Microsoft sued by Commercial Content Moderators (#CCM) in first-of-its-kind case

In a first-of-its kind case, a Washington state attorney has filed suit on behalf of two Microsoft employees who were exposed to disturbing and abhorrent content, all a part of the conditions of their work at Microsoft as commercial content moderators (CCM). According to the article reported in the McClatchy syndicate of newspapers, the two… Continue reading Microsoft sued by Commercial Content Moderators (#CCM) in first-of-its-kind case

Learning to Love: Human-Machine Affect in Spike Jonez’ “Her”

I saw Her about two weeks ago, and it’s been on my mind. Particularly, I’ve been pondering whether Theodore, Amy, and all the users of OS1 are actually in love with themselves. Isn't it the ultimate narcissism? Given that the OS is predicated on machine learning, based on stored data and personal interactions with the… Continue reading Learning to Love: Human-Machine Affect in Spike Jonez’ “Her”

The Trouble with “Ethics”

If you are an employee of a higher education institution, you can likely set your watch by it: the dread annual ethics test. Usually presented as a self-paced, online "learning module," the test is designed, ostensibly, to measure your ability to deal with complex workplace situations. Some of the situations require use of your best… Continue reading The Trouble with “Ethics”

At Year’s End, Living My Technology Politics – or Trying

A special shout-out to the students of LIS 502LE, visiting this blog at the end of their hard work in the inaugural intersession LEEP Foundations in LIS course. Congrats on a job well done, everyone!! -- My blog posting has been on the wane of late, but it has been for a good reason. Work… Continue reading At Year’s End, Living My Technology Politics – or Trying