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Daily review 12/04/2022

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  1. Dennis Frank 1

    From a PC Mag interview:

    Ahead of a September keynote at IntelliSys 2021, we spoke to Professor Bruckman, a Harvard grad who holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, about how to test assumptions—and the definition of truth and existence—in an era of misinformation.

    Before we get to Wikipedia, your wider research focuses on the field of "social computing," which includes ethics, research, content creation and moderation, plus social movements. When did you first encounter web-based communities?
    [AB]
    Around 1990, I was a grad student at the MIT Media Lab and my friend Mike Travers showed me a model of MIT in a multi-user, text-based virtual world. He had programmed a bot of his advisor, Marvin Minsky. Virtual Marvin would automatically start off in his office in the Media Lab, walk across campus to a classroom, and deliver a lecture at the correct time Tuesdays and Thursdays, reading a chapter of his book, Society of Mind. It was magic. I was hooked.

    And was that when you built your first multiplayer real-time world?
    [AB] Yes, that was when I built MediaMOO, a multi-user text-based world designed to be a professional community for media researchers. Then my dissertation project was a virtual world for kids called MOOSE Crossing, where kids built the world together and learned object-oriented programming and practiced their creative writing… this was before the invention of the web, and we were using computers running the UNIX operating system. The internet wasn’t yet a mass medium, but we could see that it would be…

    Which brings us to Wikipedia. Many of us consult it, slightly wary of its bias, depth, and accuracy. But, as you'll be sharing in your speech at Intellisys, the content actually ends up being surprisingly reliable. How does that happen?
    [AB]
    The answer to "should you believe Wikipedia?" isn't simple. In my book I argue that the content of a popular Wikipedia page is actually the most reliable form of information ever created. Think about it—a peer-reviewed journal article is reviewed by three experts (who may or may not actually check every detail), and then is set in stone. The contents of a popular Wikipedia page might be reviewed by thousands of people. If something changes, it is updated. Those people have varying levels of expertise, but if they support their work with reliable citations, the results are solid. On the other hand, a less popular Wikipedia page might not be reliable at all.

    Because few people access that page, or know/care enough about the subject to correct/challenge them? Which brings us to the big ideas behind what is truth, and how we reach it.
    [AB]
    In my book and my talk at Intellisys, I try to teach everyone a bit of basic epistemology, and show how that helps us better understand the internet. I believe ideas like virtue epistemology can help us to improve the quality of the internet going forwards.

    Okay, virtue epistemology is definitely a big idea. Give us a working definition, and how it applies to Wikipedia.
    [AB]
    Virtue epistemology suggests that knowledge is a collaborative achievement, and we all can work to achieve knowledge (justified, true belief) by aspiring to epistemic virtues: "curiosity, intellectual autonomy, intellectual humility, attentiveness, intellectual carefulness, intellectual thoroughness, open-mindedness, intellectual courage and intellectual tenacity." Being someone who is careful with knowledge is a lifelong quest, and trying to embody those virtues helps.

    https://www.pcmag.com/news/wikipedia-the-most-reliable-source-on-the-internet

    Just wanted to give you an impression of her credibility because her book is about to hit our local library – they produce a monthly pamphlet about new releases that is most helpful to folks like me who like to be up with the latest trends. Check out the reader reviews here: https://www.amazon.com/Should-You-Believe-Wikipedia-Construction/dp/1108748406/ref=sr_1_1?qid=1649738206&refinements=p_27%3AAmy+Bruckman&s=books&sr=1-1

  2. Poission 2

    Electricity security fragile over winter months,will need cogeneration over winter,and a conservation campaign june to august.

    https://nzgb.redspider.co.nz/

    • Ad 2.1

      Great site cheers.

      Even a brownout would be very, very bad for the government after last year.

      • Poission 2.1.1

        Very hard to sell certain policies when spot prices go to 4 figures,and the lights go out.

        The first high risk event is may 3.

  3. adam 3

    Can we admit that Sanctions are just not going to work. I really hoped they would, but the reality is the Greedy Scumbags inside Russia will not feel any pain.

    https://www.icij.org/investigations/russia-archive/

    This a link to many good pieces of journalism on how the greedy scum oligarchs are free to do what they please.

    We need to try something else. Or better yet, lets end the whole hypocrisy of the greedy being able to hide their money, goods, and bribes.

  4. Poission 5

    Sri Lanka announces default on sovereign debt.

    • RedLogix 5.1

      I have been watching this one for some weeks. Now add in riots in Indonesia over the price of cooking oil because Ukraine was the world's largest supplier of vegetable oils – now offline. Or Shanghai going stark bonkers over brutal COVID lockdowns.

      The IMF today warning that multiple developing nations are facing similar issues and will require a massive and coordinated effort to prevent systemic breakdown over entire regions.

      Again Peter Zeihan has predicted all of this.

      2019 was the last great year for the world economy.

      For generations, everything has been getting faster, better, and cheaper. Finally, we reached the point that almost anything you could ever want could be sent to your home within days – even hours – of when you decided you wanted it.

      America made that happen, but now America has lost interest in keeping it going.

      Globe-spanning supply chains are only possible with the protection of the U.S. Navy. The American dollar underpins internationalized energy and financial markets. Complex, innovative industries were created to satisfy American consumers. American security policy forced warring nations to lay down their arms. Billions of people have been fed and educated as the American-led trade system spread across the globe.

      All of this was artificial. All this was temporary. All this is ending.

      In The End of the World is Just the Beginning, author and geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan maps out the next world: a world where countries or regions will have no choice but to make their own goods, grow their own food, secure their own energy, fight their own battles, and do it all with populations that are both shrinking and aging.

      The list of countries that make it all work is smaller than you think. Which means everything about our interconnected world – from how we manufacture products, to how we grow food, to how we keep the lights on, to how we shuttle stuff about, to how we pay for it all – is about to change.

      Personally I do not entirely buy into the idea that globalisation will necessarily collapse as completely as Zeihan predicts. We still have the opportunity to move beyond the post-WW2 US led order into a whole new model – something truly universal and authentically accountable to the peoples of earth. Likely we will have to be scared witless into doing it.

      • Poission 5.1.1

        Mexico has just replaced China as the largest import market,canada in third place.

        The US has been on shoring at a fast pace,due to low energy costs,

        Germany wholesale inflation just hit 22%.

        • RedLogix 5.1.1.1

          Mexico has just replaced China as the largest import market,canada in third place.

          Indeed.

          • Poission 5.1.1.1.1

            Wonder what happens tomorrow on cross trade with the US extraordinary inflation announcement.

            • RedLogix 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Actual organic inflation is being driven by multiple factors:

              The Boomer generation is now 50% retired taking 40 plus years of skills and experience with them

              At the same time they go from being the largest capital investing generation to the largest capital consuming generation – the day they stop working.

              COVID of course has already accelerated the trends and stretched Central Banks everywhere.

              Global supply chains are being re-shored or re-located to more reliable locations as fast as reasonably possible. Intel for example have committed to build 8 new chip fabs in the USA, four in Ohio. The global vendor I work for is right now dealing with a major plant shutdown in Shanghai. We have record orders – and a heartbreaking struggle to deliver. You can be certain our directors will never let this happen again.

              And if this is bad in the North America it is worse elsewhere. There are very few developed nations that have a sustainable demography. Zeihan has pointed to France, Turkey, Argentina and AusNZ as having better prospects than most.

              And historically of the three great regions of conflict, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Far East only one has burst into open conflict – the other two smolder hotly.

              • RedLogix

                Credit:

              • Poission

                There are 500 vessels idled off Shanghai,the backlogs will be months.

                • RedLogix

                  We are telling our customers six months. And we cannot even be sure of that. Have you any idea how destructive this is?

                  • Poission

                    Very,A number of companies in the SI,started last year increasing inventory,to sustain manufacturing,it worked out cheaper then JIT,and they also made on increased costs,and delays

                    Some others that I know of,in specialised castings are getting a large number of pricing enquiries from Aus,and the US.(nz dollar helps)

      • left for dead 5.1.2

        @ 5.1 That's just a link to Aholes{amazon},thanks for fuck all.

      • Poission 5.2.1

        ETF again,making it to complex to understand,and they get to clip both sides of the ticket.

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