AI, Society and Citizen Engineers

Two recent Techcrunch articles highlight some of the challenges we're in for with the increased use of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), to the extent these are separate. In [AI’s open source model is closed, inadequate, and outdated], Kumar Srivastana argues that we need a new kind…

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Sustainability and Values, Birds and Wind

I have always maintained that every action justified by sustainability has side effects, and that it becomes a values-based judgement as to whether the value of the sustainability improvement outweighs negative impacts of the side effects. Being a values-based judgement means that not everyone will view the cost-benefit tradeoff the…

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Why We Want Biased News

All of the recent discussion of news, be it fake, unfair, slanted, etc, has gotten me thinking about the mechanics of news. I’ll define news as things or events that, as far as anyone can tell, happened or didn’t happen, and reported newsas how news is communicated, including…

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Self-Driving Cars: Advantage Pedestrians

In Boston, two warring factions have been partnered in an unlikely, decades-long truce, their aggressive tendencies controlled by an unspoken, yet universally understood set of rules of engagement. That truce may soon be shattered. Boston pedestrians will brazenly cross busy streets in the middle of a block, but deep down…

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Hidden Science, Real News

Publishing in science used to mean submitting your work to a scientific journal, a process involving rigorous scientific review (usually). Lately some people haven't bothered to wait for that process to run its course, and just put out a press release. That's fine unless the press and policy crowds start…

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Program Idea = Great; Name = ?

Last week a long list of distinguished technology, business and government leaders published a letter urging support for a new program in NYC called "Computer Science For All" (#CS4All). This program, and programs like it, are critically important to our national competitiveness, and the future of today and tomorrow's students.…

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USA Hockey’s Girl Problem

This month’s USA Hockey Magazine celebrated the national tournament winners at each age group. Unfortunately, the print edition went out with the boys teams pictured as the victors for both the boys’ and girls’ tournaments. While this was surely an unintentional oversight by some staffer, it unfortunately is symbolic…

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Great Job Opportunities

There's a lot going on at Applied Invention, and I wanted to highlight some specific talent that we're currently in the market for. If you have any interest or questions please email me at 'dd' at this domain. The first two positions are with our partner, Dark Sky (web-version is…

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