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The Stupidity of Computers

„There is good news and bad news. The good news is that, because computers cannot and will not “understand” us the way we understand each other, they will not be able to take over the world and enslave us (at least not for a while). The bad news is that, because computers cannot come to us and meet us in our world, we must continue to adjust our world and bring ourselves to them. We will define and regiment our lives, including our social lives and our perceptions of our selves, in ways that are conducive to what a computer can ‚understand‘. Their dumbness will become ours.“

Der amerikanische Software-Ingenieur David Auerbach zeichnet die verschiedenen Stadien, die Suchalgorithmen durchlaufen haben – von Ask Jeeves über Google, Amazon bis hin zu Facebook und Twitter in einem lesenswerten Artikel nach. Die Qualität von Suchergebnissen hat sich zwar verbessert, aber sie hängt immer noch ab von den fehlerträchtigen Kategorien und Klassifizierungen, die Menschen sich ausdenken. Genau das ist das Problem.

The Week’s Best Late-Night Jokes

„James Cameron, who directed ‚Avatar,‘ is in a feud with Glenn Beck, because Cameron called him a mad man. The two are very different. One makes millions creating fictional stories, and the other is James Cameron.“
Craig Ferguson

„I’ll tell you how excited the president is. Today, he changed his slogan from ‚Yes, we can,‘ to ‚Yes, we finally did something.'“
Jay Leno

„See, and the nice thing is, if you lose your job, you know, you’re still covered, which is great news for the Democrats in November.“
Jay Leno

„Of course, this all couldn’t have been done without the help of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. And today, the president thanked her for her unblinking support. Actually, Nancy Pelosi used the Internet to help gain support for this. She reached out to people on her favorite social networking site, Icantmovemyfacebook.com.“
Jay Leno

„I have been thinking about the healthcare problem and how to pay for healthcare. If you took all the money the Republicans have spent trying to stop healthcare and all the money Democrats have spent trying to get healthcare, we could afford healthcare.“
Jimmy Fallon

„President Obama won one of the great — they’re calling it — the ‚great legislative victories of the last 50 years‘ last night. He won health care reform approval to extend coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, or as the Republicans are calling it ‚Armageddon.‘ Personally, I think it’s great. Maybe now, I can finally get a gynecologist to see me.“
Jimmy Kimmel

„Well, as you know, health care reform was passed by the House last night. Supporters of the bill say the American people now get the same health benefits members of Congress get, which is great. See, if we can just get some of those other perks — the free travel, the envelopes with the cash in them, the get-out-of-jail-free cards — oh, all of that could be great.“
Jay Leno

Vorrichtung von Codes und APIs

„Für mich ist eine der bedrohlichsten Entwicklungen der digitalen Kultur nicht so sehr die Tatsache, dass wir durch Algorithmen immer besser überwachbar und vorhersagbar werden. Nein, die gefährliche Pointe liegt darin, dass wir uns immer besser überwachbar und vorhersagbarer machen. Noch wirkt es wie ein Sketch, wenn Menschen mit dem Mittagessen warten, bis sie ein Foto davon auf Facebook gepostet haben, vor der Kneipe stehen bleiben bis Foursquare ihnen das erfolgreiche Einchecken bestätigt hat oder reflexartig die Kurzgedanken der digitalen Prominenz per Retweet auf Twitter weiterverbreiten. In diesen Fällen – und das ist nur die zur Karikatur überformte Spitze – machen wir uns zur Vorrichtung von Codes, Datenbanken, Clouds, APIs und neuen Meta-Medienkonzernen wie Apple und Google.“

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