Algorithmic Life, Animal Crossing, Technology

Why Their Should be Filters on Animal Crossing Villager Hunts

I got Octavian in boxes, and he left my island. I was happy about that. He was a compromise villager to begin with, so when he was ready to leave, I was happy to let him go. Though there was also a growing sense of dread. I know who I want. Ribbot. Its very a… Continue reading Why Their Should be Filters on Animal Crossing Villager Hunts

Algorithmic Life, Technology

Screwing Around with Spotify’s Recommendation Engine

Like most humans, I enjoy music. And like a smaller subset of the same, I have a Spotify account. And after I made my first couple of playlists, I began to wonder about how it makes recommendations. Without peeking at any of the data from the company I had a few ideas on how it… Continue reading Screwing Around with Spotify’s Recommendation Engine

Digital Privacy, Technology

We Need an Update to Research Ethics

Recently, I was reading a paper in the AI area, Tracking Fluctuations in Psychological States Using Social Media Language:A Case Study of Weekly Emotion, which takes the data from Facebook users and attempts to track their emotions over the course of a week. To identify when you are likely be in a certain mood. It… Continue reading We Need an Update to Research Ethics