Ada Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852)
Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace, also known as the “Enchantress of Numbers.”
Why She Kicks Ass:
- She produced a design for a flying machine in 1828 – when she was only 13.
- She was a kickass mathematician in a time when it was considered literally dangerous to a woman’s health to know too much about math.
- She published a translation of an article on the Analytical Engine by Luigi Menabrea, adding extensive notes of her own while doing so.
- She is considered by many to be the world’s first computer programmer, thanks to her work assisting Charles Babbage. If Charles Babbage is the father of computers, Ada Lovelace is the mother of them.
- She speculated on the possibilities of computers for general purpose uses, beyond acting as simply fancy calculators, which ol’ Chuck Babbage did not.
Oh, and she just happened to be the daugher of Lord Byron, who called her his “princess of parallelograms.”
Ada Lovelace, máxima
Y pensar que Byron no le dio pelota jamás en la vida.
I Don’t Usually Post Advertisements, But When I Do…
DuckDuckGo, the privacy aware search engine, takes on Google over “search personalization” and the effect this has on the results we see when seeking information.
The ad is spot on. As we increasingly drive our technologies to produce information “just for us”, and get just the information we’ll “like”, we each become constrained in information silos of our making, oblivious to the serendipity and challenge of stumbling across ideas that differ from our own.
Eli Pariser, Upworthy co-founder and author, calls this the filter bubble.
DuckDuckGo’s ad puts the concept to the test as it summarizes the search results of 131 volunteers.
Via Talking Points Memo:
The users, who weren’t signed into Google, did Google searches for the three chosen politically-themed terms — “abortion,” “gun control,” and “Obama” — and send in screenshots of their search activity to Weinberg and the DuckDuckGo programming team…
…The result was a wide variance in the resulting links that Google displayed, according to DuckDuckGo’s experiment. For example, in the case of searches for “abortion,” some users received information on Obama’s public stance on abortion, while others did not. Some users also received information on pro-life activist Gianna Jessen while others did not.
“I think we had a big enough sample to show pretty definitively that the ‘filter bubble’ is real,” [DuckDuckGo’s founder Gabriel] Weinberg said.
As TPM points out, Google’s own documentation on personalized search indicates that even “if you turn off personal results and sign out of your Google Account, you may still see personalized results and results based on the context of your search.”
As in, even when you don’t want it, Google (and legions of others trying customize information to taste) give it to you. — Michael