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Deep Graffiti

Developer Kirk Kaiser explores the idea of camouflaging profile pictures with Deep Dream to confuse social media facial recognition processes:

AI is infiltrating our lives, in much the same way mobile did before it. It’s being fueled by the massive amounts of data we humans are generating from our phones, and it’s begun to radically change the way we interact with our machines.

For instance, when you upload a photo to Facebook, it runs through DeepFace, Facebook’s technology to be able to recognize faces. It looks into your photo for any faces it may recognize, using its knowledge of previously tagged uploads to tell people apart.

… A month ago, Google released a piece of software called Deep Dream. It allowed people to see what the machine learning algorithms were looking for when they recognized things like dogs or faces in images … the recent release of DeepDream gives us an opportunity to subvert the machine’s process of discovery, by feeding it images that are exactly what it’s looking for, and creating noise which gives us an opportunity untrain the machinery from knowing who we are.

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Myths and the media: A case study.

By Gwen Sharp, PhD

This morning NPR aired a segment on media stories about the “boomerang generation,”college-educated children who return to live with their parents after graduation. A widely-repeated figure is that currently 85% of recent college grads are moving back in with their parents, taken as a sign of the ongoing, and potentially long-term, consequences of the economic crisis.

Except for the part where it’s not true.

You may have heard this figure. CNN Money seems to be the first to cite it, in 2010; Time and the New York Post, among others, repeated the number. It  continued to spread, most recently ending up in a political ad from American Crossroads that attacks President Obama.

But PolitiFact recently looked into the claim and declared it false. It supposedly came from a survey conducted by a marketing and research firm from Philadelphia. Yet as they dug further into the story, PolitiFact found many things that might make you suspicious. For instance, some people listed as employees claimed never to have worked for them, while others seem to be fictional, their photos taken from stock photo archives. One employee they did find turned out to be the company president’s dad. When they found the president, David Morrison, he said the survey was conducted “many years ago” but refused to release any information about the methodology, saying he had a non-disclosure agreement with the (unnamed) client.

But as the story of this shocking trend was reproduced, it appears reporters did not try to access the original survey to fact-check it, or surely they would have discovered at least some of these discrepancies, or the lack of any available data to back up the claim.

In contrast to the 85% figure, a Pew Center report (based on a sample of 2,048) found that for young adults aged 18-34, 39% were either currently living with their parents or had temporarily moved in with them at some point because of the economic downturn:

And importantly, of those currently living with their parents, the vast majority of 18-24 year-olds said the economy wasn’t the reason they were doing so. The study found no significant differences by education for those under 30 (42% of graduates were living at home, compared to 49% of those who never attended college), but for those 30-34, only 10% of college graduates were living at home (compared to 22% of non-college graduates).

But once the more shocking 85% figure had been cited by a mainstream news source, it was quickly reproduced in many other outlets with little fact-checking. As PolitiFact sums up,

…once a claim enters the mainstream media, it’s hard to put the genie back in the bottle. “The dynamic of trust is built with each link,” Wemple said. “It barely occurs to anybody that all those links may be built on a straw foundation.”

Gwen Sharp is an associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.

In our society, ideas function as capital in much the same way money does. Individuals who can get others to “buy in” to their ideas obtain a disproportionate amount of control over their surroundings; large conglomerates… can come to rule large parts of the world this way, just as corporations do — indeed, there can be no entrenched political or financial power without ideological capital to back it up. Little “start-up companies” of competing ideas can enter the market to contest such monopolies, and sometimes one unseats the reigning creed to become the new dominant paradigm; but as in any capitalist system, power tends to flow upward to the top of a hierarchy, from which the masters, the ones qualified to employ it, decide matters for everyone else … and, just as in financial capitalism, ultimately it is not even the ruling class but competition itself that is in control. In this environment, anyone with a value or viewpoint has to rush to sell it to others before being run out of business.

It’s hard to imagine from here what a world free from this war of ideologies would be like. Obviously, it would have to be a world free from analogous wars (for money, power, selfhood), too, for it’s foolish to insist that “one can think however one wants” when some ways of conceptualizing the cosmos are punished by exclusion or embargo. Those of us who fight for freedom from the power of gods and masters would do well to contest the dictatorships of ideology — any ideology — which always accompany and enable them.

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Why We’re Right & You’re Wrong:Towards a Non-D(en)ominational Revolution | CrimethInc

This is exactly why “discussions” via social media so rapidly turn hostile rather than create space for dialogue.  

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shameless snapchat AU part three: a random collection of snapchats from both ian and mickey’s accounts. (also everything is right in the world and all the events of shameless season five do not exist!!!)

enjoy! click to enlarge photos on mobile (or the computer too, idk, i posted this from mobile)

part one: http://mellifluouscas.tumblr.com/post/111210870948/au-in-which-ian-gallagher-is-a-cute-nerd-who-cant
part two: http://mellifluouscas.tumblr.com/post/114603831793/shameless-snapchat-au-part-two-ian-convinces