We are entering an age when one of the most important policy questions will be how and where to deploy machine decision-makers. In doing so, we must be mindful of our own biases just as we are the biases of algorithms.

“Robophobia” refers to biased thinking about the costs and benefits of nonhuman decision-makers.

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An oddly beguiling look a 17th-century trunk of letters that once belonged to a pair of Dutch postmasters.
In Lottie Davies's latest work, a fictional journey across Britain, from the south-west of England to the far north of Scotland.
The first person to reach the North and South Poles and Mt. Everest on foot couldn't find his way to Logan Airport.

Ever wonder where big, expensive architectural models are born? RJ Models in Shenzhen, China.

The political incentives for a Republican administration to protect higher education just aren’t that strong anymore.

American universities have a foreign money problem. It’s foolish to expect Republicans to be sympathetic.

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A large-scale survey of journalists (and their tweets) finds no bias against conservatives or liberals in the news they cover.
As female players prepare for their day in court, tax records show that US Soccer spends much more on men’s coaches than women’s.
The user-built "Pinball Map" lists 25,548 pinball machines in 7,456 locations worldwide.

Currently available on vimeo, but perhaps not for long: Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, the short documentary that resulted from Jon Ronson visiting Kubrick's house shortly after the director's death.

When he arrived, he found that half the house was filled by more than one thousand boxes containing snap shots, newspaper clippings, film out-takes, notes, and fan letters which the director used for research towards each of his films.

Before 3D glasses, people used “horizontoriums” (by placing their chin on the table) to see images in more dimension.
Airport retail sales increased 20% in 2019 from just five years earlier thanks to more travelers and better design.
Home ownership is falling in part because it's not the path to riches some governments claim, or even good for society.

The radio itself came accompanied by an impressive-looking seven-band graphic equalizer (“CU115”) in which you could manually adjust the sound at 60 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz by sliding metal bars up and down.

Ander Monson on the joy and pain of memories, starting with his 1987 Nissan Maxima.

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A readability analysis of State of the Union addresses shows the declining complexity of presidents' speeches.
From the "planet of swoopy arrows map" to the "air mass potato map," a collection of forgotten map types.
How does America's economic growth under Trump compare? Slightly better than Obama. Far short of Clinton and Reagan.
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Not since the Victorians has it been acceptable to share photos of deceased loved ones; social media and phones changed all that.