The case for … ‘dumb’ cities instead of ‘smart’ ones

We’ve participated in SCEWC in Barcelona last year. The amount of technology that is supposed to makes a city smart is staggering. For monitoring ever movement in the city millions of sensors are positioned in cities. Some of them look like from some dystopian future. What’s missing are actuators that physically enforce some desired behavior […]

Opinion | How to Track President Trump – The New York Times

Shocking article how easy it is to track anybody, including Donald Trump. A dataset with more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans was used by NY Times. It contained the traces of a Secret Service agent that accompanied Donald Trump. The agent’s home was also clearly identifiable […]

Three People-Centered Design Principles for Deep Learning

Algorithms gain more and more control over our daily lives. We need to build in principles into AI systems that work in the favor of people: Transparency. Wherever possible, make the high-level implementation details of your AI project available for all of those involved. In this case of a deep learning initiative, people should understand […]

Converging Solutions: Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Humans are almost hardwired to recognize faces. It’s important for us to tell people apart and we barely think about it. But the recognition process is far from being understood. Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have compared how deep neural networks recognize faces and compared this with activation pattern data from […]

How to be a slower and more thoughtful news consumer |

Digital minimalist Cal Newport advocates a moderated information  consumption. Are you ready to join the attention resistance? It’s core principle is to embrace the concept of slow. It’s the right response to become more mindful in an age in which the digital attention economy is shoveling more and more clickbait toward us. Crucial to a […]