If you have been following along, you'll know that our time to do tactical work on Jade has been limited lately. It is the perfect opportunity for strategic and contemplative work.
A time for a moment of Clarity.
If you follow technology news, you might catch an article or two about the benefits of open-source software. A few cavalier individuals are even on a crusade to open-source all of the software in the world.
There is no such thing as a free lunch.
As with most modern technology, we have become too distracted by it to notice the burden imposed by open-source software. It is rather severe.
How we see the world is based on the world that we have experienced. The advice that we give is the advice that we would give ourselves. If someone tells you that "you can't," they are actually saying that "I can't."
We are mirrors.
This is not a limitation, but by design. It is nearly impossible to summon something into our consciousness that we have never encountered. If you don't believe me, close your eyes and imagine a color that nobody has ever seen before. Good luck.
Evil never presents itself as evil. There are no corporations standing on street corners twirling their proverbial mustaches.
There are lies and deception. There is whitewashing. And there is technology forced on society without full disclosure. This is a wolf in sheep's clothing.
What is a common theme in the tech marketing you will hear? “This technology is helpful!”
Our planet is a very delicate puzzle. There are many interdependent, interlocking pieces. When we remove one of these pieces, the picture becomes incomplete for a bit.
But it does not stay incomplete: like any organic structure, a reorganization occurs to reach a new point that is stable. For example, as the population of a species declines, new predator-prey relationships form in the food chain. The gap closes quickly.
Keep reading while we assemble our puzzle for you. Let's start with the corners.
Business failures are all over the place.
Some of the failures make national headlines. But it’s not the headline that you might expect. For example, a multi-billion dollar company releasing a much-anticipated new product.
Confused? It’s actually quite simple.
These businesses are borrowing too much from the future and calling it the GDP in the present. They are failing your children, and they are failing the planet that your children will inherent.
There is a growing movement of individuals who believe that you should own the electronic goods that you purchase. In most cases, you simply get a license to use the device.
With everything from screws that do not come out, to software lockouts / DRM / artificial obsolescence by remote-control, to glued-in batteries, to illegal "warranty void if opened" stickers, it is clear that manufacturers are not on board with you owning or repairing your device.
All of these tactics lead to e-waste and more consumption.
In the industry, there are best practices for Design for Manufacturing (DfM) and Design for Testability (DfT). Shift Sight is pioneering Design for Repair (DfR).
Keep reading to learn more...
Have you stopped to think that most human institutions are not aligned to most human needs? It should not be surprising when we consider that monetary wealth – the most basic measure of what you can do in this instant – is so unevenly distributed.
Is more technology going to bend this arc? Follow the money for an answer.
I hope that you find the new progress page useful! The page does not include dates or deadlines due to our Teal approach: if schedule is your control variable, quality will suffer. As you might expect from us, quality is our preferred control variable.
The recipe for tonight's post has a helping of infrastructure with a pinch of longevity.
Due to lengthy website rework compounded by our relocation, I have decided to resume writing the company blog. It was one of our most popular features, and it has been neglected for too long.
While working through our website updates, I kept wanting to write that Jade is a sustainable tool for creating a sustainable future. Tonight, I want to reflect on this sentiment.
Ty is a Founder of Shift Sight, LLC.