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It May Be Artificial, but It’s Not Intelligent 0

Listen to Harry Shearer interview Gary Marcus on why AI is not a thing on the September 22, 2019, edition of Le Show.

In related news, Bobby Azarian points out that one of the things that machine learning enables said machines to learn is bigotry and prejudice. A snippet:

For example, past studies have shown that the same exact resume is twice as likely to result in an interview opportunity if the applicant’s name is European-American rather than African-American. In a similar way, the AI system was more likely to associate European American names with positive stimuli compared to African-American names. There were similar findings in terms of gender, such that female words, like “woman” or “girl” were more closely related to the arts compared to mathematics.

Fast /= intelligent.

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The Watcher in Your Pocket 0

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Fly the Fiendly Skies 0

It’s so easy, even a child can do it.

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Crowd Sourcing 0

Donald Trump at rally saying,

Via Job’s Anger.

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How Far Will Wells Fargo? 0

One more time, pretty damn far.

Aside:

There is no truth to the rumor that Wells-Fargo is led by a “Godfather of the Board.”

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Misdirection Plays, Taxonomy Dept. 0

In the context of the Jeffrey Epstein case, Spocko describes the four types of “fixers” and discusses how their work manifests itself. Per Spocko, these are the four types:

  • Thug fixers.
  • Legal fixers.
  • PR Fixers.
  • Media fixers.

Follow the link for a detailed description of how each type manifests itself.

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How Far Will Wells-Fargo 0

Pretty damn far, I wot.

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Journey through the Jungle 0

The Inky tells the tale of a long and twisted tour through the wilds of the Amazon(.com).

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Monster Masher 0

Labor Secretary Acosta as Frankenstein's monster gesturing towards Jeffrey Epstein as werewolf, who is holding his

Click for the original image.

Dick Polman has more.

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Immunity Impunity 0

Ronald E. Riggio explains why the rich, the powerful, and the famous believe that they are above the law. (And if you don’t recognize that many of them do, you just aren’t paying attention.)

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Is It an “Invasion of Privacy” When You Invite Them In? 0

Goat:  How goes it, Pig?  Pig:  Been a little down lately.  Alexa:  Yeah, I've noticed.  Pig:  Alexa, I didn't talk to you.  Alexa:  I'm not Alexa.  Pig:  Then who are you?  Alexa:  I'm Amazon owner Jeff Bezos, and I'm very bored.  Pig to Goat:  Technology can be frightening.  Alexa:  I have feelings, you know.

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Twits on Twitter 0

Bankster twits.

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It’s All about the Algorithm, One More Time 0

Goat:  Today we live in the most amazing era ever.  All the world's info and goods and services are at our fingertips.  Foods, rides, dates, tickets--anything you want--instantly available.  And we're not one bit happier.  Rat:  In fact, we're quite miserable!  Goat points at smartphone:  Curse you evil little thing.

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The Fee Hand of the Market 0

Plutocrat in flying car soaring above a wasteland of devastation.  Caption reads,

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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Data Breaches of Trust 0

Representative Katie Porter (D-CA) toasts Equifax’s CEO.

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The Pusher Men and the Immunity System 0

Transcript here.

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The Professionals 0

Two men labeled CEO and Board of Directors walk past an alley in which a mugger is lifting a man's wallet.  CEO points at the mugger and says,

Via Juanita Jean.

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Carrion Crows 2

Peter Whoriskey explains the hedge fund buy-out con and how it stiffs honest working persons. A snippet:

“It was a long, slow decline,” said Amy Gerken, formerly an assistant office manager at one of the stores. Sun Capital Partners, the private-equity firm that owned Marsh, “didn’t really know how grocery stores work. We’d joke about them being on a yacht without even knowing what a UPC code is. But they didn’t treat employees right, and since the bankruptcy, everyone is out for their blood.”

The anger arises because although the sell-off allowed Sun Capital and its investors to recover their money and then some, the company entered bankruptcy leaving unpaid more than $80 million in debts to workers’ severance and pensions.

For Sun Capital, this process of buying companies, seeking profits and leaving pensions unpaid is a familiar one. Over the past 10 years, it has taken five companies into bankruptcy while leaving behind debts of about $280 million owed to employee pensions.

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How Far Will Wells Fargo? 0

One more time, pretty damned far.

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Goldman’s Sacks, Mnuchin Minutiae Dept. 0

Thom and David Dayen discuss the career of Treasury secretary Mnuchin, aka “The Foreclosure King,” who Dayen describes as “the fox that is guarding the hen house.”

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