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|Welfare decisions being made by algorithms|
at 13:16 15 Oct 2019
I am quite surprised that so many councils are using machine learning to make some of these decisions. There are a number of issues around overfitting which I would think would be magnified given the likely patchy data that councils have.
"But concerns have been raised about privacy and data security, the ability of council officials to understand how some of the systems work, and the difficulty for citizens in challenging automated decisions."
“There is too much hype and mystery surrounding machine learning and algorithms. I feel that councils should demand trustworthy and transparent explanations of how any system works, why it comes to specific conclusions about individuals, whether it is fair, and whether it will actually help in practice.”
This is especially important as it's not always possible to give a transparent explanation of how the algorithm reached it's decision and thus feeds back into the point of it being hard to challenge.
It just all seems a bit premature in a rush to cut costs and use the latest tech.
|The sinking megacity|
at 11:21 15 Oct 2019
A good (but long) read about Jakarta and how it could be the first "megacity" claimed by climate change:
It's essentially a catalogue of errors in both infrastructure snd bureaucracy coupled with the rising sea level from climate change. There is serious talk about having to build a new capital and relocate 30m people at some point in the future - the numbers are simply huge.
|Hard to know what to say anymore|
at 15:57 10 Oct 2019
So previously they refused to vote because they don't agree with EU institutions (but are happy to take their salary from them) and now they have made sure they vote in order to block a proposal on monitoring Russian meddling in EU elections:
The Brexit Party said that claims of Russian interference in elections were "baseless propaganda and scare stories used to shut down debate".
It's an unparalleled level of hypocrisy and self-serving.
at 12:23 9 Oct 2019
The Top 20 firms behind 1/3 of all carbon emissions:
An interesting read.
"The top 20 companies on the list have contributed to 35% of all energy-related carbon dioxide and methane worldwide, totalling 480bn tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) since 1965."
"Twelve of the top 20 companies are state-owned and together their extractions are responsible for 20% of total emissions in the same period."
|Not looking good in Hong Kong|
at 11:29 1 Oct 2019
Banning legal protests today because it's the 70th anniversary of the instigation of communist rule was never going to end well. If they had allowed the peaceful legal protest it's possible things could have been better today although it's hard to say anymore.
Seems the police have started using live rounds and a protester has been shot in the chest which has just lead to more violence all round. Live rounds is a definite escalation.
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|A repeat of diesel-gate?|
at 09:32 30 Sep 2019
This is really poor form from the global shipping industry. Spending a vast amount of money in order to circumvent the new environmental regulations rather than taking the spirit of the changes and doing whats needed.
"Global shipping companies have spent billions rigging vessels with “cheat devices” that circumvent new environmental legislation by dumping pollution into the sea instead of the air.
More than $12bn (£9.7bn) has been spent on the devices, known as open-loop scrubbers, which extract sulphur from the exhaust fumes of ships that run on heavy fuel oil.
This means the vessels meet standards demanded by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) that kick in on 1 January.
However, the sulphur emitted by the ships is simply re-routed from the exhaust and expelled into the water around the ships, which not only greatly increases the volume of pollutants being pumped into the sea, but also increases carbon dioxide emissions."
"The ICCT has estimated that cruise ships with scrubbers will consume around 4 million tons of heavy fuel oil in 2020 and will discharge 180 million tons of contaminated scrubber washwater overboard."
It's essentially the same issue which occurred with cars - any way possible to circumvent the regulation is better than try to actually change and meet them.
The regulations need to be tightened so the actual engines are made more efficient.
|Good first half from Wales|
at 09:45 29 Sep 2019
Not sure about the Aussie captain debating with the ref.
Aussies need to regroup or might get quite bad for them.
at 17:01 28 Sep 2019
So once again we tried 3-5-2 and it just didn't work. It looks great on paper (I thought it was the right team and formation for today) but it just doesn't seem to work.
They either need to practice it a lot or find something else. When we changed at half-time the result was never in doubt.
We can't really go 1 up top as for most that seems to mean dropping Jackson and he's been our best forward this year - he was good again today.
|Japan beating Ireland with only 20 minutes left|
at 09:47 28 Sep 2019
Deservedly so as well - great stuff.
The number 9 for Japan who is the smallest player in the tournament was excellent until he went off.
Regardless of the end result they have played superbly and the crowd are loving it.
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