Sebastian Herold

July 26, 2021

About work and vacation

A few thoughts about our relationship to the concepts of work and vacation. Note: Please do NOT take this text as a general criticism of the very individual decision to go on vacation during this phase of the pandemic development. I am only reflecting here on our relationship to the terms work and vacation. Thank you. I think there wou...
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July 26, 2021

Über Arbeit und Verzicht

Ein paar Gedanken über unseren Bezug zu den Begriffen Arbeit und Urlaub. Hinweis: Versteht diesen Text bitte NICHT als allgemeine Kritik an der sehr individuellen Entscheidung, in dieser Phase der Pandemieentwicklung in den Urlaub zu fahren. Ich reflektiere hier nur unseren Bezug zu den Begriffen Arbeit und Urlaub. Danke! Ich denke, da...
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July 23, 2021

The New Now — In respect of the “Great Pause”

The restaurant next to our apartment has reopened its outdoor patio for the first time since the pandemic began, and I’ve never actually thought about what it’s like to relearn the simple but complex smell of a crowd. Nothing will ever be the same again. That’s a truism. Of course, nothing will ever be the way it used to be because tha...
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July 23, 2021

Um ehrlich zu sein, bis jetzt hatte ich nicht besonders viel mit selbstgebauten, mechanischen Tastaturen am Hut. Aber ich glaube, jetzt hat es mich erwischt. 😍 ⌨ GMK Botanical 2, Gruppenkauf über Oblotzky oder OmniType.
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July 23, 2021

„Im Alter von 25 Jahren waren die meisten Menschen fertig. Eine ganze gottverdammte Nation von Arschlöchern, die Autos fuhren, aßen, Babys bekamen und alles auf die schlimmstmögliche Art und Weise taten, wie zum Beispiel den Präsidentschaftskandidaten zu wählen, der sie am meisten an sich selbst erinnerte.” — Charles Bukowski
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June 29, 2021

Experts Doubt Ethical AI Design Will Be Broadly Adopted as the Norm Within the Next Decade

Sometimes there are no good answers, only varieties of bad outcomes. https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2021/06/16/experts-doubt-ethical-ai-design-will-be-broadly-adopted-as-the-norm-within-the-next-decade/
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June 29, 2021

The trolley dilemma in AI

There is a principle in ethics that forces us to carefully think about the consequences of an action and consider whether its moral value is determined solely by its outcome. The trolley dilemma is a classic experiment developed by philosopher Philippa Foot in 1967 and adapted by Judith Jarvis Thomson in 1985. https://strongbytes.ai/th...
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June 21, 2021

The Citizen App is building a paranoid, profitable future.

And to be honest, I have a very bad feeling about this. There is a new kind of social platform gaining momentum and it sneaked under my radar. See, I'm just a bloke from good old Europe that publishes ideas and half-baked thoughts about how to not totally fuck up this great social experiment called civilization, so that shouldn't reall...
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June 15, 2021

Jason Fried made an interesting statement about the real-time status of many modern communication work tools. (And it made me think of a fundamentally important principle.)

“Truth is, there are hardly any good reasons to know if someone’s available or away at any given moment. If you truly need something from someone, ask them. If they respond, then you have what you needed. If they don’t, it’s not because they’re ignoring you — it’s because they’re busy. Respect that! Assume people are focused on their o...
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April 30, 2021

I hate Mars. So much.

It’s been quite a while since a sarcastic Mars Curiosity rover with a tendency to suicide has been tweeting from the Gale crater, feeling pretty lonely up there. I always thought that it’s a wonderful idea to have a depressive robot sitting 230 million kilometers away in a red dust desert wishing plague and cholera on us. Over the year...
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April 29, 2021

Just wanna say thank you 😘

Thank's to all the coders, thinkers, and designers in the HEY team. You did an amazing job in decluttering my broken mail habit. If you don't know about how they make Email lovable again give it a try. It's free for 14 days. After that, you pay a fair price for a productive mail tool that helps you stay sane. And you don't have to pay ...
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