Rating, Reputation, Conformance and Compliance

Chi­na has made obe­di­ence to the State a game. A new tool called Sesame Cred­it gives users a rat­ing based on their com­pli­ance to ‘good behav­iour’, using data from social net­works and con­nect­ed ser­vices: If you post pic­tures of Tianan­men Square or share a link about the recent stock mar­ket col­lapse, your Sesame Cred­it goes down. Share a link from […]

Robots and Homeopaths

How robots mess with our minds is a great arti­cle on emo­tion­al respons­es to robots by artist and engi­neer, Alexan­der Reben. In it he explores how peo­ple are able to speak inti­mate­ly to machines, and the impli­ca­tions of that as robots gain ‘per­son­al­i­ty’. I was par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in a quote from the philoso­pher John Camp­bell: One of the […]