Practical Privacy

Practical Privacy

Are you willing to sacrifice privacy for a better experience, or discounts? To be honest, I don’t mind government keeping and processing my and other’s data, if this means I get a better ‘user experience’ such as pre-filled tax forms and automated health benefit returns.

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Wisdoms Borrowed

Thing Theory

Thing Theory

A framework for social- and context-aware environments inspired by the Addams Family: “The sensing, response and location-awareness of Thing is a useful aspirational model, even if the goal isn’t for disembodied hands to pop out of boxes and serve tea.”

‘Humanise’ Electronic Currency Transactions

‘Humanise’ Electronic Currency Transactions

The PoS/electronic currency mediums of the future will do a better job of making it feel like people are transacting with one another. Not just two electronic machines exchanging currency for goods or services.. – Hunter Walk

Calm Technology

Calm Technology

Technology should require the smallest amount of our attention. Technology can communicate, but doesn’t need to speak.

Mobile Technoly for Tracking Mental Health

Mobile Technoly for Tracking Mental Health

Once [we start] understanding how all of these different predictors relate to each other, we can then develop algorithms to better predict when a depression patient is going into a relapse. This will not only improve quality of life but also reduce incidence of suicide, relapse and readmission to treatment facility.

Love People, Not Websites

Love People, Not Websites

I’m a UXer because I love people, not because I love websites. (Or any kind of system. People first.) – Daniel Pshock

Corrigibility: AI that doesn’t mind a Turn Off

As artificially intelligent systems grow in intelligence and capability, some of their available options may allow them to resist intervention by their programmers. We call an AI system “corrigible” if it cooperates with what its creators regard as a corrective intervention, despite default incentives for rational agents to resist attempts to shut them down or modify their preferences.

The Analogy Between Chemistry and Big Data

What is the motivation behind the risk? There is an analogy between chemistry and big data, the conduct of experiments to mix substances and examine the results. I fear pre-destination based on inaccurate and/or mistaken data. – Scott Taylor

Trolls Be Trolls

Trolls Be Trolls

The research validates what most community managers have always believed: trolls are awful people in real life, too. – Roger Dooley, Neuromarketing