Archaeologists are using forensic software developed in the cold war to decode Leibniz’s notebooks. Leibniz, if you recall, independently developed calculus. Since paper was expensive during his time, his notebooks were crammed with a mishmash of information from various subjects, often overlapping on the same page.
Well, this is a real find. This is the chapter for software and data for the chapter on computational methods for social media, free for download.
From IBM Research: Automated analysis of free speech predicts psychosis onset in high-risk youths. This technique uses AI to analyze speech patterns of clinical high risk youths to mark for “poverty of speech” and “flight of ideas.”
Oxfam’s annual report for 2018 shows a dismally widening inequality gap.
Last year saw the biggest increase in billionaires in history, one more every two days. Billionaires saw their wealth increase by $762bn in 12 months. This huge increase could have ended global extreme poverty seven times over. 82% of all wealth created in the last year went to the top 1%, while the bottom 50% saw no increase at all.
From JSTOR: Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America. All chapters seem to be available. I’ve only managed to skim the introduction and, boy, this is quite dense. It covers all the beats for modern comics theory and links them with various literary and political theories. Should make for interesting bedside reading.
Giving words to what we already know, Filipino Nursing Graduates and the Risk of the Migration Trap discusses the Sisyphean struggle that aspiring Filipino nurses undergo in their search for a better life outside the country. The key argument are the two traps that they fall into:
The first is the migration trap…: aspiring migrants obtain specific credentials in the hope of working overseas, yet are unable to leave when labor demands or immigration requirements change…. Lacking public funds, Philippine hospitals could not offer permanent positions to the staggering number of nursing graduates within the country, leaving many unemployed and unable to obtain the work experience needed for jobs in alternative destinations like Japan and Singapore. Filipino nursing graduates caught in this situation then find themselves in an opportunity trap…: the never-ending need to collect credentials in order to secure a positional advantage in the job market.
Moreover, the author argues that rather than brain drain, it is a problem of brain waste as “…qualified nursing graduates find themselves in industries and jobs that have little need for their skills.”
Today I’m disconnecting Twitter and Google+ from this blog. The World Without Mind podcast finally pushed me over the edge to forgo social media altogether. These two are the last vestiges of that past life. This blog will still be active, interested people will just have to visit it directly or better yet subscribe to the RSS feed, ‘cos that’s what it’s for. The posts will no longer reflect on any social media platform.
Art of Manliness podcast on the existential threat of Facebook, Google, and Amazon and how they lead to a homogeneous, monopoly-controlled world.