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We Need To Know The Algorithms The Government Uses To Make Important Decisions About Us

The Conversation US | Posted 01.02.2017 | Politics
The Conversation US

As a society we should require that public information officers be trained so they are literate and indeed fluent in the terminology they may encounter when the public is asking for algorithms.

Did Facebook Really Elect Trump President?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.25.2016 | Politics
Mark Weinstein

By now we've all heard about it. Facebook has a fake news problem, a rampant epidemic of phony and outrageous headlines in which a fraction-of-a-penny-per-click gets traded for lies.

The Reason Why We Are Always Right

Zita Luiten | Posted 10.18.2016 | Impact
Zita Luiten

I have 1,485 Facebook friends, from all over the world. And I don't think any of them have a view I disagree with. I don't see any racist posts, insulting comments or posts in support of Trump, from my Facebook friends. I see a lot of horrible things, because my friends are keen to raise awareness on the issues around the world, but this only gets me more motivated to help and make a difference.

Trump's Acceptance Speech As Seen By The Algorithms

Robin Raskin | Posted 07.25.2016 | Technology
Robin Raskin

The tech-savvy (except Peter Thiel) have shown no love for the newly announced Republican candidate throughout the nominating process. I figured it was time to look at Trump's speech in the tech world's own lingo.

The Origami Algorithm And C3 (Common Core Confusion)

Alan Singer | Posted 07.11.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

Common Core math, for better or worse, is no longer about calculations; it is about reading.

The Feed Eaters

Gregg Murray | Posted 06.10.2016 | Technology
Gregg Murray

Domesticated animals eat feed. Day after day, the farmer fills the trough with the same oats, the same feed. As we lie in sleep, our sidecars charge, our prostheses: computers, tablets, smartphones. Receptacles for the news feeds, charging to accommodate relentless scrolling throughout the day. Everywhere, silently revving for the coming feeding.

Using computers to better understand art

The Conversation US | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
The Conversation US

By Ricky J. Sethi, Fitchburg State University How do humans interpret and understand art? The nature of artistic style, seemingly abstract and intuit...

Religion and Algorithms: The Showdown of the Century

Francis Sanzaro | Posted 06.02.2016 | Religion
Francis Sanzaro

Thus far, algorithms have upended every sector of our society, beginning with transportation (how we tap to hail a "taxi"), consume media (get movie recommendations), love (dating website "matches"), finance (algorithmic traders), and, quite frankly, the list goes on.

I Have Met the Algorithm and It Is Us

David Sable | Posted 05.30.2016 | Media
David Sable

Facebook is biased! Facebook is hijacking the newsfeed! Facebook could change the course of the US presidential election!!!! Facebook will make us ...

Historian: When Computers and Biology Converge, Organisms Become Algorithms

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Daniel A. Bell

"The wall between machines and humans, between computer science and biology, is collapsing and I think the next century and probably the future of life itself will be shaped by this algorithmic view of the world."

Facebook Must Be Held Accountable To The Public

danah boyd | Posted 05.18.2016 | Technology
danah boyd

There is no such thing as neutrality when it comes to media. That has long been a fiction, one that traditional news media needs and insists on.

Is Facebook Controlling the News You See?

Kicker | Posted 05.13.2016 | Technology

With so many people on Facebook every day, for so much time, and most of them looking out for news, how news appears on Facebook clearly matters, a lot.

Here Come The Robots To Financial Services: Ready, Set...

April Rudin | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
April Rudin

Machines. They are capable of inspiring both awe and fear. Especially when it comes to machines with a mind of their own, otherwise known as artificia...

It's the year's your cybersecurity?

The Conversation US | Posted 05.02.2016 | Technology
The Conversation US

Steven Weber, University of California, Berkeley and Betsy Cooper, University of California, Berkeley What if, in 2020, wearable devices did not care...

The Beethoven of Mathematics

Nelson Saiers | Posted 04.20.2016 | Science
Nelson Saiers

Along with death and taxes, another certainty in life is math. In light of this, I hope to bring new meaning to April 15 as the birthday of Leonhard E...

Public Trust in the Internet of Things Will Grow with Device Audits

Philip N. Howard | Posted 04.04.2016 | Technology
Philip N. Howard

The Internet has gone through a major demographic transition: in the year 2015, the number of devices connected by the Internet surpassed the number o...

What Exactly Is Machine Learning?

Quora | Posted 03.07.2016 | Technology

Machine learning is the science of algorithms that detect patterns in data in order to make accurate predictions for future data. I think the following technical skills are a must.

Sitting On Runway Waiting For Takeoff May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

The Huffington Post | Lee Moran | Posted 03.10.2016 | Technology

That frustrating and sometimes lengthy period between boarding an airplane and taking off could soon be consigned to the history books. Engineers at t...

How Will Machine Learning Impact Your Life?

GenDIY | Posted 10.12.2016 | Education

Tom Vander Ark Every high school student should be asked to write an essay about the future. There are a handful of trends that are likely to make ...

The Brave New World of Discrimination

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 09.10.2016 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

A patent recently acquired by Facebook could conceivably permit loan servicers to gain access to the credit ratings of a loan applicant's social network and then use that information to determine whether the applicant qualifies for a loan.

What Gender Stereotypes and Sexism Have to Do With Algorithms and Robots

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.27.2016 | Technology
Soraya Chemaly

Years of social-psychology studies show that humans default to organizing each other by gender, race and age and use stereotypes to create, define and perpetuate organizational norms. Implicit, unconscious biases are well understood and, while individual people themselves might not set out to consciously act in sexist and racist ways, systematized biases, left unexplored and addressed, yield sexist and racist results.

Algorithms for Elephants and Rhinos

Celia Black | Posted 05.25.2015 | Green
Celia Black

The illegal wildlife trade is emerging as one of the world's most lucrative criminal activities. Well-organized syndicates operating as transnational criminal networks linked to poaching often participate in other illegal activities, including trafficking of narcotics and weapons--some with ties to terrorist networks.

To Catch an Algo Thief

John Bates | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
John Bates

Cyberterrorism is on the upswing and algorithmic terrorism is the next iteration. So much of our economy is underpinned by electronic trading that protecting the markets is paramount.

AI vs. Human Intelligence: Why Computers Will Never Create Disruptive Innovations

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 04.26.2015 | Science
Nick Seneca Jankel

I am convinced that no computer, no matter how powerful, will ever be able to purposefully innovate an artistic breakthrough like Hip Hop; or a commercial one like Instagram. Breakthrough creativity is fundamentally organic, not algorithmic.

Can An Algorithm Actually Be Creative? (NEW BOOK)

Luke Dormehl | Posted 01.17.2015 | Books
Luke Dormehl

Forget Facebook manipulating our timelines as a mass social experiment, or Google mining our personal emails for advertising keywords. When it comes to algorithms, nothing gets the blood boiling more than the subject of creativity.