“I will love you as the iceberg loves the ship, and the passengers love the lifeboat and the lifeboat loves the teeth of the sperm whale, and the sperm whale loves the flavor of naval uniforms.”—Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters (via nevver)
“The modern economy privileges pure profit, momentary transactions, and rapid fluidity. Part of craft’s anchoring role is that it helps to slow down labor. It is not about quick transactions or easy victories. That slow tempo of craftwork, of taking the time you need to do something well, is profoundly stabilizing to individuals.”—Richard Sennett, Crafting A New World
“It happened last year for the first time: bot traffic eclipsed human traffic. This year, 61.5 percent of traffic on the web is non-human. Now, you might think this portends the arrival of “The Internet of Things”—that ever-promised network that will connect your fridge and car to your smartphone. But it does not. This non-human traffic is search bots, scrapers, hacking tools, and other human impersonators, little pieces of code skittering across the web. You might describe this phenomenon as The Internet of Thingies.”—The Internet of Thingies
"[R]obots, unlike washing machines, will be smart enough to care, something that only humans used to be able to do. At least, robots will be able to simulate care. They will be able to perform care behaviour in attending to the needs of children, the sick, the disabled and the elderly without actually caring. They will be able to offer companionship to lonely people without being companions, to listen and smile along to senile people’s stories without understanding them, to help the hospitalised with their pain and distress without actually empathising with them. And so on.
Humans deserve better than the mere redistribution of the burdens of carework. If robots become sophisticated enough to perform such work then they offer us something tremendous: liberation from the burdens of care for both traditional givers (women) and receivers (especially adults reduced to dependency). We would be able to address the feminist critique technologically rather than politically or morally.
By freeing humans from many of the burdens of care, robots will allow us to reduce our mutual dependency, and particularly our use of love to establish the sense of solidarity and moral obligation that motivate us to meet those needs without counting the cost […] Love seems better - freer - when it isn’t contaminated by material self-interest, power asymmetries, and psychological manipulation.”
Freedom of speech isn’t freedom from the consequences of speech. Freedom of speech is not a protection against people telling you that your views are hateful. Freedom of speech doesn’t oblige other people or organizations to support you in your privileged position as a broadcaster, or journalist, or blogger. Freedom of speech isn’t a guarantee of permanent employment when the thing you are selling is your opinion, nor does freedom of speech compel the public to buy said opinion from you.
Freedom of speech is the right not to be persecuted for your beliefs: not to suffer state harassment or censorship, or be fired from a position with which your beliefs do not interfere.
I also think that men who rape women because their clothes were provocative are not completely evil. They truly do think that they are doing the woman a favor. Yes, these men are probably sick in the head, but if you think about it, it makes sense. It is situations like these that people need to start understanding because they hear the word “rape” and automatically assume the man is at fault and choose not to learn further of the situation.
If we take this seriously - a human future, that is, if we really care about whether there will be a human future - each one of us who claims to care has to be willing to be challenged, radically. How we think, feel, and act - it’s all open to critique, and no one gets off easy, because everyone has failed. Individually and collectively, we have failed to create just societies or a sustainable human presence on the planet.
If you think this is too extreme, alarmist, hysterical, then tell a different story of the future, one that doesn’t depend on magic…
[because] there is no way to magically solve the fundamental problems that result from too many people consuming too much and producing too much waste, under conditions of unconscionable inequality in wealth and power.