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Shaping the Bottom Line

“As developers, we are often one of the last lines of defense against potentially dangerous and unethical practices.” – Bill Sourour

Last entry I discussed the importance of transparency and honesty in… 374 more words

Drawing a Line Online

“consent (v). :  compliance in or approval of what is done or proposed by another” – Merriam Webster Dictionary

While the advancement of technology has benefitted society in far too many ways for this post to possibly sum up, there is also a danger that has set in. 442 more words

Transparent Technology

 “I hope that if we come back here next year we’ll be talking about things very much more positively. So rather than just worrying about the niggling fears that people are going to be spying on us and doing the wrong things with our data, instead I hope we will have woken up to the completely exciting possibilities when it comes to our data.” – Tim Berners-Lee, Professor of Engineering, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, USA… 517 more words

Wit

This film is an HBO TV production.  It is about cancer, hospitals, and the medical system.  A personal note is that my wife died of cancer a few years ago and to me the film is realistic to the point of pain.   1,483 more words

Final Exit

449 - Robots don't protest

I’ve not been sleeping too well of late.

I don’t like the way the future is shaping up – with the rise of fascism, the erosion of the rights and democracy that people have fought so hard for over centuries, the state of the climate and impending reversal of our commitment to it at a time when we’re already on the brink of no return. 177 more words

1000 Drawings

The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred, by Greg Egan

The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred, by Greg Egan (Subterranean Press, 2016, 88 pp., $40 library edition, $2.99 e-book)

reviewed by Zeke Teflon

Australian sci-fi author has produced a novella that seems eerily relevant to the present-day political situation in the United States, with the rise of Donald Trump and the racist right, and Trump’s scapegoating of Mexican and Muslim immigrants. 400 more words

Politics

Re-humanizing politics: the aftermath.

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” –Abraham Lincoln.

In the wake of last night’s decision, I find myself haunted by these words. 1,014 more words

2016