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Lorenzo Gritti

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Disney unveils Disney+

Twitter Disney-fied. Ahead of its November 12 launch, Disney posted a massive Twitter thread listing every single movie and show set to air on the service, TechCrunch reports. There's also a 3-hour long YouTube promo.

Disney+ tweets all the movies and shows coming to its streaming service

I like this little stunt, as it shows just how much stuff will be coming to Disney's new streaming service next month. It's also a bit of a shot across the bow of other services launching soon, especially Apple's TV+. Can anyone come close to matching Disney's deep back catalogue? Apple has no existing

I like this little stunt, as it shows just how much stuff will be coming to Disney's new streaming service next month. It's also a bit of a shot across the bow of other services launching soon, especially Apple's TV+. Can anyone come close to matching Disney's deep back catalogue? Apple has no existing IP to lean on when trying to convince people to join its service.

What comes after the iPhone?

Can Apple do it again? The iPhone turned Apple from a successful computer company into the world’s most profitable consumer electronics operation. But as this Quartz member exclusive shows, its success could also spell Apple’s undoing.

Can Apple do it again?

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This is the most sensible strategy in the near term while they work on the next big thing which may not be big after all.

Apple’s streaming service is surrounded by questions. We know that Apple TV+ will cost $4.99, that it’ll launch on Nov. 1 with eight original series, and that it won’t have ads. But most of the rest is still a mystery.

Trying to dominate TV is like nothing Apple has ever done before

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers

It is smart to offer the service at $5/month...

I am not convinced that Apple will dominate original content out of the gate. It would depend heavily upon personnel. Everyone loves to festoon Netflix and Amazon with developmental praise but from what I’ve seen, most of their best content is leftovers from things developed elsewhere. I truly believe that unless you bring on the behind-the-scenes creatives, your front-of-house content will not have the same depth and stamina boasted by the long term heavy hitters like HBO. Not to mention half of what Netflix distributes was created entirely independent of the studio, which is cool and great but doesn’t prove that the newcomers have the secret sauce recipe. It just indicates they can recognize another’s well conceived ideas and then distribute them, which is a very smart way to build your catalogue and brand loyalty while waiting for the truly original content to resonate. Apple doesn’t have a catalogue and the current trend of pulling libraries is likely to continue.

Apple did right to bring over some great industry heavy hitters but imagining yourself as a direct competitor of HBO is a bit like me taking my first novel to Random House.

Economics Nobel prize

The Nobel prize for economic sciences was announced. The joint winners are Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer, for their work in alleviating global poverty.

Three professors won the 2019 Nobel prize for economics for their work on fighting poverty

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any

In India, where he was born and completed his early studies, the praise for Banerjee might be grudging, at best. He is not a supporter of the current government and has been a dissenting voice on several key issues. As I write this, the prime minister, so prolific on social media, is yet to offer any congratulations to only the tenth Nobel laureate of Indian origin.

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that

The last Nobel for poverty alleviation went to Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, banker and economist, for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. But he didn’t get an economics Nobel. He won the Peace Prize. It seems significant that the work of Esther Duflo and her longtime collaborator and partner Abhijit Banerjee (as well as Michael Kremer) has been recognised in this way. That too, just days ahead of the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a rather anodyne designation, but now given a new focus. A different-strokes-for-different-folks approach that truly tries to understood how the poor make decisions about housing, healthcare, hygiene products even.

Online in China

China’s propaganda app can snoop into users’ phones. The Chinese Communist Party bills its app as a fun educational tool. But it can learn the habits of more than 100 million users.

An app to teach Xi Jinping thought can study the phones of its 100 million users

Funny, you’d figure the CCP would have co-opted Weibo to do exactly the same thing - but with a great many more users. Of course, there is nothing that says it hasn’t done that also. More of the same from China’s all glorious, just and far seeing Communist Party.

Indigenous Peoples' Day

More places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The growing recognition of the alternative celebration represents the fruits of a concerted, decades-long effort to recognize the role of indigenous people in the nation’s history.

Why more places are abandoning Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day

America really must deal with the facts of its history so that we can actually achieve our levels of greatness. How can we know who we are when we won’t acknowledge the darkness we’ve come from?

Acknowledge the REAL historical facts so that we can have some real national pride not this fabrication that’s come from politics.

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity

While in college, I took an upper level political science course titled International Relations: Non Western Lenses. In that class I studied the journal of Columbus and his peers in Hispaniola (present day Haiti and DR.) One thing that stood out was his ideological conviction — maybe we’d call it insanity now — to enforce “Gods will” and bring glory to the crown of Spain. His fervor justified the intentional massacre of an entire group of people. And he didn’t hide it either. He’d detail in his journal how many they would kill, methods of killing, and also various observations about the supposed inferiority of the Taino people.

Until reading this article, I knew nothing about the US immigration agenda behind promoting Columbus Day — which is full of irony. Fast forward 400 years later, we have Columbus’ kin people seeking acceptance in a new country, only to be unwelcomed and experience discrimination.

Humans are weird. We’ve created categories all over the world used to impose hierarchies of positional superiority/inferiority. For what reason? Power. Nothing’s really changed. The same game still exists, just different players. But I’d like to hope that public awareness is shifting — thanks to movements like Indigenous People’s Day. History has multiple perspectives.

CEO-ing

Making sure the kids are alright

One in three young adults is lonely—and it hurts their mental health. Over a six-month period, people who are lonely are more likely to experience higher rates of depression, social anxiety, and paranoia.

1 in 3 young adults are lonely—and it hurts their mental health

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after

Loneliness is an epidemic. You’ve probably heard that in the developed world it affects older people, which makes sense because most don’t work and their social connections are weaker. But there’s another group it affects even more: young adults.

I think the billion-dollar question of our time (after climate change) will be about how we can help build meaningful social connections and protect the vulnerable, both old and young, from isolation and its corrosive effects on mental and physical health.

Totally true. This is among the many reasons why depression has been reported to be up to six times higher among Ph.D. students when compared to the general population. Their isolation is real...

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The open-source community needs to address its unconscious bias, according to influential coder Guido van Rossum.

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  • I think it’s interesting anytime a headline names “white” people, many white people get triggered. The headline was meant to pique your interest and it worked, but it is also a fact: Van Rossum isn’t interested in mentoring white people.

    It’s not because he hates white people. His choice isn’t one

    I think it’s interesting anytime a headline names “white” people, many white people get triggered. The headline was meant to pique your interest and it worked, but it is also a fact: Van Rossum isn’t interested in mentoring white people.

    It’s not because he hates white people. His choice isn’t one made in hate so no offense should be taken. If you take the time to read the article, it goes on to describe his concerns about inherent bias and his plan to combat it by coaching minorities and women. However, many people that aren’t minorities think it’s wrong for the headline to name white people, but it’s ok for the article to say “minorities and women” which is, again, still identifying a specific group of people.

    Minorities get named in headlines all the time and that’s supposed to be ok, but if you name white people, people get up in arms. Reminds me of the white news reporter in the UK that recently noted at a protest that the majority of protestors were white people (an observation and a fact) and people called him racist and demanded he be fired. News people point out minorities all the time and no one protests that.

    People that get triggered by seeing the word “white” in print need to examine their own biases. That’s exactly the problem the programmer is addressing in programming which many people won’t get because of their own bias and privilege.

    Just an interesting observation.

    Kudos to Van Rossum for addressing a problem head on.

  • Or, the headline could have said he is mentoring women and underrepresented minority programmers. A good thing. “White” guys is such divisive click bait. Not a good thing.

  • There is something worth considering here when evaluating this headline. Just how different would the reaction be if it read, “The programmer who created Python isn’t interested in mentoring (insert non-white group) women.”

    If it read as such, the reaction would rival the end of days - as it should

    There is something worth considering here when evaluating this headline. Just how different would the reaction be if it read, “The programmer who created Python isn’t interested in mentoring (insert non-white group) women.”

    If it read as such, the reaction would rival the end of days - as it should. It is at-best uncertain how two wrongs pave a productive path toward establishing equality desired.

    Is it realistic concluding that by refocusing and normalizing that behavior onto another group of people we will overcome these long fought ills? It appears to only renew the cycle, never addressing or overcoming the fundamental problems that have lead to so much injustice and pain against others.

  • I think it’s great to mentor women and underrepresented minorities, BUT I think it’s ridiculous to announce a plan to combat unconscious bias while singling out and generalizing about another (call it conscious or deliberate bias). You don’t have to steal from Peter to pay Paul. You can promote anonymous

    I think it’s great to mentor women and underrepresented minorities, BUT I think it’s ridiculous to announce a plan to combat unconscious bias while singling out and generalizing about another (call it conscious or deliberate bias). You don’t have to steal from Peter to pay Paul. You can promote anonymous gender and race protocol for participants on open source platforms...or you can pledge to hire/mentor/prioritize certain groups without disparaging another group (one that you seem to belong to, so ain’t that convenient).

  • A good article. Pity that the wording of the title is designed to trigger a race to the bottom of the brainstem rather than elevate the discussion.

  • Unconscious bias or implicit bias is prevalent in all manner of technology oh, it is predicated upon the status quo prevailing paradigms. The reason why it is so important and relevant today for governance and ethics and technology management is because the pervasive force of the internet as a force

    Unconscious bias or implicit bias is prevalent in all manner of technology oh, it is predicated upon the status quo prevailing paradigms. The reason why it is so important and relevant today for governance and ethics and technology management is because the pervasive force of the internet as a force multiplier. More than anything ever in the history of humanity, innovation and the direction of technology can have much farther reaching consequences than most policymakers can understand today. This is the case for artificial intelligence, The Internet of things, 5G networks, semiconductor manufacturing as well as biotechnology and genetics research. When looking at technology as an aggregate whole and trying to understand both the ramifications and the unintended consequences it is necessary to understand how the interaction of technology and society will have an impact on each other's development and evolution.

  • The need for diversity in tech is felt across the industry

  • As Jordan Peterson predicted, PC ideologists have set their sights on STEM and are making converts. Let’s hope the results will not be as disasterous for STEM as they have been for the humanities. Judging from what’s going on in the Valley, I am not optimistic.

  • Sensationalist headlines are truly alive and kicking. The fact hes mentoring someone at his level is a great thing.

  • You people are twisting yourselves in knots.

  • Once you get over the headline, the article spotlights "unconscious bias" and many people in power DO get defensive. This article opens the door to ugly patterns which is why under represented groups chose to stay away from the high tech field as a career, thus paving the way for how AI algorithms reflect

    Once you get over the headline, the article spotlights "unconscious bias" and many people in power DO get defensive. This article opens the door to ugly patterns which is why under represented groups chose to stay away from the high tech field as a career, thus paving the way for how AI algorithms reflect bias at Amazon or how Facebook execs defends not taking down doctored videos of Pelosi and so on.

  • Ridiculous clickbait headline. Don’t read it. Here’s the most important part.

    “He believes the key to making open-source communities more inclusive is establishing (and enforcing) codes of conduct and mentoring. Van Rossum says that he now mentors women and underrepresented minority programmers. “But

    Ridiculous clickbait headline. Don’t read it. Here’s the most important part.

    “He believes the key to making open-source communities more inclusive is establishing (and enforcing) codes of conduct and mentoring. Van Rossum says that he now mentors women and underrepresented minority programmers. “But white guys can forget it,” he said. “They are not the ones who need it most.” (In typical programmer speak, he calls mentoring a “completely distributed, democratic approach.”)”

    In context his statement makes sense. Taken out of context and you get a ridiculous headline. Well done Quartz. 🙄

  • Just like how if someone chooses not to mentor Minorities it's equally not racist, because anything else would be unequal and privileged for a group.

    How hateful is this guy and all his biased believers?