You know I saw this and I had to laugh too one one side and on the other end it scares the daylights out of me.  I’m one of those out here with a few others that would just love to “help” educate some of these folks as that would save them from themselves.  The world is moving quick today and it is hard, sometimes to figure out what is real and what is not.  Watch my series of videos I have curated from folks smarter than me and you’ll get it.  It’s called Algo Duping 101. 

You will understand a bit more about how stats are used to sway you and the error factors that are inherent.  Most of the same videos are also on the left hand side of this blog if you scroll down.  You get a dose of it every day in the news.   Video number one helps dispute that there’s an algorithm fairy for the perfect butt, a friendship algorithm, etc.  If you are on the web enough, there’s plenty of material that debunks and laughs at the thought of someone even thinking they could create them:)   I like part when Charlie on the clinical trial data tells us the the information was no good as “the fish was dead”.  Learn up if you have the time.  Here’s the video from MSNBC and it is a little lengthy and he could have cut off a few minutes of this but you get the point…..DIGITIAL ILLITERACY AND ALGO DUPING DELUXE. 

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It is any wonder that the Sunshine Foundation says we should restore the Office of Technology Assessment, they need brain help.  This goes for both sides too as we have the other party looking for “Algorithm Fairies” too, thinking that a formula will fix all evils too. We need cabinet heads that have a little tech in their background.  I think the biggest problem is the perception that permeates in DC with what I see as “its for those guys over there” pass those laws, “for those guys over there’.  Sometimes you see that in software development too with developers that don’t even touch their own consumer software they write, just in it for the money. Part of that too goes back to the Aneesh Chopra days with way too many talks about “write code and get rich” and at the time he was good cheerleader but the need changed and we have a better US CIO with some real tech knowledge now in place and boy does he have a big job to do as well.  Watch the video below in just reading this blog post, don’t there’s some truth to Congress needing a bigger brain? 

Congress Needs a Bigger Brain–Restore the Office of Technology Assessment And Truly Assess What is Useful And Remove The Algo Duping Permeating In Government–Fantasy Perceptions That Are Not Real Can Be A Dangerous Thing


Why do we like and need satire?  Well (grin) sometimes they get it right and they are not even trying.  Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert have a no ending supply of material when foot in mouth appears and again most of it is education related with technology that is lacking somewhere along the line.  The Onion got this one right, (link below) the CIA is using Facebook and maybe this is what happened when the McConnell letter went out, the young staff member thought that that there’s more truth with satire today:)

When Satire Becomes Reality–CIA Admits to Full Monitoring of Facebook and Social Networks Just As the Onion Satirically Published Last Year..Not A Joke Any Longer It Appears With Privacy

Ok now that we know digital illiteracy is alive and well and permeates the news media so let’s take a serious look at what happens…this allows consumers to get hurt because corporate USA uses items as such and creates models, formulas, etc. that take data out of context to make money.  I’ve written about that for quite a while now and will provide a link below to where you can see a business discussion about “value” in the analytics being thrown out there today.  Don’t get sucked in if it doesn’t sound right, ask questions.  This may be a little technical but you can get something out out it for sure..it’s the math and models folks so listen up here if you can, the OMG soap operas aren’t getting you anywhere other than being entertained and frustrated. 

Big Data/Analytics If Used Out of Context and Without True Values Stand To Be A Huge Discriminatory Practice Against Consumers–More Honest Data Scientists Needed to Formulate Accuracy/Value To Keep Algo Duping For Profit Out of the Game

Ok so what’s next on the digital illiteracy list to appear in the news?  Will they read up?  Who knows.  This week we have yet another issue with digital illiteracy making news…the next governor vying for “Governor Ultrasound” recognition.  It’s digital illiteracy breaking out at the seems as we wouldn’t see stuff like this if they were not lost in the world of technology.  It gives MSNBC a ton of material to work with as well.  Don’t these guys ever think about how the “educated” world sees them? 

Mike Pence of Indiana Wants to Be Governor “Ultra-Sound Number Two”– Wants 2 Ultra-Sounds, Before and After the Taking Abortion Pill…Digital Illiteracy Keeps Enacting Vaginal Legislative Discussions


Everyone complains about MSNBC at times with their coverage but why don’t these lawmakers and their staff smarten up and quit giving them such “rich” material as they share it with all of use and we laugh our fannies off at one point and at the other side we get angry in seeing the ineptness of what and who elected sadly.  I try to again help educate as when this is all that permeates the news with soap operas and OMG stories and it allows big smart corporations to continue controlling most of the money in the US as all this runs on servers 24/7 with models and code written while we get left with this crap.  BD 

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