Algorithms and Mrs Merkel

According to The Guardian, Angela Merkel said recently that: ” “I’m of the opinion that algorithms must be made more transparent, so that one can inform oneself as an interested citizen about questions like ‘what influences my behaviour on the internet and that of others?’…Algorithms, when they are not transparent, can lead to a distortion…

Polls, data and forecasts.

As the Duke of Wellington reportedly said: “All the business of war, and indeed all the business of life, is to endeavour to find out what you don’t know by what you do; that’s what I called “guessing what was at the other side of the hill.” Guesses have now been completely wrong in two…

Almost too much drama for one day…

Walked past this symposium at King’s yesterday. It didn’t sound quite so exciting from outside the hall, though the programme contains such gems as “12:30 – 14:00 Lunch 1400- 15:30 INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE MDT SYMPOSIUM” and “16:30 – 16:45 My complex abdominal hernia repair has become a disaster. What next? Prof Gordon Carlson, Salford, UK”

Algorithms, social media, and HRC’s defeat.

In her concession speech, Hillary Clinton indirectly thanked “secret, private” Facebook support groups like Pantsuit Nation. (see for example Endgadget). This was a rather backhanded compliment: she added ‘I want everybody to come out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard’. An article in Vox subsequently explained about Pantsuit Nation: “the group…

Redler’s List

Hannah Redler, speaking at Inter/sections last week, listed what she sees as the 15 most significant works of digital art in the last 20 years. A useful reference. Her list was: 1. 1993: Telematic Vision by Paul Sermon. 2. 1994: Resonance of 4 by Toshio Iwai. 3. 1998: System Maintenance by Perry Hoberman . 4.…