Două proteste, două Românii și un strigăt de disperare: „Ce popor de proști suntem!?“
As the historian Sean McMeekin wrote in his 2015 “The Ottoman Endgame”, Sykes-Picot had moved to the realm of cliché, “a shorthand explanation for the latest upheaval in the Middle East that rolls easily off every tongue.”
He suggested it was time to move beyond the Sykes-Picot myth to gain a better understanding of the developments that shaped the modern Middle East.
Imagine, Mr. Harris said, if Facebook's app delivered all your notifications at once, at a given time of day, like the mail. Prof. Wu, meanwhile, has suggested that tech companies should develop a phone designed to protect users' attention and time.
Why is our generation laughing over dancing hot dogs and sheriffs made of of emojis? In part, it is, like most social media, escapism: a way to collectively disengage from the unending horror of politics by laughing at meaningless internet jokes that mirror the nonsensical global state of affairs. Like earlier forms of Dadaism, internet memes deconstruct and scramble all coherent thought into incoherent brain goop, left open for you to take what you want from them as you will. For some, that means eating a Tide Pod.
În consecință, am întrebat oficial Ministerul Educației dacă a făcut vreo cercetare pentru a afla cauzele analfabetismului funcțional și dacă are vreo strategie de combatere a acestui fenomen.
Ministerul nu are așa ceva.
Declar cu franchețe că sunt pentru îmbunătățirea soartei țăranilor, că în această îmbunătățire văd fundarea naționalității române. Până când țăranii nu vor fi cetățeni, noi nu vom avea o nație. Da, domnilor! Am voit ca să se creeze o așa stare de lucruri încât cel din urmă țăran să aibă conștiița datoriilor și drepturilor lui. Cât timp îl vom lăsa în poziția în care se găsește, asuprit, bătut, tratat ca un dobitoc, nelegat către țară prin nimic, ce sprijin vom avea de la dânsul în ora pericolului? Este timpul ca înaintea interesului privat, să gândim la cel obștesc, ca înainte de a ne ocupa de moșiile cele mici, să ne ocupăm de moșia cea mare, România, cum făceau părinții noștri.
To preserve its social model, the EU needs to establish common progressive fiscal rules and relieve younger generations of debts they are not responsible for.
Very good little story on AI and neural networks coming from Andrej Karpathy, the head of Tesla AI. Raises many interesting questions and problems.
I must admit, out of all of Black Mirror, season 3 episode 1 is the one which stood out the most. It gave me a very weird mix of insecurity and emptiness. When I first found out about the Chinese SCS system, I felt the same thing.
This article explains at greater length how the SCS actually works and also offers some starting points for thinking of how to fix this: "We need trustworthy mechanisms to make sure ratings and data are used responsibly and with our permission. To trust the system, we need to reduce the unknowns. That means taking steps to reduce the opacity of the algorithms. The argument against mandatory disclosures is that if you know what happens under the hood, the system could become rigged or hacked. But if humans are being reduced to a rating that could significantly impact their lives, there must be transparency in how the scoring works."
And if you think this isn't a problem for you, just go to https://www.google.fr/maps/timeline? to see all your past location history and tell me it doesn't freak you the hell out!
"On 10 February 1355, St Scholastica Day, two students at the University of Oxford got into a dispute with the landlord of the tavern at which they had been drinking. The quality of the wine, they felt, was not up to snuff. The landlord disagreed. In response, the students threw a quart pot of wine in his face and proceeded to beat him senseless. The mayor of Oxford asked the chancellor of the university to arrest the students, but 200 other ‘scholars’ turned out in their defence. Three days of rioting followed, with the townsfolk, from the mayor downwards, calling in local villagers to help defeat the students. Around 63 were killed, as were 30 locals. Many more were injured, and massive damage was done to university property."