One of the dumbest things you can do in high-scale systems is assume that any of your inputs will be randomly or evenly distributed. They'll clump, in both space and time, so you'd best prepare for every unfortunate (but not unpredictable) convergence.
Note: the “12 years” to make bold, rapid progress on climate change—by cutting emissions by 50%—began in 2018.
It’s now 11 years... and more than 50%.*
Steepening curves, y’all. With every day lost, our task grows more urgent, more disruptive.
This will indeed be a new world. One of those tipping points where a tech goes from nerd-cool to transformative.
I'm deeply excited to see what happens when the new 6x6dof stand-alones ship with WebXR Device API on board. I have roughly one bazillion ideas for the #widerweb and I'm 💯 that I've only scratched the surface.
The number of successful people I’ve come across in the last couple of months that have decided to drop everything in order just work on solutions to climate change is inspiring.
Actual language from the State of Massachusetts' lawsuit against Purdue Pharma: “Eight people in a single family made the choices that caused much of the opioid epidemic." Stunning.
“FamilyTreeDNA confirmed late Thursday that it has granted the FBI access to its vast trove of nearly 2 million genetic profiles.” https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-dna-fbi-familytreedna-20190201-story.html
A still for a change :D
Daily Quillustration built in VR using Quill
Rendered in Octane
The BuzzFeed/Trace piece on unsolved nonfatal shootings is really good, but also their published analysis code has the most elegant pandas piping I've ever seen.
I've gone down a black hole of the latest DeepFakes and this mashup of Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Lawrence is a sight to behold
It's incredibly hard to make a living doing good except by working the agenda of those who give huge amounts of money away. These projects are often the best solutions that can be worked out without fundamentally changing the system. And working on them exhausts the righteous.
This is where @AOC@twitter.com discomfort comes for many establishment liberals. It's so goddamn comfortable to be a wealthy progressive in America when you've got the Republican party feeding you moral absolution on a silver platter. "Just say you're against us & you'll feel moral!"
Seriously. One of the first things @AmanQA@twitter.com always asks about a feature is: “what’s the worst thing that someone could do with this?”
Former FTC chief technologist @firstname.lastname@example.org says it's time for Silicon Valley to invest in "abusability" testing the way they started investing in security testing more than a decade ago. https://www.wired.com/story/abusability-testing-ashkan-soltani/
Why are metadata standards - things like NAICS, ICD10, GNIS - so hard to find in clean, machine-readable form?
Weekend hacking project to fix this, still WIP:
This is a good example of what I mean. This is a great topic. You can't stop white people from creating podcasts these days. Why aren't there any about this? I suspect part of it is that you don't get social status from talking about Whiteness. https://twitter.com/zhoumis/status/1089238970377097216?s=19
The term I learned recently that has been burning a hole in my brain is "racial illiteracy". White people know they are not equipped to talk about race. They talk about people of color in the wrong way constantly. They don't talk about Whiteness at all.
when they make a movie of this time in history I expect Andy Serkis to play the Nixon Back Tattoo
Gradually, and in their own language, economists are coming round to the idea that the environment isn't amenable to static cost-benefit analysis https://www.aeaweb.org/research/greenhouse-gas-reduction-long-run-costs
Some people know that there are many possible futures. And once you accept this possibility - well, then you want to play your part getting us onto the best timeline possible. If you're one of these people - wherever you are, whatever you do, however you view your talents - this is the place for you.