I wrote how I came to be listening to Why We Make Mistakes while driving. (Hope that doesn't lead to driving errors, which can be deadly, I know. So far, I seem to be ok.) The text just quoted 650 million air travelers in the US in 2004 and 598 guns were found in the luggage. So, about one in a million suitcases includes a gun. You are going to stare at lots and lots of screens before a gun comes along. Naturally, when screen after screen after screen looks ok, you are not going to be alert and may let something pass that should not.
I don't like it when the news tells me to be terrified. I prefer to stir up my own terror on my own. Recently, a kidnaping and a bunch of semi-menacing clowns have been labeled "terrifying." I don't need the extra push.
From TED talk weekly report:
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09:53 minutes · Filmed Jun 2016 · Posted Oct 2016 · TEDSummit
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From Mathbab, the blog by math prof Cathy O'Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction, about computer algorithms and their effect, often totally anonymous, on our lives:
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I've been busy recording podcasts recently, and I wanted to collect some of them together for your convenience and listening pleasure. (Scroll down)
New Yorker Radio Hour (starting at 25:40)