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The Coinbase post was 100% right. Here's what you can do about it

  • The Coinbase blogpost gives the honest truth that in the final calculus, corporations whose primary goal is profit-maximization can only incidentally and in small ways advance any other aim.
  • Unfortunately, if your goal is to push back against the existing profit-maximizing power structures, you need to have a better analysis than “centralized bad, decentralized good”.
  • The existing power structure can always pick-and-choose the new technology that best advances its goals.
  • Profit-maximization is the “prime directive” of the existing power structure and as a result challenging it inevitably provokes a fight.
  • If you are interested in building power with your fellow workers to advance your own goals rather than those of the profit-maximizers, both within your company and across your industry, I recommend reaching out to Tech Workers Coalition who can provide further guidance.

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Who thought political ads featuring Deepfake Putin and Kim trashing the US was a good idea?

  • A not-for-profit called RepresentUS, working with creative media agency Mischief @ No Fixed Address, recently used the popular Deepfake AI system to create a pair of political ads featuring actors digitally manipulated to look like Vladmir Putin and Kim Jong Un mocking the current state of US politics.
  • The reason this ad campaign is a bad idea is because the political battlefield is already rife with bots, bad actors, misinformation, disinformation, and organized chaos designed to disenfranchise as many people as possible.
  • At best, it’s a misguided effort to be provocative for the sake of being provocative — “look at us, we’re doing something we’re not supposed to but it’s for a good cause,” it screams while using Deepfakes for political influence ads, the one thing every AI expert on the planet feared would happen.

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Social Cooling

  • More and more people feel this pressure, and they are starting to apply self-censorship.
  • When doctors in New York were given scores this had unexpected results.
  • Doctors that tried to help advanced cancer patients had a higher mortality rate, which translated into a lower score.
  • Doctors that didn't try to help were rewarded with high scores, even though their patients died prematurely.
  • Rating systems can create unwanted incentives, and increase pressure to conform to a bureaucratic average.
  • In China each adult citizen is getting a government mandated "social credit score".
  • This represents how well behaved they are, and is based on crime records, what they say on social media, what they buy, and even the scores of their friends.
  • Social pressure is the most powerful and most subtle form of control.
  • What does it mean to be free in a world where surveillance is the dominant businessmodel?

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How to Get Promoted

  • At first, when you start working at a rapidly growing company, what you see is smart, idealistic, driven people working together to accomplish a goal greater than themselves.
  • A hacker who works at a unicorn and contributes patches to xmonad in his spare time may want wealth and status, but he also has firmly entrenched and far-reaching principles.
  • One way to think about people who are attracted purely to wealth and status is that under these same conditions they don't feel estranged.
  • You can't remember what things looked like two weeks ago, let alone last quarter.
  • Second, you must understand that KPIs, OKRs, meetings, and company values are just performative rituals.
  • If you do take these rituals at face value, you will interfere with other people's reputation, career plans, and flow of money.

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Tips for First Time Reviewers — Part 1: When to Be Suspicious

  • As a young researcher, you will most likely not be asked to review for the most prestigious journals in your field, which means that you are more likely to encounter low-quality science because the editors are often a little more permissive with the articles they send for review.
  • While I have a medical background, I will try to keep this article helpful for researchers from different fields and encourage you to comment your own experiences with suspicious behaviors of authors that indicate bad science so that it can be helpful to other young researchers.
  • If you do a review for a less prestigious journal and you encounter a manuscript which makes you think ‘Wow that was a lot of work!’, you should ask yourself why the authors did not aim for a top journal.

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Tips for First Time Reviewers — Part 1: When to Be Suspicious

  • As a young researcher, you will most likely not be asked to review for the most prestigious journals in your field, which means that you are more likely to encounter low-quality science because the editors are often a little more permissive with the articles they send for review.
  • While I have a medical background, I will try to keep this article helpful for researchers from different fields and encourage you to comment your own experiences with suspicious behaviors of authors that indicate bad science so that it can be helpful to other young researchers.
  • If you do a review for a less prestigious journal and you encounter a manuscript which makes you think ‘Wow that was a lot of work!’, you should ask yourself why the authors did not aim for a top journal.

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Tips for First Time Reviewers — Part 1: When to Be Suspicious

  • As a young researcher, you will most likely not be asked to review for the most prestigious journals in your field, which means that you are more likely to encounter low-quality science because the editors are often a little more permissive with the articles they send for review.
  • While I have a medical background, I will try to keep this article helpful for researchers from different fields and encourage you to comment your own experiences with suspicious behaviors of authors that indicate bad science so that it can be helpful to other young researchers.
  • If you do a review for a less prestigious journal and you encounter a manuscript which makes you think ‘Wow that was a lot of work!’, you should ask yourself why the authors did not aim for a top journal.

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