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Technopolitics > Sociology > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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2019 Should be the end of Big Attention by Marcelo Rinesi

If your business or cultural strategy was based on attention at scale, the first years of the century felt great, as the leading Internet platforms offered the possibility of nearly limitless, precisely targeted traffic. Then came the troubles

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Eco-gov > Vision > Bioculture > Fiction > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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Digital anamnesis and other crimes [short story] by Marcelo Rinesi

A database is a tool for forgetting; it decays on command, faster than nightmares and more thoroughly than graves.

Technopolitics > GlobalDemocracySecurity > GlobalGov > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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The politics of crime-fighting software by Marcelo Rinesi

Call it machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, or simply computational intelligence: countries are rushing to apply new technologies to combat crimes, but how they do so — and even what counts as crime — varies among them, and says much about their societies, priorities, and future.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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The mystical underpinnings of Facebook’s anti-fake news algorithms by Marcelo Rinesi

Imagine you’re Rene Descartes, data scientist at Facebook in charge of saying true things. Problem is, your only input is what people say, and everybody lies.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Cyber > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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Cyber-weapons as a form of magic, and why we can’t code our way to a safer internet by Marcelo Rinesi

Mainstream language about cyber-security, specially at the political and military level, is divorced from reality to the point of nonsense.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > CatRisks > Eco-gov > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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Urban sensors are for the fog of (climate) war by Marcelo Rinesi

Silicon Valley pitches for smart cities and military descriptions of future battle environments are awfully similar. That’s not entirely coincidental.

Rights > HealthLongevity > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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What’s the healthiest city in the US? (and what does that even mean?) by Marcelo Rinesi

(Spoiler alert: it’s not Detroit, and it’d be a relatively simple question if it weren’t for cancer.)

Technopolitics > Sociology > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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Deep(ly) Unsettling: The ubiquitous, unspoken business model of AI-induced mental illness by Marcelo Rinesi

“The junk merchant,” wrote William S. Burroughs, “doesn’t sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.” He might as well have been describing the commercial, AI-mediated, social-network-driven internet.

Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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When devops involves monitoring for excess suicides by Marcelo Rinesi

When it comes to ethics and AI, forget corporate responsibility statements. If you want to know what a tech company worries about, look at what it monitors when deploying new code.

Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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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…