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Making algorithms more human

Applying uncertainty

I once wrote about one of the dangers of machine learning algorithms (e.g. the thing that powers the rules behind which many decisions are made in the real world): the closed feedback loop. An algorithm that falls into one of these closed feedback loops starts to lose its ability to […]

The Attention Asset

There’s a post on Seth Godin’s blog today called Do we value attention properly? In it, he argues that we need to be careful not to discount the attention we get from our audience, i.e. anyone who pauses to listen to us, because attention is valuable. He makes a good […]

The Perfect Car

Give me aMerc; a Porche; a Bugatti;A Fiat; a Bentley; no, give me a Ferrari.Give me the speed; the space; the luxury! I could just imagine myself sitting in one of those perfect cars. Hands on wheel, jazz playing softly in the background, driving down a lonely country road in […]

Tit for Tat

Pleasantries exchanged, we got down to business.  Rather new to each other, we moved deliberately. The context of the meeting was potentially explosive. It had all the makings of “your word against mine” scenario. But it started out well. Facts, or perspectives of the facts, were exchanged, and these facts […]

The City of Sophronia

The city of Sophronia is made up of two half-cities. In one there is the great roller coaster with its steep humps, the carousel with its chain spokes, the Ferris wheel of spinning cages, the death-ride with crouching motorcyclists, the big top with the clump of trapezes hanging in the […]

How to save time

Try one of the following: Learn how to programme the TV recorder in the quickest way. Two buttons, three steps. Take four minutes, not five. Use a TV recorder to save your favourite TV shows and skip through the ads. Save 30 minutes every two hours. Or… stop watching the […]