Bookmarked Programming as translation – Increment: Internationalization (

Converting the real world into digital abstractions requires distillation. And, like literary translators, developers must understand their biases.

Alvaro Videla uses the frame of translation to understand the biases and choices inherent in capturing the world in code. Discussing the work of Umberto Eco, Videla suggests that we need to focus on ‘almost the same thing’. This act of negotiation recognises the bias and interpretation inherent in the act of coding, as well as impact this then has on the thing being described.

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A translation not only alters and augments the language in which it arrives, writes Judith Butler in her introduction to Jacques Derrida’s Of Grammatology, it also affects the language in which the original was written. In his essay “Simulacra and Simulations,” Jean Baudrillard reminds us that “abstraction today is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror, or the concept.” He expands: “The territory no longer precedes the map.” Instead, “it is the map that engenders the territory.”

Liked Implicit Bias is Real (and Sneaky). Here’s Proof. by an author (The Tempered Radical)

I want you to realize that when equity advocates talk about the impact that bias has on students, they aren’t talking about the overt actions of openly racist people that are easy to spot. They are talking about the unconscious actions of good people like me and you.

Listened How white is the tech sector? – Chips with Everything podcast by an author from the Guardian

Has the technology industry truly embraced diversity? What more needs to be done to make it a more inclusive industry? Inspired by Black History Month, Jordan Erica Webber and Chella Ramanan try and answer these questions.

In this episode of Chips with Everything, Webber and Ramanan talk to Carlton Cummins of Aceleron, junior software engineer Bukola Thompson, and Tom Ilube, founder of the African Science Academy. Many touch on the need for diversity, particularly when personal biases are often baked in, a point David Williams makes on the Team Human podcast.
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Right and true are formed by consensus – some will align with me, others with John, but when true consensus cannot be achieved we are left with opinion.

That’s fine, we seek opinions to educate ourselves and to gain affirmation of our own, but when we blindly reject those that don’t provide that affirmation we tread a slippery slope.