What we read this week (6 December)

Our favorite articles of this week. Have a great weekend.

We need to separate the powers of economics and technology, not push them more tightly together. They’re the contemporary church’n’state — and they know it, too.

Paul Graham Raven

Articles of the week

  • Some publishers are optimising their sites for bot-generated traffic
    “Traffic analytics company Spider.io has discovered that some publishers are knowingly buying bot-generated traffic and optimising their websites to make sure as many ads as possible are exposed.” The article with the most WTF-moments this week.
  • Algorithmic Governance and the Ghost in the Machine
    “Moore’s Law has granted to 21st-century organizations two new methods for governing complexity: locally powerful god-algorithms we’ll call Athenas and omniscient but bureaucratic god-algorithms we’ll call Adjustment Bureaus.”
  • Shazam for Neo-Nazi Music
    “Put machine intelligence (Shazam for Neo-Nazi Music) and persistent surveillance (ShotSpotter) together and you would have a powerful system that presents some very difficult problems for fairness and civil liberties.”
  • A Genre in Crisis: On Paul Di Filippo’s “Wikiworld”
    It sounds like this review is much more fun to read than the collection of science-fiction stories it reviews.
  • Artist Blends Augmented Reality With Real-World Scenarios For Kickstarted Video Series
    “Admit it: When you think of the future you conjure up images of The Jetsons (1962) or BladeRunner (1982). Designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda wants to move the conversation forward–way forward–in his new series of five-minute augmented reality films, Hyper Reality (March 2014); however Matsuda's vision of the future is less robotics and space travel–more AR, ubicomp, smart cities, wearable computing, and surveillance drones.”