Technically we are still in week 1, so I guess I’m off to a great start with even two posts in the first week!
Starting off with a glory vision statement of indexing the wealth of information available in the world, Google is now – according to many insiders – not as don’t be evil, as they started off to be. Working in a big (American) company, I always find it quite interesting to read stuff from competitors with employees breaking out….
And Google are really severely challenged on some of the flagship / moonshot projects they are working on:
Google is close to having a dominate position on the “free Internet”. You know, with freedom of speech, free mail, search and all that….interesting perspectives raised by an open source developer and why it’s fundamental for developers to continuously stay “good friends” with Google:
Bias in artificial intelligence and machine learning
Speaking about some of the problems originating from Google and other companies with extensive initiatives in AI and machine learning: Johanna Fyrvald from Uppsala University in Sweden, has done some interesting interviews and conclusions in her Master thesis with the title “Mitigating algorithmic bias in Artificial Intelligence systems“. David Sumpter did a write-up on Medium in “How practitioners and academics think (and then forget) about fairness when building AI systems“. It struck me how laissez-faire (and I’m not sure this is the right expression to use here) many of these AI engineers apparently are in their responses on clear ethical issues in the models. Some of them apparently just relies on public / governmental regulations before changing behavior. Damn…mankind is challenged!
I use Docker almost every day on my laptop. I stumbled on this excellent write-up on keeping your Docker-installation somewhat clean:
I happen to have a good friend within academia with whom I’ve discussed “time” and physics before. Yes, it happened after a few beers (!). Now, this “time”-phenomena is obviously quite critical whenever scientists start discussing whether time travel is actually possible. It probably isn’t, but Ron Mallett is probably one of the guys working most seriously on this, from a scientific point of view….and yet he receives quite a lot of criticism.