YouTube Shorts Problems
YouTube is the last major social media to let go of community-led content recommendation (Trending page) and joining TikTok’s short video format party. Like others, its contents now go fully personalized for the users —us.
Clicking the Shorts tab, we don’t get a list of videos to watch. Instead, we get a video fulfilling the entire screen, automatically played. We no longer get to choose what to consume. We are now being fed —by the algorithm.
It’s a form of losing our agency over what to feed into our mind, surrendering it to a mindless computer to decide what we think & what information we consume.
Contact: An Act of Connection
“If we are alone in the universe, it sure seems like an awful waste of space.”
But, how do we know if we are not alone in this universe?
Data Science Fellowship
Selama 2 bulan masa lockdown dan #WorkFromHome ini, di samping pekerjaan mengajar, saya menyisihkan waktu untuk untuk belajar data science dengan mengikuti program Fellowship yang diselenggarakan oleh IYKRA.
Saya membuat log belajar mingguan yang saya rupakan dalam tweet-tweet. Berisi cerita apa saja yang saya pelajari, pengalaman-pengalaman praktikum, juga curhat sana-sani. Berikut ini adalah untaian tweet-nya.
Sumber gambar cover: IYKRA
Corona & Teman-teman Saya
Teman-teman sebaya saya merentang dr mereka yg baru sarjana, kuliah juga, lulus S dua, bekerja/berusaha, juga yg baru membina keluarga.
Buat sebagian besar dari demografi seperti mereka, urusan pandemi Corona ini jadi pukulan sejadi-jadinya.
When I was 9 years old, I stumbled upon a book of my father’s. The title read Samudra Al-Fatihah. The cover was worn out, and I don’t quite remember what made me spent hours reading a chapter from that book. But I remember what I read, because that was my oldest memory, the first time my mind being blown away learning about the grandeur of the universe. I learned about how atomic motions were parallel to the planetary and galactic ones. I learned about the tiniest scale of the micro cosmos, to the remarkable scale of the universe. And eventually, I learned about this way of looking at the cosmos, that put everything in my daily life into perspective.
The Great Hack – A Quick Thought on the Documentary
“You set out to connect people and you are refusing to acknowledge that this same technology is now driving us apart.”
This quote just summed how social media has transformed from a technology to connect people into a weapon to divide society. And this movie telling the story behind it quite well.
Social Inertia – on How (not) to Change
It seems that everybody nowadays wants to change something. We can tell that by looking at growing number of startups founded, ‘innovative’ products launched, or initiatives -well, initiated. It’s like literally every day in news we hear new startups being reported, new gadgets being promoted, and new social projects being campaigned -not to mention how many new policies being passed. (more…)
Paradox of Learning
The whole point of this writing is to talk about my experience when I was learning extensively about subjects I’m passionate at, while ignoring the conventional, obligatory campus’ credit system. I’m a social student, yes, but that doesn’t stop me to study computer programming, design, film theory, and variety of other subjects like astrophysics, economy, politics, or even a little about engineering. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily make me an expert in those fields, but that’s enough to make me keep wondering of how vast the mystery this universe has, how amazing life and exciting people are, and keep me feel alive (?) (more…)