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Download of the Week: "Data Pollution" by Ben-Shahar

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The Download of the Week is Data Pollution by Omri Ben-Shahar.  Here is the abstract:

Digital information is the fuel of the new economy. But like the old economy's carbon fuel, it also pollutes. Harmful "data emissions" are leaked into the digital ecosystem, disrupting social institutions and public interests. This article develops a novel framework- data pollution-to rethink the harms the data economy creates and the way they have to be regulated. It argues that social intervention should focus on the external harms from collection and misuse of personal data. The article challenges the hegemony of the prevailing view-that the harm from digital data enterprise is to the privacy of the people whose information is used. It claims that a central problem has been largely ignored: how the information individuals give affects others, and how it undermines and degrade public goods and interests. The data pollution metaphor offers a novel perspective why existing regulatory tools-torts, contracts, and disclosure law-are ineffective, mirroring their historical futility in curbing the external social harms from environmental pollution. The data pollution framework also opens up a rich roadmap for new regulatory devices-an environmental law for data protection-that focus on controlling these external effects. The article examines whether the general tools society has long used to control industrial pollution-production restrictions, carbon tax, and emissions liability-could be adapted to govern data pollution.

Highly recommended.

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Vitriol recapture?

Sometimes it’s best to quit while you’re in the same place you...

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Sometimes it’s best to quit while you’re in the same place you started.

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My mother had finches who built a nest in the same weird spot every year. The number of failures they went through every year was breathtaking. It was really hard to see how it could make sense from a calorie perspective.
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Using saccade-tracking to trick VR users into walking in circles, giving the illusion of "infinite walking"

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDk4HrEtGrM&feature=youtu.be

"Saccades" are the phenomenon where your eyes flick momentarily from one place to another; during saccades, you don't consciously register visual input, creating tiny moments of blindness (AKA "saccadic suppression"). (more…)

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Robot Revolution

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Click here to go see the bonus panel!

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When you think you feel a sweet breeze coming through the forest, it's actually all of nature's creatures giving you the finger at the same time.

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"There is nothing wrong with photography, if you don't mind the perspective of a paralysed Cyclops." - David Hockney

Another excuse to link to Hockney's photo collages


www.davidhockney.co/index.php/works/photos/photographic-collages

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The word of the day is "saccading."
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Left-Wing Campus PC Strikes Again

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Jeebus:

Niall Ferguson wanted opposition research on a student.

Campus arguments over diversity and free speech are causing some distinguished academics to do extremely strange things. Ferguson, a historian affiliated with both Oxford and Stanford University and much celebrated for his books on the topics like the First World War and the British Empire, is a prime example. At Stanford, Ferguson had been a member of the Cardinal Conversations program which brought in guest speakers to the university. In that capacity, Ferguson was anxious about student criticism of some speakers such as Charles Murray, the social scientist notorious for his views on race and IQ who spoke at Stanford in February.

As The Standford Daily reported on Thursday, newly public emails show that Ferguson’s eagerness to fight off what he saw as encroaching political correctness led the historian to some bizarre extracurricular activity. Ferguson teamed up with a group of student Republicans, led by John Rice-Cameron, to wage a covert political battle against Michael Ocon, a student they viewed as excessively left-wing. In the e-mails they refer to Ocon as “Mr. O” and talk about ways to discredit him. “Some opposition research on Mr. O might also be worthwhile,” Ferguson wrote. Ferguson’s research assistant Max Minshull was tasked with the job of collecting the dirt on Ocon.

“Now we turn to the more subtle game of grinding them down on the committee,” Ferguson wrote in another email. “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” Rice-Cameron, the son of Barack Obama’s former National Security advisor Susan Rice, was equally grandiose. “Slowly, we will continue to crush the Left’s will to resist, as they will crack under pressure,” Rice-Cameron crowed in an email, showing he has a great future ahead of him doing Darth Vader cosplay.

In conclusion, the greatest problem on campuses today is Oberlin students upset that the banh mi in the campus dining hall is insufficiently Vietnamese.

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Power tool company Makita sells a coffee machine

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Once again, the future has been unevenly distributed: Makita's coffee machine was available in Japan years ago. I can't wait to have one of these in my kitchen. Asahi Shimbun writes:

Makita's first coffee maker went on sale in 2015. It gained in popularity because the same types of batteries as its power tools also work in the coffee machine.

The new model can make a maximum of 5.3 cups of coffee on one charge, from a dedicated coffee pack as well as instant coffee. It weighs 1.5 kilograms.

The new coffee maker is sold at home center and other locations, costing 11,900 yen ($111.40) excluding tax. The battery charger and battery are sold separately.

MAKITA Rechargeable Coffee Maker CM501DZ [Amazon]

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Massagers are of course the huge untapped market here...
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