What do self-driving cars, delivery drones, flying cars, virtual reality goggles, space tourism, Mars exploration, chatbots, smart watches, Google glass, smart thermostats and toothbrushes have in common?
It is the growing collection of garbage tech projects on which the massive profits from the monetization of private data has been spent
Its not surprising because to create and iterate useful products you need to have empathy for your users which does not sit well with thinking of them as products
Google and Facebook releasing all these (objectively amazing) #opensource #machinelearning tools is shrewd in so many levels: Signals engineering strength, buys developer good will, trains potential employees, calms people down about the "scary AI", diverts attention from the real issue of private data feeding the algos...
It's sad but there isn't anything I fancy those days hardware-wise... everything is just boxes and spec's - when not in the cloud, that is
How many general purpose #programming languages do we really need? Starting with #basic and #pascal there must be a dozen I have learned (and forgot) so far. Wikipedia has a list of over fifty. When looking at some recent entrants, say #golang, #dart, #rust I am not totally convinced they were all needed.
The result of this medieval circus of little programming fiefdoms is a huge cognitive cost (wasted brain cycles). Introducing something like the metric system could do wonders to productivity
Developers, programmers, techies etc have always been portrayed as the asocial introverted geeks, more at ease fondling their keyboards than interacting with "normal" people. Yet the #opensource movement and collaborative platforms counts among the most astonishing social development in our lifetime. No other community has reshaped the narrative of what is possible so effectively. Not the artists, not the writers, certainly not the political class or the corporate world. Ponder that...
A product's privacy claims are only as good as its default settings.
Providing options to change the default privacy-violating settings in some "Advanced" section doesn't make your product a privacy-respecting one.
Yet it does not come with plugins to handle a whole range of challenges (and pathologies) facing any large scale communication network between people
Inventing those "plugins" will require reflecting on how we managed communication in the "analog" world and what (if any) must be ported to digital. Will be long and error prone
The misinformation bandwagon around "AI" / #machinelearning continues unabated
The latest making the rounds is the need for algorithms "to sleep" in order to "learn" better
There is by now an industry of marketeers, in cahoots with money / attention crazed scientists that will systematically attempt to cast as anthropomorphic (and thus gee-wow) the most mundane mathematical operations
It's a another symptom of unhinged, uncontrollable commercialism that faces no objective checks or push back
Huge amounts of data are available Show more
"Campaigns can buy a list of two hundred million voting-age Americans with fifteen hundred data points per person from a legitimate data broker for seventy-five thousand dollars."
Based on the theory we never hear the bullet that kills us, there's no need to worry about the things we worry about.
It's almost laughable that the thing that destroys democracy is our addiction to social media and the bad players behind it. Not plagues or nukes or a fucked climate.
The number of registered users of Mastodon.Technology increased by 1.6 percent over the past 7 days
according to statistics here:
While sunbeam.city increased user count by 2.4 percent that week
Over the same time period mastodon.social appears to have neither grown nor shrunk( 0.0 percent).
18 Feb 2019
The birth of Snake Venus http://pipedreamdragon.tumblr.com/post/182905542121/raychleadele-sashayed-qozelqort-the-birth
The day I discovered that people rediscovered mechanical keyboards was a happy one
The only question is what else am I missing. In other words, what is the ergonomically optimal hardware for a #Linux desktop workstation
"the era of self-regulation for tech companies like #Facebook must end immediately"
Does your school give the data of their kids to a random cloud provider in another country? Or does it what the capital of Switzerland does for its 35.000 students, keeping their data safe and secure in their own #nextcloud?
I have forgotten more syntax, patterns, algorithms, frameworks and libraries than you will ever know. Dissolved like tears in rain
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