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  • Uber’s algorithm and the mirage of the marketplace. on Jul 28, 15
    • What the company has produced is a mirage of a marketplace—an app experience that produces the sensation of independent riders and drivers responding to the natural fluctuations of supply and demand. But a look underneath the hood reveals a system that intermediates and influences more than it facilitates free exchange.

         
          
        
        
          
                
        

      This mirage has effectively confused the debate by allowing the companies to adopt the mantle of a passive marketplace. Uber has persistently characterized itself in its suits as simply “a software application … that permits riders to arrange trips with nearby transportation providers,” implying that it is the users who “arrange” the rides. But in reality, it is Uber that does much more than “arrange”: It sets the price, coordinates the trip, and has the power to exclude both riders and drivers.

    • What the ride-hailing experience shows is the extent to which the behavior of these artificial intelligence systems can diverge significantly from the trappings they adopt. Similar mirages are cast elsewhere throughout the “sharing economy” and even in the design of our social platforms. They downplay the responsibility of the platform designer, masking the more active role these technologies play in the sectors they exist in.
  • Top 10 ways to save science from its statistical self | Science News on Jul 24, 15
  • The Real Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment - The New Yorker on Jul 24, 15
  • Learning to Code, Learning to Collaborate | Digital Humanities on Jul 23, 15
  • Are the Digital Humanities and Library & Information Science the Same Thing? | #citylis news – Library and Information Science at City on Jul 23, 15
  • Hacking the Humanities - The New Yorker on Jul 23, 15
  • University As Collector | Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University on Jul 23, 15
  • Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED on Jul 23, 15
  • Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Skynet Ascendant on Jul 22, 15
    • When you read an era’s popular SF, you don’t learn much about the future, but you sure learn a lot about the past. Fright and hope are the inner and outer boundaries of our imagination, and the stories that appeal to either are the parameters of an era’s political reality.
    • Postwar SF featured mass-scale, state-level projects, a kind of science fictional New Deal. Americans and their imperial rivals built cities in space, hung skyhooks in orbit, even made Dyson Spheres that treated all the Solar System’s matter as the raw material for the a new, human-optimized megaplanet/space-station that would harvest every photon put out by our sun and put it to work for the human race.
    • The greed-is-good era was also the cyberpunk era of literary globalized corporate dystopias. Even though Neuromancer and Mirrorshades predated the anti-WTO protests by a decade and a half, they painted similar pictures. Educated, skilled people – people who comprised the mass of SF buyers – became a semi-disposable under­class in world where the hyperrich had literally ascended to the heavens, living in orbital luxury hotels and harvesting wealth from the bulk of humanity like whales straining krill.

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  • Disciplinary Bulverism | The American Conservative on Jul 22, 15
    • Occasionally Americans debate the correctness of beliefs and practices — political, moral, social. But not very often. Most Americans, or so one would judge from social media anyway, are Bulverists: they already know who is right and who isn’t, so all they need to debate is why the people who get things wrong — so, so wrong — do so.
    • If the first stage of Bulverism is explanatory, this second stage is disciplinary: it is concerned to determine what penalties should be administered to those who are wrong. Disciplinary Bulverism is where all the action is today.
    • Because this is how a society built on disciplinary Bulverism works. The reparative or conversion therapy that was once widely used to change homosexuals can easily be adapted to address the problems of racists and homophobes — who can be easy to find, thanks to the social-media trails that most people leave online. Sometimes such reparation will merely be encouraged by friends and family; sometimes it will be made a condition of employment; sometimes it will be mandated by judges. Discipline will not always (perhaps not often) come directly from the State; it will typically be administered by what one of the more acute Marxist theorists called ideological state apparatuses — institutions (schools, hospitals, many private businesses) that the State trusts to enforce its preferences. And these preferences will not be argued for; as always in Bulverist thought, their essential truth will be assumed; and the way social media are used today will ensure that dissent is driven out of any given circle of discourse.

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