In an impressively long article UK Guardian reporter Evgeny Morozov argues that a new form of technology "algorithmic regulation" would destroy the welfare state and end any possibility of the progressive ideal. Algorithmic regulation, a term being tossed about by luminaries such as "visionary" Tim O'Reilly, means a method of using sets of instructions (algorithms) to run … Continue reading Will technology make things worse?
Popular iconography is "velvet handcuffs". It's that place you don't like or even hate, but the benefits are so good you can't quit. Or, you're so much in debt, you can't "afford" to. Better term: velvet fist. Get outta line and you'll meet the hard side. It'll hammer you back into shape (conformity) if you speak out … Continue reading Capitalism’s velvet fist: job retention