On the fundamental pluralism of democracy and the risks of ideology. Proposes a moderate stance: an open mind, willing to engage in debate, ready to stand and fight against inequity. A worthy read. (h/t David Brooks)
How to be an ethical tech consumer. So important and effective. Do a little homework. Don’t trade your values for convenience. Etc.
It’s easy to be cynical on both sides of this - for consumers to assume they can’t affect companies and for companies to assume consumers don’t care or don’t have a choice. If the monopoly is the network effect, then consumer behavior can reach a tipping point as a much smaller scale than you’d think.
How peremptory challenges allow (unconstitutional) racial bias into jury pools - and what we can do about it
Twice as many people commit suicide in the US than are murdered. Traditional treatment doesn’t work. Surprising and moving article on how to help suicidal people, on the loneliness of suffering, and the power of connection.
Proposal from David Siegel to create an independent regulator for the tech industry. Much better than status quo or having politicians try to figure this out. How can we put this on the table for consideration?
Amazing story of one of the humans behind AI. Princeton ‘99. Tried going to industry (Google) from academia and realized “to speak on behalf of ethics from inside a corporation is, to some extent, to acknowledge that, while you can guard the henhouse, you are indeed a fox.”
It’s eye-opening to think about ordinary privilege - for instance, the privilege of being able to forget part of who you are (like being Christian, or able-bodied, or English-speaking). We take these for granted, but imagine if you couldn’t? Other great insights in here too.
This list implies a future in which humans frame problems that computers can solve. But humans can inspire, console, encourage, and teach. Why isn’t the future of work using the inherent gifts that emphasize our humanity?
On personal data... “Companies have responsibilities: a “duty of care” to not cause harm, and a “duty to deal” to prevent monopoly bottlenecks.”
Professor O’Kelley (aka “Dad”) on HQ*: “The word ‘headquarters’ is a nontechnical, nonlegal term, but it plays well in the press to talk like this,” Mr. O’Kelley said. “It was a great P.R. move in all kinds of ways.”
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