Wednesday, March 29, 2017

AI And Fintech: Marking own homework

Nails on the chalkboard...
Sydney traffic...
Other people's snoring...
YouTube ads...
Waiting in a line more than 4 people deep...

It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission!

5 motivators to engage your viewers

The big journalism void: ‘The real crisis is not technological, it’s geographic’ Guardian. Dan K: “Over a month old, but shouldn’t be missed. Healthy local journalism is a pillar of community, and an important and possibly essential compliment to community activism.”

OpenAI conducts fundamental, long-term research toward the creation of safe AGI

“Last year, we learned about the remarkable scale of the FBI’s facial-recognition technology, with its access to nearly 412 million photos—many originating from sources unrelated to crime, such as ID documents. The intelligence agency has been trying to create a system that can accurately identify criminals in, say, CCTV footage—though it wasn’t then known how well the bureau’s software worked, nor whether it actually improved investigations. Now, we have at least a little more insight into the program. The Guardian reports that a House oversight committee hearing last week revealed some interesting new details about the proliferation and abilities of the FBI’s facial-recognition systems…”

 Jack Townsend, TIGTA Report on Criminal Enforcement Against Employment Tax Noncompliance. “Employment taxes withheld from employee compensation and remitted to the IRS are the backbone of our tax and FICA system.  There must be robust incentives to encourage compliance by employers and those within the employer organization responsible for employment tax withhold and payment to the IRS.”

Annette Nellen, AI, Apps, FinTech and More:
I’m working on an article for State Tax Notes on how we need to make far better use of today’s technology for income tax compliance, which is still too tied to paper filing. Basically, we just moved the paper to e-files.  You still manually enter a lot of information even though much of it exists electronically.

In theory we could automate a lot more tax compliance, but I lack faith in the ability of the IRS to do so competently.

Luddite sex workers in Spain shut down robot brothel? (NB: tabloid source, plus video at the link)
Suicide, self-destruction, poetry. Berryman, Plath, Chatterton, Larkin, Frost, Auden: Is an unhappy end a necessary price for Poetic Genius  

What Your Therapist Doesn’t Know

Big Data has transformed everything from sports to politics to education. It could transform mental-health treatment, too—if only psychologists would stop ignoring it.

Robert Silvers, who described editors as middlemen and cautioned against taking credit away from writers, is dead. The founding editor of The New York Review of Books was 87... Laura Marsh... Adam Gopnik... Mary Beard... Hillel Italie... Cass Sunstein... Louis Menand...*Novy York ...

Deconstruction: a detective story. A new play about Paul de Man shows how something monstrous can begin as a cavalier disregard for Truth  
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ruffled a few feathers this week by calling everyone who offended him a Nazi, starting with the Germans and winding his way over to the Netherlands. But as Godwin’s Law decrees, invoking the Nazis is the easy way out for an insulter. Here are a few world leaders who took the time to make a slightly more creative insult.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo. Last week, Poland’s current government tried to block a former Polish prime minister from renewing his term in a senior EU position. The government’s objections were overruled by the rest of the EU’s leaders, including French President Francois Hollande, who warned the EU could withhold funds from Poland if they didn’t stop pursuing reforms perceived as anti-liberal. The Polish PM responded by lashing out at Hollande’s approval ratings: “Am I supposed to take seriously the blackmail of a president who has a 4 percent approval rating and who soon won't be president?” 

In praise of forgetting

Land titles: the folly of privatising an essential monopoly

Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures was written by the participants in the Library, Archives and Museum Conference Exchange project, in which 18 librarians, archivists and museum professionals explored cross-sector practices and culture, and potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and http://Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures was written by the participants in the Library, Archives and Museum Conference Exchange project, in which 18 librarians, archivists and museum professionals explored cross-sector practices and culture, and potential for interdisciplinary collaboration and continuing education. This project was part of the grant-funded and OCLC-managed Coalition to Advance Learning. The cohort was charged to 1) Build stronger cross-sector relationships; 2) Increase understanding of sector cultures; and 3) Identify opportunities for collaborative continuing education or professional development. The white paper summarizes their in-depth efforts in each of these three areas.

Red Scare

When people start telling you that you're crazy, you just might be on to the most important innovation in your life.

Kay Bell, When it came to tax filing, the Devil made him not do it. No, that’s who writes the tax law

Remembering Jimmy Breslin and the ‘gravedigger’ school of news writing

Silence is the ocean of the unsaid, the unspeakable, the repressed, the erased, the unheard. It surrounds the scattered islands made up of those allowed to speak and of what can be said and who listens. Silence occurs in many ways for many reasons; each of us has his or her own sea of unspoken words

Big in Red China: Murder Villages and Scam Towns

In some rural areas, crime has become a cottage industry.

Staring at the sun destroys your eyes and can wreck your mind. But is it worth it?

UK court approves use of predictive coding for e-disclosure

Junior clerks' relief as 3 million document reading list trimmed

Where Writers Go To Escape (Escape What, You Ask…)

“Today we are less troubled by the homogenizing effects of entertainment than by our deep partisan divisions in both politics and art. And the cultural shift that today’s literary writers struggle to parse is not the impact of TV sitcoms, but of social media and the internet. Even the notion of escape means something very different in the age of Trump than it meant during the Clinton years. In response, some of these writers have shifted their narratives into a safer, more myth-friendly past; others continue to deliver the hopeful feelings of a simpler time.”

A replication of one of the most widely known obedience studies, the Stanley Milgram experiment, shows that even today, people are still willing to harm others in pursuit of obeying authority. 
Conducting the Milgram experiment in Poland, psychologists show people still obey Science Daily

Cyber Firm at Center of Russian Hacking Charges Misread Data VOA. That would be DNC contractor CrowdStrike. Remember that the FBI never forensically examined DNC servers; they relied on CrowdStrike findings. Oopsie.
Newly Obtained Documents Prove: Key Claim of Snowden’s Accusers Is a FraudThe Intercept. Greenwald’s version of the same story.
Russia Critic Sparks Feud At The New York Times Buzzfeed

We lost a war: Russia’s interference in our election was much more than simple mischief-making New York Daily News. The zeitgeist has moved from “hacking” through “interference” to “meddling.” This guy is stuck at “interference.”
Red Scare Redux: “Russian Weapons Stocked Right Up At NATO’s Border!” Moon of Alabama
Getting Russia Wrong The Russia Monitor (DK). The Obot talking point “The President is not a dictator,” localized for Russsia.
Our Perpetual War Political Culture The American Conservative

Why does WikiLeaks keep publishing U.S. state secrets? Private contractors. WaPo

I Was A Hardcore Conservative: What Changed My Mind Cracked

Jared Kushner wants the government to run like a corporation. 1: The U.S. is not a Walmart. 2: Jared sucks at business.