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Rights > Economic > Technological Unemployment > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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The insidious not-so-badness of technological underemployment, and why more education and better technology won’t help by Marcelo Rinesi

Mass technological unemployment is seen by some as a looming concern, but there are signs we’re already living in an era of mass technological underemployment. It’s not just an intermediate phase: its politics are toxic, it increases inequality, and it’s very difficult to get out of.

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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The case for blockchains as international aid by Marcelo Rinesi

Blockchains aren’t primarily financial tools. They are a political technology, and their natural field of application is the developing world.

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Short story: The Associate by Marcelo Rinesi

I seldom know who’s paying me or what they do; only my few friends lucky enough to have jobs do. My phone will buzz, and if I bid low enough I’ll get to do things that will feel like isolated musical notes, meaningless on their own, in places that sometimes will appear later in the news in ways I won’t be able to relate to my own actions but also won’t try to.

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The Children of the Dead City by Marcelo Rinesi

Dusk is coming and walking at night is no longer allowed, but the children still loiter near the black windowless building that looks like a tombstone for a giant or a town. A year ago most of their parents worked there, their hands the AI-controlled manipulators of the self-managed warehouse, but since then artificial hands have become good enough, and no more than a dozen humans tarnish the algorithmic purity of the logistics hub.

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Short Story: The Eater of Silicon Sins by Marcelo Rinesi

His job is not to press the button. When he fails at his job, people don’t die.

Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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The new (and very old) political responsibility of data scientists by Marcelo Rinesi

We still have a responsibility to prevent the ethical misuse of new technologies, as well as helping make their impact on human welfare a positive one. But we now have a more fundamental challenge: to help defend the very concept and practice of the measurement and analysis of quantitative fact.

GlobalDemocracySecurity > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi > Cyber
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Short story: Rush Hour by Marcelo Rinesi

Three minutes ago you were in a traffic jam, one of dozens of drivers impatiently waiting for their cars to reboot and shake off whatever piece of malware had infected them through the city network. Now you’re moving.

Technopolitics > Sociology > Rights > CognitiveLiberty > PrivacySurveillance > GlobalDemocracySecurity > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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The best political countersurveillance tool is to grow the heck up by Marcelo Rinesi

The thing is, we’re all naughty. The specifics of what counts as “wrong” depend on the context, but there isn’t anybody on Earth so boring that haven’t done or aren’t doing something they’d rather not be known worldwide.

Rights > Economic > Technological Unemployment > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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The informal sector Singularity by Marcelo Rinesi

At the intersection of cryptocurrencies and the “gig economy” lies the prospect of almost self-contained shadow economies with their own laws and regulations, vast potential for fostering growth, and the possibility of systematic abuse.

Rights > Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
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For the unexpected innovations, look where you’d rather not by Marcelo Rinesi

Before Bill Gates was a billionaire, before the power, the cultural cachet, and the Robert Downey Jr. portrayals, computers were for losers who would never get laid. Their potential was of course independent of these considerations, but Steve Jobs could become one of the richest people on Earth because he was fascinated with, and dedicated time to, something that cool kids — specially from the wealthy families who could most easily afford access to them — wouldn’t have been caught dead playing with, or at least loving.