a blog by Sara Farquharson

what i'm reading: July 19

Over the past few days I’ve been seeing trickles of experiments with GPT-3, the new machine-learning text-generation algorithm from the team that published GPT-2, but I haven’t found a good article about it yet. Based on the excerpts, I am starting to suspect everything I see on the internet of being generated by AI.

This link post was written by a human, I swear.


  • Finished Black Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from the AfroNet to Black Lives Matter by Charlton D. McIlwain (audiobook). A mix of oral history from a handful of Black early-adopters and a fairly compelling case for how lack of diversity in early computing hubs like MIT and IBM had a strong influence on racial injustice being built into the earliest computerized systems for criminal justice. Data has never been impartial. Would have liked to hear more voices of Black women though.


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