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Meanwhile, over at Google…

So… Google just fired an employee for… not agreeing with the company’s diversity policy.

The irony.

It also raises – once again – the issue of possible political bias at the worlds leading search engine.

• Gizmodo: Here’s The Full 10-Page Anti-Diversity Screed Circulating Internally at Google »
• TechCrunch: There’s a manifesto criticizing Google’s diversity efforts circulating inside the company »
• TechCrunch: Google fires the engineer who wrote that viral memo criticizing its diversity efforts »
• The Telegraph: Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo for ‘perpetuating gender stereotypes’ »
• Tim Pools first Youtube comment on Google and diversity »

Tim Pools latest Youtube-comment on the issue:

Update – Google Memo: Fired Employee Speaks Out! | James Damore and Stefan Molyneux:

Update 2 – Daily Wire: 4 Things The Google Manifesto DOESN’T Say That The Media Claim It Says »

Update 3 – A Youtube comment from Jordan Peterson:

Update 4The Google Memo: Four Scientists Respond »

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Fake news – are they for real?

There is a lot of buzz about »fake news«. But there is very little discussion about what it is that is supposed to be fake.

Maybe, there isn’t that much real fake news. (Dissent doesn’t qualify as fake.) Maybe it’s about stuff we don’t really want to know about. Or are not supposed to.

»Fake news« seems to be a mirage that will vanish if you try to pin it down.

It might also be that we are already so entangled in lies that we can no longer recognize the truth, even in its presence.

/ HAX

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»Fake news« overhyped?

Our study of search and politics in seven nations – which surveyed the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain in January 2017 – found these concerns to be overstated, if not wrong. In fact, many internet users trust search to help them find the best information, check other sources and discover new information in ways that can burst filter bubbles and open echo chambers. (…)

We found that the fears surrounding search algorithms and social media are not irrelevant – there are problems for some users some of the time. However, they are exaggerated, creating unwarranted fears that could lead to inappropriate responses by users, regulators and policymakers.

The Conversation » Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: Underresearched and overhyped »

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Internet on Cuba opening up – to Google

Cuba’s state-run telecommunications company Etecsa has signed a deal with Google that will enable faster access to content from the American company.

Under the deal, the technology giant will install servers in Cuba to improve connectivity speeds to Google services, including Gmail and YouTube. (…)

Even though most Cubans are likely to see the deal with Google as a step forward, it will do little to change the overall online accessibility in the country.

BBC: Cuba signs deal for faster internet access to Google content »

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Interesting… and a bit scary

Google Brain has created two artificial intelligences that evolved their own cryptographic algorithm to protect their messages from a third AI, which was trying to evolve its own method to crack the AI-generated crypto. The study was a success: the first two AIs learnt how to communicate securely from scratch.

Ars Technica: Google AI invents its own cryptographic algorithm; no one knows how it works »

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