Don’t trust the woke tech industry to be your saviour, because it doesn’t have a good track record on the subject.
The tech industry needs to accept its ethical responsibility in light of growing government oppression.
I confess that until very recently, when I thought of drones, I thought of two things. The first, of course, is the modern weapon of war, the device from which death can be brought from above and across thousands of miles; the drone strikes we see on the news and the things that trouble at […]
If you drive anywhere around Mountain View, chances are high that you’ve spotted one of Google’s self-driving car prototypes navigating the road — and in the larger Bay Area, the cars are a topic of considerable discussion and conversation. Legislators across the country are also considering the implications of cars that drive themselves: Who’s liable […]
In my regular correspondence, I’m in contact with people all over the world, and due to the fact that I cover disability issues frequently and am active in the disability community, many of my correspondents are disabled. Some of them I know in the sense that I’ve met them in physical spaces; I know their […]
Social media creates a strange environment for many of us. Even as we are broadcasting information to the world, we seem to forget, sometimes, that this means the world can read it. If you say something on the Internet, theoretically anyone can find it, especially when it is attached to identifying information like your name, […]
My phone is charging on the table next to me. Running an Android operating system, it has a variety of apps created, and monitored, by Google. I use it to manage my calendar, my email. I take notes on it, play games on it, keep up with the Internet on it, and it squirrels away […]
While the Internet is focused on the patent wars over technology, I’m equally interested in the patent wars over agricultural products, which have some serious implications for all of us. As large agricultural firms invest heavily in the development of modified organisms tailored for specific environments, yields, and chemicals, a culture of monocropping is developing, […]
In May, there was a fascinating series of articles in The Press Democrat about a jailhouse recording. First the paper had a story on an allegedly illegal recording that a prisoner was trying to use as grounds to have his case thrown out. Then it was about a defense of the recording from the sheriff’s […]
It appears that the Google is out of the box now, and there’s no point in trying to stuff it back in, because it’s already been unleashed on the world. There is no turning point and no possibility of going back. The question now is not “can we control it” or “what can we do […]