Visions, Musings and Rants
Stuff that just doesn’t fit anywhere else. And the more than occasional rants of a tech guy growing older and crabbier.
AI can be a tool of colonial rent extraction, or a tool of progress. It all depends on how we interpret data, as a resource to scour or as value to invest.
The mother of all data grabs is raising attention: a big international name is reporting on it, and an MP has filed an official interrogation.
You thought the Royal Free/Deep Mind affair was serious? Italy is giving away the health data of all its citizens to IBM Watson Health because reasons, *and* paying for it.
[Note: the English is well below par, this time, I know. The reason is that what follows was not originally delivered as a post, but as episode 1x19 of my podcast in Italian, dataKnightmare. Hence the curious constructs and abundance of coordinate clauses. I chose...
Why all this insistence on the word “coding”, which I have hardly met in 30 years and in its being fun?
Focusing on coding as if it were an end and not a means is the worst way to acquaint kids with computer science. Computer science is not the code, but the understanding of a problem that allows the writing of that code.