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…

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…

British Conceptual Art

There’s an exhibition of British conceptual art, 1964 – 79, at Tate Britain at the moment. The catalogue sees stages in the development of conceptual art: – new frameworks: slightly childish reaction against contemporary Modernist art as described by Clement Greenberg, although many early UK conceptual artists did not knowof US equivalents and worked in…