04 dezembro 2016

10 coisas que já podia ter lido hoje

Os robôs também caem de pé:

Kazuo Ishiguro: 'We’re coming close to the point where we can create people who are superior to others' (Ishiguro cites three areas - gene editing, robotics and Artificial Intelligence - that he believes could transform the way we live and interact with each other over the next 30 years.)

Coisas que é bom saber: Right-Wing Extremists Are a Bigger Threat to America Than ISIS: since 2002, have killed more people in the United States than jihadis have. In that time (...) Islamists launched nine attacks that murdered 45, while the right-wing extremists struck 18 times, leaving 48 dead. (e "One by One, ISIS Social Media Experts Are Killed as Result of F.B.I. Program")

52 things I learned in 2016Um exemplo: "Google’s advertising tools can track real-world shop visits. If a customer sees an ad then visits the relevant store a few days later, that conversion will appear in Google Adwords. Customers are tracked via (anonymised) Google Maps data. They’ve been doing this since 2014."

John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative: Space, Time, Time, Confidence, Humor

New York City Mapped All of its Trees and Calculated the Economic Benefits of Every Single One

I Dialed a Wrong Number and Stumbled Into International Phone Fraud: It started when I was trying to call Cuba.

Confessions of an Instagram Influencer: I used to post cat photos. Then a marketing agency made me a star.

Former inmates encounter stigma, bias, and even formal obstacles to getting hired. Connecticut, for example, has 423 employment restrictions based on criminal records, including bans on obtaining a teaching certificate, operating commercial motor vehicles, and becoming a firefighter.

A Virginia School District Has Banned Two Classic Books Because of Racial Slurs: To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been pulled from classrooms and curriculum until further notice. Segundo o politicamente correcto, "racial slurs appear 219 times in Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, while Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird has 48 racial slurs in.".

03 dezembro 2016

10 coisas que já podia ter lido hoje

Uma casa no Estoril

Perante o petróleo e a água, Trump has endorsed the Dakota Access Pipeline. The next move is up to Obama.

Let's Talk About Innovation for Publishers: newspapers and magazines did somewhat decent until the financial crisis in 2008, after which things went badly. Digital is now completely taking over the market for publishers, while TV is hanging in there (but notice how it's not growing at the same rate as the market overall, so it's actually in decline too).

"All of the Democratic and Democratic-aligned members of the Senate intelligence committee have hinted that significant information about Russian interference in the US presidential election remains secret and ought to be declassified", nota o The Guardian.

Da pós-verdade: Facebook is blocking links to a popular fake news detector (website for a popular browser extension that detects and tags disreputable news sources), a mesma empresa que, segundo diz um seu executivo: "We resisted having standards" on fake news. "That was wrong." Porquê? Trump’s Lies Aren’t Lies Because ‘There’s No Such Thing’ As Facts Anymore, His Surrogate Says... Facebook que está a desenvolver "artificial intelligence to flag offensive live videos"

Como se transfere Big Data? Por camião.

Da liberdade de expressão ao exercício da liberdade de expressão: Here are the journalists fighting for federal public records e a posição do Internet Archive perante o FBI

Qué ciudadanos europeos pagan más impuestos?

Futuristic plans for a moon village proposed by the European Space Agency are winning support around the world.

Os sonhos das startups: "Nearly one in five (!) founders think their company will eventually be worth a billion dollars or more."

02 dezembro 2016

11 coisas que já podia ter lido hoje

 Mesmerizing Patterns Constructed Within Surreal Landscapes, by Polish photographer Dariusz Klimczak

Finally! Word is getting out. It’s not just Uber’s “innovation” claims which are questionable, it’s potentially the entire business model.

The Legal Industry for Kidnapping Teens: David wasn't being kidnapped in the traditional sense. What happened to him was arranged by his parents, and was completely legal.

After 52 Years, the War Between Colombia and the FARC Will End: Four out of five of the decades-long conflict's dead were civilians

THE TOXIC HISTORY TRUMP SHARES WITH ALL OF US: One advantage of being the putative leader of a great nation is that people pay attention, even when you’re spouting nonsense (nomeadamente sobre os seus conflitos de interesse).

Qual a visão de Trump sobre os dronesPrivatizing air traffic control will have implications for the future of U.S. drone regulations, much of which hinges on efforts to create a national drone air traffic control system capable of real-time reporting, tracking and managing of flights.

E porque não mais um subsidiozinho para os media, quando, segundo Trump, "There Are No Such Things As Facts"? Facebook Should Consider Subsidizing and Promoting Local News: It’s one way the social network could make up for the damage it’s done to journalism.

Should you trust that news story you’re reading? Here’s how to check. A começar por esta: Breitbart declares war on Kellogg's after cereal brand pulls advertising from site: The right-wing news organization is calling for a boycott on Kellogg’s products after company says Breitbart is not ‘aligned with our values’

Em alternativa, "A man with an antenna implanted in his head tells us what it’s like to be a cyborg"...

The Fluid Dynamics of “The Starry Night”: How Vincent Van Gogh’s Masterpiece Explains the Scientific Mysteries of Movement and Light

Using Ecstasy to treat post-traumatic stress disorder: ‘I felt like my soul snapped back into place’ (& How does this happen? Why does Humira cost so much more here than it does in other countries?)

26 novembro 2016

Umberto Eco e os sinais do fascismo

1. The cult of tradition.
2. The rejection of modernism.
3. The cult of action for action’s sake.
4. Disagreement is treason.
5. Fear of difference.
6. Appeal to social frustration.
7. The obsession with a plot.
8. The enemy is both strong and weak.
9. Pacifism is trafficking with the enemy.
10. Contempt for the weak.
11. Everybody is educated to become a hero.
12. Machismo and weaponry.
13. Selective populism.
14. Ur-Fascism speaks Newspeak.

15 novembro 2016

Evolução da população humana

"It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion — and only 200 years to reach 7 billion":