NPR (npr) One rethinks everything, even ditching the Like button.
Stark white and minimally designed, the new NPR One app looks like a paradigm of technology. But surprisingly, the app isn’t powered by algorithms, filters, or other pseudo-intelligence—it’s still good old human editor curation on the backend.
“For us, the algorithm that programs the app is very importantly focused on the human curation part of it,” says NPR VP of digital media Zach Brand. “A lot of people tend to think of it in terms of machine learning—which is a portion as well—but we have dedicated staff making sure that the most important stories are populated from the outset that represent the best experience right at the first moment. As we get to know the listener, it then tailors even more to them.”
On the second episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, which premiered at the end of April, the show’s host, John Oliver, introduced a segment about the death penalty on a slightly apologetic note. “I know what you’re thinking,” he said in advance of the 12-minute piece. “You’re not really going…
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Animal Fact of the Day
Jon Stewart: I have a, it’s like a career aptitude test.
Hillary Clinton: This is good, this is good. I’m ready.
JS: … Do you like commuting to work or do you like a home office?
HRC: You know, I’ve spent so many years commuting, I’d kind of prefer a home office. …
JS: Do you have a favorite shape for that home office?
JS: Do you like that office, let’s say, would you like that office, would you like it to have corners, or would you like it not to have corners?
HRC: You know, I think that the world is so complicated, the fewer corners that you can have, the better.
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