Theorist, writer and speaker working on tech and its social impact. Comm(u|o)nist. Feminist. Antifascist. Luddite. He/him. Email: tante@tante.cc

Berlin, Germany
Joined March 2008
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From each according to their ability, to each according to their needs.
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TIL: Es gibt eine so-genannte Hand-Mund-Fuß Krankheit.
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Found a prison that has been converted to an influencer hotel 🥰
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The point of "AI" is not to be smart but to shift agency towards opaque automated systems
We need to stop imagining that AI is smart.
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the violence built into the system never counts as violence but the violence of resistance is always considered violence
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The reality is that popular theories of innovation are VERY BAD but appealing for a variety of reasons. They tend to overplay the importance of exponential tech change, heroic individuals, startups/small business, "disruption," strategy/choice, and *vision*.
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- Second, software has been a fast-improving technology for a long time, but one place it hasn’t ended up often is in productivity statistics. So there is still a deep question about the relationship bet measured rates of tech change and how the technologies affect the economy.
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- I also feel like there are two missed opportunities in the piece: First, this chart notes that microchips are improving at 37% a year. That is a FAR cry from Moore’s Law, and it drives home that potencies decrease over time. Change gets much harder and more expensive.
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- Because technological change is mostly about groups of people playing out potencies and being at the right place at the right time, a lot of management and strategy talk is hot air. (Again, “Design Thinking” is BS.)
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- A key component of fast-changing areas is what Mowery and Rosenberg call “intersectoral flows of new technologies,” which is why as Mims writes, “A far better predictor is a measure of how a patented technology borrows from seemingly unrelated technologies.”
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- Most technological change is incremental. - Quickly improving technologies are about groups of people acting on newly found potencies, not individual heroes. - We totally suck at predicting technological change.
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I like this piece, "New Research Busts Popular Myths About Innovation," by @mims. The research described is novel and cool. At the same time, the research also supports a bunch of ideas we should have been thinking/teaching about innovation already anyway. Here's a list:
Are the people who create new technologies maverick geniuses? A new body of research suggests that instead, they’re usually skilled individuals who were in the right place at the right time. wsj.com/articles/new-researc… @STS_News Not exactly "giving up the I-word"... HT @johnbpenney
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I know, I am a cynic. But the pitch for funding for yet another "ethics in AI" thing is as predictable as it feels kinda hollow. But that's mostly me not believing that people are naive enough not to know what a corporate "ethics in AI" job entails.
Timnit Gebru says she was ousted from Google over her AI research. Now she has a plan to hold Big Tech accountable. trib.al/XAgPp2U
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I mean, good for her, makes sense from an economic standpoint. But I don't get why every person with clout needs their own NGO with their own funding and structures unless it's also about ego/money.
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But as most people following me know: I consider the "ethics in AI" discourse to be a red herring at best and a massive distraction blocking actual action. The "Ethics in AI" discourse legitimizes the use and deployment of AI.
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Great work quantifying things: Bitcoin uses special hardware that gets replaced quickly to be competitive in the bitcoin lottery. Aside from the pollution of proof of work we're also creating tons and tons of electronic waste. FOR FUCKING NOTHING.
A new research "Bitcoin’s growing e-waste problem" was just published in @RCRjournal. This article adds a new dimension to Bitcoin's wastefulness, as it produces 30.7 metric kilotons of electronic waste annually (that's 272g per BTC transaction on average) authors.elsevier.com/a/1dkp0…
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The hero of crypto bros who governs as an authoritarian changed his Twitter bio to “dictator” as Salvadorans protest his botched Bitcoin law. But sure, keep trying to convince me crypto is really about human rights and freedom.
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Fand sie nie so sonderlich stark, aber heute geht es nur noch um das, was man im Englischen "professional–managerial class" nennt.
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