<<Young engineers treat ethics as a speciality, something you don't really need to worry about; you just need to learn to code, change the world, disrupt something. They're like kids in a toy shop full of loaded AK-47's.>>
I'll stop quoting here but this entire thread is so good.
Computer science is the new nuclear physics.
Modern Monetary Theory in a nutshell.
"Under a fiat currency system, a government can print as much money as it likes."
"Tax [comes] after spending; the purpose is not to fund the government but rather to take money out the system to keep it from overheating."
"Government deficits are not just harmless, they are actually beneficial."
Where we are: banking crisis -> bail outs -> "There is no money" -> Austerity -> an undermined public sector ripe for asset-stripping.
RT @email@example.com: Holy moly. You can write a key logger in pure CSS. I wonder if @firstname.lastname@example.org custom themes would be vulnerable. https://github.com/maxchehab/CSS-Keylogging
CFP: Conference on "Futures of Finance and Society" in #Edinburgh, 6-7 December 2018, organized by @NathanCoombs@twitter.com and Tod Van Gunten http://financeandsocietynetwork.org/futures-conference-2018
In addition to making Toki Pona simple to learn, the language’s minimalist approach is also designed to change how its speakers think. The paucity of terms provokes a kind of creative circumlocution that requires careful attention to detail. An avoidance of set phrases keeps the process fluid. The result, according to Lang, is to immerse the speaker in the moment, in a state reminiscent of what Zen Buddhists call mindfulness.
You can learn Toki Pona in one month, so there is enough time to become a Tokiponist until 34C3! And to be honest, this conlang is so easy to learn – whether you'll like it or not, you won't regret spending this little time with it. People are reporting being able to write and read texts after about 30 hours of study. This is the least expensive language learning experiment I know of.
I'm looking forward to have und hear some conversations in Toki Pona at 34C3!
Hey, look what I found. #readinggroup
For all you with either a stack of books to read, or a stack of read books:
...leading to one (rather brief) about Ostrom:
Hmm, I wonder if there could be a federated version of abrige.me?
An metaphor which haunts me.
You are boating down a vast river.
Unknown to you, because the river is large and the roar is distant, you are approaching a cataract.
It eventually becomes apparent you are in danger, but by then you have crossed the "event horizon" of the cataract. You realise your boat cannot go fast enough to reach the shore, yet alone back upstream.
Nevertheless, you and your companions set about inventing a propeller fast enough to escape.
You argue. The boat goes over.
...also from the Kingsnorth article:
"IN HIS BOOK A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright coins the term “progress trap.” A progress trap, says Wright, is a short-term social or technological improvement that turns out in the longer term to be a backward step. By the time this is realized—if it ever is—it is too late to change course."
...Similar questions, different conclusions.
...Makes me think of Paul Kingsnorth on the Unabomber philosophy:
"Here are the four premises with which he begins the book:
1. Technological progress is carrying us to inevitable disaster.
2. Only the collapse of modern technological civilization can avert disaster.
3. The political left is technological society’s first line of defense against revolution.
4. What is needed is a new revolutionary movement, dedicated to the elimination of technological society."
...Also, this article continues that line of thought.
"If I was to sum up what the Viridian Movement meant to me in practical terms, I’d say it taught me that the answer to bad technology is neither more technology or no technology, but better technology. [...] The first step toward better technology is to make a clear distinction between better technology and more technology. [...] The way out is through."
FYI, I discover that Paul Graham Raven's component of that (long) video above is quite well summarised here.
And therefore Mastodon,
"If we want to challenge neoliberalism we need to understand in detail how neoliberal institutions work. If we wish to create an ecological and democratic economy, we need to evolve appropriate institutions. Ostrom’s critical institutionalism is an essential part of her legacy and a source of useful suggestions to radicals who wish to contribute to a more ecological, democratic, diverse and equal future." Derek Wall, Ostrom's Rules for Radicals
Finding #Ostrom's rules for governing the commons far less radical than I was expecting (or perhaps hoping): boundaries, monitoring, policing, sanctions, fines (paid to those policing!), a judiciary. It feels like tacit acknowledgement of the commons 'tragedy' and a need for coercion, just whereas Hardin advocated it through private property or state ownership here it simply moves to the local level. Am I missing something? Does direct local participation make policing benevolent? #readinggroup