@ntnsndr posted a great idea about "public remote works" programs.
Public work programs like building roads were big part of the New Deal.
What could be similar projects that could be done remotely during this crisis?
- Gathering Census data and doing other phone interviews for surveys.
- Translations, transcriptions, recording audiobooks.
Writing an article about this to Mutual Interest media co-op.
Any ideas and retoots appreciated!!
All of Cambridge's textbooks are free until May
Get to downloading.
Apple is a one-company environmental apocalypse, with the industry's worst practices for old/broken electronics. Others fix systems, re-use parts, and keep parts available. Apple literally orders its partners to shred it all and turn it into landfill.
Read this brilliant #ribbonfarm article "The New Incanny Valley":
> In offloading our social interactions to technology, we are in the process of taking familiar aspects of being human and making them equally strange. The New Uncanny Valley is the gap between the physical world and its expression on the Internet. It contains contradictions involving social values and personal morality.
Just came across this from another toot: https://olki.loria.fr
Looks like an interesting attempt to get benefits of machine learning in a more ethical way as well as some ambitions of building a social network (?). If it’s a research project, I wonder whether and how it will be sustained after the project ends.
"Our objective is to add another "modality" /"part" into the fediverse dedicated to scientific resources, such as linguistic corpora, research papers, scientific videos, software tools"
Looks like a new Fedi platform in the making. Sounds pretty cool!
Let people on Twitter know!
You can lead them to #Mastodon. I published in Dutch a thread about it. If you are still on Twitter you can retweet it if you like.
Deepl machine translation:
If people want an open network, stop shit-talking open things
I hear tech folks saying that RSS is dead, and people on social media saying that blogs are dead.
The problem with this is twofold:
- RSS is doing just fine, and not even remotely dead
- Blogs are doing just fine, and are not even remotely dead, either
There's this strange sort of defeatism around. "Well, we lost, so what can you do". Um, not undermine things that still work and are actively being used? Support them as well?
William Gibson on the apocalypse: “it’s been happening for at least 100 years” https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/books/2020/02/william-gibson-apocalypse-it-s-been-happening-least-100-years
The Next Word - Where will predictive text take us? https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/10/14/can-a-machine-learn-to-write-for-the-new-yorker
Digital disruption of democracy
Pew Research Center surveyed 979 experts about how technology will help or hurt democracy by 2030. 49% said the use of technology will mostly weaken democracy. The highlighted responses here make a good summary of the threats and possibilities.
Things that will be more important than ever for all of us: critical evaluation of news, supporting quality, independent journalism, taking care of our privacy.
“whether a computer has captured the essence of human reason is a diversion, if not a trap, because the real question — do humans understand the essence of humans? — cannot be answered or resolved by technology.”
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