Friday, April 07, 2023

Eagle Cliff 2023 on Good Friday

No catching up with Gin Gin and Gary of Good Friday as Covid invaded their home  …

Two boys who jumped from rocks into the ocean in Sydney had to be winched to safety after becoming trapped in a cave on the cliff face.

The pair leapt from the 35-metre cliff face known as "Eagles Cliff" in Maroubra, in Sydney's East, and became trapped underneath the rocks during low tide about 2.30 today.

Two boys trapped under cliff face after jumping from rocks in Sydney

Barack Obama graduation speech: Arizona State University (ASU)

MPs are avoiding declaring corporate hospitality by allowing companies to put a falsely low value on tickets they’ve accepted to live sports and cultural events, scandal-hit MP Scott Benton told undercover reporters

EVERY INSTITUTION HAS BEEN CORRUPTED:  Author James Patterson Shreds The New York Times For Manipulating Their Best Sellers List.

When there are rewards for corruption, and no real consequences for those who are caught, corruption flourishes.

“The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society hosted a 10-week Research Sprint from October to December 2022 investigating Digital Identity in Times of Crisis, in collaboration with partners metaLAB at Harvardthe Edgelands Institute, and Access NowBKC Research Sprints are an educational format developed at the Center that connects early-career scholars and practitioners with leading subject matter experts and stakeholders to troubleshoot specific social, ethical, and policy challenges related to digital technology. Each Sprint culminates in the production of outputs developed with the guidance of external experts and a partner organization. 

For the purposes of this Sprint, digital identity refers to the methods, systems, and policies used to verify and authenticate people over digital channels, as well as sociotechnical systems used to remotely identify individuals. This broad perspective includes digital IDs issued by both governmental and private institutions and a wide range of technologies, such as the universally familiar username-password system, biometrics, and decentralized identity solutions.

 The adoption of digital ID systems to mediate access to fundamental aspects of public and private life holds great promise as well as risks. Understanding and scrutinizing the impacts of specific policy and design choices, particularly on historically vulnerable or crisis-impacted communities, was a core objective of the Sprint.  Members of the global research sprint cohort included 33 early career young scholars and professionals based in 17 countries across five continents. Their backgrounds included experience in law, public policy, social work, philosophy, and other disciplines.  

The Research Sprint on Digital Identity was ambitious, involving a greater number of partner organizations than previous sprints and dividing participants into three distinct methodological approaches. Led by Dr. Kim Albrecht, one group worked with designers and data scientists on data visualization projects. The second group, led by Dr. Amy Johnson, a linguistic anthropologist, created works of speculative fiction. 

The last cohort worked in small groups alongside advisorsSantiago Uribe Saenz and Laura García Vargas from the Edgelands Institute, Jad Esber a BKC Affiliate, and Adam Nagy a BKC staff member to produce policy documents or web-based resources…”

  1. A philosophy museum is a way to show that “philosophy can… be something understandable and fun and playful that can be accessed by people who are not academics” — an interview with Anna Ichino (Milan) on the creation of the first philosophy museum
  2. Diverse Bioethics — a list of people working in bioethics who are members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field
  3. As philosophy teachers, “we tend to think about content much more than we should, and we tend to think about experience much less than we should” — an interview with Stephen Bloch-Schulman (Elon), who devises some interesting pedagogical experiences for his students
  4. “The trick is to resist identifying the material realm with what can, in principle, be reverse engineered or designed” — Rory O’Connell (Chicago) on how “the cost of eroding the distinction between genuine thought and artificial intelligence is nothing less than our self-understanding as human beings”
  5. What, if anything, is wrong with using an AI to write a thank you note, or an expression of sympathy, or a love letter? — Kelly Weirich (Pierce) on “emotional outsourcing”
  6. “Each individual will be forced to be free” — an “interview” with Jean-Jacques Rousseau at 3:16AM
  7. “On the surface, banking regulation appears to be a set of fairly technical problems. But there are deeply normative issues at stake here” — Richard Endörfer (Gothenburg) clearly explains those problems, identifies those issues, and assesses the costs and benefits of different approaches to them