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This is an actively used railway. This is what we could take to work, shop, and hangout instead of miles of asphalt. Human technology and nature can co-exist if we fight for it, and if we're willing to let go of failed projects like the highway system.

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Artifice & Intelligence by Emily Tucker

techpolicy.press/artifice-and-

Good advice for anyone writing on technology, actually.

"Words matter.

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.

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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".

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@zee Haven’t seen Arcane but I think that sums up my response to Black Widow.

@entreprecariat looks like the modernism my post-modern art school teachers in the 90s warned me about 😆

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The new issue of Possible Futures is here!

In this issue we explore the topic of ,

how we got to where we are now
and how people are fighting back against surveillance capitalism

possiblefutures.tech/issue/pri

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. youtube.com/watch?v=GcH5nuqa-0

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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 , a worker and community owned platform to decentralize the internet that focuses on enabling mutual benefit programs in the real world.

Join us at twitch.tv/zeespencer at 6pm PT!

@praxeology @entreprecariat if I had to choose between Nielsen Norman’s definition of good UX, "to meet the exact needs of the customer, without fuss or bother.” or the seeing Television live in 1978, I know what I’d go with. youtube.com/watch?v=MDVfdl4-Ut

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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

richdecibels.substack.com/p/9-

@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.

dsa burnout 

@bhaugen @clayton I just went to a national conference online and liked their approach. But yea, in a similar situation. A group in the LA area dissolved years ago.

dsa burnout 

@clayton I hear you. If you get energy again or there’s a group near you, Transition seems promising (focus on local organizing, inner work, less focus on national political identity) transitionus.org

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). instagram.com/blixpix/, stockphotoproject.womenscenter

@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.

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great interview with @penpot CEO Pablo Ruiz-Múzquiz by @clayton

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.

possiblefutures.tech/posts/int

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?

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