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If you care about refugees, read this. Heartbreaking in so many ways. (This is not just about Denmark.) https://granta.com/denmark-criminalised-kindness/
‘We now know that it is a criminal offence to help refugees in distress.’ Lisbeth Zornig Anderson on being prosecuted for helping refugees in Denmark.
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Excerpt from an email sent out by L. Rafael Reif to the MIT community. There's a powerful message here.
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Today, we learned that we will have a new administration in Washington that promises a great deal of change. [...] As I saw this afternoon, students have wrapped the six great columns in Lobby 7 with huge sheets of paper. Three ask that you "Share Your Hopes," three to "Share Your Fears." They are covered with handwritten responses. People are lingering to read and add their own. Many say they fear for the future of the country, some for their personal safety, for their civil rights or that "my values no longer matter." Others fear that their peers will never take the time to understand why they voted for the winner. One hope struck me in particular: "I hope to understand the 48% of Americans who disagree with me." Nearly all the writers express some kind of pain. Yet together they have created a wonderful example of mutual respect and civil dialogue. Whatever may change in Washington, I believe there is great power in remembering that it will not change the values and the mission that unite us. [...] we do some of our best work when we turn outward to the world. Let's continue to do that now. And, following our students' lead, let us find ways to listen to one another – with sympathy, humility, decency, respect and kindness.
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Some very good statistical summaries of in-progress vote counting by the NYT. Anyone know how these results are updating in real time like this? (The numbers change a few times a second.) And what has happened in the last couple of hours to the prediction as to who is going to win?
http://www.nytimes.com/elections/forecast/president
Watch election returns like an expert.
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Publishing #election exit poll stats while people are still voting should be illegal. The Heisenberg Principle: you can't observe a system without changing it.
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Voting for a third party is not throwing away your vote if it means you're not violating your conscience.
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The telescope assembly for the James Webb Space Telescope has been completed. We'll be able to see so much deeper into space with the JWST than with the Hubble. (Not to jinx it, but I really hope that the rocket this is launched on doesn't explode!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1ybe4yr2no
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MIT launches The Engine, a new incubator for companies working on hard scientific and engineering challenges that don't fit the traditional angel or VC funding model. This is a big deal, and has been needed for a long time. http://news.mit.edu/2016/mit-announces-the-engine-for-entrepreneurs-1026
The Engine will provide funding, space, and expertise — powering a network of innovation networks.
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How have I not seen this before? Jeff Bezos' Regret Minimization Framework. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwG_qR6XmDQ
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Yes, that Savage. The minmax part in 1951 is more because he's discussing Wald, though. Savage championed the use of subjective probability. Your post prompted me to read Loomes and Sugden's 1982 paper on regret theory. They have an interesting, subtly different take, consistent with Bezos's story. Here's what I got out of it:

If a decision maker considers action a1, and rejects action a2, then, in this context, if outcome j happens, they not only experience the "choiceless" utility associated with state[a1,j] (i.e. the utility they'd experience if this outcome was forced upon them), they experience an emotion of regret or rejoicing that depends on how this compares to the choiceless utility they would have gotten from state[a2,j]. In one formulation of this, if delta is the difference in the two choiceless utilities, they'll additionally experience regret/rejoicing R(delta), for some function R, which is increasing.

The contextually appropriate utility, then, is the sum of the choiceless utility and R(delta). For making expected-value type decisions using this contextually modified utility, what ends up mattering is Q(delta)=delta + R(delta) - R(-delta), which measures the tradeoff, and is antisymmetric around 0.

Apparently you can explain many of e.g. Kahneman and Tversky's observations about behavior inconsistent with (normal) expected utility maximization, provided that Q is convex on the positive real line. The cost is that the notion is not generally transitive (in particular, need not lead to a total order on actions), because it's a contextual evaluation. Interesting stuff.
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Just a Southwest flight attendant in an overhead locker.
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+Ryan Gardner+Rhys Taylor​ thanks for reminding me why I love the G+ community :) 
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As a non-citizen immigrant, I can't vote today, but citizens of the US: don't screw this up :-p
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... they screwed this up.
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If you're looking for a worthy cause for year-end tax donation, consider supporting LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), who help North Korean refugees escape from hiding in China to freedom in South Korea. http://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org/ #AllForOne
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJNbH6tR3qU
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No surprise at all: all of the 2016 American Nobel laureates are immigrants. And yet many people who have called America their home for years, or most of their life, continue to have to hide for fear of deportation, and, post-9/11, foreign students are treated with some of the highest levels of scrutiny of all groups legally in the US. By default, students are required to return to their countries after obtaining even advanced degrees. Please fix this, America, you are a nation built by immigrants.
http://thehill.com/latino/300237-all-american-2016-nobel-prize-honorees-are-immigrants
One prize winner told The Hill that the U.S. should be "welcoming people from all over the world."
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  • Google
    Senior research scientist; tech lead; software engineer, 2012 - 2014
  • Harvard Medical School
    Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011 - 2012
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Research Assistant, 2005 - 2011
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    Software Engineering Intern, 2007 - 2007
  • Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation
    Director of Bioinformatics, 2004 - 2005
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