All in Ethics

The Right To Repair and Repairable Devices

Last night, as I was adjusting my new Uplift standing desk (which is awesome BTW), a speaker on the desk collided with the shelf above which was just enough to cause a candle to wobble and fall directly onto my trackpad. As you can see it completely shattered. Although it is still functional, it is just a matter of time before this gets worse.

SXSW Wrap Up

SXSW is the most important technology conference of the year. There, I’ve said it. The problem is, very few people in IT are aware of it, and that is a shame. This is the one show of the year that not only highlights emerging technology but wraps it in context. This conference is also very international with different countries showcasing their unique companies, technologies and talents. We can get so lost in our own small world that we miss new market opportunities and technologies from around the globe.

Google Ends Forced Arbitration

Forced arbitration has been a sticking point with me for some time. It is an increasingly common practice in many companies to force their workers to sign binding arbitration agreements.

Companies say that this is to reduce the overwhelming costs of litigation (what the heck are you doing to get sued that much), but the real reason is that it tips things heavily in favor of the company who chooses the arbitrator and manages the process.

Project Sherpa looks to Address the Ethical and Human Rights issues of Smart Information Systems

With the rise of Smart Information Systems, ie AI, the challenges of living with the implications of these systems is poorly understood. The quality of the information produced is limited by the design of the systems, the data that is used and the context in which the data lives. Project Sherpa looks to work with industry leaders to establish an advocacy group that seeks to address the most challenging problems.

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