Here's my reading (MP3) of Let's get better at demanding better from tech, a Locus Magazine column about the need to enlist moral, ethical technologists in the fight for a better technological future. It was written before the death of EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow, whose life's work was devoted to this proposition, and before the Google uprising over Project Maven, in which technologists killed millions in military contracts by refusing to build AI systems for the Pentagon's drones.
Changing your corporate logo to a rainbow flag is easy. Building genocidal robots, or tricking your workers into harvesting xenomorph bioweapon larvae for you? That takes hard work. Clockwise from the top left, that's Aliens, Robocop, Blade Runner, and Terminator. But plenty of people chimed in with their own examples, too! This one's from Starship… READ THE REST
In early 2020, the Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, hoping to reorganize or otherwise free itself from $1.7 billion in debt. (Because making a billion dollars suddenly disappear is a privilege reserved for corporations, which are people, except when they're not.) Since 2018, Extraction had spent about $10… READ THE REST
FoodDive has a new article tracking the campaign donations made by food and beverage conglomerates to different politicians and PACs. They particularly take a look at the differences between 2016 and 2020. Overall, it's a pretty fascinating microcosm of the money that moves our political machines in America. While most companies are pretty bipartisan with… READ THE REST
Back in the day, you only needed a handwritten signature and a printer or fax machine to pass along important documents. But with the advent of the internet, more and more communications have occurred online, and you've likely dealt with PDFs since then. The thing is, there seems to be no easy-to-use or affordable PDF software on the market, but… READ THE REST
You might've never realized just how sluggish your old computer was until you upgraded. And suddenly, everything from opening PDF documents to watching your favorite YouTubers on your downtime is a breeze. And if you purchased a particularly efficient laptop like a MacBook, you won't have to deal with stalling and buffering for years to come. However, there's a… READ THE REST
Traveling has long been one of the most exciting parts of life. Whether it's an alpine ski trip midwinter, an all-inclusive beach resort where you can soak your toes, or an impromptu trip to explore an exciting new city, everyone loves to travel. However, it can be difficult for most of us to get away for… READ THE REST