Cory Doctorow formulates something that I think can go onto every list of principles organisations I work with formulate for smart cities, as well as the many data ethics discussions I sit in on.
Don't track people, help people track the environment to feed their decisions. This flipping of perpective fits with what I posted yesterday about Peter Bihr's approach to sm
digitization, climate change
This Guardian article--shared by @alcinnz --emphasizes the unsustainable nature of digitization: "Digitization is a climate disaster: if corporations and governments succeed in making vastly more of our world into data, there will be less of a world left for us to live in." Check out the full piece here: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/sep/17/tech-climate-change-luddites-data
An 8-bit approach to J.S. Bach
“It struck me that, at least in theory, organ pipes should generate quite primitive sound waves. If so, how come a church organ doesn't sound like a chip tune, which is also built up from simple waveforms? Well, actually it will, if you remove the church. And if you connect a Commodore 64 home computer to a loudspeaker in a large hall, it will sound like an organ.”
Folks into #designfiction #speculativedesign (or just good old sci-fi) have a look at this post about how writers from the '80s and '90s envisioned the 2020s
Kulttuuri voitti paperihesarin vaihdettua tabloid-kokoon.
1) #accessible web pages (re: structure and language).
2) Reasonable #compromises (re: hardware, OS's, firmware, etc.) -- NOT the same as conflicting compromises (i.e. Google).
3) #inclusive information -- e.g. freedom to revise code is irrelevant to most people, rather it's a matter of transparency.
4) #inclusive behavior -- i.e. not a boys' club.
that with self driving cars the amount of driven km per car will be the same is a wrong prognosis! There are studies, that about +30-40% of km per car, more traffic, less used public transport is expected.
Resulting from more people driving with car in the city with not enough or expensive parking space. The car will drive out of the city to find a parking space. Then it will return to pick up the owner after work or shopping and drive home.
The EU considers a 5 year ban on facial recognition in public spaces - thanks!! The article: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-ai/eu-mulls-five-year-ban-on-facial-recognition-tech-in-public-areas-idUSKBN1ZF2QL
Deepfakes and truth
Interesting thoughts but I don’t think I fully get this argument. Is part of the point that #deepfakes are a more extreme example of the artifice and layers of meaning that are inherent in statements anyway?
Australia bushfires are harbinger of planet’s future, say scientists - https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jan/14/australia-bushfires-harbinger-future-scientists “It is getting worse all the time. The sooner we rein back emissions, the sooner we can slow the increase.”
A Future with No Future: Depression, the Left, and the Politics of Mental Health
The ethical considerations are really something.
if (like me) you ever wondered whatever happend to the top-level domains of former eastern bloc states:
.dd (east germany): withdrawn in 1990, never used "on the net", just in university networks
.su (soviet union): still in use, even though it probably shouldn't be, ~117.000 domains
.yu (yugoslavia): deleted in 2010, ~4000 domains vanished
.cs (czechoslovakia): deleted in 1995, 114 domains vanished
Over the past weeks I’ve been reading up on #zettelkasten note taking. I really like the idea that I don’t have to worry about hierarchy or “what goes where” when taking notes. Just dump everything in the same folder and tag stuff if necessary but even tags are not compulsory. Then finding stuff works by searching, not navigating some hierarchy. This last point is a big change for me, having previously used #emacs #orgmode
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