Friday, February 3, 2017

Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus — The Data That Turned the World Upside Down


"Every message that Trump puts out is data-driven." Fascinating article on massaging Big Data.

Persuasion gone exponential.

Motherboard
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down
Hannes Grassegger and Mikael Krogerus

9 comments:

jrbarch said...

In 2010, amid a row over Facebook's casual attitude towards the privacy of its then 400 million users, media outlets had disclosed an old instant messaging conversation between Zuckerberg and a friend in which the then Harvard student had described users of his newly launched social network as “dumb fucks”.

As per a report in theweek.co.uk, Zuckerberg wrote during the conversation: "Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard, just ask. I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS."

Upon being asked by the friend how he managed to get all the information, Zuckerberg replied: "People just submitted it. I don't know why. They 'trust me'. Dumb fucks."


This is how things 'progress' these days .... a university student writes some software that years later manipulates a US election. Talk about a butterfly flapping its wings ....

Bob said...

Why am i not persuaded by anything Trump says? Is it because i don't have a Facepalm account?

Greg said...

"Why am i not persuaded by anything Trump says?"

@Bob

Because your just too dense!

See you are evaluating Trumps words on actual content and comparing them to a standard that is flawed. You have to let Trumps words penetrate into your limbic system and then you'll start to feel the power and truth in them.


Or, Scott Adams might say that you dont want to be persuaded because you have internalized a false narrative about Donald Trump being a bad man

Penguin pop said...

"Because your just too dense!

See you are evaluating Trumps words on actual content and comparing them to a standard that is flawed. You have to let Trumps words penetrate into your limbic system and then you'll start to feel the power and truth in them.


Or, Scott Adams might say that you dont want to be persuaded because you have internalized a false narrative about Donald Trump being a bad man"

Yeah I'm too dense to understand a man who can barely speak at a 4th grade level, wants even more deregulation and wants confrontation with Iran. Like Bob said, I'm starting to think HRC wouldn't be so bad right now compared to all the BS this guy is pulling. I'm tired of people mincing words around this and buying into the tired cliche that "war with Russia" was imminent. At worst, she would have been the same crap as Obama and been a bit more of a corporate stooge for Wall Street, not much of a change there tbh, and to be fair, I give her some credit for trying to adopt more of Bernie's platform at the end and technically winning by nearly 3 million votes in any case. I have come around to thinking there might have been slightly more potential for any real left-minded change, but it also isn't saying much either I'm afraid.

At this point, many people are just projecting what they want to see on this guy for whatever reason and having Trumpologist tunnel vision. I don't know where it came from. Russia Today's Crosstalk? To be fair, they've been pumping out a lot of this rhetoric. I agree the Russian hacking crap is hysterical and a distraction away from the real issues going on in the electoral process, which there are many, but so is all the stuff about the 3 million illegals voting for HRC in a pretty safe blue state, a theory which makes no sense whatsoever to me.

Penguin pop said...

Also this Twitter page would be so hilarious if it weren't so sad.

https://twitter.com/Trump_Regrets/with_replies

The buyers remorse is real. Time to smell the coffee.

Matt Franko said...

"Why am i not persuaded by anything Trump says"

You're biased... if you are biased you can't be persuaded...

Ryan Harris said...

They're all talented but flawed people.
Every President Ever.

The biggest risk to any President is that they exclude people and ideas hostile to their point of view when those views are most rare and valuable inside their leadership bubbles.

Issues like pollution, race and others championed by Dems need particular attention. There is a great deal of space to actually do them better than the left and be less divisive, to reframe the issues as not-democrat pet issues to deliver bacon but issues of public interest that can be solved in friendly ways. It will broaden the base when reasonable people can agree there is more than one way to skin a cat, even if they don't completely like his way for their own ideological preference. If goes the opposite direction to alienate...

The downside of two-party politics is the loser always tries to frame things in a way that prevents progress. The Tea Party of NO is a case in point. Calling on Republicans to reach out to Dems in constructive ways probably seems rich to the people entrenched in partisan views and bickering rather than national interests.

If they can't begin to cooperate and end party-of-no, I think the state-exit options continue to grow and we split up into a more European format that allows our distinct cultures and regions to more closely align.

Bob said...

Actions are more persuasive than words. Observe Trump's actions to date.
Being biased makes it more difficult (or easier) to be persuaded. Again, actions will be the decisive factor for most people.

Greg said...

@Penguin

I hope you know I was being quite tongue in cheek with my comment.

@ Matt

"You're biased... if you are biased you can't be persuaded..."

Well then that means NO ONE can be persuaded because everyone has a bias. Even Trump supporters.

Bullshit answer