Jon Stokes
AI/ML, censorship, power
Created 15 Dec 2020
  • Cryptocurrency and the Great Unbundling
    01 Jul 2021 • 11 min read • 7 8
    Cryptocurrencies are about to change everything the way the internet changed everything in the late '90s. We're in the early stages of another round of massive cultural upheaval that’ll be even bigger...
  • Coupling, drift, and the AI nobody noticed
    18 Jun 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    A little over a decade ago, Felix Salmon and I co-wrote a WIRED cover story on algorithmic trading, "Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street." One of the parts of this article that was left on the cutt...
  • Segmentation faults: how machine learning trains us to appear insane to one another
    11 Jun 2021 • 9 min read • 14 3
    Imagine a world where the following things are true: Big Tech platforms make money by micro-targeting ads to their users, so that ads that are more accurately and narrowly tailored are more valuable t...
  • Phrenology, insurance claims, and digital gaydar
    04 Jun 2021 • 9 min read • 4 3
    Doxa is running late this week due to some traveling. I’ll be back to my regular schedule next week, though. Thanks for your patience! Last week, an online insurance company got into hot water with th...
  • Coinbase and the death of media’s stewardship model
    28 May 2021 • 6 min read • 2 3
    Coinbase has launched a new “Fact Check” blog with the stated goal of giving itself a venue for airing facts without the interfering slant of the media. The whole announcement post is worth reading in...
  • Is machine learning in the enterprise mostly "snake oil"?
    26 May 2021 • 8 min read • 2 3
    One popular take I see occasionally is that the vast majority of AI/ML out there in the wild is essentially snake oil — it’s overhyped and can’t actually do very much; its transformative impact is ove...
  • The dealer economy
    21 May 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    People who know how straight-laced I am will be surprised to hear me say this: I know a guy. Actually, I know a couple of guys, depending on what you're into. All local, all good guys. I vouch for the...
  • When software writes the software that eats the world
    20 May 2021 • 13 min read • 3 1
    Here’s a thing that comes up often enough in my conversations with AI/ML practitioners and even in some specialist YouTube videos I’ve seen, but in my experience seems to be news to people who aren’t ...
  • Twilight of the AI nerds
    14 May 2021 • 5 min read • 3 1
    Complaining about the state of the AI/ML field is officially A Thing on the largest machine learning subreddit (1.9 million subscribers). Take a look at these threads: [D] Why has machine learning bec...
  • The horseshoe theory behind the MIT virus skeptic study
    12 May 2021 • 10 min read • 5 3
    I dearly wish I could say that this viral thread has misrepresented this new paper, and that a team of dataviz specialists and anthropologists from MIT has not just conferred a massive amount of legit...
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