Something That in Itself Was Worthier
Continuing my ongoing adoration of YouTube, I have updated PLTV to play a dozen full-length movies of varying quality and significance. (There were originally 13, but Rescue From Gilligan's Island was taken down sometime yesterday. I'm deeply sorry.)
Anyway, there are worse ways you could spend your weekend.
Everything is algos. The whole internet loves algorithms. We regret to inform you that that algorithms are racist.
As AI becomes more and more complex, it can become difficult for even its own designers understand why it acts the way it does. This poses a serious problem, particularly when given the common perception that AI is somehow objective or scientific. In such scenarios, technology becomes a black box that makes decisions and offers pronouncements and that we are encouraged to obey. As complexity only grows, it becomes more and more important to be aware of what effects AI is having on a broader social reality. ➜
1. Swipe right, 2. ???, 3. Profit! Tinder violates its own core tenet—that you'll only see people you like and that like you (admittedly in the most shallow and vacuous sense of the word "like")—turns everyone's dream/nightmare a reality and, obviously, makes piles of cash in the process.
After years of various revenue models, it looks like the feature people were truly willing to pay Tinder for was the ability to see who exactly swiped right on their profile without swiping right back. Tinder had been testing this feature as part of its paid Tinder Gold subscription tier in select markets for months, but after introducing it in the United States this week, the app rose to the number one spot on the App Store’s top-grossing chart in just one day. ➜