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2257 recommended links since 2011

Inside the Suspicion Machine

You’ve probably heard of stories where algorithms have been used to assess people and — surprise, surprise — turned out to be extremely biased. What makes this one so insightful is that it lays bare how exactly the system worked, and how it targeted the most vulnerable people. Reading this really makes you wonder how anyone could look at this algorithm and be like: Yes, this is something we should be using against out citizens.

From Weekly Filet #434, in March 2023.

    Paying Ourselves To Decarbonize

    Compensating petro-states for their lost income, and a carbon coin to incentivise decarbonisation: The key idea from Kim Stanley Robinson’s climate fiction bestseller «The Ministry of the Future», condensed to the length of an essay, by the author himself.

    From Weekly Filet #434, in March 2023.

      The future we choose

      No link to click for once, just one graphic to take a long hard look at. Its name is SYR.1c, it features prominently in the IPCC’s latest Synthesis Report on everything science knows about the climate and the futures we’re headed for. It’s futures in plural, because none of them are set in stone, we choose our path with the actions we take in the coming years.

      From Weekly Filet #434, in March 2023.

        Origins: Why are we here?

        An excellent three-part series on the origins of life on Earth from Vox’ Unexplainable podcast. Or to make things more personal: Why are we here?

        • Part 1: How did all the water come to that fireball in space we now call Earth?
        • Part 2: What was the first ever living thing? (and what do man-made aliens have to do with it?).
        • Part 3: What do we even mean by «life»?
        From Weekly Filet #434, in March 2023.

          Hasan Minhaj Asks Kids What Issues Matter Most to Them

          This is too good. A bunch of kids, giving their perspectives on a wide range of topics: Expressing feelings and fair tax rates, social media and death, and why it makes sense not to trade in your dad for an iPad. Oh, also this timeless piece of advice: «Twitter, it’s like giving up».

          From Weekly Filet #433, in March 2023.

            Artificial intelligence is transforming our world — it is on all of us to make sure that it goes well

            Max Roser from Our World in Data makes the case for everyone of us to become more interested in how artificial intelligence is transforming out world: «If you and the wider public do not get informed and engaged, then we leave it to a few entrepreneurs and engineers to decide how this technology will transform our world.» He explains his reasoning along three key questions: Why is it hard to take the prospect of a world transformed by AI seriously? How can we imagine such a world? And what is at stake as this technology becomes more powerful?

            From Weekly Filet #433, in March 2023.