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Editors Weblog - Narrative Science, Newsblaster show that algorithm-writing articles have a key role to play in journalism's future

Editors Weblog - Narrative Science, Newsblaster show that algorithm-writing articles have a key role to play in journalism's future

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Lauren Proctor Lauren Proctor
1 year ago
Evgeny Morozov fears that the desire to use algorithms to increase the individualisation of journalistic content would lead to readers being trapped in a “vicious news cycle,” prevented from engaging with different viewpoints and opinions. Eli Pariser, former executive director of MoveOn.org and author of The Filter Bubble, shares the same concern. During a TED lecture, Pariser warned that the increasing use of algorithms to tailor content to the interests of individual readers is leading to “a world in which the Internet is showing us what it thinks we want to see but not necessarily what we need to see.” He goes further, insisting that “If algorithms are going to curate the world for us and going to decide what we get to see and don’t get to see, then we need to make that sure they’re not just keyed to relevance, we need to make sure that they also show us things that are uncomfortable and important.”
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Probably the Smartest Thread You’ll Read on (Social) E-Commerce…

Probably the Smartest Thread You’ll Read on (Social) E-Commerce…

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Lauren Proctor Lauren Proctor
1 year ago
Few successful e-commerce companies were started in the early 2000s, although a slew of recent new entrants appear to be getting traction - flash sales, social commerce, subscription commerce and other new “content + commerce” models
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Few successful e-commerce companies were started in the early 2000s, although a slew of recent new entrants appear to be getting traction - flash sales, social commerce, subscription commerce and other new “content + commerce” models
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E-commerce is good for two things – price and exclusives. Amazon will beat you on price, so you have to beat it on exclusives.
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Be wary of e-commerce businesses based on customization – they’ve  existed for a decade (cafePress, Shutterly, Vistaprint) and yet none are thriving. Customers don’t want customization, they want great brands and great design, and they want to be told what they want.
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The e-commerce opportunity is to contribute to the e-commerce ecosystem rather than sell directly yourself; four opportunities – 1) supply chain innovation, b) marketplaces, c) e-commerce solutions for small businesses, d) mobile payments
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  • You can’t sell to people who know exactly what they want – Amazon owns that; focus instead either a) ‘discovery‘ (“the best place to discover the stuff you don’t know you need”) or b) deep domain expertise
  • to succeed in e-commerce, you need to sell exclusives. You can’t sell stuff that Amazon sells, Amazon will crush you
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    User Acquisition: Viral Factor Basics

    User Acquisition: Viral Factor Basics

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    Lauren Proctor Lauren Proctor
    1 year ago
    Look at your product and ask yourself a simple question: which features actually let a user of your product reach out and connect with a non-user?   The answer might surprise you.
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    Pocket : Queue

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    Lauren Proctor Lauren Proctor
    1 year ago
    Great article about how the sounds of the olympics are made for TV viewers.
    For the London Olympics, Baxter will deploy 350 mixers, 600 sound technicians, and 4,000 microphones at the London Olympics. Using all the modern sound technology they can get their hands on, they'll shape your experience to sound like a lucid dream, a movie, of the real thing.
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    The Great Olympic stagnation?

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    Lauren Proctor Lauren Proctor
    1 year ago
    Is athletic performance hitting a wall?
    Many scientists have concluded from recent events that athletic performance is hitting a wall. Geoffroy Berthelot of INSEP, a sports research institute in Paris, looked at competitions from 1896 to 2007 and found that peak scores stopped improving in 64 percent of track and field events after 1993. Giuseppe Lippi of the University of Verona examined nine Olympic sports from 1900 to 2007 and found similar results. “Improvement has substantially stopped or reached a plateau in several specialities,” he wrote. Berthelot has predicted that the “human species’ physiological frontiers will be reached” in most sports around 2027.
    Is athletic performance hitting a wall?
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    Can You Make Yourself Smarter? - NYTimes.com

    Can You Make Yourself Smarter? - NYTimes.com

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    Lauren Proctor Lauren Proctor
    1 year ago
    The implication was that playing the game literally makes people smarter.
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    Psychologists have long regarded intelligence as coming in two flavors: crystallized intelligence, the treasure trove of stored-up information and how-to knowledge (the sort of thing tested on “Jeopardy!” or put to use when you ride a bicycle); and fluid intelligence. Crystallized intelligence grows as you age; fluid intelligence has long been known to peak in early adulthood, around college age, and then to decline gradually. And unlike physical conditioning, which can transform 98-pound weaklings into hunks, fluid intelligence has always been considered impervious to training.
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    Why Surveys Can't Predict the Future - Total Return - WSJ

    Why Surveys Can't Predict the Future - Total Return - WSJ

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    Lauren Proctor Lauren Proctor
    1 year ago

    The same phenomenon has been documented by social scientists for decades: People are almost freakishly inept at forecasting their future behavior.

    That’s largely because you predict your future behavior by assessing how you feel now about a decision you won’t be making for some time to come.

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    The same phenomenon has been documented by social scientists for decades: People are almost freakishly inept at forecasting their future behavior.

    That’s largely because you predict your future behavior by assessing how you feel now about a decision you won’t be making for some time to come.

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    We all share a “bias blind spot,” or the inability to recognize that we suffer from the same cognitive distortions that plague other people. They might make the foolish mistake of inaccurately forecasting their future feelings, but you won’t.
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    The Chanos Equilibrium Will Tell You When China's Financial Meltdown Begins - Business Insider

    The Chanos Equilibrium Will Tell You When China's Financial Meltdown Begins - Business Insider

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    Lauren Proctor Lauren Proctor
    1 year ago
    Ferguson claims that in 1978 citizens of the U.S. were on average 20 times richer than the citizens of China. Today, U.S. citizens are only five times richer. He apparently defines wealth as acquisition of material goods. That is important, to be sure, and the West should pay careful attention to the material economy. But Ferguson's China supremacy presentation didn't mention the negative human wealth effects of China's one-child policy on the shortage of female mates, the general disregard of public safety, and shortage of essentials like agricultural water and arable land.

    Ferguson projects that China will have closed the material goods gap by 2016. This fits right in with popular group-think that China is an unstoppable growth machine. But it is this type of group-think that warned no one about the pending financial crisis in the U.S. in 2008 and now ignores serious potential problems in China.
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