cite is a tenured professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Mann holds degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in Media Arts and Sciences ’97) and McMaster University, where he was also inducted into the McMaster University Alumni Hall of Fame, Alumni Gallery, 2004, in recognition of his career as an inventor and teacher. While at MIT he was one of the founding members of the Wearable Computers group in the Media Lab. In 2004 he was named the recipient of the 2004 Leonardo Award for Excellence for his article Existential Technology, published in Leonardo, Volume 36:1. Mann’s blog is: eyetap
The author presents “Existential Technology” as a new category of in(ter)ventions and as a new theoretical framework for understanding privacy and identity. His thesis is twofold: (1) The unprotected individual has lost ground to invasive surveillance technologies and complex global organizations that undermine the humanistic property of the individual; (2) A way for the individual to be free and collegially assertive in such a world is to be “bound to freedom” by an articulably external force. To that end, the author explores empowerment via self-demotion. He has founded a federally incorporated company and appointed himself to a low enough position to be bound to freedom within that company. His performances and in(ter)ventions over the last 30 years have led him to an understanding of such concepts as individual self-corporatization and submissivity reciprocity for the creation of a balance of bureaucracy.
This paper describes using wearable computing devices to perform “sousveillance” (inverse surveillance) as a counter to organizational surveillance. A variety of wearable computing devices generated different kinds of responses, and allowed for the collection of data in different situations. Visible sousveillance often evoked counter-performances by front-line surveillance workers. The juxtaposition of sousveillance with surveillance generates new kinds of information in a social surveillance situation.
Surveillance and Society; The international, interdisciplinary, open access, peer-reviewed journal of Surveillance Studies.
Liane Yvkoff; Can’t find your car? There’s an app for that; In C|Net; 2010-07-23.
Teaser: OnStar released an app that works with almost the entire 2011 lineup of GM vehicles that gives its subscribers remote access to many of the vehicle’s key on and off functions, diagnostics, and vehicle information. With this app, you will never need to remember anything about your car.
You want to turn off the Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) on your 2002 Avalanche.
From the manual, page 2-55.
When necessary, you may turn off the automatic headlamp system and the DRL feature by following these steps:
Turn the ignition to RUN.
Press the DOME OVERRIDE button four times within six seconds. After the fourth press of the
button, a chime will sound informing you the system is off. The system will revert back to the automatic mode when the ignition is turned off and on again.
To return to the automatic mode, push the DOME OVERRIDE button four times within six seconds (the chime will sound), or turn the ignition off and on again.
The DRL system will come on when the following conditions are met:
the ignition is on,
the headlamp switch is in automatic headlamp mode,
the automatic transmission is not in PARK (P),
the light sensor determines it is daytime and
the parking brake is released.
When the DRL are on, only your DRL lamps will be on. The taillamps, sidemarker and other lamps won’t be on. The instrument panel won’t be lit up either.
See the note earlier including pointers to the 2002 Owners Manual
<quote>Wireless company Evatran, which makes chargers under the Plugless Power brand name, will shortly announce a partnership with SPX Service Solutions, an official charging supplier for the Chevrolet Volt, to provide residential installations.</quote>
On the occasion of the Wall Street Journal’s trend article surrounding the release of an unnamed, uncredited, uncited study published by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with Patricia Griffin, chief of the Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch at the CDC credited as one of the study authors.
What is the original citation of the study that triggered the WSJ trend piece?
Has Dr. Patricia Griffin published anything else interesting?
I didn’t manage to find the press release or exact study that prompted the piece in the WSJ, but I did find some other fun reading. But the promotional & summary page for Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses in the U.S., 1998-2008 (to appear 2013-03) contains many of the factoids represented in the WSJ article. It may be the source for the article.
Of interest is the information architecture, ontology and Bayesian reasoning used for attribution among complex food products (e.g. a hamburger) .
Foodborne Disease Outbreak Response; Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR); Atlanta: Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists; 2009; 200 pages. Authors & contributors: a cast of thousands; Patricia Griffin, acknowledged as a CIFOR member.
Phone & Tablet
CyanogenMod 10 Does Not Work
No Phone, No Tablet
No Phone, No Tablet
You have to have an active OnStar account to run the apps, so there’s not much one can say about them without that. The reviews of Volt DC are very low. A perfect app: only permissions required are: Full Network Access and CRUD on the SD Card.
It’s unclear why OnStar RemoteLink needs access to your contact set. Access to Phone State & Identity seems excessive (after all, it’s younger sibling Volt DC can do without it).
It’s unclear why myChevrolet needs access to the camera without user confirmation. Access to Phone State & Identity seems excessive as well (after all, it’s younger sibling Volt DC can do without it).
Frequently after an oil change, the oil light will go on. This is because the service procedure did not include resetting the lifetime timer. This occurs at JiffyLube frequently; recently it occurred after a dealer-delivered GM megaservice at 86K miles. Pesky.
Truck is off.
Turn to on/run (do not start the engine)
Push the accelerator pedal to the floor 3 times within 5 seconds.
See the warning blink for 5 seconds.
From the manual, page 6-17:
To reset the CHANGE ENGINE OIL message, do the following:
Turn the ignition key to RUN with the engine off.
Fully press and release the accelerator pedal three times within five seconds.
If the CHANGE ENGINE OIL message flashes for five seconds, the system is reset.
If the system does not reset, try the procedure once again. If it still does not reset, see your dealer for service.
Henry Siu (University of British Columbia), and Nir Jaimovich (Duke University); (uncited) Working Paper; 2010-08.
Maarten Goos, University of Leuven in Belgium.
Unnamed academics; University of British Columbia and York University in Toronto; study in the area of economics, perhaps labor economics; 2011.
Unnamed academics; Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo; 2009; a study in labor economics on the period 2000-2005.
The Hackett Group; background factoids.
John Haltiwanger and two others (academics); University of Maryland; a study in the labor economics; (private) job caused by young startups.
Eleanor Choi and James Spletzer; United States, Department of Labor; 2012-03; a study on hiring since 1990 (“the 1990s”).
Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University; gave a color quote: “It doesn’t have political appeal to say the reason we have a problem is we’re so successful in technology. There’s no enemy there.”
David Autor, MIT; studies labor economics; gave a color quote: “[Technology causes] cheaper products and cool services, but if you lose your job, that is slim compensation.”
Jeff Connally, CEO, CMIT Solutions; a consultancy; gave a color quote: “[In the old days — say, 10 years ago — ] you’d need an assistant pretty early to coordinate everything — or you’d pay a huge opportunity cost for the entrepreneur or the president to set up a meeting, [now technology means] you can look at your calendar and everybody else’s calendar and — bing! — you’ve set up a meeting. [so no assistant gets hired.]“
Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers, a finance advice web site; started 2009; has 1 partner, 1 freelance (non-)employee; gave a color quote: “Had I not had access to cloud computing and outsourcing, I estimate that I would have needed 5-10 employees to begin this venture,” Schrage says. “I doubt I would have been able to launch my business.”
Peter Lindert, University of California, Davis; an economist; gave a background color recitedin the article “[he] says [that] the computer is more destructive than innovations in the Industrial Revolution because the pace at which it is upending industries makes it hard for people to adapt.”
Original Reporting (findings declared)
Technology eliminates jobs
The vulnerable are doing repetitive tasks; also task “jugglers” (managers)
Some numerology about greater earnings than before
Startups are job growth; but they need less admin & overhead workers.
Self-serve is a trend
Union rules won’t help; no country prohibits replacing people with machines
Exemplars & Stories
Webb Wheel Products; Dwayne Ricketts, President; Cullman AL
Sunbird Engineering, Hong Kong; plants in Dongguan; Bill Pike, CEO.
Foxconn Technology Group, CN.
Roshanne Redmond, a former project manager at a commercial real estate developer; not clear why she is cited except via the former concept
A declaration that the productivity slowdown starting in the 1970s radiated outwards from the most energy-intensive sectors, a product of the decade’s oil shocks.
Then at the University of Rochester
An unnamed publication circa 1987
Asserted that with more workers available in developing countries, cutting labour costs in rich ones became less important. Investment in productivity was thus sidelined
Evidence offered [some] economic historians comparing 19th-century Britain with America commonly credit relative labour scarcity in America with driving forward the capital-intense and highly productive “American system” of manufacturing
Uncited publication with Gino Gancia, Fabrizio Zilibotti.
Of CREi, an economics-research center in Barcelona.
Uncited publication with Daron Acemoglu, Fabrizio Zilibotti.
Of the University of Zurich
Uncited publication with Daron Acemoglu, Gino Gancia
Daron Acemoglu, Gino Gancia, Fabrizio Zilibotti
Have built a model to vary labor availability & cost against productivity.
Firms in rich countries shipping low-skill tasks abroad when offshoring costs little
This drives apart the wages of skilled and unskilled workers at home.
Asymptotic Steady State
Offshoring raises wages in less-skilled countries
Over time innovation at home more is more valuable
Workers at home are in greater demand.
The income distribution narrows
The economy comes to look more like the post-second-world-war period than the 1970s and their aftermath.
Economic Theory & Background (recitals)
Extensive growth is a matter of adding more and/or better labor, capital and resources.
Intensive growth is powered by the discovery of ever better ways to use workers and resources.
Technology is the bit left over after calculating the effect on GDP of things like labor, capital and education
Full exploitation of a technology takes more than twenty and maybe fifty years.
Containerized shipping: beyond fifty years.
Steam engine: beyond forty years.
“the ability to get calculations out of silicon” doubles every 18 months
The economy of 2014 is more regulated than it was in 1914.
Cleaner operations (environment) is not captured in GDP
There is no current “Apollo Program” subsidy to the technology industry
Energy is more expensive “now” than it was “then”
Sectors immune to productivity improvements of IT (no market pressures)
Exemplars & Parables
Take your own kitchen; cooking is the same as it ever was.
Medicine & disease; improved sanitation vs molecular medicine
Containerized (railroad) shipping.
DARPA 2004 => zero entrants completed the 240 km/150 miles
Google driverless cars; 2012-08 => 500 Mm/310 kmiles
Science fiction isn’t a binding commitment on the future roadmap trajectory; it is a celebration of current thinking.
Paul Kedrosky; 2013 : WHAT *SHOULD* WE BE WORRIED ABOUT?; In Edge; 2013 (2013-01, but substantially undated).
Summary: something incoherent and discursive about path dependence and installed base effects; institutions which perform a function for historical reasons but for no other reasons; he uses the parable of the fire department (“a fire department” “all fire departments”) only receive 20% of calls for actual fires, the rest are for (um) “everything but fires.”
Attributed with the retort “nothing in particular” on a hypothetical basis; relative to the concept of replacing “Dilbert”-type white color jobs lost recently. Rhetorically: “What is in store for the Dilberts of today?”
Editorial claim <quote>But the authors’ perspective is from an ivory tower rather than from the hands-on world of creating start-ups in Silicon Valley. Their proposals for reform, while spot on in principle, expect rather a lot from the political system and other vested interests.</quote>
Of the Institute for the Future, an independent think-tank in Palo Alto, CA,
Attributed with a belief that people will never be replaced (Why not! “Up with people!”)
Economic Theory & Background
The Luddite Fallacy
one is that machines are tools used by workers to increase their productivity
the majority of workers are capable of becoming machine operators
Parables & Color
Walter Reuther vs Henry Ford on robots
“Walter, how are you going to get those robots to pay your union dues”
“Henry, how are you going to get them to buy your cars?”
The Growth Story
Advancing technology exist, in the form of automation and innovation, increases productivity.
This, in turn, causes prices to fall, demand to rise, more workers to be hired, and the economy to grow.
Sectors subject to low-skill automation and software automation
First move the work to India, then to software
Radiology on X-ray slides looking for tumors
Legal discovery looking for terms
Generally & also: workers who perform data-analytics, business-intelligence, decision-making.
Families earning their living, paying their rent, putting food on their table; though “Such activities may not create a new wave of billion-dollar businesses”
Syndicate (cross-post) your blog posts out onto Google+ for distribution
Use the Google+ identity system to facilitate login on your WordPress blog
Tie comments to actual persons.
Promote clear attribution.
What is Convenient
Syndicate (cross-post) your Public posts on Google+ onto your own venue (WordPress blog).
What You Get
The convenient stuff (Google+ has a readonly API).
What You Don’t Get
The wanted stuff (Google+ doe does not have a write API).
Are unsuitable; they require you to disclose your Google password to an external service, into scriptware, or to purchase opaque plugins and services. They aren’t Google API calls so much as mechanized versions of Google login flows. Ick. And vastly dangerous.
It is a known effect that the plugin destroys (clears, removes) the Google+ ID and the Google API Key from its settings page if the tokens do not operate without error. The plugin has no better way of signalling an error than to do this. So you need to
Store these items safely some where else as primary storage, not in WordPress
Watch, wait and review to ensure the tokens don’t “disappear”
Realize the connection from Google+ into your blog is shaky at best.
During the four-day trial in November, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz released a statement saying her office wanted to send a message by going after the motel. But just up the street from the mom-and-pop-run Motel Caswell, the Motel 6, Walmart and Home Depot had all experienced a similar rate of drug crimes, according to Caswell’s attorneys, without the government going after them.
The idea to go after the Motel Caswell sprung from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the trial revealed. The DEA has an agent who testified his job is to seek out targets for forfeiture by watching television news and reading newspapers. When he finds a property where drug crimes occur he goes to the Registry of Deeds. Finding the Motel Caswell had no mortgage and was worth almost $1.5 million, the DEA teamed up with the Tewksbury Police, who were offered 80 percent of the taking, the agent testified.
Russell Caswell. 69, owner of (the) Motel Caswell
Scott Bullock. Institute of Justice, Russell Caswell’s lawyer
Mozilla Prospector <quote>Prospector is a series of experiments from Mozilla Labs focused on analyzing, experimenting and prototyping improvements on how you search and discover content with Firefox.</quote>
<quote>One idea we have is related to the “terms of service” that users often need to agree to before using certain web sites. Except here, we want to flip that around and require web sites to agree to terms before accessing the summarized Firefox data.</quote>
<quote>We’ve put together a proof-of-concept add-on, about:trackers, that explores this idea of policies that allow for cookie blocking and connection blocking. While this add-on shares no data to the web sites with accompanying terms, this experiment gives users some settings to adjust and see if their browsing experience would be positively or negatively affected.</quote>