Dec. 26, 2020
What do political Twitter accounts, private ML datasets, sold-out hype brands, and smart-fridge-based DDOS attacks (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…) all have in common? They're mostly facilitated by bots. The fraction of human to bot web activity was about 0.5 in 2019 and climbing. Many bots do useful things like saving videos or automatically summarizing news articles. But good bots now make up a smaller portion of traffic than bad bots, and that's just the known ones. What was once a wacky and original place full of real people now feels like an echo-chamber of Cleverbots and advertisements. I'm not proposing a solution, just raising awareness that the human part of the internet is being poisoned with no end in sight.
Sept. 6, 2020
Aug. 2, 2020
Everyone I've spoken with has a personal takeaway from their time in quarantine; here's mine: What we put online is now an essential part of how we view, interact with, and connect to each other. Not really a mind-blowing discovery, but for the first time ever our daily in-person interactions are completely shadowed by what we put online. Still, I think of most social medias as supplementary to in-person life but please tell me how to put my whole conscious on Twitter if you know. This site is a first-attempt at putting more of my work online. Especially as I'm starting a new life in Pittsburgh at a whole new university, 144 characters felt limited. The site isn't impressive tech-wise (django-gunicorn-nginx stack on AWS Lightsail) but what I love about this site is that I made it. I thought through every part of this site, and when you're here you're using something I made. The interaction feels a little more genuine to me that way. Also the little main-page icons light up when you mouse over them and that's sick."