Techno-Skepticism: A Tactical Skill

Techno-skepticism is a vital and necessary response to a world awash in self-promoting boosterism and the capitalist utilized ideologies of techno-optimism and techno-determinism. To define terms, techno-optimism is the belief any proposed technology is possible and good. Optimists look to past examples of things that were once impossible which became possible – such as machine…

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The Metaverse: A Brief Inquiry

Facebook’s plan to become a ‘Metaverse company‘ (and indeed, completely rebrand the company around this concept) has attracted a lot of comment in tech media and social media spaces. This is unsurprising; both because the idea seems futuristic (being based on a science fiction confection introduced in Neal Stephenson’s dystopian 1992 novel ‘Snow Crash‘) and…

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What’s Behind the Explosion of AI?

Synopsis The spread of AI (algorithmic) harms such as automated recidivism and benefits determination systems has been accelerated by the cloud era which has made the proliferation of algorithmic automation possible; indeed, the companies providing cloud services promote their role as accelerators.  Background  We are witnessing a significant change in the way computing power is used and engineered by public and private organizations….

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Pointillistic But Useful: A Machine Learning Object Lesson

I devote a lot of time to understanding, critiquing and criticizing the AI Industrial Complex. Although much – perhaps most- of this sector’s output is absurd, or dangerous (AI reading emotions and automated benefits fraud determination being two such examples) there are examples of uses that are neither which we can learn from. This post…

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