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Joshua Krook

Joshua Krook

Joshua Krook is a postdoctoral researcher in Responsible AI at the University of Southampton.

Joshua Krook reviews 'Disconnect: Why we get pushed to extremes online and how to stop it' by Jordan Guiao

May 2023, no. 453 26 April 2023
Reading a book about online polarisation is a bit like reading a murder mystery novel where the murderer is revealed on page one. We all know it was social media, on our devices, with the trolls, in the bedroom. What we don’t know is the human cost of our newly fragmented online world: the lives destroyed, the families torn apart, the friends permanently estranged when someone falls down an onli ... (read more)

Joshua Krook reviews 'Futureproof: 9 rules for humans in the age of automation' by Kevin Roose

September 2021, no. 435 23 August 2021
‘There is no such thing as an inherently robot-proof job,’ says Kevin Roose – a stunning admission in his new book, Futureproof: 9 rules for humans in the age of automation. We are all at risk of automation – indeed, more at risk than we think. Silicon Valley’s optimism about automation is either ‘false’ or ‘radically incomplete’. Roose says he should know: he once fell for it to ... (read more)

Nice is Different than Good | The Art Syndicate

ABR Arts 26 April 2021
The works of New York artist Gregory Uzelac are currently being exhibited behind a set of nondescript, graffiti-laden doors on Sydney’s Bourke Street. The exhibition, titled Nice Is Different Than Good, has an underground feel to it. The art is presented on tarpaulin and pizza boxes, alongside traditional canvas. In each piece, neon-hued paint has been splashed about in shapes that are abstract, ... (read more)

Joshua Krook reviews 'If Then: How one data company invented the future' by Jill Lepore

January–February 2021, no. 428 17 December 2020
Long before Amazon, Twitter, and Facebook, a company called Simulmatics Corporation sought to predict and control human behaviour through the analysis of big data. If Then tells the story of that company, from its humble beginnings in a tiny office on Madison Avenue to the hallways of political power in Washington, DC. The story starts and ends with Ed Greenfield. Greenfield was an adman, busines ... (read more)

Joshua Krook reviews 'The Social Dilemma' (Netflix)

ABR Arts 21 September 2020
If you watch one film about technology this year, make it this one. The Social Dilemma (Netflix) features almost every tech insider turned outsider. There’s Tristan Harris, Google’s former chief design ethicist who famously dissented over the company’s attention/addiction business model. There’s Justin Rosenstein, the inventor of the Facebook ‘like’ button, who now regrets his inventio ... (read more)