Remembering Jim Canty

"... a first ballot Hall of Famer on the ice and in life." The quote above was from a mutual friend in reference to Jim Canty, who passed away in late April. If you're racking your brain for memories of Jim's professional career ("Wasn't he on the '84 Nordiques?") you can…

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Remembering Ken Traub

Just over a week ago Ken Traub, my friend and colleague, suddenly passed away. Lots of people have shared their memories of Ken, and have captured what a wonderful person he was, his intellect, and his breadth of interests and skills. To say that Ken was exceptional was an understatement,…

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More on United...

Following up on the post from my good friend Snowman on Fire, I wanted to add a few notes. Like Snowman I have been a customer of United and Continental for decades, with over 2M miles. Long ago I came to a healthy point in my relationship with them -…

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AI, Society and Citizen Engineers

Two recent Techcrunch articles highlight some of the challenges we're in for with the increased use of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI), to the extent these are separate. In [AI’s open source model is closed, inadequate, and outdated], Kumar Srivastana argues that we need a new kind…

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Sustainability and Values, Birds and Wind

I have always maintained that every action justified by sustainability has side effects, and that it becomes a values-based judgement as to whether the value of the sustainability improvement outweighs negative impacts of the side effects. Being a values-based judgement means that not everyone will view the cost-benefit tradeoff the…

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Why We Want Biased News

All of the recent discussion of news, be it fake, unfair, slanted, etc, has gotten me thinking about the mechanics of news. I’ll define news as things or events that, as far as anyone can tell, happened or didn’t happen, and reported newsas how news is communicated, including…

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Self-Driving Cars: Advantage Pedestrians

In Boston, two warring factions have been partnered in an unlikely, decades-long truce, their aggressive tendencies controlled by an unspoken, yet universally understood set of rules of engagement. That truce may soon be shattered. Boston pedestrians will brazenly cross busy streets in the middle of a block, but deep down…

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Hidden Science, Real News

Publishing in science used to mean submitting your work to a scientific journal, a process involving rigorous scientific review (usually). Lately some people haven't bothered to wait for that process to run its course, and just put out a press release. That's fine unless the press and policy crowds start…

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