Links: Algorithms, Uber, Networking Tips ... And Don't Do A Podcast

Do Facebook and Google have control of their algorithms anymore? A sobering assessment and a warning

Melody Kramer - Poynter.

We no longer really understand how these complex algorithms work. We don't understand how they're doing this categorization. It's giant matrices, thousands of rows and columns, maybe millions of rows and columns, and not the programmers and not anybody who looks at it, even if you have all the data, understands anymore how exactly it's operating any more than you'd know what I was thinking right now if you were shown a cross section of my brain. It's like we're not programming anymore, we're growing intelligence that we don't truly understand.

link: https://www.poynter.org/news/do-facebook-and-google-have-control-their-algorithms-anymore-sobering-assessment-and-warning


RIP Uber (but not for the reasons you think)

Brad Berens - The Drum

The math is eye-popping. A $10 Uber ride actually costs the company $25, so the price difference between taking Uber and a taxi is not due to the company's efficiency or logistics — it's due to a liberal application of venture capital. Every time you take Uber you should silently multiply the fare by 250 percent, and then ask yourself, "would I pay that much?"

link: http://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2017/11/28/rip-uber-not-the-reasons-you-think


’tis the season for networking

Ruth - Summer of Tech

DON’T…
Panic. If you don’t like networking, you’re not alone. It’s not compulsory, but if you’re feeling like you can give it a go, here’s some ideas: you could go with a friend so you can support each other.  Practice your intro – who are you? what do you do? what are you working on? Prepare some icebreaker topics, and some questions you’d like answered.

link: https://summeroftech.co.nz/blog/community/tis-season-networking/


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