Facebook has recently got into trouble over an accusation that they are suppressing conservative news stories in the trending news categories. Facebook have an algorithmic system that promotes trending topics to a human curation team, who make the final decision about what gets promoted. Obviously human beings have bias. One of the interesting things that has happened in finance is that banks are using algos more and more to ensure that humans aren’t involved in situations where there can be a conflict of interest. One example is the 4pm FX fix which are now required to be handled algorithmically. There’s a trend here – algorithms are being used to ensure fairness. Will media companies be forced to have algorithmic editors to remove bias from reporting?
I’ve been listening to some great podcasts recently. I’ve long been a fan of the Economist podcast, and I’ve recently started to listen to the FT Alphaville podcast. They had an episode in which they talked about podcasts, and they mentioned a podcast called “Serial”, which is a true story about a journalist investigating a murder. It is completely absorbing! Continue reading “Podcasts”
I have just been importing some music into iTunes from an external drive. Sometimes iTunes doesn’t recognise songs as belonging to the same album, even if they have the same Album name.
I read Paul Graham’s essay on the acceleration of addictiveness this morning, and it really struck a chord. I feel as though it is almost impossible to become bored these days, there is so much to do. Is this because the world is getting more addictive, or just because I have gotten older and have much more control over my life so I tend to do only those things I want to do?
The Wire was an amazing series. Here is a summary:
This is a rehearsal for the bar fight scene in the move “Serenity” (found via Reddit). I think this is actually better than the final scene in the movie.