Month: August 2018

Engines of Polarization

A small change to an algorithm is at the heart of fake news, tribalism and extreme behavior on social media. In October 2009 Facebook made a fateful change to its algorithm which has had profound and polarizing effects on society. It’s a lesson in unintended consequences — for, on the surface, this tweak to the platform was …

Confessions of a Content Moderatation Kingpin

The following were writing prompts for this satirical piece: The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People – in which the herculean task of moderating content is explained. Also this, article: Inside Facebook’s Fast-Growing Content-Moderation Effort. Next to sex doll cleaning, moderating extreme content on Facebook has to be one of the worst jobs humanity …

Ïnsta (a Wikipedia article from the future)

The following is a thought experiment. I’ve always been fascinated with proto-humans like Ötzi, the mummy found in the Tyrolean alps, who has become our best insight into Copper Age humans. Teams of forensic scientists have examined him and made educated guesses about what his daily life might have been like. Given that this was many …