Category Archives: Law & Society

A not-quite-response to Jean Yang’s response to “Comment 171”

Last month, MIT Computer Science professor Scott Aaronson (disclaimer: a colleague, although as he’s a theoretician, not one I interact with very much) wrote a thoughtful blog post about MIT’s response to the allegations of misconduct against former Physics professor … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Saladin Ahmed on satire

From Saladin Ahmed’s Times piece today: The question for writers and artists, then, is not whether we ought to limit ourselves, but how already limit ourselves. In a field dominated by privileged voices, it’s not enough to say “Mock everyone!” … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Atul Gawande on priorities

Everywhere I see the mistake of ignoring that people have priorities in their lives besides merely surviving another day. Even in severe illness or frailty, people desire connections to others and to purposes of their own choosing. I think we’ve … Continue reading

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I’m in Southern California for the Thanksgiving holiday, and I just wanted to collect a bunch of tweets that I made to preserve them for posterity, or something. At least those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter will … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Fred Vultee on the Fox Agenda

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Quote of the Day (Month?). Here’s Wayne State journalism prof Fred Vultee riffing on a partisan jab from the Baltimore Sun‘s TV writer: Fox might or might not think its viewers are … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Libertarians don’t make everything better

From Andrew Wheeler’s “Antick Musings”: A friend of mine is fond of saying “everything’s worse with libertarians” — it’s cruel and reductive, and definitely not true universally. But there’s a certain kind of libertarian, particularly here on the Internet, who … Continue reading

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Where does chocolate come from?

In our chocolate tastings, one of the matters we’ve discussed at some length is where chocolate comes from. Cacao is a tropical tree, native to Central and South America, but that region now produces only a small fraction of the … Continue reading

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A weird but coincidental connection

So @roboticwrestler tweeted this NPR story: I responded that I was only surprised by Arizona, Delaware, and Minnesota. (Arizona and Delaware because I thought that there would be more Jewish people than Hindus living there, and Minnesota because I had … Continue reading

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Human-What? Interaction

Somewhere near the intersection of cognitive science, psychology, and computer science lies the subfield of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) — sometimes called Computer-Human Interaction. It’s not a subject I’ve studied at all (and if you saw the user interfaces I’ve developed … Continue reading

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Consent, real and imagined, in the technology industry

Everyone must read this article from ModelViewCulture: Betsy Haibel (2014-04-28), “The Fantasy and Abuse of the Manipulable User” A few representative quotations: Another mechanism behind rape culture is the belief that sexual consent and non-consent exist on a different plane … Continue reading

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