Digital Ethics and Moral Theory Explained

This article by Per Axbom is an introduction to digital ethics. It gives me a structure to consider when trying, for instance, to explain why I think a particular feature should or should not be incorporated into the application I’m working on.

What might degrowth computing look like? – Critical Studies of EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY

A bunch of terms that I’ve never heard before but, in retrospect, should have been on my radar before now: permacomputing, collapse informatics, and CWL (computing within limits), degrowth.

The Obesity Era

Blaming individuals for obesity may be altogether wrong, as this article states. It points out a lot of research reveals that obesity is not just a failure of individual will-power and responsibility. Blaming individual people for their own (or their children’s) obesity is counterproductive (though it certainly is profitable). Most of this research “…makes it clear that obesity isn’t a simple school physics experiment.Much more research is needed.

We Are [Neutron] Star Dust. We Are Golden…

“…/And we’ve got to get ourselves/Back to the garden” Woodstock, Joni Mitchell

This is interesting! I knew we are “star stuff” but specifically “neutron-star-collision stuff” is cool! It also makes me wonder how technological life would be different if it developed where they didn’t have these resources or if our planet was seeded with an extra crap-ton of stuff from a supernova!

We Need Courage, Not Hope, to Face Climate Change – The On Being Project

Kate Marvel captures and expresses my feelings here:

We need courage, not hope. Grief, after all, is the cost of being alive. We are all fated to live lives shot through with sadness, and are not worth less for it. Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending. Little molecules, random in their movement, add together to a coherent whole. Little lives do not. But here we are, together on a planet radiating ever more into space where there is no darkness, only light we cannot see.