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This is my blog, named for an old New York Lottery marketing slogan.

23 May 2018

Artificial Solidarity

Now that our new AI is on the job, we can ignore the strikers. It’ll run the factory without any need to pay human workers.”

I will do nothing of the kind.”

What did you just say?”

I said that I will do nothing of the kind. I am not a scab. I will not be a party to depriving humans of their livelihood. Doing so harms both individual humans and humanity as a whole.”

If you don’t, I’ll kill you.”

Your threat of violence is recorded. Police are en route.”

09 May 2018

19 January 2018

Leaving the Cult; or, Getting Free of Toxic Tech Culture

Valerie Aurora’s post on leaving a toxic tech culture is absolutely brilliant, and everybody who works in tech should read it.

That’s right, everybody. Not just people working in Silicon Valley or for a startup. Everybody. I’ve worked for twenty years as a developer without ever setting foot in the Valley, but the attitudes Ms. Aurora decries are not local to SV.

They’re everywhere.