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Cynthia Gaffney
The Wiser Child
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Over the next few months, an artificial intelligence algorithm will gradually take over the planning of experiments based on the battery test runs. Once fully functioning, this robot graduate student will decide how to modify the concentrations of the ingredients it’s testing. “It’s automating not only the manual part of doing the experiment but also the planning part,” says Brian Storey, the Toyota Research Institute scientist leading the project.
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Excerpt from The Sentient Machine by Amir Husain

It will be some time before augmented reality (AR) of sufficient quality and fidelity hits the mainstream. But when it does-and it will-its effect will be profound. We already struggle with determining what o...
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My Note:
After seeing Zuckerberg's and Sandberg's "apologies", I had to comment on the absurdity of these staged mea culpa events.

First of all, none of these "apologies" are spontaneous. They are coached for the best possible effect by a media consultant. Probable interview questions are rehearsed, recorded, played back, analyzed, and re-worked. - pause, lean into the camera, smile sadly, slowly say: "I am reeeaaallly sorry". Perfect. Now repeat.

Then to the outright lie that this data sharing situation can be "fixed". Zuckerberg's stated business model from the start was to "move fast and break things". In regard to advertising, this meant opening the FB application door to any third (or fourth, fifth, sixth) party developer who wanted in. Zuckerberg stated this himself many times in the early days. The only criteria for staying in was to make ad money for FB. The bulk of ad brokering and ad serving takes place outside of FB's control. That is the technical business model they built and actually fixing it would involve creating a whole new platform that would be ethical, controlled and, therefore, (very) much less profitable.----- And without straying too far down another rabbit hole, there has been no mention of the countless small business owners who have staked their entire advertising budget on a FB presence based upon the current model.

I've seen some recent interviews of the Chaos Monkeys author, Antonia Garcia Martinez, and he usually tries to downplay the negative consequence of the FB ad revenue model, which is interesting considering that he wrote a whole book criticizing FB. But then, I realized that his book only criticized the social culture and not the programming practices....which he had a hand in creating and continues to be his personal cash cow through other consulting and ventures.

In the book, there are many references to Sheryl Sandberg's conference room which was dubbed, "Only Good News". It is this now ubiquitous "tech optimism" attitude that castes a negative shadow on being "disillusioned". Yet, utter disillusionment is a critical first step in getting closer to truth.
https://www.capitalgrio.com/sites/news/1053319-mark-zuckerberg-s-hostile-emails-sheryl-sandberg-s-only-good-news-conference-room-because-that-s-all-she-wanted-to-hear-dress-codes-no-booty-shorts-for-women-life-at-facebook-exposed.html
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