Reflections on recent posts and announcements by Mozilla, digitalme, and the Badge Alliance.
An overview of weareopen.coop’s inaugural planning session at Ravensbourne today.
Some work that started life in a report for a client.
A response to Kerri Lemoie’s bombshell post this week.
My Open Badges extension is now published!
The podcast I record with Dai Barnes is gaining traction…
Some thoughts on Apple as a service.
Back in 2008, Vinay Gupta wrote The Second Amendment in Iraq, Combat Robotics, and the Future of Human Liberty. He shortened this long title in his blog sidebar to ‘your liberty will not survive combat robots’. I think he was spot on, but the technology is not robots, but drones.
Over the last couple of days I’ve seen tweets like these about fairly disturbing developments in the news:
The war is everywhere and forever, and the minute we decide by some secret process you are a 'threat', we kill you http://t.co/qKvRoVHhn4
— Cori Crider (@cori_crider) September 7, 2015
North Dakota becomes first US state to legalise use of armed drones by police http://t.co/WuD901bBjl pic.twitter.com/fc2iVREajx
— Drones & UAVs (@DronesUAVs) September 9, 2015
I don’t want terrorists threatening the peace and stability of where I live any more than the next person. But I also don’t want a situation where a government I disagree with has the technology to hunt me down and kill me with drones.
As Vinay states in that article:
Developing robotic combat capabilities will have three effects. Firstly, it will enable governments to successfully fight insurgencies abroad… Secondly, those combat robotics capabilities are very similar technologically to the capabilities required to control and oppress the domestic population… Finally, use of these technologies in foreign wars will force those who wish to do battle with the US for their political autonomy to strike at the US civilian population, as there will be no effective way of combatting US foreign policy in the field.
Our liberties are being slowly eroded and chipped away in the name of convenience and the ‘war on terror’. And, right now, I (and many other people like me) feel pretty much powerless to stop it.
An article by Bryan Mathers and me for FE Week.
An idea for sending badges via audio between web and to/from mobile devices!