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Automation Makes Us Dumb

WSJ – Nicholas Carr – Nov 21, 9:02 AM – Artificial intelligence has arrived. Today's computers are discerning and sharp. They can sense the environment, untangle knotty problems, make subtle judgments and learn from experience. They don't think the way we think—they're still as…
Tim O'Reilly Good article about adaptive automation to keep our skills sharp t.co/P9nDYuCNpF Bad title though: "de-skilling" ≠ dumber. via @ahier
WSJ Europe How automation is making us dumb and reliant on computers t.co/BnZfEB4vv9
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How Pinterest Engineer Tracy Chou is Breaking the Silicon Ceiling

Vogue – Nov 21, 1:00 AM – Photographed by Steven Simko, Vogue, December 2014 Photographed by Steven Simko, Vogue, December 2014 Tracy Chou, a young engineer at Pinterest, is tackling tech's women problem head-on. “There are a lot of engineers here,” Tracy…
Tim O'Reilly Good to learn about @triketora's quest to quantify the Silicon Valley gender gap t.co/1BqS8QGHLD
Jonathan Abrams RT @jeff_jordan: Great story about @Pinterest Tracy Chou's (@triketora) efforts to boost gender balance in Silicon Valley engineering t.co/1lvJfrECq8
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Book Stopped Bullet In Deadly FSU Shooting, Survivor Says (PHOTOS)

huffingtonpost.com – Sebastian Murdock – Nov 13, 3:20 PM – A Florida State University student said he narrowly escaped injury when a gunman shot at him early Thursday morning, the suspect's bullet hitting his backpack and lodging into a book. Jason Derfuss, a 21-year-old student at the college, was…
Maya Frost RT @HuffPostEdu: Book stopped bullet in deadly FSU shooting, survivor says (PHOTOS) t.co/EkEXz4OWK4
HuffPost College Book stopped bullet in deadly FSU shooting, survivor says (PHOTOS) t.co/waK4dclkJI
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Ferguson: A city on edge and waiting

CNN.com – Moni Basu – Nov 21, 11:48 PM – NEW: Grand jury did not reach a decision Friday, sources say NEW: 'Don't burn my shop' business owner pleads in anticipation of violent protests NEW: More businesses have been boarded up Three people are arrested in Friday night protests Ferguson…
CNN RT @cnnbrk: The Ferguson grand jury will reconvene Monday at the earliest, law enforcement sources say. t.co/QfgZI2qQGU
DRUDGE REPORT CNN: Grand Jury Fails to Reach Decision... t.co/YliLm0mLHR
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Four Decades of Solitary in Louisiana

nytimes.com – The Editorial Board – Nov 21 – Richard Nixon was president when Albert Woodfox landed in solitary confinement, along with another inmate, both convicted of the 1972 murder of a Louisiana prison guard named Brent Miller. Now 67 years old, he has maintained his innocence of the…
terrylevine.com RT @nytopinion: Editorial: In Louisiana, a barbaric punishment isolates a man for 4 decades. t.co/VrVHvOEiUb t.co/GSR2JA8d5h
ricardo sardenberg RT @NickKristof: Two weeks in solitary confinement can make people go nuts. This man was held in solitary for 40 years t.co/LPgkcRtxGA
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Republicans said China wouldn't follow through on its climate pledges. Looks like they were wrong.

motherjones.com – James West – Nov 20, 1:35 PM – Almost as soon as President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping announced their landmark climate deal last week, there was a torrent of criticism that the pact let China off the hook. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)…
terrylevine.com RT @MotherJones: Republicans said China wouldn't deliver on its climate pledges. Looks like they were wrong t.co/SlgAOJOwDT t.co/modV8j5cTQ
Mother Jones Republicans said China wouldn't deliver on its climate pledges. Looks like they were wrong t.co/SlgAOJOwDT t.co/modV8j5cTQ
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6.8 magnitude quake shakes central Japan

CNN.com – Jason Hanna – Nov 22, 5:42 AM – updated 8:42 AM EST, Sat November 22, 2014 (CNN) -- A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Japan on Saturday night, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The quake, centered in the Nagano region at a depth of of 10 kilometers (6.2…
Franklin Lopez Strong earthquake shakes Japan's Nagano area t.co/kTjIllhQI8
CNN RT @cnnbrk: Several injuries and a building collapse reported after strong earthquake shakes Japan's Nagano region. t.co/IXqdfSgb77
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Stocks Are Now So Fantastically Expensive That They Will Likely Have Negative Returns For Years

businessinsider.com Henry Blodget (@hblodget) – Nov 22, 10:36 AM – As regular readers know, I am increasingly worried about the level of stock prices. So far, this concern has seemed unwarranted. And I hope it will remain so. (I own stocks, and I'm not selling them.) But my concern has not diminished. On the…
Bradford Stroh RT @hblodget: Stocks are now so fantastically expensive that returns will likely be negative for years t.co/mU8G5bqSt1 t.co/Zu41uExv49
ricardo sardenberg RT @hblodget: Stocks are now so fantastically expensive that returns will likely be negative for years t.co/mU8G5bqSt1 t.co/Zu41uExv49
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Meet the Fortune 500 companies funding the political resegregation of America

motherjones.com – Andy Kroll – Nov 21, 6:00 AM – Over the past four to five years, the United States has been resegregated —politically. In states where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans and presidential races can be nail-biters, skillful Republican operatives have mounted…
Mother Jones Meet the Fortune 500 companies funding the political resegregation of America t.co/NnUiM3HFZz t.co/9wz4Mrx1Jf
Comrade Lemonton Learn how the GOP funds its controlling of state legislatures, and with it, Congress t.co/EA2CQ5mZ3z
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Ikea Reissues Original Midcentury Furniture

fastcodesign.com – Nov 21, 5:00 AM – If you find the Ikea catalog irresistible today, you should see what they were making 60 years ago: High-back Victorian seats, sleek papasan chairs, and, of course, plenty of the casually elegant midcentury modern stuff that we know so well from…
Marisol Segal RT @FastCompany: Ikea reissues some of its midcentury furniture designs: t.co/1zevRCQ3RK t.co/FEDE3rpdS9
Fast Company Ikea reissues some of its midcentury furniture designs: t.co/1zevRCQ3RK t.co/FEDE3rpdS9
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