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New on LLRX – Technology giants didn’t deserve public trust in the first place

Via LLRXTechnology giants didn’t deserve public trust in the first place – This commentary by Zachary Loeb synthesizes the increasingly frequent calls for oversight, regulation and even breaking up giant tech companies who have strayed way beyond their initial mission statements of “don’t be evil” and “helping you connect and share with the people in your life.” Public opinion has decidedly changed on issues concerning Big Tech, and Loeb’s opinion piece distills user concerns into a concise review of the boundaries of “public trust.”

Major international report highlights a new direction for culture in World Cities

The World Cities Culture Report 2018 is now available for download here. “Launched today at the 2018 World Cities Culture Summit in San Francisco, the World Cities Culture Report 2018, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, is the most comprehensive report ever published about culture and the role it plays in shaping life in major cities worldwide.… Continue Reading

Poll: Americans crave human interaction despite pervasive tech

More reasons why libraries and librarians will continue to play a critical role as we confront the rising tide of communications’ disconnect: “We may sleep with our smartphones and spend multiple hours a day staring at device screens, but almost of half of American adults say they prefer in-person communication, per a poll by SurveyMonkey… Continue Reading

100 Notable Books of 2018

The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. Categories this year are: Biography, Comics/Graphics, Current Affairs, Essays, Fiction, Foreign Affairs, History, Memoir, Nonfiction, Poetry, Science, Sociology, Sports, Stories, Thrillers. Continue Reading

MIT Moral Machine – building human opinions on machine action

Moral Machine – “From self-driving cars on public roads to self-piloting reusable rockets landing on self-sailing ships, machine intelligence is supporting or entirely taking over ever more complex human activities at an ever increasing pace. The greater autonomy given machine intelligence in these roles can result in situations where they have to make autonomous choices… Continue Reading

Public Attitudes Toward Computer Algorithms

“Americans express broad concerns over the fairness and effectiveness of computer programs making important decisions in people’s lives. Algorithms are all around us, utilizing massive stores of data and complex analytics to make decisions with often significant impacts on humans. They recommend books and movies for us to read and watch, surface news stories they… Continue Reading

Critical Issues in Transportation 2018

“The Transportation Research Board [TRB] has released a prepublication version of Critical Issues in Transportation 2018. In this report, which is updated periodically by the TRB Executive Committee, a series of challenging questions are posed to explore issues and opportunities that may arise 10 to 20 years into the future. These questions, 63 in all,… Continue Reading

MIT flowcharts on AI and Machine Learning

MIT Technology Review – Is this AI? We drew you a flowchart to work it out. “The definition of artificial intelligence is constantly evolving, and the term often gets mangled, so we are here to help.” MIT Technology Review – What is machine learning? “We drew you another flowchart – It pretty much runs the… Continue Reading

Limiting screen time for your kid? It’s harder than it looks

AP – “…The goal, experts say, should be to help kids learn to manage their own time as they get older and to stay physically active and socially connected as much offline as on. But parents in many American households are finding the power struggles — tantrums, withdrawal and, in some cases, even school and… Continue Reading

How China Made Its Own Internet

The New York Times – Today, China has the world’s only internet companies that can match America’s in ambition and reach. It is years ahead of the United States in replacing paper money with smartphone payments, turning tech giants into vital gatekeepers of the consumer economy. And it is host to a supernova of creative… Continue Reading

The Fax Is Not Yet Obsolete

The Atlantic – Law and medicine still rely on the device. Maybe they shouldn’t. An Object Lesson. “…Fax, once at the forefront of communications technologies but now in deep decline, has persisted in many industries. Law-enforcement agencies remain heavily reliant on fax for routine operations, such as bail postings and return of public-records requests. Health… Continue Reading

Operation Infektion: Russian Disinformation: From The Cold War To Kanye

Opinion Video Series | Operation Infektion By Adam B. Ellick and Adam Westbrook The New York Times, November 12, 2018 WATCH: This is a three-part film series. Scroll down at this link and click to play any episode… “Russia’s meddling in the United States’ elections is not a hoax. It’s the culmination of Moscow’s decades-long campaign to tear… Continue Reading