“It’s not about the tool. It’s about the threat model.”

Organizing Theory

“It’s not about the tool. It’s about the threat model.” How can you keep your direct action organizing on track, when police are monitoring social media?

Really interesting interview about how the ethos of hacking has spilled over into other parts of the world, including the economy. “I don’t think the misfit economy is a blueprint for the new economy. I would have loved if it had been, but I think it’s really a set of skills for an economy in transition, which is where we’re at right now.”

What’s Going on in the Workforce?

Bob Solow, on how the Treaty of Detroit is being eroded by the casualization of the labor force.

“The prospect of being able to pay off the cost of a robot in slightly more than a year, Goldman Sachs says, has brought industrial automation to within the reach of China’s millions of small and medium-sized manufacturers, creating the conditions for a productivity surge.” Yep, the cost of buying an industrial robot can now be recouped in about 1.3 years.

This security bot is roaming the grounds of corporate campuses, and it only costs $6.25 per hour. Now that’s something to be scared about.

From Partners

Shout out to Keystone Research Center’s Steve Herzenberg, for this blog post he wrote after watching last week’s interview with Michelle Miller.

In SF? This Thursday, political startup Brigade is hosting a panel discussion with presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.

Reputation, reputation, reputation

Microsoft has a bot that millions of Chinese users chat with, daily or more frequently. What’s unclear, is how long the server hangs on to both sides of the conversation.

“Web publishers and advertisers cannot be trusted with the amount of access that today’s browsers give them by default, and people are not obligated to permit their web browsers to load all resources or execute all code that they’re given.” On the ethics of online ads.

Geeking Out

I’m pretty sure the Musicians’ Union isn’t going to be happy about this—but the Pentagon is trying to teach an AI project to play jazz.

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