Earlier this year, I saw this article in The Atlantic from last October about how algorithmic bias is harmful to teens that I’ve spent some time thinking about (https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/10/algorithmic-bias-especially-dangerous-teens/616793/) and was reflecting on the last paragraph:
“Algorithms powerfully shape development; they are socializing an entire generation. And though United States governmental regulations currently fail to account for the age-based effects of algorithms, there is precedent for taking age into consideration when designing media policy: When the Federal Communications Commission began regulating commercials in kids’ TV in the 1990s, for example, the policies were based on well-documented cognitive and emotional…


The F-35 Lightning II, the most expensive manned aircraft programme the US has ever produced with an expected lifetime cost of 1.3 trillion USD is back in the news for all the wrong reasons.[1] Early February 2021, Bloomberg reported that the software on the F-35 was so problematic that software subject matter experts from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute were called in to fix it.[2] The next week, Bloomberg also reported that the US Air Force had to cut back by one-third the number of…


A year ago, during a weekend when I was in a science communications workshop at Cornell, I spent my evening between the Saturday and Sunday instead writing my analysis as to why the presidential campaign of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) failed that I ended up sharing with several friends. A year later, given that former Vice-President Joe Biden is now President Joe Biden, I decided to re-read it, and figured it was worth sharing (and has only been edited to remove links to posts on my personal Facebook in which I discuss various aspects of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary).


Recently, I was reading an article in the NY Times entitled “Tech Goliaths Act Like Davids”, which caused me to reflect on some of the articles about Big Tech over the last couple of years. The interesting thing to me, in the history of the biggest tech companies in America: Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook, etc, are not just the biggest tech companies on Earth, they’re just some of the biggest companies on Earth right now, full-stop. But in the climb to become giants, they have engaged in tactics that could be described as predatory, but certainly as petty and…


Eight years ago, this last weekend, in a Facebook post, I posted the following question that I’d been asked in a job interview:

“How do you answer the question:

If a red-shirt from Star Trek gets shot & hit by a Stormtrooper from Star Wars, does he die?”

At the time, I proffered that it was a paradox. A guy who always dies getting shot by someone who never hits anything is impossible to answer definitively one way or another.

In the last eight years, I’ve thought about this question some more and some other things come to mind (especially…


Sir Keir Starmer, former Director of Public Prosecutions (head of the Crown Prosecution Service that covers England & Wales, in other words, their senior public prosecutor) from 2008 to 2013, who was knighted for that service, and who had worked as a human rights attorney before that, current Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras since 2015, recently (4 April 2020) was elected by the Labour Party as its new leader by an overwhelming margin. Of the 784,000 eligible to vote in the Labour Party Election earlier this month, 490,000 did, awarding Sir Keir 56.2 pc of the vote…


With respect to a question that is on the minds of many high-achieving and/or status-oriented students growing up who seek to earn the “brass ring” that is admission into an Ivy League or other highly selective institution, especially during the season in which admissions or rejection letters (or emails more likely these days) have recently gone out and are continuing to go out to students all across America, there is one brief, and definitely disheartening to many, fact regarding such admissions, which is:

Unless you’re demonstrably unique as well as high-achieving, you’ll probably not get in there, and even if…

A. P. D. G. Everett

Engineer, PMP, Left Coaster, UVA/Penn/Cornell alumnus w/ a habit of writing about personal interests. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/apdgeverett/

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