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Stopping fire when it starts spreading

I was reading a great interactive article from growth.design which talked about misinformation for the 2020 election. And how Facebook tends to feed the problem. From a design perspective.

We all know that Facebook likes engagement. As it means more people interact with their service. And get to stay on it for longer.

But that’s one of the main reasons why misinformation spreads.

Because misinformation tends to be more engaging than real information. Because of that, the algorithm is more likely to show you something false. Due to the high likelihood of being shared.

When something is highly shared. People…


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Have you noticed that social media services are used by different people?

Rich VCs talk about life and wealth on Twitter.

Fashionistas share their work on Instagram.

Your uncles and grandmas are on Facebook.

And your favourite video game streamer is on YouTube.

Why is that?

These social media services have millions of users. So they should house every community you can think of. So, it can’t because of the culture.

The answer has to do with the medium itself. Clothes are inherently visual. You can write an essay about them. But having a picture of it. …


Fairness, Opinion

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Not unique but very useful

I was reading an article on Wired about the need for auditable AI. Which would be third party software evaluating bias in AI systems. While it sounded like a good idea. But I couldn’t help think it’s already been done before. With Google’s what if tool.

The author explained that the data can be tested. By checking how the AI responds by changing some of the variables. For example, if the AI judges if someone should get a loan. Then what the audit would do. Is check that does the race effect getting the loan. Or gender, etc. So if…


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If you’re a programmer who has suffered from this issue before. This set of events may happen to way too often. You are working on a project. Then just found out on Reddit. There is an interesting library that you can check out. Then you spend your whole day reading up on documentation. And trying out the library. But by the end of the day. You noticed that your original project. Has made little progress.

If that’s you.

You suffer from shiny object syndrome.

This blog post should be the antidote.

Why is shiny object syndrome dangerous?

You probably know why. You spend time running around…


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Social media isn’t just a reflection of human nature. It’s a force that defines human nature, through incentives baked into the way products are designed.

The title is from the book No Filter. Where the author argues that Instagram not a neutral piece of technology. But a tool that provides incentives to users to use the product in a certain way. This line reminds me of Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death. Where Neil Postman argued that a piece of media changes how the user sees the world. In the book, he had the example of television. In which TV…


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This blog post is going to be slightly off the beaten path. It is still in the realm of technology and science. Which is the stuff I normally write about. But I decided to put a twist on it. As recently I was watching a few videos about space. Namely how we would be building a moon base. I wondered how AI can fit into the mix. So this blog post is asking that question.

Before we land humans on the moon. We need to find sites that are suitable for human occupation. Luckily we are a ready doing this…


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I watched a YouTube video about Elon fanboys The video was from my favourite angry youtuber Buckley. He said the worst fanbases on the internet are BTS Stans and Elon fanboys. Which is something I can whole heartily get behind.

As I listen to K-pop but I hate listening to the drama of K-pop stans. Love the innovation that Elon musk’s companies are doing. As a person with great interest in entrepreneurship and science. But the Elon fanboys are annoying. Some make YouTube videos about his companies. Which some are very good. But after a while, it gets boring fast…


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I was watching an episode in the Bloomberg Quicktake series called Hello World. If you haven’t watched the series yet then start now.

In this episode, they talked about self-driving spraying vehicles. They were big contraptions. Which drove around a farm. And sprayed the plants. While the vehicle was moving along. The vehicle uses normal self-driving sensors. Like LIDAR and cameras and GPS. For extra comfort. It is a detailed map of the farm. Due to the automation of the device. One person can manage 5 of the vehicles using their laptop. If there is a problem the vehicle will…


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Olden day speeches were serious

While reading more of Neil Postman’s book Amusing Ourselves to Death. He talked about the power of print media in American public life. Where conversations and speeches were done in a literary tone. A great example shown was the Abe Lincoln vs Douglas debate. Which lasted for 12 hours. And it was none of the speeches we saw today. As the whole debate sounded like an essay. Even the comebacks were pre-written. Postman noted that as the language was complex. Because the speakers assumed major assumptions with the audience. Which required the understanding of the political issues at the time…


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A popular topic in the deep learning research space is interpretable AI. Which means AI that you can understand why it made a decision. This is a growing field as AI is creeping into lots of industries. And accuracy is not just important but the method or reasoning of the decision is important as well. This is important were the consequences of the decision is very critical like medical and law. In a Wired article, they highlighted this when the AI was flagging patients to check up. Which the doctors have no clue why the AI did that. So some…

Tobi Olabode

tobiolabode.com Interested in technology, Mainly writes about Machine learning for now.

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