I don’t discuss lots of coding or tech challenges because they don’t interest me. I’m interested in people and using tech to make our world a better place.

As a result, politics are a necessary part of the discussion.

I had contemplated leaving politics out of my feed and trying to stick purely to tech, but that feels disingenuous and also does not help accomplish my goal of trying to make the world a better place.

My political views have changed dramatically over the years, and they continue to change. Some call that flip-flopping and being wishy-washy. I call it growing as a human.

But what interests me most is the ethics of software development and how that plays into automation and AI. US unemployment rates are very low, but that’s because of the gig economy and low-paying jobs. All of these jobs will evaporate with AI and automation.

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As software developers, we are cogs in the machine of the new world we are building, but we aren’t mindless. We can make an impact, and we can influence the products we build. If we don’t, we cannot wash our hands of the outcomes, saying, “I was just doing what I was told.”

The algorithms we design and the data we feed to the models we train are all influenced by our own experiences and biases. We have to be aware of those biases at play and mitigate them by working with a diverse team.

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