Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Big data is one of those things that, perhaps, doesn't get the consideration it deserves from most people.
Certainly, not from me...
Sort of an amorphous term, abstract to most people. Just a couple of words that sound techish.
I read an article a while back that got me to thinking about it more than I had.
It prompted me to go read more about the big data idea, even...
Here is a bit of it:
But it was not just about "likes" or even Facebook: Kosinski and his team could now ascribe Big Five values based purely on how many profile pictures a person has on Facebook, or how many contacts they have (a good indicator of extraversion). But we also reveal something about ourselves even when we're not online. For example, the motion sensor on our phone reveals how quickly we move and how far we travel (this correlates with emotional instability). Our smartphone, Kosinski concluded, is a vast psychological questionnaire that we are constantly filling out, both consciously and unconsciously.
Above all, however—and this is key—it also works in reverse: not only can psychological profiles be created from your data, but your data can also be used the other way round to search for specific profiles: all anxious fathers, all angry introverts, for example—or maybe even all undecided Democrats? Essentially, what Kosinski had invented was sort of a people search engine. He started to recognize the potential—but also the inherent danger—of his work.
To him, the internet had always seemed like a gift from heaven. What he really wanted was to give something back, to share. Data can be copied, so why shouldn't everyone benefit from it? It was the spirit of a whole generation, the beginning of a new era that transcended the limitations of the physical world. But what would happen, wondered Kosinski, if someone abused his people search engine to manipulate people? He began to add warnings to most of his scientific work. His approach, he warned, "could pose a threat to an individual's well-being, freedom, or even life." But no one seemed to grasp what he meant.
The futurist in me thought technology was meant to free us.
Maybe, not so much.
I knew all this was happening, but only when you dig into it do you have to confront how terrifying the scope of it really is.
The link, again.
Posted by Scott Bartley at 12:38 PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
How about an update on the murder of that North Korean dude, in Malaysia?
Another arrest and more details on the whole deal over here.
Admit it, it's a good distraction from our own political pussy power grab.
And from dwelling on the terrible things going on in Sweden...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
I don't care if you are liberal, conservative, agnostic, following the paleo diet or whatever.
This summary from the Guardian is disturbing...
Trump fired off an angry series of tweets on Wednesday morning, claiming: “This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.”
He attacked the intelligence community for what he saw as “unAmerican” leaks to newspapers that have written anonymously sourced stories about his and his advisers’ alleged links to Russia in recent days. “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?),” he wrote. “Just like Russia.”
That was the “real scandal”, he said. Trump also complained that the “fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind hatred”, echoing the language of the Kremlin reaction to the latest reports.
The whole NYT article triggering this presidential tweetspurt here, if you haven't read it twice already...
Then read three related articles...
Then skimmed the Logan Act, just to be sure Flynn violated it...
And pondered who knew what and when...
This is heavy duty stuff.
Unless your fake news tells you that my fake news is fake, I guess.
Then, maybe all of this seems like libtard kvetching?
From here it seems a lot like Watergate, but with another country running the game.
Maybe that is just me though...
It seemed like a big story that got run over by the coverage of whatever the unconstitutional order of the day was, whatever dunderhead secretary was somehow being approved for a job they diametrically are inappropriate for.
Yet Flynn has floated it to the top, like a turd in a toilet.
Never mind that the other country involved just moved some missiles to violate a treaty, too.
My fake news mentioned that. Did yours?
Probably no big deal.
Like parking missiles in the wrong lot, while going to get some snacks at a mini-mart, maybe.
Heck, it may even just be some civilians doing stuff with missiles...
You know, like in Crimea or the Ukraine.
Nothing to worry about, no big thing...
Anyway, our congress is on it...
Investigations on the source of the leaks?