Dear hiring committee members,
Your insistence that you are "not hiring for any tenure track positions in bioethics at the moment," is an interesting opening gambit in our negotiations, and I applaud your persistence on this point after so many emails
My counter-offer, that you are indeed hiring a tenure track professor and compensating very generously, remains firm, however I am willing to haggle over the following minor points ...
AI in drug development
So on the STAT news podcast, they interviewed a biotech AI enthusiast who suggested that AI could help to streamline drug development by helping to better micro-target patient populations who would respond to potential drugs
Which is a great idea except that clinical trial populations are extremely skewed toward white men
Guess who we'll be making drugs for
Like, *more so*
meta i guess, chuds, advice
final thing to remember: the idea of 'right wing trolls' as some masters of confusion and malaise is a myth created by them & liberal journos who take any disagreement of themselves as evidence of a conspiracy against them. in truth, they're neither smart nor skilful. they're not laughing at you, they're screaming in absolute red faced rage, jacking off, and crying into their big boy diapers simultaneously. they're dumb as dogshit basically, and will always self-own
By contrast, this is how I've set up LibreOffice on my own computer
I've got the menu bar and a row of my most used buttons, and that's it
And when I open it up on my computer, I fairly consistently get an "Oh ... what word processor are you using?" reaction from people, because it opens so fast and looks pretty nice
But when people open LibreOffice on their own computer for the first time they always go "Oh, never mind" because it looks like it's from 1991
~ What happens every single time, I swear ~
Me: Do you have Signal?
Them: Yeah, why?
Me: *Is still unclear whether they have Signal Private Messenger, the smartphone app*
Me: I mean, do you have Signal Private messenger?
Them: Oh you want to use Messenger
Me: Signal Messenger, yes
Them: I thought you weren't on Facebook
I wish that Signal had not chosen that name
Even if you capitalize it, people who haven't heard of it don't understand that you're talking about a particular app unless you spend a lot of time explaining it, and if they had even just spelled "signal" wrong as their name like a lot of 00's-era app names, that would have been better
Bioethics; Anti-aging "treatments"
Thing that I don't care about that much:
* The super-rich getting fleeced
Go for it. Take Bezos or whoever to the cleaners and give him sketchy non-medicine for it. Idc.
Thing that worries me:
* An eventual spurious positive result on one of these trials leading to desperate middle- or lower-income people re-mortgaging their houses to pay for 6-figure-level costs of ineffective "life-extensions" on the assumption that they'll live long enough to pay it back
An artifact of a very particular time in music technology
I have an mp3 of a song that I really like that I ripped off a CD that I bought in ~ 2006
I'm pretty sure the CD had a scratch in it because the mp3 has a skip in two places
I'm so used to the skip being there that it sounds *right* now
And because it's not the kind of song that would ever get played on the radio here, I really don't know
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