Benjamin Aaron

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different ways of not caring about data privacy

Yet another big data post after yet another big data lecture I went to…
It wasn’t the first time that I heard someone mentioning ‘our teenagers’ (= grew up with smartphones) and ‘Americans in general’ versus everything older than teenagers in Germany/Europe (= the data-protective ones) when attempting to contrast different attitudes towards privacy and data collection. Only this time I found…

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analytically informed automated actions… but WHAT?

Recently I attended a lecture by Yvonne Hofstetter where she talks about three stages of data fusion (= what can be “done” with big data); the aggregation and storage (1), the analysis (2) and finally the automated action informed by the analysis (3). Without going any further in her view of things I’d like to use this trisection going forward.

It seems rather obvious from the public debate that…

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EU-regulations are long-term upgrades

EU-regulations are long-term upgrades

Lately I can’t help but constantly see analogies between programming, politics and law.
Recently I was in the situation that many programmers are finding themselves from time to time. I had to upgrade a system gradually, meaning the old version had to keep functional while I was building the new version underneath it. Then one piece at a time I could switch off the old parts and have their…

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it’s boring to be predictable

While I understand and partly agree with the critical voices regarding ever-increasing data collection I want to add a perspective that I didn’t hear in that discussion so far. It might sound naive or even awkward in that context, nevertheless I think it deserves a place.

Let me start like this; what are some possible counter-measures if someone knows something about you and is about to benefit…

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powerful context = the right data structure

Very much enjoyed how Alan Kay talks (probably 1987) is building up his talk with a nice example towards context that is doing most of the thinking for you and then compares it to choosing the right data structure that helps computing results just through…

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caring for the quality of neuronal wiring

The other night I had a dream that span across a whole morning through several wake-up/half-awake/fall-asleep iterations. It was about trying to understand an algorithm; some sort of long-winded structure that describes a mechanical process. I can’t quite…

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teaching materials based on what you already know

I am learning C++ and JavaScript right now. I already know Java to some degree. I would love a thoroughly curated tutorial/explanation-site that offers me teaching materials based on what i already know.

Not necessarily restricted to programming…

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memorization tokens

One of these situations that makes me stop and smile about myself and reflect about patterns, habits and just how i (and possibly everyone else) work… and it’s time for a fresh post on this blog of mine – so let me share the story with you :)

Just when i…

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politics simulator

Is there something like a scientific politics simulator (or do i have to build one some day)?

I’d like to feed the election program of a party into a simulation engine that mimics “the real world” as best as possible and projects societal development…

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traveling salesman problem: brute force, dynamic programming, graphs, permutation setsI’ll be posting more code on this blog…
Together with a fellow student i had the assignment of…View Post

traveling salesman problem: brute force, dynamic programming, graphs, permutation sets

I’ll be posting more code on this blog…

Together with a fellow student i had the assignment of…

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