Linked: New Data Suggest Pandemic May Not Just Be Leaving Low-Income Students Behind; It May Be Propelling Wealthier Ones Even Further Ahead

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I think we sort of knew this was happening, but seeing all of the stats in the article below is alarming. There is, however an example of what it takes to keep kids engaged and learning even when they can’t … Read More

Over-Simplistic Scientific Intelligence

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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.… Read More

Linked: As workspace usage of Slack and Microsoft Teams soars, lawyers see an uptick in harassment claims

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I guess I could see this happening. Teams or Slack chats are real-time, people feeling angry might be tempted to voice their unfiltered opinions on them, much like we see on Twitter, etc. “If workers don’t feel they have a … Read More

Linked: A fake, AI-generated blog reached the top of Hacker News

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I’ve been at this blog for almost 19 years. Are you sure it’s still me writing these posts? Did I disappear and just leave it on autopilot to write posts for me long after I’m gone?

Are you sure you would know if I did?

Not everything is as it appears. We could all use a lot more skepticism, especially on topics we are already biased to believe.… Read More

Linked: Cybersecurity: These two basic flaws make it easy for hackers to break into your systems

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The results speak for themselves. “The report, based on anonymised data from real organisations that have had their networks tested, said that for 71% of companies, there’s at least one obvious weakness that could provide malicious outsiders with entry into … Read More

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