Artifice & Intelligence by Emily Tucker
Good advice for anyone writing on technology, actually.
Starting today, the Privacy Center will stop using the terms “artificial intelligence,” “AI,” and “machine learning” in our work to expose and mitigate the harms of digital technologies in the lives of individuals and communities."
"Corporations have essentially colonized the imaginative space that Turing’s paper asked us to explore. Instead of pursuing the limits of computers’ potential for simulated humanity, the hawkers of “AI” are pursuing the limits of human beings’ potential to be reduced to their calculability."
"Instead of using the terms “Artificial intelligence, “AI,” and “machine learning,” the Privacy Center will:"
* Be as specific as possible about what the technology in question is and how it works.
* Identify any obstacles to our own understanding of a technology that result from failures of corporate or government transparency.
* Name the corporations responsible for creating and spreading the technological product.
* Attribute agency to the human actors building and using the technology, never to the technology itself.
Panthology (noun): a pathology that consists in seeing everything through the lens of one's own discipline or practice. Panthology can be understood as a particular form of apophenia. Notable examples: "everything is architecture", "everyone is a designer", "my dog's poop is information", "making a sandwich is a form of publishing".
meme source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CavAcL3u0ve/
worker-owned food coops in LA https://laist.com/news/food/worker-owned-food-co-ops-restaurants-labor-shortage-business-model-proof-bakery
@entreprecariat looks like the modernism my post-modern art school teachers in the 90s warned me about 😆
There's a new office to study UFOs in the defense bill. Watching this video from June is a mix of a boring news segment, a summer blockbuster and a psych trip. I’d think proof of inter-dimensional or alien phenomena would be a bigger story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcH5nuqa-0w
Want to chill and talk about the role of technology in the solidarity and cooperative economy with @anaulin and I?
We will be pair programming on #Convene, a worker and community owned platform to decentralize the internet that focuses on enabling mutual benefit programs in the real world.
Join us at https://twitch.tv/zeespencer at 6pm PT!
just published a newsletter that's been 6 months in the making: a big hot list of web3 people & projects with real social impact potential
if you're into coops, self-managing orgs, or mutual aid then I think it's time to pay attention to web3
@clayton Did you end up checking this out? Trying to get to their gist cuz seems super-relevant to what I'm trying to do, but the first tech bro is really hard to watch and not instilling confidence.
Does anyone know of alternative stock photo projects? I know of Blixel by Kenya (Robinson) and a project by WCCW (that didn't seem to launch). https://instagram.com/blixpix/, https://stockphotoproject.womenscenterforcreativework.com
@entreprecariat Oy, seems in line with design academics making vague gestures towards social responsibility in times when it’s popular (thinking of “First Things First”) while trying to hold on to their progress playing the old game. Is there a name for this? I guess Woke Academia seems redundant, but reminds me of Woke Capital in trying to market a consumer offering by catering to popular opinion while not changing exploitive economics or power structures (ie. 60k+ year design schools).
@entreprecariat Who are you referring to calling for design deprofessionalization? Like, Design Justice? Who is the public - people who hire designers or those who don’t? I guess I’m not sure how universal or inter-related this stuff is, but seems an interesting exploration into manifestations of designers’ insecurities.
Designers to developers at Kaleidos:
> Look we are not first-class citizens in open source. We are happy with Inkscape. We are happy with GIMP. We are happy with some tools, but you developers have everything to choose from. You can choose the best of the best. You live in this paradise world where you don't know how privileged you are.
> We agree with you. We are all about open source absolutely but you have to understand that we are frustrated with the professional quality of some tools. We want to achieve parity with you developers.
2. set up or find an instance you want to use
how to evaluate and do that:
- how do you find them?
- if a directory exists - do you know, trust, align with the admin?
- if not, then what? wait around? hire an admin/maintainer?
3. find and connect to people
how to find friends or interesting people?
how to invite people?
design & solidarity | beneluxe.net | los angeles, calif.
A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.