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De les cartes d’amor escrites per un algoritme en un ordinador Mark 1 (1952) a les primeres pàgines web, passant pels primers videojocs o la primera imatge generada per ordinador en una pel·lícula: la visió pixelada de Yul Brynner en Westworld (1973). Amb unes reflexions finals sobre l’arqueologia digital:
La història de la primera pàgina web és típica: publicada originalment l’agost de 1991, es va sobreescriure contínuament fins a març de 1992. Mentre que es coneixen quaranta-vuit còpies de la Bíblia de Gutenberg, impreses fa més de cinc-cents anys, no ha sobreviscut cap mostra de la primera pàgina web, ni tan sols una captura de pantalla […] Fins i tot quan s’ha conservat el codi i els gràfics d’algun dels primers videojocs, aquests ja no es poden veure en el seu entorn original. Els arcaics ordinadors centrals i les primeres consoles ja no es poden fer funcionar. Aquí podem fer una distinció entre arqueologia i arxivística: l’arqueologia considera el problema de la visualització. Un llibre es mostra per ell mateix, però els gràfics d’ordinador, els videojocs i els llocs web són invisibles sense el programari i el maquinari adequats.
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de la directiva europea sobre drets d’autor. Considera dos possibles escenaris, ambdós inacceptables: A) que només les “empreses fiables” puguin penjar vídeos (el web com a “televisió per cable 2.0”) i B) que s’acceptin com a mal menor els filtres de càrrega algorítmics (terreny en el qual Google té un avantatge competitiu clar). En tots dos casos, els principals perjudicats seran els usuaris i creadors individuals.
Alternatively referred to as sci-fi prototyping, futurecasting, or worldbuilding, the goal of these companies is generally the same: help clients create forward-looking fiction to generate ideas and IP for progress or profit.
Children are digital natives and know it all.
Parents are digital immigrants and don’t know anything.
Time with media is time wasted compared with real conversation or playing outside.
Parents’ role is to monitor, restrict and ban because digital risks greatly outweigh digital opportunities.
Children don’t care about their privacy online.
Media literacy is THE answer to the problems of the digital age.
Peer-to-peer sites using BitTorrent and SQLite. The insight here is that if we can tell SQLite to talk torrent-pieces rather than disk-pages, we can essentially query torrents (torrents containing an SQLite database) on demand.
Privacy nihilism: despite knowledge of these risks, many people say they’re resigned to the idea that we’re going to be spied on and there’s nothing we can do about it.
I wanted to understand blockchains because of the ceaseless hype. Some governments think that Bitcoin is an existential threat to the world order, and some venture-capital types swear that blockchains will usher in a golden age of transparency. But you’re telling me it’s basically a fancy database.
In another exceptional move, parliament sent a serjeant at arms to his hotel with a final warning and a two-hour deadline to comply with its order. When the software firm [Six4Three] founder failed to do so, it’s understood he was escorted to parliament. He was told he risked fines and even imprisonment if he didn’t hand over the documents.
Lo evoco en su gabinete de estudio, como si dijéramos en la torre albarrana de una ciudad, provisto de teléfonos, de telégrafos, de fonógrafos, de aparatos de radiotelefonía, de cinematógrafos, de linternas mágicas, de glosarios, de horarios, de prontuarios, de boletines…
—Carlos Argentino Daneri (1941)
Algunes lectures potser remarcables d’aquesta setmana.
Es inaceptable que Rufián diga, por ejemplo, que en el Parlamento español manda el Ibex.
List of dead Google products
Why are bots so effective at spreading false information? Study co-author Filippo Menczer attributes their success to so-called “social bias”: the human tendency to pay more attention to things that seem to be popular.
Ron English bought Slave Labour (aerosol on concrete, framed in plain wood: an image of a child hunched over a sewing machine, stitching Union Jacks) to protest the theft and commodification of street art. But he plans to resell it: “Of course I’ll sell the whitewashed painting for a million dollars. I’m crazy but I’m not stupid”.
Somos el primer país de Europa en consumo de prostitución, el tercero del mundo […] Es decir, no olviden que detrás de este debate hay un sector que cuida por su dinero. Y cuando hay dinero, se ataca a lo que daña al negocio.
Results from end‐of‐course student evaluations of teaching (SETs) are taken seriously by faculties and form part of a decision base for the recruitment of academic staff, the distribution of funds and changes to curricula.
…a marketing strategy that involves turning a social media profile into a psychological profile, in order to create specifically targeted advertisements.
Hu’s lab focuses on solving excretory mysteries of the animal kingdom; three years ago, Hu received an Ig Nobel Prize for his research on the speed of mammal urination.
Now all I’ve got to do is decide what to store on the roughly 900 bytes of memory implanted in my hand. Maybe I’ll put a GIF or my contact information, but a part of me wants to leave it blank. After a year of living with a totally useless NFC implant, I kind of started to like it. That small, almost imperceptible little bump on my left hand was a constant reminder that even the most sophisticated and fool-proof technologies are no match for human incompetence.
El crecimiento demográfico de Madrid le ha dado la vuelta a la historia económica de España. En 1930, Barcelona superaba ligeramente a Madrid en número de habitantes. En 1950, Madrid ya se había colocado por delante […] Estamos hablando de uno de los grandes cambios morfológicos de España, con la decisiva ayuda del Boletín Oficial del Estado y de una obsesiva red radial de transportes.
La coma és, molt probablement, el signe de puntuació que ens genera més dubtes a l’hora d’escriure. En teoria, la seua funció és senzilla: indica gràficament una pausa breu en el discurs.
Lectures potser interessants d’aquests dies.
CCCBLAB. Sis visions lliures de la citació de Clarke:
- La “màgia” d’Internet — text — Efrain Foglia
- Arthur C. Clarke — còmic — Luis Paadín
- La Ràfega — relat — Ramon Mas Baucells
- 404 — relat — Lucía Litmajer
- La tercera llei, — gif — Ferran Esteve
- Arthur C. Clarke tenia raó? — interactiu — Oscar Marín
For Dr. Andrew Pelling at the University of Ottawa, his radical idea came from a sci-fi cult classic called The Little Shop of Horrors […] Growing a human ear out of apples may seem irrational, but Pelling’s key insight is that an apple’s fibrous interior is strikingly similar to the microenvironments usually used in labs to bio-engineer human tissue.
L’orgia jurídica d’aquests darrers anys… ens recorda l’escandalosa pel·lícula de Pasolini […] A la pròpia pel·lícula de Pasolini quedava clar. La brutalitat del feixisme s’aguditzava a mesura que s’acostava la seva fi. Trump existeix perquè els nord-americans saben que el 2040 la demografia acaba amb l’hegemonia de l’home blanc, protestant, anglosaxó…
Algunes lectures potser remarcables d’aquests darrers dies.
Wake a patient from surgery and tell him you’ve done an arthroscopic repair, and his knee gets better even if all you did was knock him out and put a couple of incisions in his skin. Give a drug a fancy name, and it works better than if you don’t. You don’t even have to deceive the patients.
Dennis Hof died last month after celebrating his 72nd birthday. The cause of death is still under investigation. He was elected to the state assembly by more than 7,000 votes.
Now, their only clear product positioning is the iPhone: they present it as the best, most privacy-conscious device for managing your life […] The rest of their line-up, however, is just a jumbled mess […] Given Apple’s inability to commit to making the improvements the Mac and the iPad need to improve as productivity devices and their seeming unwillingness to invest in the Mac, the sensible thing for users to do is to migrate away from using Apple devices for work or for creativity. Apple’s obsession with secrecy means we have no idea what they’re planning to do with the Mac (or, honestly, the iPad). Which wouldn’t be a problem if we could trust that Apple wasn’t planning to abandon us as a target market.
Buchanan explained that Twitter strips most metadata from images, but the service leaves a particular type called ICC untouched. This is where Buchanan stored his data of choice, including ZIP and RAR archives.
Podcast transcript with graphics and tables. Five common blockchain myths and six categories of use cases in two areas: record keeping (storage of static information) and transactions (tradeable information).
Rechazó La conjura de los necios y no se arrepiente; si Lauren Bacall no hubiese sido siete años mayor habrían salido juntos; Bob Dylan fue un merecidísimo Nobel; y Salman Rushdie se ponía furioso por nada.
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The reams of data we’re creating could soon make it possible to create digital avatars that live on after we die, aimed at comforting our loved ones or sharing our experience with future generations.
- Sample bias: data used to train the model is not representative enough.
- Prejudice bias: data is influenced by cultural or other stereotypes.
- Measurement bias: there’s an issue with the device used to observe or measure.
- Algorithm bias: models with high variance can easily fit complexity but are sensitive to noise; models with high bias are less sensitive to variations and prone to missing complexities.
As governments push toward a splintered internet, American corporations do little to counteract Balkanization and instead do whatever is necessary to expand their operations. If the future of the internet is a tripartite cold war, Silicon Valley wants to be making money in all three of those worlds.
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Played in sequence or together, the notes F and B clash in a way that feels twitchy, unnatural, and foreboding… the demonic combo was taboo in medieval Europe and referred to as diablous in musica—literally, ”Satan in music.” But it was later embraced by the likes of Berlioz and Beethoven—and, much later, by Black Sabbath and Metallica.
Back in 2011, an anonymous writer coined the term “stochastic terrorism” to refer to “the use of mass communication to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable,” or, in other words “remote control terror by lone wolf.”
Last year, a novelist went on a road trip across the USA. The trip was an attempt to emulate Jack Kerouac—to go out on the road and find something essential to write about in the experience. There is, however, a key difference… This writer is just a microphone, a GPS, and a camera hooked up to a laptop and a whole bunch of linear algebra.
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…information shared by these third-party apps can include age, gender, location, and information about a user’s other installed apps… Google and Facebook are the biggest beneficiaries.
“In the 21st century, culture will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century.”
…of the ten types of plastic that the researchers screened for, nine were detected. On average, the researchers turned up 20 particles of microplastic per quarter pound of poop… “Everywhere we look for microplastics we find them.”
Think about it—in the early days of Leica the little cameras were a) low in prestige compared to larger, more “serious” cameras; b) technically inferior; c) not taken seriously by initiates and cognoscenti; quick and stealthy and not often noticed or given much regard; yet d) capable of “good enough” results. The pictures were often “better” in terms of being visually dynamic and lively rather than in bourgeois technical fastidiousness or perfection. Leica photography was (or could be) iconoclastic, disruptive, subversive.
Lectures potser remarcables d’aquests darrers dies.
[Hossein Rahnama] is building an application called Augmented Eternity; it lets you create a digital persona that can interact with people on your behalf after you’re dead.
But can any company afford to manufacture one-off medical care?
And so it is that every year on October 9, in conjunction with celebrating Valencian identity, lucky lovers find themselves unwrapping an explosive history of peace, war, and love.
According to an account in the People’s Daily, the artificial moon is “designed to complement the moon at night”, though it would be eight times as bright. The “dusk-like glow” of the satellite would be able to light an area with a diameter of 10-80km, while the precise illumination range could be controlled within tens of metres – enabling it to replace streetlights.
Just like in music, where order is more pleasurable to our ears than chaos, so is a well-designed text with an established rhythm easier to read and more enjoyable to consume by our eyes.
Conceptual, street art. Warning Signs and Other Humorous and Unexpected Interventions by Michael Pederson
In conclusion, the two expressions “there’s a fool born every minute” and “there’s a sucker born every minute” both had anonymous attributions initially. Over time they were reassigned to prominent individuals of the time period. However, only the fame of P. T. Barnum has endured.
This repository contains the code of a decentralized microblogging service running on the Ethereum blockchain.
Tutorial for implementing a mini blockchain application implemented in Python from scratch.
Yo habría sido el superraro y Manolo el superpachanguero. Pero la gracia del encuentro placentero entre la pachanga y el underground fue lo que hizo a la banda. No fue un choque, y ninguno renunciaba a nada. Simplemente nos limitamos el uno al otro.
Algunes lectures d’aquests dies.
This is my summary of the history of (Western) philosophy showing the positive/negative connections between some of the key ideas/arguments of the philosophers.
Five counterintuitive findings from the BBC Loneliness Experiment:
- Younger people feel lonelier than older people
- 41% of people think loneliness can be positive
- People who feel lonely have social skills that are no better or worse than average
- Winter is no lonelier than any other time of year
- People who often feel lonely have higher levels of empathy than everyone else
The cognitive effort to actively and intelligently read a text in depth is, if not equal to, then on the same order of magnitude as the effort to write about a complex subject. But we only have full-featured tools to help us with writing.
But suspicious minds wondered whether Sotheby’s was completely taken by surprise.
Algunes lectures d’aquests darrers dies.
Studying the language of science delivers some surprising results: fairytale schemas help us to understand the narrative structure of articles; the study of verb tense reveals common linguistic patterns of sense-making between science and mythology, and tracing hedging in citations allows us how citations work to spread claims much like rumors.
The researchers also found that if User A, whom we’ll call Anna, shares her contacts with Facebook, including a previously unknown phone number for User B, whom we’ll call Ben, advertisers will be able to target Ben with an ad using that phone number, which I call “shadow contact information,” about a month later. Ben can’t access his shadow contact information, because that would violate Anna’s privacy, according to Facebook, so he can’t see it or delete it, and he can’t keep advertisers from using it either.
The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation and signal drops.
“Around 2030 we expect to begin developing propellant and sending it to spacecraft in space,” Hakamada said. He hopes that by then, there will be several hundred people working on the Moon, or in lunar orbit, to support an industrial base. A decade later, by 2040, he envisions a city called “Moon Valley” on the lunar surface, with a diverse array of industries and thousands of visitors per year.
Young Boston intellectuals in the early 1800s used a humorous code of abbreviated phrases, like KC (“knuff ced”), “KY” (“know yuse”) and “OW” (“oll wright”). While most of them eventually fell out of fashion, one abbreviation persisted: “OK” or “oll korrect.”