Get Your Lost (or Stolen) Stuff Back

Thieves don’t like to be caught, and the worst ones usually aren’t. I was traveling in Europe one summer and a thief grabbed the bookbag of one of the students traveling with my group. Nobody saw the thief or heard anything and the bag’s owner (another college student) only put it down “for a second”Continue reading “Get Your Lost (or Stolen) Stuff Back”

Big Brother is Watching

Depending on your age and perhaps, the politics of your local school board, the first time you probably read or heard the phrase, “Big brother is watching” was in the book (or the movie!) by George Orwell called 1984. In the movie, the citizens were being monitored by the government to keep everyone in theirContinue reading “Big Brother is Watching”

Bias in the Machine

Twitter’s image cropping program that automatically focuses on white faces and ignores black faces Google labeling Black people as primates Facial recognition algorithms that misidentify Black images Bank loan software that penalizes Black and brown credit applicants Industry accepted terminology such as “black list” and “white list” Technology can be as biased or as neutralContinue reading “Bias in the Machine”

Social Media Market Take-down

If you don’t already know about the furor over the gang of day traders at Reddit, then you have been asleep since the capitol riot. I think VOX explained it best: An army of traders on the Reddit forum r/WallStreetBets helped drive a meteoric rise in GameStop’s stock price in recent days, forcing halts in trading and causing aContinue reading “Social Media Market Take-down”