the history of the Eiffel Tower, or the workings of a jet engine. The information they get may not be correct or complete, but they won’t know that. They will think they’re suitably informed. Isn’t that enough to put universities – along with doctors, engineers, lawyers, and everyone else whose trade is based on knowledge – out of business? Obviously not. This […]

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Scientists make a touch tablet that rolls and scrolls

September 3, 2018 Bilal 0

Scientists make a touch tablet that rolls and scrolls https://ift.tt/2N2po8U Research scientists at Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab have built a prototype touchscreen device that’s neither smartphone nor tablet but kind of both — and more besides. The device, which they’ve christened the MagicScroll, is inspired by ancient (papyrus/paper/parchment) scrolls so it takes a rolled-up, cylindrical form factor — enabled by a flexible 7.5inch touchscreen housed in the casing. This novel form factor, which they made using 3D printing, means the device can be used like an erstwhile Rolodex (remember those?!) for flipping through on-screen contacts quickly by turning a […]