who would have thought I look good in maroon? and chose the right team to support
great day out with a bunch of wonderful people
new job with lots of commuting time so romping through a few books, latest is “weapons of math destruction” – showing the role that mathematical modeling now plays in society, with examples of how Big Data and complex algorithms actually effect us in practice, like
The end chapter is on Facebook and the way political interests are taking advantage of the detailed information it provides to target their messages, to the detriment of democracy and reality.
Facebook is the most worrisome of all the Big Data concerns in the book. It exercises an incredible amount of influence over what information people see, with this influence sometimes being sold to the highest bidder. Together with Amazon, Google and Apple, our economy and society have become controlled by monopolies who also monitor our every move. In the context of government surveillance, Edward Snowden remarked that we are now “tagged animals, the primary difference being that we paid for the tags and they’re in our pockets.” A very small number of huge extremely wealthy corporations have even greater access to those tags than the government does, recording every movement, communication, and even every train of thought as we interact with the web.
The Silk Roads is a fascinating read, written with flair and the result of serious scholarship, it inverts received wisdom and charts mankind’s flirtation with global disaster. It feels like history has been distorted to fit the western agenda’s and the real terrorists are European by decent and claim that ‘freedom’ is the reason they oppress the rest of the world.
If you want to understand why the world has ended up where it is, then just reading the conclusion will help you understand.
Guising as Guerrilla Projections tonight to celebrate the Biscuit Factory’s second birthday. An awesome space, which I get to call home now, with ace people and some great projects coming this summer.
Watch out for one hovering near you soon.
New limited run for Edinburgh YOCAL design 😉
Available on a t-shirt https://shielyule.teemill.co.uk/product/yocal-4214/ – limited availability get one while you can.