International Year of Plant Health, 2020+

Almost overlooked in a time when the COVID-19 pandemic began to threaten human health and life around the planet was the 2020 International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). Here's a quick catch-up about this important observance, which has been "extended until 1 July 2021 due to the postponement of some key initiatives caused by the … Continue reading International Year of Plant Health, 2020+

[LI] Ikigai revisited; under-employed, over-qualified, etc.; monetizing data ≠ happy jobs

Two replies and a post on LinkedIn about jobs. Reply to post by Gary Bolles of his video entitled "Ikigai: View From the Heights" (United Palace of Spiritual Arts / Singularity University, 11 September 2020) September 2020 (posted September 2020) Nice talk. On the four areas (like, good at, world needs, & being paid for) … Continue reading [LI] Ikigai revisited; under-employed, over-qualified, etc.; monetizing data ≠ happy jobs

[LI] Startup funding & African languages?; Hausa literacy coaching

Two replies to posts on LinkedIn having to do directly or indirectly with African languages. Reply to post by Rebecca Stromeyer of an article entitled "Investment in African based start-ups is more likely to go to non-African founders" (BBC Sounds, 24 Sep 2020) September 2020 (posted September 2020) And it goes without saying that the … Continue reading [LI] Startup funding & African languages?; Hausa literacy coaching

[LI] Selling employee referrals; AI, language & ways of knowing

A repost and a post to LinkedIn. Both relate to ethical issues in employment in the tech industry, with the first focusing on the recent practice of employees selling their referrals to potential outside applicants. The second is an article about issues related to Google AI's abrupt firing of an employee, due to aspects of … Continue reading [LI] Selling employee referrals; AI, language & ways of knowing

2020: A Year of Bicycling Backwards

The corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic has had many devastating impacts, from death or long-term health issues for too many, to economic hardship, as well as some supposedly “silver lining” effects. Among the latter, one was an observed trend in a number of places around the world of increased numbers of people bicycling. Violinist Christian Adam, … Continue reading 2020: A Year of Bicycling Backwards

[LI] Empty Africa in map of language tech; planning for IDIL 2022-2032

A reply and a post to LinkedIn on topics related to the place of African languages in the world. The reply concerned a world map of language technology with nothing on the African continent (or for that matter, Latin America and the Middle East). I've long suggested that multilingual Africa should be a leader in … Continue reading [LI] Empty Africa in map of language tech; planning for IDIL 2022-2032

[LI] African languages: “linguistic famine”; their place in fiction

Two posts of articles about the situation of African languages in Africa today. Both portray that situation as dire, using terms like "burial" and "abandonment." "The linguistic famine," by Rasna Warah, Africa is a Country, September 2020 (posted September 2020) "...the burial of African languages by Africans themselves has ensured their total immersion into colonial … Continue reading [LI] African languages: “linguistic famine”; their place in fiction

[LI] Two quick takes on UNESCO’s Panel on Ethics of AI

Two replies to posts on LinkedIn announcing the High-Level Panel on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) run by UNESCO on 24 November 2020. In the first, I suggest an amendment to a statement by UNESCO Asst. Dir. Gabriela Ramos (from an image in the post), and in the second I raise several questions, including about … Continue reading [LI] Two quick takes on UNESCO’s Panel on Ethics of AI

[LI] Leaders & leadership (3 items)

I have become more critical of how we use the terms "leader" and "leadership." These three replies to posts on LinkedIn reflect some of that evolving thinking. Or more accurately, since there is nothing really substantive here, they indicate I am thinking about this set of concepts. Reply to post by Adam Grant of the … Continue reading [LI] Leaders & leadership (3 items)