[T]here is no such thing as a neutral tool. No algorithm focused on human behavior is neutral. Anything which is trained on historical human behavior embeds and codifies historical and cultural practices.
The daily tools and services we’ve surrounded ourselves with are incentivized to satisfy our urgent need for instant gratification – to make the precious moments we send on them as useful as quickly as possible. I’m on the lookout for something different. I need more tools and services that encourage serendipity as their primary function because I know how to search for what I need, but what is to discover what I do not know.
We are strange creatures, sometimes brutal, not always photogenic, often delicate. We’re fascinated by metrics, big pictures and endless horizons of possibility. And we always, always want more.
Facebook makes it easier to get sex and keep friends without having a job.
Why must it be that, just because certain political attitudes or behaviors are correlated with some genes, that this calls into question the notion that we can really change?
Telling other countries that they’re acting irrationally because they don’t want what the United States wants is the opposite of soft power. It’s self-defeating diplomacy.