Instead of spending the day sharing this stuff out on Twitter and Facebook, I'm going to start sharing them here.
Implicit Bias and Policing - Jennifer Eberhardt is a social scientist bringing implicit bias research to policing. She has been embedded with the Oakland PD creating new policies based on her research. It's a fascinating read about using data to inform policy.
A Crash Course In Blockchain - I've avoided cryptocurrency, but I do find the tech behind it intriguing. This article is a layman's guide to Blockchain and a few other alternative algorithms.
The Rise of the Rounded Circle - The history of Apple's favorite shape.
The History of the Rusian Space Station - A review of the failures and successes of the Russian space station program. Along with a brief look at its influence on Russia's current programs.
AI Pig Farming - Consumerized AI is going to be just as revolutionary as the PC and Smart Phone. This might be the oddest application of Gibson's phrase, "The street finds its own uses for things."
Nintendo Returns To Its Roots - No one does weird like Nintendo. Like the Wii, I think that this mix of DIY craft and gaming might scratch the right set of itches to be a hit. If it isn't at least cardboard is more recyclable than your basement full of Rock Band instruments.
Failing Mall: The Game - Found via Boing Boing it's a browser game where you try and save a failing mall. Cut deals, close and open new stores, and bribe local politicians. Features mini-games and clicking to clean up garbage and chase out hooligans for active play.
Is Google's AI Research in China Aiding Beijing? - Techdirt explores the idea that researching AI in China is at the very least indirectly aiding the government's surveillance efforts.
Media Illiteracy and Truth Decay - I don't think it's surprising that no one knows anything. Some people blame Postmodernism, though I doubt that they understand the concept they're criticizing. Others want to blame a media more focused on ratings or ideology, but to be honest, it's just that people don't understand basic media literacy. Critical thinking is an essential skill, but know how to read the news is just vitally important. Knowing where the information came from, what conclusions are from the reporter and the source, as well as how trustworthy the source is are all skills people should have to get around in the modern landscape. A good rule of thumb is just to treat everything like it's a rumor at your job. (If you're the person breathlessly repeating every layoff rumor you hear, no one likes you.)
Zero Books Podcast: The Anti-SJW Industry - A relatively compelling conversation on the state of the debate. They do a good breakdown on how the left has become a moralizing version of the Washington Generals. They also show how the outrage culture has created an industry of anti-SJW talking heads that haven't had to face any debated beyond reporters reading tweets to them.
Facebook has a VPN - If that doesn't make you shudder a little bit, it should. Don't use it.
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