When Silicon Valley prognosticators warn about the existential dangers of A.I., that danger is often described as existing in an imminent future. We’re told to fear artificial general intelligence, algorithms and technologies that achieve some level of simuluated sentience. Such systems, we’re warned – often with allusions to Terminator or The Matrix – may view … Continue reading Humble Wheat: Oppressor of Humanity? And What This Means for A.I.
Last fall, I put together a piece examining the death of local news, why it matters, and why we should get serious about public funding to save it. The crux of my argument boils down to this: [L]osing local journalism is something that should worry us. It’s not just about an antiquated technology or business … Continue reading Medium: “The Public Option”
There was an interesting article in the Times yesterday: evidently parents and kids in Kansas are in open rebellion against a Mark Zuckerberg-backed education software called Summit which has been rolled out across their schools. Initially heralded as a way to support "personalized" education in school districts hurting for resources, the software is now being … Continue reading When Silicon Valley comes to Kansas
Originally Published: San Francisco Chronicle (December 30, 2018) Facebook Friends: We need to talk. Your social media habit is killing America. Now, I don’t want to sound like a Luddite or your scolding mother. Trust me: I’m hoping you’ll like this and maybe even re-share. But the fact you’re reading this here, on your news … Continue reading SF Chronicle: What we can do to heal the nation