"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.
@_evhan55 I know Joi somewhat and my guess is that something else is going on here, that he enjoyed what he thought was the moral and ethical complexity of this situation, and was confident of his ability to navigate it. Moral vanity rather than malignant narcissism.
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.