On the technology, the truth and media; artificial general intelligence; gendering AI; big data and human sexuality; Pokemon Go and what it means; climate records fall.
_Holiday special edition - I am on my summer break, so this is a quick EV sent remotely. _
Dept of the near future
🗞 How technology disrupted the truth. Absolutely excellent from Katherine Viner of the Guardian. READ ONE THING, READ THIS.
🔮 Demis Hassabis: We will build an AGI with the intelligence of a rat this year. (Rats can do lots of smart things.) MUST WATCH
👫 The gender of artificial intelligence: “there’s almost always a problem when a homogenous group builds a system that is applied to people not represented by the builders” GOOD READ
🐬 Data-driven, microtargeted porn is pushing human sexuality into weird places. CHALLENGING
🌆 The business implications of machine learning. Practical overview WORTH READING
Dept of Pokemon Go and AR
http://observer.com/2016/07/professional-pokemon-go-trainers-are-now-advertising-on-craigslist/Pokemon Go has taken some parts of the world by storm. My take is that it’ll be a short-lived fad but prove the appeal of augmented and mixed reality applications. Hard to see anything but a small cohort collecting Pokemon Gos. Equally it is not too far of stretch to see how the hardware and consumer interest is nearly at a point where a more mainstream application could be developed. I’ll mull on this on my holiday.
Pokemon Go sees more daily users than Twitter in the US.
Pomemon Go could be a boon for small businesses.
How the game represents the threshold between humans and machines. GOOD READ
🤑 Pokemon Go represents the best, not the worst, of modern capitalism. THOUGHT PROVOKING.
Pokemon at funerals. Incongruous.
Professional services for your Pokemon Go success have sprung up. Adverts are on Craigslist
Dept of climate change
🔥 Another climate record falls. (Nine years in a row!)
Fewer clouds means climate change is real.
Short morsels to appear smart at dinner parties
Brexit as a story of personal values. Good research. RECOMMENDED
Spotting depression in speech patterns using machine learning.
The magic of untranslatable words.
The neuroanatomy of rap. Turn off your inner critic.
🍫 Old but good - the great hipster chocolate confidence trick.
What you are up to
EV Reader Kevin Hill, @cyborgtribe, responds to the well-cited research that 40,000 fMRI studies are invalid.
I am on holiday for the next three weeks. I hope you enjoy your time off, if you are getting any.