"Don't take money from notorious pedophiles, or visit their stately home on Rape Island" should be a really low ethical bar to clear. Archaeologists should be spending entire careers excavating that ethical bar from under 40 miles of granite. But @Joi couldn't clear it. RESIGN!
Our core problem in tech culture is people not acknowledging or accepting that their decisions have an impact on the vulnerable; that every technology will cast an ethical shadow. And here's Joi "I took money from Jeff Fucking Epstein" Ito at the podium to tell you more!
I love that Joi Ito vacillated long enough before resigning for people to put their names on a voluntary sign-up sheet of the biggest assholes in tech. It's probably the only positive thing he'll be remembered for. web.archive.org/web/2019090703…
Fuck @Joi and every one of the enablers who signed that letter of support. "We at MIT are rational thinkers who rise above complexity." I hope they rise into a ceiling fan.
Lawrence Lessig today, demonstrating an adage that has always been close to my heart: there is no IQ cap on stupid. medium.com/@lessig/on-joi…
"And so now Joi is gone. Not dead. Not destroyed. I can’t imagine the creative greatness that the next life of this sweet soul will produce." I'm pretty sure I can imagine it, and that this 'sweet soul' will land on his feet, wearing a pair of very comfortable shoes.
I'm mortified at the story and still processing it. I regret not having written up my own thoughts last week, instead of signing someone else's letter, even as I might be revisiting whatever else I would have written, too, right now.
I was wrong to sign the letter because it backgrounded the injury Epstein wrought, such as referring to accusations rather than a conviction, and because it may have appeared that any support would be unconditional and forever. I’m sorry.
@grok_'s views have much more echoed my own: seeing what Joi did as wrong, full stop, and supporting efforts at reparation. I’m grateful for her compass.