Big Tech's guide to talking about AI ethics

50-ish words you can use to show that you care without incriminating yourself.

artificial general intelligence (phrase) - A hypothetical AI god that's probably far off in the future but also maybe imminent. Can be really good or really bad whichever is more rhetorically useful. Obviously you're building the good one. Which is expensive. Therefore, you need more money. See long-term risks.

compliance (n) - The act of following the law. Anything that isn't illegal goes.

for good (ph) - As in "AI for good" or "data for good." An initiative completely tangential to your core business that helps you generate good publicity.

interpretable (adj) -- Description of an AI system whose computation you, the developer, can follow step by step to understand how it arrived at its answer. Actually probably just linear regression. AI sounds better.

long-term risks (n) - Bad things that could have catastrophic effects in the far-off future. Probably will never happen, but more important to study and avoid than the immediate harms of existing AI systems.

privacy trade-off (ph) - The noble sacrifice of individual control over personal information for group benefits like AI-driven health-care advancements, which also happen to be highly profitable.

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It's got a good beat and it's easy to dance to

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Fog City Gothic

A Field Guide To San Francisco's Iconic Street Signs

There have been roughly three eras of street signage in the city by the bay: the pre-automobile era, which featured a wildly inconsistent and much-complained-about mess through the 1800s and early 1900s. Then came a few decades of good standard blue porcelain signs (1920s to late 1940s). And finally the signature black-on-white that appeared in the 1940s and is still with us today. [...]

Fortunately, we live among history today  --  not since 1950 has the city again undertaken a comprehensive sign replacement program. The SFMTA only replaces street signs as needed. So you can find nearly all of the black-on-white variants still in use around the city, easily spotted by walking a few blocks along any street. (The iconic embossed enamel signs eventually rusted beyond usefulness in the field. A small handful of examples were still mounted on poles as of about 2010, and it's possible one or two are out there hiding in plain sight.) [...]

It remains this author's hope that San Francisco will one day wake up from its stupor and re-embrace its signature design legacy, resurrecting the all-caps embossed lettering and rounded corners of the midcentury heyday.

He's also selling a recreation of the 1946 font for $5.

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