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How empathy and creativity can re-humanise videoconferencing | Aeon Essays - 0 views

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    "Looking back on my experience of videoconferencing, I still get an odd emotional pain. The feeling is a kind of shame. Not so much for my own wooden performance and the failure of the technology. But rather a feeling that we have all lost a bit of our humanity through it. My interest in these technologies is ethically motivated. I am not at all happy with the banal dehumanisation that results from bad videoconferencing experiences. If, for example, students and teachers can't express their humanity in education, through its technologies, then we're just not doing it right."
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I got irritated by my dad's cluelessness with gadgets - but maybe it is the technology ... - 0 views

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    "Those who design this stuff are plainly doing so for people close in age to themselves. But surely no harm would come from them considering whether their parents or grandparents would have any chance of fathoming out whatever new consumer electronics they are working on."
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How Excel may have caused loss of 16,000 Covid tests in England | Health policy | The G... - 0 views

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    "But while CSV files can be any size, Microsoft Excel files can only be 1,048,576 rows long - or, in older versions which PHE may have still been using, a mere 65,536. When a CSV file longer than that is opened, the bottom rows get cut off and are no longer displayed. That means that, once the lab had performed more than a million tests, it was only a matter of time before its reports failed to be read by PHE."
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Jill Lepore: 'When did we hand Google, Twitter and Facebook the reins?' | Books | The G... - 0 views

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    "If anything, I think in the 50s and 60s - because so few people had direct experience of computers - there was even more concern than there is now. Computers were associated with vast power. It was only with the arrival in the 1980s and 1990s of the personal computer we were sold the idea that the technology was participatory and liberal. I think we have returned, in a way, to the original fears, now we sense that these personal devices very much represent the power of vast corporations. "
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Who really drives innovation, public demand or private investors? | World Economic Forum - 0 views

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    "As a society, we should care not just about how much innovation takes place, but also about the types of new technologies that are developed. We ought to ensure we are investing in technologies that are safe, environmentally sound, empower rather than simply replace human labor, and are consistent with democratic values and human rights."
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Who really drives innovation, public demand or private investors? | World Economic Forum - 0 views

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    "As a society, we should care not just about how much innovation takes place, but also about the types of new technologies that are developed. We ought to ensure we are investing in technologies that are safe, environmentally sound, empower rather than simply replace human labor, and are consistent with democratic values and human rights."
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Facebook and Instagram ban antisemitic conspiracy theories and blackface | Technology |... - 0 views

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    "Conspiracy theories about Jewish people "controlling the world" are to be explicitly banned from Facebook and Instagram for the first time, after the company announced an update to its content policies on Tuesday. The ban on "certain kinds of implicit hate speech" would also include content depicting blackface, Facebook's vice-president of integrity, Guy Rosen, said."
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WhatsApp spyware attack: senior clergymen in Togo among activists targeted | Technology... - 0 views

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    "WhatsApp announced last year that 1,400 of its users were attacked with the malware, which is made by Israel's NSO Group, over a two-week period last April."
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New global data reveal education technology's impact on learning | McKinsey - 0 views

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    "The type of device matters-some are associated with worse student outcomes. Geography matters-technology is associated with higher student outcomes in the United States than in other regions. Who is using the technology matters-technology in the hands of teachers is associated with higher scores than technology in the hands of students. Intensity matters-students who use technology intensely or not at all perform better than those with moderate use. A school system's current performance level matters-in lower-performing school systems, technology is associated with worse results."
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Microsoft sacks journalists to replace them with robots | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Around 27 individuals employed by PA Media - formerly the Press Association - were told on Thursday that they would lose their jobs in a month's time after Microsoft decided to stop employing humans to select, edit and curate news articles on its homepages."
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The American Economy Was Just Blasted Years Into the Future | Marker - 0 views

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    "Our Economy Was Just Blasted Years Into the Future The crisis is compressing and accelerating trends that would have taken decades to play out"
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Don't Fear the Robot - Issue 84: Outbreak - Nautilus - 0 views

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    "Robots have been slow to appear because each one requires a rare confluence of market, task, technology, and innovation. (And luck. I only described some of the things that nearly killed Roomba.) But as technology advances and costs decline, the toolbox for robot designers constantly expands. Thus, more types of robots will cross the threshold of economic viability. Still, we can expect one constant. Each new, successful robot will represent a minimum-the simplest, lowest-cost solution to a problem people want solved. The growing set of tools that let us attack ever more interesting problems make this an exciting time to practice robotics."
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'A threat to health is being weaponised': inside the fight against online hate crime | ... - 0 views

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    "Since Moonshot was founded, there has been a radical shift in the perception of technology's role when it comes to extremist terrorism. "Five years ago, there were still people inside the government who thought tech was for the kids," Frenett says. "There was a sense that it was almost amusing that terrorists were on the internet. You don't get that any more. Likewise, five years ago there were some great organisations doing great work on the violent far-right, but again it was almost seen as niche. That's no longer the case.""
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The Most Damaging Tweet Ever - Better Marketing - Medium - 0 views

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    "Unfortunately, her legacy will be dominated by that tweet. If you type her name into Google, you'll have to scroll for a long, long, long time before you find anything unrelated to it."
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Can computers ever replace the classroom? | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "With 850 million children worldwide shut out of schools, tech evangelists claim now is the time for AI education. But as the technology's power grows, so too do the dangers that come with it"
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Users would tell Facebook their bank balance for $8.44 a month | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The study by US-based thinktank the Technology Policy Institute (TPI) is the first that attempts to quantify the value of online privacy and data. It assessed how much privacy is worth in six countries by looking at the habits of people in the United States, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Columbia and Argentina."
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In The 2010s, We All Became Alienated By Technology - 0 views

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    "When they opened their eyes, they did indeed see that the Digital Nation had been born. Only it hadn't set them free. They were being ruled by it. It hadn't tamed politics. It sent them berserk. And it hadn't brought people closer together. It had alienated them."
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AI expert calls for end to UK use of 'racially biased' algorithms | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "On inbuilt bias in algorithms, Sharkey said: "There are so many biases happening now, from job interviews to welfare to determining who should get bail and who should go to jail. It is quite clear that we really have to stop using decision algorithms, and I am someone who has always been very light on regulation and always believed that it stifles innovation."
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Why we should ban facial recognition technology everywhere / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    YES IAN YOU SHOULD BE READING THIS! "The authors raise three arguments: first, that "notice and choice" has been a failure ("to opt out simply stay indoors!"); second, that facial recognition fears are technophobic overreactions, and finally, that facial recognition is uniquely powerful and dangerous and needs a regulatory framework separate from other privacy rules ("to opt out, just don't have a face")."
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