Why did Sumerians use the sexagesimal system?
TIL that 60 is countable using the fingers of both hands, and this ancient Mesopotamian counting technique is still used in India, Pakistan, Indochina, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Syria and Egypt apparently
(tags: sexagesimal 12 60 counting fingers history sumerian mesopotamia)
Algorithms aren’t racist. Your skin is just too dark.
More than a few observers have recommended that instead of pointing out failures, I should simply make sure I use additional lighting. Silence is not the answer. The suggestion to get more lights to increase illumination in an already lit room is a stop gap solution. Suggesting people with dark skin keep extra lights around to better illuminate themselves misses the point. Should we change ourselves to fit technology or make technology that fits us?
(tags: ethics racism ai algorithms cameras melanin skin video videoconferencing)