…ernal motto, by the way.) 1% is well within the acceptable breaking point for rolling out new work. Yet it contains twenty million people. They have names. They have faces. Technology companies call these people edge cases, because they live at the margins. They are, by definition, the marginalized.
This roomful of designers, however, is quite taken aback by the idea that our industry, an industry which now regularly designs devices that go inside human bodies, or control our medication, or is writing logic for putting driverless tractor trailers on the street, should need professional licensing.
I wish facebook would come out and say it: “Yes we have that power and no we choose not to deploy it against non-commercial speech.” Sounds more true than denying that the power exists (not true) or that it violates fb’s core principles to ever use it (could be true but doesn’t smell like it). Facebook uses that power all the time on commercial speech.
…lts and in ads), Facebook optimizes for engagement (and we see how that went wrong with fake news). What do our financial markets optimize for? That leads me to an account of financial markets as the first rogue AI, hostile to humanity. Income inequality, declining upward mobility, and job losses due to technology are not inevitable; they are the result of design choices we have made in the algorithms that manage our markets.
We don’t have to look very far. What does America not have that the rest of the rich world does? Public healthcare, transport, education, and so on. Every single rich nation in the world has sophisticated, broad, and expansive public goods, that i…