You can’t trust private companies like Sidewalk (Google) to act in the public’s best interest while providing innovative civic services. You also can’t rely on local governments to innovate and develop these services even though you can rely on them to act in the public’s best interest.
It’s a sad day when the promise of so much innovation inspires so much doubt that actual citizens will be the winners.
The staff agrees with the ambi-Israel designation. It’s too complex an issue for black or white decisions.
I’m Not Anti-Israel, I’m Ambi-Israel http://nyti.ms/28VZ1yN
What this article misses about ethical decision making for autonomous vehicles is that there doesn’t need to be only one right answer to ethical dilemas.
Currently human drivers make different decisions when faved with similar ethical dilemas. For example, hit a wall kill car occupants or hit and kill pedestrians. Different people react differently in that situation and there are consequences both moral and legal. Autonomous cars don’t need to have the perfect solution before we put them on the road. Users or owners just need to be held accountable in the same way they are now.
Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life? http://nyti.ms/28T0JAR
Smart devices equal surveillance devices.
Don’t worry that the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane has gone anti tech. It’s just that we promote thoughtful implementation, use, and management of technology.
Devices like Alexa will ultimately take more from us than they give to us. It’s essentially a State Security wet dream. They can listen in to everything that goes on in our homes because we let them. I’m sure Amazon is already receiving subpoenas for in home recordings from Alexa. This is the sort of thing that needs thoughtful policies and regulations forbiding miss use.
At its most expansive, “smart” produces a world where we no longer exert control over objects we’ve bought from corporations, but corporations exert control over us through things we pay for the privilege of using. And when “smart” is crudely applied to the cities we live in — to our crumbling infrastructure and militarized police forces — we give in to forces of privatization, algorithmic control and rule by corporate contract. It seems an indelible symbol of the times that New York City neglects essential but mundane services like public restrooms while promoting other putative municipal innovations, like the mass conversion of pay phones to Wi-Fi kiosks. As with other smart devices, which subsidize their costs with data collection, these kiosks are free — provided you submit to the collection of your personal information and location data. The commons becomes simply another site for private companies to spy on people.
Just How ‘Smart’ Do You Want Your Blender to Be? http://nyti.ms/1rnrsZO
Another look at just how bad our food system has gotten.
The majority of what’s available to those who experience food insecurity contributes to diabetes and health issues, making things worse for those who need it most.
The studies also point to greens and vegetables as the solution to the health issues. Too bad these are more expensive and less available than junk food.
Food Banks Take On a Contributor to Diabetes: Themselves http://nyti.ms/24VVD7O
Some ideas on improving the safety net.
That starts with free long-acting birth control for young women who want it (70 percent of pregnancies among young single women are unplanned). Follow that with high-quality early-childhood programs and prekindergarten, drug treatment, parenting coaching and financial literacy training, and a much greater emphasis on jobs programs to usher the poor into the labor force and bring them income.
President Franklin Roosevelt relied on aggressive jobs programs in the 1930s. Let’s turn to them again for people who can’t find work in the private sector. These measures won’t solve America’s poverty problem, but at least they’ll give Hailey a fighting chance.
Why I Was Wrong About Welfare Reform http://nyti.ms/1Ow1hvj
Securing every public place, metal detectors at soft targets, guards (human or robot) everywhere are not the solutions we need.
Orlando should not be a call to lock things down. Think about what has helped the LGBT community the most over the years: openness, understanding, awareness.
We all too often fear the wrong things. Terrorism and mass killings strike our nerves, but we overlook all the other things that are far more likely to kill us (car accidents, disasters, carcinogens, environmental toxins, climate change, to name a few).
This writer puts too much emphasis on physically securing things. He cites Israel and Ireland in the 80’s. These are not the places we should strive to build.
Openness and tolerance paired with vigilance is a better path. Keeping harmful weapons from people likely to use them would help. There is no valid argument not to require licencing and registration of weapons. Better awareness and treatment of mental health and domestic violence issues would be preferable to fences. For that matter treating underlying causes of violent tendencies would be a good place to start. Poverty, marginalization, extremism, fundamentalism, these are the things that drive mass killings. Let’s hear about some solutions for these issues.