Here are the biased algorithms the UK government uses to make high-level decisions

The recent use of an algorithm to calculate the graduating grades of secondary school students in England provoked so much public anger at its perceived unfairness that it’s widely become known as the “A-levels fiasco.” As a result of the outrage – and the looming threat of legal action – the government was forced into an embarrassing U-turn and awarded grades based on teacher assessment. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has since blamed the crisis on what he called the “mutant” algorithm. But this wasn’t a malfunctioning piece of technology. In marking down many individual students to prevent high grades increasing… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Kazakhstan to pump $700M into crypto mining’

Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Sloterdijk used to say: Yolo! Bitcoin price We closed the day, September 06 2020, at a price of $10,280. That’s a minor 1.11 percent increase in 24 hours, or $113. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 48 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin‘s market cap ended the day at $189,997,214,393. It… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Norwegian ebike owners ride 4x as much after buying their bikes

While ebikes are largely seen as a tool for commuters to make their journeys quicker and less physically tasking, they still have a positive effect for riders‘ fitness. According to a recent study published in the journal of Transportation Research, Norwegian ebike riders more than quadrupled their daily use of the bicycle for transport over six months. After buying an ebike, riders covered 9.2 km (5.7 miles) per day on average, up from 2.1 km (1.3 miles) per day before their purchase. Researchers Aslak Fyhri and Hanne Beate Sundfør, from Norway‘s Institute for Transport Economics, say the mode change to… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Are the benefits of Apple’s App Store worth 30% of your revenue?

With Apple’s recent appearance before the US congress, it’s been working hard to justify the 30% revenue cut it takes from all apps on its platform. The company just published a study looking at other similar app platforms and their revenue cuts to make the case, “We’re just like everyone else.” Not surprisingly, a lot has been written about how Apple’s walled garden is anti-competitive and particularly unfair to indie developers. Perhaps this is the wrong approach to defend their pricing model. Just look to the internet or cell phone industries as one example where pricing is pretty consistent for… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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How to easily schedule meetings in Gmail with your free time slots

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Scheduling meetings through emails is not an as easy task. You’ll have to ask for the person’s free time slots, and match their slot with yours. Plus, if you live in different time zones, you need to coordinate that too. I face this issue a lot, so I thought there must be an easier way. And I found some nifty tools to schedule a meeting in a few clicks. Check them out below Boomerang for… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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5 strategies for thoughtful brand building during a crisis

The impact of the coronavirus will be felt for a long time after the crisis has passed. Right now, many marketing efforts are going down the drain, either because consumers have stopped listening, or because brands are too scared to spend money in such a volatile environment. The crisis has already altered consumer behaviors significantly, prompting shifts in how people use technology, e-commerce, live streaming, e-learning, gaming, and online grocery shopping. As a business owner, you’re probably aware of the need for a shift in thinking when it comes to marketing and brand building during this crisis — so let… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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