"Tech is now mostly how corporations seek to achieve dominance over markets and to fend off each other’s claims to dominance. Hence what we have is tech that subordinates human needs to corporate power. What we need is a people’s technology movement. [...] For that we need the leadership of those who work in tech and who realise their creativity and effort is being squandered on destroying the planet to make a few rich people richer."
"Here it is useful to keep in mind the difference between the potential of a technology and its actual uses. Of all the things we could do with tech, how did we end up choosing these particular uses? Why did these technologies get accelerated development while others were left on the shelf? More often than not this comes down to who funded their development."
I love these perspectives! I might quote everyone there!
"I’m not anti-tech. But I worry greatly about the deployment of such power with so little thought given to, and so few boundaries against, its misuse, whether now or later. More care and public-minded oversight goes into someone’s plans for an addition to a house than to what can be or become a multi-billion dollar, multi-billion-user online platform. [...]
There are ways out of this. But it first requires abandoning the resignation that so many have come to about business as usual."
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@mayel I understand alts, and I know there are plenty of cases now where people have lost opportunities because of their social network posts. However, I want to be true to me. I do not want to work with a place that doesn't fit into my beliefs. It sounds like, and maybe it is, privilege, but I would internalize self-disgust and hate if I worked for an employer putting profit before people.
We need to retire the idea of a "strong" leader. Vulnerability & empathy are the keys to greatness.
Are there open source printers?
I try to be paperless as much as I can, however, it would seem that my partner wants a printer for her work.
Doing some research, it seems that many printer makers, HP, Canon, Epson, etc. build in obsolescence.