Informing Your Empathy for More Human Designs and Communities

The prevailing narrative in the web community hails empathy as a cure for much of what ails our modern digital spaces. Empathy seems a worthy tool for making our designs and interactive experiences more human, but used indiscriminately it may do more harm than good. To design experiences that fit the real lives of the people who use them, we need to take a critical look at our methods and make empathy the first step in a larger process.

An Incomplete, Chronological, Continuously Updated List of Articles About Murderous Self-Driving Cars and the Trolley Problem

Have you heard? Google, Apple, Tesla, and other tech giants are working hard to kill you. No, wait. They are working hard on a car that will kill you. No, wait. They are creating an algorithm to decide who gets to live and who must die. No, wait. They trying to figure out who their self-driving cars should kill.

GitHub for the Rest of Us – WordCamp US, 2015

GitHub is one of the most important and least understood tools of the open source community. At the inaugural WordCamp US in Philadelphia, I presented a 10 minute lightning talk to help make sense of Git and GitHub through the prism of science fiction. Here are the slides.