Friction-Free Racism

Chris Gilliard in Real Life Magazine. All annotations in context. Questions about the inclusivity of engineering and computer science departments have been going on for quite some time. Several current “innovations” coming out of these fields, many rooted in facial recognition, are indicative of how scientific racism has long been embedded in apparently neutral attempts…

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040

A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.” The report, issued on Monday by…

The Threat of Tribalism

When we think of tribalism, we tend to focus on the primal pull of race, religion, or ethnicity. But partisan political loyalties can become tribal too. When they do, they can be as destructive as any other allegiance. The Founders understood this. In 1780, John Adams wrote that the “greatest political evil” to be feared…

Tech Workers Now Want to Know: What Are We Building This For?

Kate Conger and Cade Metz in the NY Times: Across the technology industry, rank-and-file employees are demanding greater insight into how their companies are deploying the technology that they built. At Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce, as well as at tech start-ups, engineers and technologists are increasingly asking whether the products they are working on are being used…

What’s that you say? Present with captions in Google Slides

Yet another reason to use Google Slides. Automated closed captions in Google Slides. The feature will gradually roll out to all Slides users starting this week. The closed captions feature is available when presenting in Google Slides. It uses your computer’s microphone to detect your spoken presentation, then transcribes—in real time—what you say as captions…

The Morality Wars

Wesley Morris in The New York Times Magazine. In 2018, culture is being evaluated for its moral correctness more than for its quality. Should art be a battleground for social justice? The real-world and social-media combat we’ve been in for the past two years over what kind of country this is — who gets to…