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Racial bias in AI models now sees IBM ethically prioritizing social responsibility ahead of technological capability. We can, but should we? Are responses on Twitter indicative of Silicon Valley morality?

A 1989 book celebrating " in Canada", with a chapter by David Morley (Dean, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University (Toronto), 2001-2004), filled in gaps between 1965 "The of " to current day on organizations.

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Waitor: What can I get you?

Me: I will take some chicken periods, well cooked with some bovine lactation, some of it in a cup, fresh, and the rest with a bacterial infestation and old enough to solidify, you can put that on the chicken periods. As a side I'll take the head of a pig boiled with spicies until it produces a slurry, then sliced and fried, thanks.

Waitor: we are out of milk

Me: ok then the fresh squeezed liquid from the reproductive organs of a tree, any one will do.

Waitor: We have orange juice

me: that is fine, thank you.

Waitor: Wonderful, thats one omlet with cheese, a side of scrapple, and a glass of orange juice. Coming right up!

In an ecology of nations,

> “For the British and Canadians to say no publicly is highly unusual,” given their closeness to the United States, said Carl Bildt, the former Swedish prime minister. 

P.S. I am a Canadian.

In our post-pandemic world, does the metaphor of "slow steaming" becoming "smart steaming" suggest a different way of thinking about collective human action, as well as improved sustainability? Explanation video on shipping practices at , via @crackurbones

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Will this decade be called the "Dark Twenties", in post-pandemic economic sociology? writes:
> It took years for Western economies to fully recover from the economic shock of 2008-09. This shock is far worse. How much worse? No one can be sure. [....]

> We are entering the Dark Twenties. No one knows when or how it will end.

Moderating social media context in an nuanced way may be done with a warning or caution, rather than by deleting the message or banning the individual. at analyzes fact-checking on POTUS.

> Now, Twitter has done just this. Trump’s tweet has not been removed — but it has been placed behind a notice, identifying it as problematic.

Our immune systems are complex, so improving resistance to disease may be puffery, writes .
> I looked at how the phrase “boosting our immune system” is being represented on social media. This concept is everywhere right now: it is being pushed by .... But in reality, the immune system is fantastically complex and can’t be “boosted.” (Even if you could, you wouldn’t want to. An overactive immune response is what leads to things such as anaphylaxis and autoimmune diseases.) The bottom line: There is no evidence that food, supplements, essential oils, spinal manipulation, IV vitamin infusions or really any product can enhance the functioning of the immune system in a manner that would provide extra protection against the coronavirus.

Ventures founded on growth maximization thinking unicorn might instead turn towards sustainability as camels.

> Where Silicon Valley has been chasing unicorns (a colloquial term for startups with billion-dollar valuations), “camel” startups, such as those founded by leading global entrepreneurs, prioritize sustainability and resiliency.

> The humble camel adapts to multiple climates, survives without food or water for months, and has humps to protect itself from the desert’s deprivations. Unlike unicorns, camels are not imaginary creatures. The metaphor may not be as flashy, but camels are survivors – as are their startup counterparts.

Death of the office, in pandemic times, with a larger perspective back in history.

> Offices have always been profoundly flawed spaces. Those of the East India Company, among the world’s first, were built more for bombast than bureaucracy. They were sermons in stone, and the solidity of every marble step, the elegance of every Palladian pillar, were intended to speak volumes about the profitability and smooth functioning within. This was nonsense, of course. Created to ensure efficiency, offices immediately institutionalised idleness.

While many outside of the field of architecture like the approach, it’s not so well accepted by his peers. A summary of criticisms by and is helpful in appreciating when the use of pattern language might be appropriate or not appropriate.

Wendell Berry:
> I trust instead people like the great Kentucky farmer Henry Besuden, who said, “If a man loves his soil, he’ll save it.”

The Funtowicz and Ravetz article on Post Normal Science from 1993 is important and well cited. I notice this republishing of the article with a new foreword is on The Knowledge Futures Commonplace, with the PubPub technology from MIT underneath it.

Appreciating that science moves, can we get to fast science?
> Another practical difficulty for philosophy of science to engage with fast science is to have venues in which such engagement can occur. Our pre-print platforms are meant for future articles that exemplify slow, careful scholarship, and anyway, unlike in medicine, what happens in a philosophy pre-print archive stays in a philosophy pre-print archive. A prominent and senior member of our discipline wrote to me saying that a short article he had written, relevant to understanding the pandemic, had been rejected by a number of visible sites devoted to popular science essays. In any case, most of us do not have established publishing relationships with, say, The Atlantic, or Aeon, though Fuller noted that venues such as Nautilus and The Conversation have been open to some slightly deeper analysis than is afforded by many venues.

Asking if anything has changed (here), @maison_faim , is a tougher question than you think.
In Toronto, we are in year 2 of an espoused 10-year project on Systems Changes .
We are converging on 5 questions along 5 philosophies (phenomenology, ontology, epistemology, phronesis, techne).
This is extending systems thinking for an audience that talks "systems change", but doesn't have a firm foundation.
Lots more work to do.

@k11m1 The response was based on your question about "Anything that is more responsive?" If you're on Debian, then shouldn't have problem with decoupling the desktop environment / window manager from the OS.

If you're already on bspwm, then should already know about Enlightenment.

I've usually been on Ubuntu/Kubuntu/Xubuntu , and switching DEs generally messes up both the original desktop, and the new desktop.

I'm not so bleeding edge as to require Arch. The Manjaro community has been more helpful to me than the Ubuntu community ever was.

On an i3 computer with 4GB RAM, I recommend Manjaro XFCE. I run Manjaro KDE on faster computers, but XFCE on Core 2 Duo computers. With Manjaro XFCE, it's easy to install Enlightenment window manager, and switch from XFCE when the desktop gets sluggish. The Manjaro community is friendly on the forums. @k11m1

@lition400 If your scope expands from free software to open source, I wrote a book (originally a dissertation for Aalto. U. In Finland) on open sourcing while private sourcing. Beyond the licensing, there are behaviors to be learned, by organizations and by individuals.

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