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Do we need protection from Algorithms?

algomachine
This is an interesting think piece. It's about what should or should not be done about "algorithmic harms" an interesting term I've not heard before so perhaps the author of this article has coined it. He writes, "Let’s compare two types of algorithmic harms. In the first case, a bank uses an algorithm designed to deny all loan applications from black women. Here, there’s an existing law being ...
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Google’s Anti-Bullying AI Mistakes Civility for Decency – Motherboard

Victorian reclining with a laptop
The article linked to below actually argues against civil discourse. It laments that the idea of civil discourse is, to the author, simply a mask. A mask for YOUR hatred. You see, this is how it works: at first, you get to say whatever you want, however, you want. Then they don't like what you say, but you have the right to say it, so they say you should at least not shout about it, can we all ...
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Sensitivity Readers Hired by Publishers to Sanitize Literature

Get your mind right
Some publishers are hiring people to read manuscripts in order to spot potentially offensive passages. As an avid reader I can hardly express how distressing this is. First off, offense is subjective. I'm offended that they are doing this. But of course my kind offense isn't the kind they are at all concerned about. They don't care that telling an author they can't say something is troubling and o...
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Free Speech: A Tale of Trademarks, a Rooster, and a Dangerous Faggot

Milo is Dangerous
Let's make sure we understand right up front that the first amendment was designed to protect "hate" speech. That is the point of the first amendment. Speech that is acceptable doesn't need protecting. There's no one out there telling people not to say the things that everyone wants to hear, makes them feel warm and fuzzy, or that follow the party line. It's the speech that people don't like that ...
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