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AI, algorithms, viral spread, and a bit of a break

Spring Break You are all now hopefully enjoying the first day of Spring Break, and I do hope each of you will take some time to take care of yourselves, manage any rising anxieties, and just enjoy a bit of time off.  As is plainly obvious to all of us, there is a considerable amount of […]

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Bias & Algorithms

Modern people are overwhelmed with information. It comes from a variety of sources, and it becomes rather difficult to discern if it comes from a credible source or not. Therefore, the impact of companies that control distribution of data of any kind on public opinion is tremendous these days. The best method to deliver the […]

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Brain Ranting on the Algorithms

To be quite honest, this post turn from taking notes, writing numerous passages that made no sense, to a final outright rant that has me questioning my usages of the internet and how me as an African American consumer will face the idealism of what the internet will have in store for me (and other […]

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Pass the Tylenol: Reconciling Google, Algos and Face Tech

My short title for this blog is “Pass the Tylenol” and my inclusion of this 1977 advertisement is deliberate. The issues that we are examining are thorny ones; there are no quick fixes or easy answers. It’s enough to make your head spin off of its axis, but I think we need to be intentionally […]

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Living in a Bubble: The True Cost of Customization and Convenience

Another stimulating Net Mirror discussion unfolded this past week on the problem of filter bubbles and “web-based customization”. We considered the ubiquitous power of algorithms and the resulting persuasion architecture(s) that shape our perspectives of the world at large. Thanks to Nives for an excellent presentation covering Eli Pariser’s The Filter Bubble. We quickly confronted […]