Broken Code: The Vandalism of Shalom

Broken Code: The Vandalism of Shalom

Coders play a glorified role in our society. They are makers-of-worlds. To see your code spring to life is a wonderful, exhilarating experience. Coders know what this feels like. This creative power inspires altruism in the hacker ethic. It also contributes to...
Playing in the Cybernetic Meadow

Playing in the Cybernetic Meadow

“I like to think (and the sooner the better!) of a cybernetic meadow where mammals and computers live together in mutually programming harmony like pure water touching clear sky.” — Richard Brautigan   In his 1967 poem, “All Watched Over By Machines of Loving...
Sin and the Tragedy of Techno-Utopianism

Sin and the Tragedy of Techno-Utopianism

“It’s never going to go to zero.”  So says Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, in a New York Times interview. “It” is the on-going stream of hate, malicious messaging and bad behavior that Facebook’s platform promulgates. Schroepfer is simply being...
Robot Dog: Servant, Pet, or Friend?

Robot Dog: Servant, Pet, or Friend?

Robot Dog: Servant, Pet, or Friend? Can a robot dog be “man’s best friend”? Answer that question and you have come close to solving the riddle of what it means to be to be a friend. Robot dogs have something to teach us about what it means to be human. Sony released a...
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