2013/Labor, ethics and computing

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An exploration of labor and ethics from various points in the life of a computer — from the day-to-day software programming and hardware inside the computer down to the materials used in various components. Includes the implications for open source hardware and software as well as possible future solutions.

Speaker: Cameron Adamez

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Rough draft talk, soliciting feedback

book: Pedagogy of the oppressed - Paulo Freire http://www.amazon.com/Pedagogy-Oppressed-30th-Anniversary-Edition/dp/0826412769 Interesting reactions and conclusion "computers are not a process of love"

Lots of idea of what love is - e.g. romantic. Not just that.

Quote: Imagine how much easier it would be for us to learn how to love if we began with a shared definition. The word "love" is most often defined as a noun, yet all the more astute theorists of love acknowledge that we would all love better if we used it as a verb. I spent years searching for a meaningful definition of the word "love," and was deeply relieved when I found one in psychiatrist M. Scott Peck's classic self-help book The Road Less Traveled, first published in 1978. Echoing the work of Erich Fromm, he defines love as "the will to extend one's self for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth."

http://www.readinggroupguides.com/guides_A/all_about_love3.asp All about love, By Bell Hooks

Foxconn - Crazy questions - Silicon Valley ground zero for tech stuff

"once you have a society that relies solely on individuals, you have no safety net"

Chart -> CNN Money report, stats, spread of income fro 2006,2007,2009,2011. Shows big skew from white to asian to african american, multiple and other, hispanic

Cost of living increases for silicon valley (missing numbers) change from 2000 to 1011, varied by area (hosing, healthcare) from +20% to +160%

Movie: Inside San Jose's Tent City http://www.siliconvalleydebug.org/articles/2013/03/07/inside-san-joses-tent-city

Movie http://vimeo.com/51493482 2012_OHS_Chris_Anderson

incentives for commiters, from tshirt to equity

Assuming everyone has a day job Wrong framing, in terms of 'incentives' vs common good, gift economy a lot of people aren't introduced to code, need to introduce them

If we buy into these systems, we take on the oppression

"The earth, property, production, the creations of people, people themselves, time - everything is reduced to the status of objects at their disposal." - Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Opressed, p58 Object Oriented Programming - everything is an object - everything looks like an OOP problem

dependencies Software/firmware -> Hardware -> components and fabrication over simple

larger more complex slide, building & support, service industry, agriculture underscores interdependancy we are in a labor web, we depend on the labor of others in order to have our own jobs

common thread among Foxconn workers, they moved to shenzen because they didn't want to be a farmer any more, to better themselves.

use this as a foundation to create struggle and to recognize struggle also to create dialog with other people

cannot be fruitful without hope cannot exist without love, humility and faith encourage hope safe space trust critical thinking read history books and talk to people you don't know (longer slides)

Questions to ponder how can we increase solidarity with overseas workers? Is bringing manufacturing jobs back to US helpful?