Interesting Links December 29th, 2018

This is the last link article of the year and I’m pleased with how it has evolved over the last 12 months. I started linking articles that took my attention and eventually evolved to commenting on those articles, you’ll have noticed the change. 2019 is going (hopefully) to complete the transformation into full-blown articles that use the original links as the basis for discussion. It might not happen immediately, but hopefully it will get there over the coming months.

On to the update.

A rather limited list today, I’ve been spending time reading books and less time on the (often) pointless news cycle. There were however, a number of articles that caught my eye and are worth linking to. So here goes.

  1. The Year of the Scammer: It’s Not Just Con Artists Anymore : Wired — Depressing. Totally worth the read though,of course.
  2. How to think about data in 2019 : The Economist — Data is the new Oil. You’ve probably heard the phrase before. As ever, the Economist delves into this subject with thought and the kind of background research you’d expect from it. This type of article will almost certainly lead to the regulation and eventual demise of social networks and search giants like Google. Perhaps not to the point of them disappearing, but being severely restricted, unless we can develop a way of getting paid for our data….
  3. 4 things you need to know about soft skills : MIT Sloan — I stumbled upon a Twitter thread about the merits of “soft skills” and their value in the enterprise. It seems that we underestimate the effects on productivity when developing soft skills in the workforce. Soft-skills being, collaborative, communicative, organisational skills etc. This MIT article goes in to more detail and postulates upon the use of such skills to help bridge societal divides. Interesting read.
  4. Facebook “partner” arrangements: Are they as bad as they look? : Ars Technica — A new article from the NT Times, I didn’t link directly to it as it is more interesting to read the fall-out articles like this one. To be fair, much of the information is not ‘that’ new, as it was previously reported on a number of months ago.
  5. Radicals don’t evaluate their mistakes effectively : Ars Technica — As we learn more and more about how our brains work, studies come out that explain things that we kind of know, but can’t articulate. Worth a read — unless you’re a radical. The results of the study are, of course nuanced, but researchers put it this way, “Dogmatic people manifest a lowered capacity to discriminate between their correct and incorrect decisions…”.
  6. Literally Just A Big List Of Facebook’s 2018 Scandals : Buzzfeed — It’s an easy target, I know. But taking a step back to look at just how bad, and how many scandals broke about Facebook overt this year, should give pause for thought. It’s not over yet, as I write this, Mark Zuckerberg has spoken about Facebook’s year and created yet another scandal for himself. There really is a problem deep inside that needs to be fixed. I’m on the side of John Gruber when he calls Facebook “the most dangerous company in the world”.

29 December 2018

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