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Comment Possible issues (Score 2) 239

There are games and there are games. And my guess is that games that map onto the real world more closely may have more intrusive effects than others. How could PacMan realistically affect real world functioning? You are guiding a blob of pixels around a maze, there are no real world corollaries to this. However, interacting with with photo realistic others in simulated environments could have a very positive impact. Take as an example some vulnerable kids who have learned to deal with others with aggression, then expose them to a simulated where game play success is only achieved through appropriate interactions, we might see positive effects in real world behaviour. At least this is the thinking of some developmental behavioural scientists... whose names and work I cannot at the moment find.

Comment Fun (Score 1) 91

I would so much like to get into drone racing, have VR goggles, 3D camera on the drone... I'd have a lot of fun. But, also, I think I would quite enjoy watching VR feeds of others racing around, or even visiting/flying around interesting places. Seems like we are nearing the time when this kind of stuff could become feasible.

Comment Re:I'm worried about AI (Score 2) 207

The notion that machines and automation will destroy jobs has been stated since the first looms were constructed in the north of England in the 19th century. What I think will happen is the market will adapt. With more availability salaries will decrease and open up opportunities for people to work in service areas previously not thought of, especially the leisure market. We might have a new wave of domestic staff appear and I personally would like my own butler.

Comment Accurate data needed (Score 1) 68

Ok - a couple of things. First, this cognitive computing will presumably need pretty accurate data. Anyione with any expoerience of health record data will attest that clinicians are not always locquatious and even simpe stuff, possibly important contextual data, is simply ignored.

Second - it bugs me that scare stories about data security being breached could stop very valuable research that makes use of these data. If we are going to get cognitive computing in the future then analysts need access to these data. Telling people that this will mean data breaches, insurance being refused, could dissuade people from giving their consent.

IDC claim they undertake research to aid decision making - how have they researched the future and come up with this rather jaded view? They seem to have completely ignored what we would need to realise the potentials of research using health data.

Comment So... (Score 1) 360

This is one post on one forum. I can't find much evidence of this elsewhere. Has it been replicated? My thoughts are that these software were recently installed and the update rolled back to the most recent system restore for some reason. Or that the software was not intentioanlly uninstalled, but the references to in the registry, etc., were inadvertantly over-written. Sure, it could be big bad Microsoft or it could have a very simple explanation.

Comment so... (Score 1) 223

Earlier this month, the publisher reported the success of this measure, saying that the proportion of readers using ad blockers dropped from 23% to the single digits when faced with the choice to turn off the software or pay. 'The results are beyond our expectations,'

So 23% of these sensible people left and went to a different mediocre news source? Hard to know without the denominator available. But that's the nature of modern mediocre journalism.

Comment So... (Score 4, Interesting) 345

I would much rather we classify conditions such as autism by the extent that someone is unable to lead a full and prosperous life. Rather than get all tangled up with low-level biases that may or may not say something about the disability. All this study really shows is that personality types are attracted to certain jobs. It does not advance our knowledge of autism. What would have been really interesting is whether there is a change in score over time as people enter various careers - to more autistic traits emerge in people who code for a living.

Comment Re:Status was NOT divulged, only email identities (Score 1) 65

It would be fairly trivial to write a script that cycles through a list of email addresses and sends a personalized mail to each address. I wouild also imagine somewhere in MS's office package the mail merge feature could be tweaked to make this happen. Anyone who relies on email as a part of thier business to communicate with clients really ought to have something in place that manages contacts, keeps them up to date and facilitates distribution of information. I think the issue with this particular clinic is that they are most likely underfunded and can't invest in comms. Actually, this is something Google and MS should think about - they've been pretty proactive in small charity and related areas - easy to make a newsletter app happen in both Office and Gmail.

Comment Shouldn't have said anything (Score 1) 65

So what seems to have happened is that someone, some admin guy, was asked to send out the HIV Monthly newsletter by email. Does just that but in such a way all email addresses were visible. Now, probably like a lot of people, I also receive emailed newsletters and similar. Occasionally they also have all other recipients email addresses exposed. So my thoughts are whether this is a general issue that affects all mass email or is it something specific to this clinic? Receipt of a newsletter from an HIV clinic does not necessarily mean you have HIV. My guess is a lot of recipients will be trustees, bureaucrats and various others. Also, is an email address personal information? Certainly some people will have their name in their address but for many those email addresses are already on twitter, facebook and various other locations. So this particular case seems like a storm in a tea cup, but it also suggests there might be a general issue in the way mass email is sent that needs some thought.

Comment Symptom (Score 1) 256

So under-representation of BMEs and women in large tech company is the symptom. What we need to understand is the cause. Encouraging companies like FaceBook to address the issue is one approach and given their resources one that might bring about change. Perhaps Facebook could target bright kids in certain communities with fellowships and the like - try and encourage more to engage in a tech career?

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