Links 2017-05-21

  • The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
    No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.
  • The Threat
    There were only a few application areas [of information security] that people really worried about thirty years ago: diplomatic and military communications at one end, and the security of things like cash machines at the other. As we’ve gone about putting computers and communications into just about everything that you can buy for more than ten bucks that you don’t eat or drink, the field has grown.
  • Inside Chrome: The Secret Project to Crush IE and Remake the Web
    Why is Google building a browser? A better question is, why did it take so long for Google to build a browser?
  • WWW: The Way We Were
    The final two episodes of Halt and Catch Fire aired last night. […] The Web that they are talking about on the show, the open Web, is ailing, dying. It was like listening to a eulogy at a funeral, this thing that I love, poured the best of my self into, gone forever.
  • Everything Is Fucked and I’m Pretty Sure It’s the Internet’s Fault
    Democracy relies on trust. Rule of law requires trust. If we lose our trust in our institutions, then those institutions will either crumble or turn cancerous. But the internet lines up incentives in such a way that it makes it profitable to breed distrust.
  • The Real Name Fallacy
    The idea that anonymity is the real problem with the internet is based in part on misreadings of theories formed more than thirty years ago.

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