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That is Joshua Browder, who made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3 million in parking tickets in the UK. Since laws are publicly available, bots can automate some of the simple tasks that human lawyers have had to do … Continue...Show More Summary
If one were to create a dime-sized hole between thumb and forefinger and hold it out at arm’s length, in that small region the largest telescopes today, like those in Chile or Hawaii, could discern literally hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading ? The post Putting yesterday in perspective appeared first on Chris Blattman.
“I’m just checking in.” = Where is that thing you promised I’d have by now? “Sorry to bother you again.” = Why can’t you do your fucking job? “I feel bad for making you do this.” = You should feel … Continue reading ? The post “Let me translate my emails for you” appeared first on Chris Blattman.
A fascinating article on the economics of pop music. There’s inequality of opportunity. In the pop version of income inequality, perpetuating the gulf between haves and have-nots, the most successful performers get first dibs on the hottest producers and songwriters … Continue reading ? The post The proletariatarian production of pop appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Something must be done to combat this public health hazard. In 2000, the National Heart Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) began requiring that researchers publicly register their research analysis plan before starting their clinical trials. Show More Summary
Following my defense of randomized trials this week, come this thoughtful reader comment: This response seems to miss, or perhaps obscure, the point. In my understanding, Hausmann is suggesting that development organizations take a Toyota-style approach to innovation, in which … Continue reading ? The post Randomized trials revisited appeared first on Chris Blattman.
On the sister blog I report on a new paper, “Don’t Get Duped: Fraud through Duplication in Public Opinion Surveys,” by Noble Kuriakose, a researcher at SurveyMonkey, and Michael Robbins, a researcher at Princeton and the University of Michigan, who … Continue reading ? The post How much of the data you download is made up? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Wild gorillas compose happy songs that they hum during meals “For the love of God, rich people, stop giving Stanford money.” For those of you aspiring to PhDs, Princeton is looking for applicants for its Emerging Scholars in Political Science … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. If your work involves transcribing audio or video, Trint looks interesting. It extracts the text and synchronizes the result with the audio/video file alongside it to make it easier to go … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Sorry guys. I know you’re my main audience, but this is my generation’s new favorite pastime. And there is new material. On Monday, the New York Times published a story about the breakfast favorite, and the most disconcerting part was … Continue reading ? The post More reasons to bemoan millennials appeared first on Chris Blattman.
My main problem with RCTs is that they make us think about interventions, policies, and organizations in the wrong way. As opposed to the two or three designs that get tested slowly by RCTs (like putting tablets or flipcharts in … Continue reading ? The post Has the randomized trial movement has put the auditors in charge of the R&D department? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
I’m a new fan of The Weeds, a podcast where Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matt Yglesias talk about US politics, usually starting with a new research paper. I always learn something. Last week’s episode, for instance, was on why … Continue reading ? The post Podcast recommendations appeared first on Chris Blattman.
The latest from Boston Dynamics. (Of course, I’m still delighted that the Nespresso robot on my desk makes me decent espresso, so perhaps I am easily impressed.) The post I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Worldwide, extreme poverty is often concentrated in spaces where people and property are not safe enough to sustain effective markets, and where development assistance is dangerous – and might even induce violence. Expanding governance by coercively taking control of territory … Continue reading ? The post Development as coercion appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Kate Cronin-Furman & Mira Rapp-Hooper on why young women are not excited about electing a woman President: Looking around in college or grad school, it’s easy to believe that, in the United States at least, gender equality has largely been … Continue reading ? The post College women aren’t feminist enough… yet? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 65 percent of Americans polled said they usually get at least seven hours of sleep per night, the benchmark recommendation. It’s self-reported data, not confirmed with any kind … Continue reading ? The post White people sleep better too appeared first on Chris Blattman.
In Syria, they came first for the bears, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a bear… If you want to feel bad for the guy, go to http://jebbush.com. Also, Samantha Bee’s new comedy show is killing it. Angela … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
From one of an amazing, and funny, series of articles by Barrett Brown, an imprisoned journalist. In fact, the gangs really don’t have control over the prison. But then neither does the administration, if by “control” we mean the ability … Continue reading ? The post 21st century prison diaries appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Yesterday, in explaining why he liked cash transfer programs to the poor, a friend at the World Bank quoted Warren Buffet: I try to buy stock in businesses that are so wonderful that an idiot can run them. Because sooner … Continue reading ? The post The Warren Buffet approach to foreign aid appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. We’ve collected some of our favorite #DevelopmentValentines from last week. Africa is a Country has a new economics column. The New Yorker has the great story of the science behind … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.