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Evgeny vs. the internet


↬ But with Morozov, the audience is always left to sort out where the critique ends and the joke begins. “I’m very conscious of what I’m doing,” he says. “I’m destroying the internet-centric world that has produced me. If I’m truly successful, I should become irrelevant.”

The Syllabus


↬ Awesome initiative from Evgeny Morozov: “An eclectic weekly selection of new academic articles, essays, talks, podcasts, and more.” You can compile your own weekly syllabus!

Is Google Making Us Stupid?


↬ That’s the essence of Kubrick’s dark prophecy: as we come to rely on computers to mediate our understanding of the world, it is our own intelligence that flattens into artificial intelligence.

Machine Politics | Fred Turner


↬ Social media’s ability to simultaneously solicit and surveil communication has not only turned the dream of individualized, expressive democracy into a fountain of wealth. It has turned it into the foundation of a new kind of authoritarianism.

Unix as literature


Suddenly the overrepresentation of polyglots, liberal-arts types, and voracious readers in the UNIX community didn’t seem so mysterious, and pointed the way to a deeper issue: in a world increasingly dominated by image culture (TV, movies, /.jpg/ files), UNIX remains rooted in the culture of the word.

I wanted to craft my own solutions from my own toolbox, not have my ideas slammed into the visually homogenous, prepackaged, Soviet world of Microsoft Foundation Classes.

Information Consumerism: The Price of Hypocrisy


↬ “Policymakers who think that laws can stop this commodificaton of information are deluding themselves. Such commodification is not happening against the wishes of ordinary citizens but because this is what ordinary citizen-consumer want. Look no further than Google’s email and Amazon’s Kindle to see that no one is forced to use them: people do it willingly. Forget laws: it’s only through political activism and a robust intellectual critique of the very ideology of “information consumerism” that underpins such aspirations that we would be able to avert the inevitable disaster.”

The five principles key to any ethical framework for AI


↬ Without an ethical framework, “better safe than sorry” becomes the only guiding rule, excessive caution overrides innovation, and we all lose out

André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how


↬ It wouldn’t conceptually be anymore a “network of networks”, but just a “network of three networks”, the Trinet, if you will.

Philosophical Engineering and Ownerhip of URIs


↬ Harry Halpin and Alexandre Monnin interviewing Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the www).

The Web of Alexandria (follow-up)


↬ “The web is a single, increasingly complex infrastructure which has been adopted for mutually incompatible purposes.”

Adactio: Journal—Web! What is it good for?


“What if the fundamental differences lie deeper than the technical implementation? What if the web is suited to some things more than others, not because of technical limitations, but because of philosophical mismatches?”

“The web has no gatekeepers. The web has no quality control. The web is a mess. The web is for everyone.”

Artificial Intelligence: Past and Future


↬ “As soon as it works, no one calls it AI anymore,” complained McCarthy. Yet it is recent worries about AI that indicate, I believe, how far AI as come.

How to Teach Artificial Intelligence Some Common Sense


↬ “With Deep Blue we had a program that would make a superhuman chess move—while the room was on fire,” Etzioni jokes. “Right? Completely lacking context. Fast-forward 20 years, we’ve got a computer that can make a superhuman Go move—while the room is on fire.”

GNU Mailman


↬ For later reference, if I ever consider self-hosting a mailing service.

Min-hashing (Mining Massive Datasets)


↬ Superb explanation of min-hashing as a method for efficiently approximating Jaccard similarity on bit vectors.

HyperLogLog explanation


↬ Intuitive explanation of the HyperLogLog algorithm for multiset cardinality estimation

Idle Words


↬ Blog of Maciej Cegłowski

Tim Harford — Ten email commandments


↬ Very good read about how to manage email in a sane way. For an implementation with mu4e and org-mode, see here


↬ Ethical alternatives to popular sites and apps

ox-hugo - Org to Hugo exporter


↬ If my workflow ever really starts revolving around Org mode, I should revisit this way to write content for this Hugo website in Org mode

Command Line Tricks For Data Scientists


↬ How to do common data manipulation tasks from any UNIX machine.

6 tips for low-cost academic blogging


↬ This post summarizes my own approach to blogging, and some more!

My heart will go on


↬ Love the rough but humorous styling. Eclectic Zizek Magic.


📆 Making Sense of Thinking | Lecture by Markus Gabriel

↬ The lecture was a philosophical tornado, leaving the audience dazzled. A semi-random quote of my choice: “There is no intelligence without a problem to be solved”.

📆 Vriend en vijand | Arnon Grunberg

↬ “Is politics possible without an image of the enemy?” Interesting lecture about the legacy and relevance of Carl Schmitt by well known Dutch writer Arnon Grunberg. The lecture was a continuation of his essay “Vriend en vijand” .

♬ The Myrrors & Minami Deutsch

↬ Went to see The Myrrors, stayed for Minami Deutsch, which was a great surprise.

📆 interrail

↬ Returned home from a road trip, taking trains from Nijmegen to Vienna, Bratislava, Krakau, Wroclaw, Prague, and Dresden.


↬ 12th edition, AI & Safety

📆 iHUB LED Conference Lifelong Learning

↬ I attended the iHUB LED Conference on Lifelong Learning, hosted at the Microsoft Headquarters at Schiphol.


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↬ From this article I draw two hypotheses: 1) people are more than willing to sell their privacy in return for comfort and/or safety, and 2) the obsession over privacy is typically European

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That’s a great compliment, much appreciated! I just found through you: an absolute gem.

It looks like I copied a random string in that link and wrote :wq without thinking. Not all Vim habits are always good, I guess :-) Thanks for pointing me to, I’m having a lot of fun over there! Just used to write an ultra-short bio:

By the way, in order for this webmention to be processed I need to manually remove a trailing slash from the URL of your page. Not sure if that’s intended :-)

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↬ Thanks for the shoutout Joe!

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↬ Thanks so much for that shoutout, I’m glad the laser eyes did not go unnoticed! Your site is an absolute gem with great style, I’ll have a lot of fun exploring it. I suspect you already know most of it, but perhaps you’ll find an interesting link here: .

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↬ “Als abrupte bezuinigingen elders de prijs zijn die betaald moet worden voor een versterking van de bèta- en technische disciplines, dan passen vele bèta’s daar vriendelijk voor.”

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↬ The use of algorithms is a “fourth power” for which regulation is needed. Call in the Dutch news for an organ that regulates government algorithm use.

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Wendell Berry – Lokaal Leven

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↬ Nice reflection on the tension between the local and the global in the Anthropocene. I appreciate Boris’ attempt to ground thinking on global issues in local practice.

Bias in predictive algorithms used by the government

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↬ Media attention in Dutch national news for potential biases in the use of predictive algorithms by the government

Chrome restricts ad blockers

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↬ Now that Chrome has a large market share, it was a matter of time before Google - an ad-selling company - made their browser an ad-displaying machine.

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