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The Coming Ethics of the Internet of Things

During the 1930s, with the New Deal kicking off public infrastructure works throughout the United States, a larger-than-life figure rose to prominence in New York City. Robert Moses, an urban planner and Park Commissioner, was largely responsible for the rapid growth of New York City infrastructure in response to the rise of the automobile and the influx of government funding. Moses was responsible for hundreds of public works projects: the bridges of the boroughs of New York, the parkways of Long Island, and playgrounds throughout the city.1 ...

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Quality in the Consumer IoT

This is a companion post for my talk of the same title given on April 22, 2016 at IoT Fuse in Minneapolis, MN. Content warning: this post discusses some issues with illness and death, including mental illness; sexual assault; and contains an image of raw meat. Quality in the Consumer IoT IoT Fuse 2016 The Internet of Things represents a massive technology shift. Truthfully, much of the march towards the realization of the Internet of Things has taken place along multiple gradually-incrementing threads. ...

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Commodities, Culture, and Code

Commodities, Culture, and Code There is a general belief that social impact consideration, project/time management, documentation strategies, analysis of ethics, and so forth are non-technical skills. These so-called "soft" skills are not necessarily reviled, per se, but they are often viewed as second-class competencies in comparison to "hard" talents such as code production, hardware, analysis, and so forth. This dichotomy is not only false, as I will discuss, but it is also evidently harmful. ...