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Random stow

Quartz

Never really thought about this, but it makes perfect sense: Why items in Amazon warehouses are shelved 100% randomly.

Published in Weekly Filet #267

Can Free Speech Survive the Internet?

The Philosopher's Beard

«The internet has enhanced our free speech in an imbalanced way: greater ease of reaching others with our speech has come at the expense of our freedom to speak without fear of reprisal.»

Published in Weekly Filet #266

2000 Days on Mars With the Curiosity Rover

The Atlantic

It never ceases to amaze me that we get to see such detailed images from a place that is millions and millions of kilometers away from earth. Sometimes, just for fun, I try to think of everything that needed to be invented and discovered to get so that I can see those images on a mini-computer in my hand. Inconceivable.

Published in Weekly Filet #264 In collection: The Future Is Now

Google Map’s Moat

Justin O'Beirne

It’s fascinating how quickly you start overlooking the magic of something you use every day. This super detailed look at how Google Maps keeps improving will bring back some of that amazement.

Published in Weekly Filet #260

Artwork Personalization at Netflix

Netflix Technology Blog

When we think about recommendation algorithms, we usually think about what they recommend – not so much about how they recommend it. An inside look at how Netflix creates different artworks for different users to make them click on movies and series.

Published in Weekly Filet #260

Pro-Neutrality, Anti-Title II

Stratechery

The trouble with filter bubbles, we often hear, is that they give us more of what we know and like, and create ideological silos by shielding us from opposing views. I don’t think this is entirely true. We do get to see opposing views, but through the lens of people who share our beliefs. And thus we hardly ever get the opposing side’s best arguments. So, as a strong believer in net neutrality, stumbling upon this keen case against it was refreshing.

Published in Weekly Filet #258

There’s No Fire Alarm for Artificial General Intelligence

Machine Intelligence Research Institute

Looking at the discourse around artificial intelligence through the lens of a fire alarm is quite eye-opening, and, well, alarming. «There is never going to be a time before the end when you can look around nervously, and see that it is now clearly common knowledge that you can talk about AGI being imminent, and take action and exit the building in an orderly fashion, without fear of looking stupid or frightened.»

Published in Weekly Filet #254 In collection: The Future Is Now