My Lecture Series speaker this week continued the discussion of robotics and drew inspiration from last week's speaker from Boston Dynamics.

She asked us to consider the responsibilities of engineers to consider the implications of their work using this week's deployment of the Spot robot by the NYPD.

yewtu.be/watch?v=k3dIKwVWLyc

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@jaranta we have the same. Doge help you went the security server is down...

@vinnl
Users specifically interested in engineering could subscribe to engrXiv's feed. But not all posts in that feed would necessarily be hosted by engrXiv.

@vinnl maybe to help with the "firehose" problem, preprints posted to the network can be filtered by the servers as they are now. Meaning if something is posting directly on engrXiv, I can moderate it as I do now. But users could also post to their own server and at the same time submit it to be 'featured' or also displayed on engrXiv, which would then involve moderation.

@the_passivist @vinnl @engrxiv In terms of penetrating the market, Open Journal Systems (pkp.sfu.ca/ojs/) is, I think, the most widely used journal software. They also have a fork called Open Preprint Systems. Integrating with that platform would be a good first step toward broad reach.

@engrxiv I wrote up a few more of my thoughts on the idea of federated preprint servers. Would love to know the thoughts of others.

devinberg.com/2021/04/federati

Apparently we now have 8th graders doing campus visits now. I... what? I for sure was not considering where I might go to college when I was 13 years old.

Devin Berg :OpenEngineering: boosted

@engrxiv
What if we built an inter-operable network of repositories. Individual researchers could host their personal repositories and institutions could continue to host institutional or disciplinary focused repositories as they do now.

Works would be discoverable across the network regardless of a researcher's "home" repository. Would indexing services still be necessary?

@engrxiv
What if we built an inter-operable network of repositories. Individual researchers could host their personal repositories and institutions could continue to host institutional or disciplinary focused repositories as they do now.

Works would be discoverable across the network regardless of a researcher's "home" repository. Would indexing services still be necessary?

migration, USpol 

@lauraritchie I expected that this conference might move online, but that isn't the reason I expected to see in the announcement.

Devin Berg :OpenEngineering: boosted

Thinking today about what #federation would look like for preprint servers. What would it look like for preprint servers, or academic publishers for that matter, to join the #fediverse?

migration, USpol 

Just heard that the ASEE conference for this Summer is being moved to 100% virtual. Not because of the pandemic, but because the planned convention center is going to be used to house migrant children.

Saw a car driving on the interstate here in Wisconsin with Puerto Rico plates. Don't think I've even seen those before.

@ashwinvis It was! The video is embedded at the link above.

I was really impressed with today's seminar speaker in my class and his perspective on the design process.

engr-400.github.io/2021/04/bui

Being told now that furloughs are likely to continue next year unless Fall enrollment "comes in really strong."

sort of video eye contact, Youtube link 

For sure buying this for use in all future video meetings.

youtube.com/watch?v=JMxr8Nq-w_

@mackiwg @lightweight I'd be happy to chat some time, just please don't overestimate my influence on my campus. I do have a course that I developed a few years ago that I think would be a good fit for this model.

@lightweight
I did see that on the website. The uni's financial situation might not be in a place to do much of anything at the moment but I'll keep an eye on it.

My university seems to be continuing is slide into MS control. Can't really have a local server to host things anymore. Can't really even have my own web pages hosted by the university.

Pretty much all of the tech knowledge is being outsourced to big tech companies.

Really makes me appreciate the stuff I see at places like OERu. Which I think is largely maintained by @lightweight

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