Society, Technology

The Evolution of AI: Three Big Shifts

Karen Hao writes MIT’s “The Algorithm” newsletter, and in the latest edition she has some very interesting results of an analysis she completed of 16,625 AI research papers from the website arXiv. In her analysis she finds three major trends: “a shift toward machine learning during the late 1990s and early 2000s, a rise in […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Jan 25, 2019

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics William Boyd on Brexit : « What I am currently experiencing is something close to shame » History will not be kind to David Cameron, the ex-prime-minister, now nowhere to […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Jan 19, 2019

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics The Malign Incompetence of the British Ruling Class Even a columnist for The Economist, an organ of the British elite, now professes dismay over “Oxford chums” who coast […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Dec 28, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics Highlighted in Yellow The historian Anaïs Albert has shown that in the “Belle Époque” (1871–1914), the women of the popular classes were pivotal in the mobilization against high […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: 14 December, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics ‘Chaos is complete’: what the European papers say about Brexit In Spain, El País editorial writer Iñaki Gabilondo said Britain was now “in the quagmire” after a referendum “that has […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Dec 7, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics The Rise of Islamic Soft Power Although Islam has always been present in the region’s politics, its importance has grown in recent years—thanks not only to the convulsions of the […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: 30 Nov, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics A Billionaire Backer and the Murky Finances of the AfD The AfD, Weidel insisted, had “not tried to cover anything up,” adding that careful records had been kept about all […]

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Society, Technology

Social Media’s PIHO Problem

Earlier this year I wrote two posts on why Facebook “can’t be fixed” so long as its current business model remains in place. In my posts, I noted that the latest Facebook scandal was part of a continuous pattern that had and would not change: The routine is familiar by now. Facebook makes an “innovation” […]

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Economics, Society, Technology

The Reconn Reader: Nov 23, 2018

Each week, I share some of the most interesting articles from the past seven days. Here is this week’s selection. -CA   World & Politics The Land That Failed to Fail The world thought it could change China, and in many ways it has. But China’s success has been so spectacular that it has just […]

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