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Short story: Nanobots and the Teenage Brain by Marcelo Rinesi

Charlie had a chip in his head, but that’s not what made him special…

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The Voice of Things by Marcelo Rinesi

t looked to her like a Christmas miracle, but it was just the Internet of Things…

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Short story: Soul in the Loop by Marcelo Rinesi

The Oxford Protocol requires all “killer robots” to be monitored by humans. But who monitors them?

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What makes an algorithm feminist, and why we need them to be by Marcelo Rinesi

About one in nine engineers in the US is a woman, which makes some men infer from this that they are “naturally” bad at it. Many data-driven algorithms would conclude the same thing; that’s still the wrong conclusion, but, dangerously, it seems blessed by the impartiality of algorithms. Here’s how bias creeps in.

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Short story: Logs from a haunted heart by Marcelo Rinesi

She’s scared all the time. But is her fear the reason why her heart suddenly speeds up a dozen times a day, shifting in a second from the dull ticking of dread into the accelerating staccato of runaway panic? The diagnostics in her peacemaker’s app say that everything is normal, but perhaps they can be faked by somebody with maintenance access to the device. She doesn’t have it, she’s only the patient.

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There are only two emotions in Facebook, and we only use one at a time by Marcelo Rinesi

We have the possibility of infinite emotional nuance, but Facebook doesn’t seem to be the place for it. The data and psychology of how we react emotionally online are fascinating, but the social implications, although not specific to social networks, are rather worrisome.

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What makes an algorithm feminist, and why we need them to be by Marcelo Rinesi

About one in nine engineers in the US is a woman, which makes some men infer from this that they are “naturally” bad at it. Many data-driven algorithms would conclude the same thing; that’s still the wrong conclusion, but, dangerously, it seems blessed by the impartiality of algorithms. Here’s how bias creeps in.

Technopolitics > Sociology > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > PrivacySurveillance > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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Any sufficiently advanced totalitarianism is indistinguishable from Facebook by Marcelo Rinesi

Gamification doesn’t need to be enjoyable to be effective.

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Russia 1, Data Science 0 by Marcelo Rinesi

Both sides in the 2016 election had access to the best statistical models and databases money could buy. If Russian influence (which as far as we know involved little more than the well-timed dumping of not exactly military grade hacked information, plus some Twitter bots and Facebook ads) was at any level decisive, then it’s a slap on the face for data-driven campaigning.

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Tesla (or Google) and the risk of massively distributed physical terrorist attacks by Marcelo Rinesi

You know, an autonomous car is only a software vulnerability away from being a lethal autonomous weapon, and a successful autonomous car company is only a hack away from being the world’s largest (if single-use) urban combat force. Such an event would easily be the worst terrorist attack in history.