Linked: Software is trying to change your habits. Make sure you agree with it.
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Linked: Software is trying to change your habits. Make sure you agree with it.

This is something that I learned about years ago, and found it completely fascinating, and it has also been a lesson that has helped me understand what is really going on in many places, including with technology: “The physical world is full of design choices like this—seemingly random decisions that are actually made with intention,…

Linked: 81 Percent Of U.S. Adults Do Not Regularly Use Twitter
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Linked: 81 Percent Of U.S. Adults Do Not Regularly Use Twitter

The numbers in the post below are important to remember, whether you’re a business owner trying to decide where to spend your marketing budget, or anyone trying to determine what society and politics looks like in the US. Twitter may get a lot of attention in the media, but it’s only representative of a small…

Why The Lies Matter

Why The Lies Matter

According to this Psychology Today article, they matter because we are completely incapable of ignoring them. Even when we know something isn’t true, it still impacts our thought processes because our brains cannot unlearn information we take in. The example from the article is a good place to start: Now imagine this scenario: You are…

Linked: Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Post Anything to Social Media
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Linked: Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Post Anything to Social Media

Stefanie’s list of questions is a good place to start for really anyone. “Who – who specifically does it help? What – what problem does it solve? When – do you know the right time to post it on social for maximum reach? Where – are you posting it on the right channels where your…

Over-Simplistic Scientific Intelligence
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Over-Simplistic Scientific Intelligence

And this really brings me back to my point, that we do a poor job of truly understanding science, statistics and cause and effect. We believe that algorithms have all been well-thought out, and produce a “true” result, even when they are trying to predict something as unpredictable as what traffic will look like 20 years from now. We assume social science studies are giving us the “right” answer for how to educate people, or train them for the best outcomes, without considering what we are teaching them about the larger world. We assume that we can tweak one belief, or one thing, without human beings reacting to those changes in unpredictable ways, all the while thinking our one change will cause the reaction we DO predict.

We assume a lot that should never be assumed. We over-simplify a world that actually has more influences than we can possibly account for, and assume that what is really a small statistical difference represents a universal truth.

It doesn’t. There are no simple answers. It takes hard work, hard discussions, and lots of listening to figure out the best way forward. Don’t wait for AI to tell you what to do, it may be missing quite a bit.