Powering Up Your Volunteers

Positive Feedback—the Number One Motivator Positive feedback is a great motivator. I was serving on a search committee for an organization and was getting discouraged with the process. It was taking much too long for me and I felt as if I wasn’t a fit on the committee. I began to think that the committee…

We Must Find a Grand Purpose for AI

Satya: If you start with the assumption that AI’s benefits have to be about augmenting human capability –  it is in assistive technology. “Wow, someone who’s got visual impairment can now see … or someone who’s got dyslexia can read.” It would be so meaningful to say, “AI is finally that technology that truly brings inclusiveness,”…

The Atlantic | The Impotence of Blaming ‘Evil’

“If the epidemic of gun violence in the United States is a problem of evil, then we have more evil than any country ever. This would warrant exploration. Unless of course the problem is more concrete: Violent actions are carried out through mechanisms that involve access to implements of violence, and naming this among the…

Love Performs | Tech translation: What is Heroku?

Heroku is like WordPress or SquareSpace, but for “web apps” that actually do stuff (like look up info, display info, run analyses for you), versus “static web sites” that just show you stuff (which WP, SquareSpace does). Heroku web apps are written in python, ruby, javascript etc. while static web sites generally just use HTML, CSS…