EDITION #67 · Friday, 15th MARCH 2019
“Self-driving cars don’t drink and medical AIs are never overtired. Given our obvious flaws, what can humans still do best?”
AEON, through examples of medicine, autonomous vehicles and law, explore the conflicting roles that could arise between AI and humans. Can all of our problems be solved by a purely data-led approach, or is there still room for artistic, judgmental and emotional input?
P. Boddington · 9 min read
“I asked how she thought the city had changed over her lifetime. It was a standard journalist’s question, one she herself had probably asked many times during her earlier career. The governor laughed. ‘I know it has changed, but sometimes it feels as if it hasn’t,’ she said. ‘When you are part of the story, sometimes it’s hard to see.’”
National Geographic’s April 2019 edition focuses on cities: past, present and future. Tokyo, one of the world’s great cities, has been rebuilt twice during the past century - first, after the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake and again after the city was bombed in World War II. Since then the city has grown into a model of efficiency and organization. Neil Shea’s brilliant long read, walks readers through Japan’s energetic urban heart, describing its vibrant and creative culture that has bounced back from war and natural disaster.
Neil Shea · The long read
“‘Terrorism’ is reserved purely for anti-Western or Islamist political violence. That is a wrong and dangerous conception.“
What is it that allows someone to be labelled as a terrorist? Scholar, Mats Fridlund, attempts to provide a very brief answer to this question, by looking at certain individuals and aspects of recent, European history.
M. Fridlund · 2 min read
“As long as your phone, computers, and accounts are sufficiently protected, their contents will remain an ‘encrypted lump’ and there’s not much anyone — regardless of how powerful they are — can do about it.”
Protecting your phones, tablets and computers is so straightforward and yet too many people are lax about it. Quincy Larson has put together an article that everyone - a straightforward explanation, in 8 simple steps, on how you get make great strides to improving your privacy in a single sitting.
Q. Larson · 6 min read
“The fact that people can use “literally” not to mean anything in actual fact at all may literally make your blood boil.“
JSTOR explore how certain elements of language has evolved over time, explaining concepts such as ‘intensifiers’ and ‘grammaticalization’, and how certain words have turned themselves inside out and ‘become their own opposite’
C. Luu · 4 min read
"Imagine you are shopping for a Nutribullet blender. You see two options. The cheaper one, at $89, promotes 900 watts of power and a five-piece accessory kit. The more expensive one, at $149, is 1,200 watts and has 12 accessories. Which one do you choose?"
The "decoy effect": consumers change their preference between two options when presented with a third option - the "decoy". Now a staple in business tactics, particularly e-commerce, how does the psychology behind decoys work and is it always manipulative?
G. Mortimer · 5 min read