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"No single academic field can address all the new problems created by algorithmic decision-making"

It would be foolish to suggest that algorithms that affect and influence so many individuals at an unprecedented scale and reach are not audited and regulated. That may have to be done without unlocking the black box envelope, much like people themselves are regulated without probing every detail of a person's cognitive makeup.

1. These algorithms are so complex that complex auditing software would be needed, which in turn can introduce bias and error.
2. As trade secrets companies may have good reason to block access to these algorithms.
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I thought this was offensive. Almost everyone is becoming a better product maker and innovating as suits them best. This just sounds like antiquated cowboy shenanigans.
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Yeah, I agree with you. Unfortunately I think they probably work by playing on fears of inadequacy and vulnerability. From what I have heard it's even worse for women. I guess all we can do is call them out on it.  
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Touching story. G+ is for love also! via +Emlyn O'Regan 
 
I just thought I would mark today with a post I made four years ago, welcoming everyone on board just a few minutes after we flipped the switch and launched Google+. 

Over the course of the week that followed, I decided to try something a bit crazy and not really "traditional Google:" I spent lots of time running around the service, talking to everyone I encountered, and welcoming them aboard. What I found was that there were tremendous numbers of people out there who wanted to talk: not just about the service, but about all the things they cared about in their lives, from their pets to geopolitics. And the results changed my life.

It's been an amazing four years here: I've seen the project grow from a crazy idea to a giant, thriving community, spread around the world.  I've had so many conversations on so many subjects, and learned so much in the process, that I can't even count. I've learned to write much more effectively, and what it is to have a real conversation about incredibly sensitive subjects where people nonetheless treat each other with respect and seriousness. I've made an amazing group of friends here, people I love and trust and talk to every day. And I even met the love of my life, my brilliant and beloved wife, through the service.

So looking back on four years of what we've built here, I can say: this is going really well. I'm exceptionally glad to have met all of you, and to have had some part in building this community we share, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next four years take us!
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FiniteStateMachine class that takes an SVG element as constructor! It matches up circles with nearest text elements. The FSM can generate a a new SVG representing its state on the fly for debugging purposes.

Frogger source: https://github.com/denodell/frogger
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Very interesting project. Would be pretty exciting if they stumbled onto the dreaming algorithm. 
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+Alex Parker This requires an editor that supports HTML editing and serialization of source code (I'm using NodeCode -- which uses Node for serialization)
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+Matt Smith Thanks for this code example! Seems to have generated a lot of good commentary. 
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Whoa. The Uber service model is becoming a monster. Next station Uber space flights?
 
UberBoat startet in Istanbul - wäre doch cool, sich per App jederzeit eine Bootsfahrt buchen zu können! Vorausgesetzt es ist Wasser in der Nähe. ;) Aber das steckt ja leider noch in den Kinderschuhen... der Preis richtet sich wohl an Touristen?

#uber #Türkei #wassertaxi #uberboat
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Uber geht aufs Wasser: Anlässlich seines einjährigen Bestehens in der Türkei hat der US-Taxidienst in Istanbul den Ableger UberBoat gestartet. So eine Bootstaxi-Fahrt hat aber ihren Preis.
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Too soon to surrender to Islamic State
Sure I've been sick with a bad internet connection for the last couple of weeks, but i still think this is a necessary topic. With all its imperfections the Christian tradition has many good qualities. It has taken me awhile to make peace with faith-based approaches. So now I see the value in science as well as religions like Christianity and Islam. I interpret the words figuratively. In the end all these approaches are about providing happiness and well-being to communities.
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You can't outsource atmospheric carbon d for your products when you are stuck on the same planet.
 

What if we adjust the emissions per capita numbers to assign manufacturing emissions to the countries that import the goods? Which countries will have the highest emissions then?


Rapid industrialization and rising standards of living have made China the world’s top emitter of carbon dioxide. Preventing a runaway increase will require the country to keep per capita emissions at a relatively low level.
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Zeynep mentioned today that the word "algorithm" in popular culture deviates considerably from the original technical definition and instead today refers to mysterious calculations that create search results or newsfeeds for large tech companies. The precious secret sauce much like the secret formula of coke. 
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Ouch. Shamed by msnbc on a Monday morning. So typical though that I do not spend much time thinking about the B in LGBT in a week's span. 
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