China’s Artificial Intelligence Surveillance State Goes Global – The Atlantic The nanny apps work in tandem with the police, who spot-check phones at checkpoints, scrolling through recent calls and texts. Even an innocent digital association—being in a group text with a recent mosque attendee, for instance—could result in detention. Staying off social media altogether is no solution, because digital inactivity itself can raise suspicions. The police are required to note when Uighurs deviate from any of their normal behavior patterns. Their database wants to know if Uighurs start leaving their home through the back door instead of the front. It wants to know if they spend less time talking to neighbors than they used to. Electricity use is monitored by an algorithm for unusual use, which could indicate an unregistered resident.
What the SAT’s Adversity Score Means for Its Racist Past – The Atlantic The original Scholastic Aptitude Test was invented in 1926 by Carl Brigham, a Princeton alumnus and avowed eugenicist who created the test to uphold a racial caste system. He advanced this theory of standardized testing as a means of upholding racial purity in his book A Study of American Intelligence.
Conversation Piece – Futility Closet French conceptual artist Julien Berthier designed this yacht, known as the Love Love — it’s fully seaworthy but appears perpetually to be sinking.
Coronavirus shutdown causes new threat: Legionnaire’s disease – CNN The plumbing in buildings that have been closed for months because of the coronavirus pandemic could provide a perfect breeding ground for Legionella and other waterborne pathogens, the CDC cautions.
It even happened to the CDC itself.
“During the recent closures at our leased space in Atlanta, working through the General Services Administration (GSA), CDC directed the landlord to take protective actions,” the CDC said in a statement to CNN.
Peace sign selfies could let hackers copy your fingerprints Posing for a picture while holding your hands up in a peace sign could pose a security threat, with hackers able to recreate prints that are the key to phones, computers and tablets. Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) have found that fingerprints can be easily recreated from photos taken up to three metres away without the need for advanced technology. So long as the picture is clear and well-lit, prints can be mimicked. Richard Prince Disowns His Ivanka Trump Portrait, Possibly Increasing Its Value However, given the many layers of irony, filtering, and conceptual framing that characterize Prince’s oeuvre, it’s unclear whether his public disowning of the work will negatively affect its worth and status as an authentic Richard Prince, or, on the contrary, it will add to its resale value. Ram Pages Reflective Analysis | qwertyuiop While I have made efforts to improve my understanding of other ideas and beliefs, I don’t necessarily accept them as fact, but a possibility that should be considered. RamPages has made me aware of the way I articulate my ideas and encouraged me to be careful when discussing controversial or sensitive topics. It has also made me elaborate as to be sure my point came across the way it was intended.
anime.js – a Collection by Julian Garnier on CodePen A 1.4-Billion-Pixel Map of the Gulf of Mexico Seafloor – Eos The geology of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) is dynamic, driven not by plate tectonics but by the movement of subsurface bodies of salt. Floating labels are problematic – Simple = Human – Medium Forms are not a source of entertainment. The floating label won’t make users enjoy using forms. Users don’t care. They just want the outcome. stutrek/scrollMonitor: A simple and fast API to monitor elements as you scroll The Office for Creative Research Good morning, We are a hybrid research group, working at the intersection of technology, culture and education. We build user-focused tools, public space interventions and forward-looking prototypes in the service of understanding and humanizing complex data systems. Summer 2017 Schedule – ANTH 101 “This class was inspiring on many levels when I took it in Fall 2016. I look forward to seeing the challenges progress on here, as well as possibly doing some of them again, on my own.” Donald Trump has a very strange theory about exercise – CNNPolitics.com Trump believed the human body was like a battery, with a finite amount of energy, which exercise only depleted. So he didn’t work out. When he learned that John O’Donnell, one of his top casino […]
The Sound of Data (a gentle introduction to sonification for historians) | Programming HistorianSonification is the practice of mapping aspects of the data to produce sound signals. The North Face used Wikipedia to climb to the top of Google search results | AdAgeThe brand and agency took pictures of athletes wearing the brand while trekking to famous locations around the world, including Brazil’s Guarita State Park and Farol do Mampimptuba, Cuillin in Scotland and Peru’s Huayna Picchu. They then updated the Wikipedia images in the articles for those locations so that now, the brand would appear in the top of Google image search results when consumers researched any of those locations—all done for a budget of zero dollars.