Mike Gerwitz

Free Software Hacker+Activist

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authorMike Gerwitz <mtg@gnu.org>2019-03-05 01:15:39 -0500
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lp2019 post: Update abstract
It had to be shortened to 100 words. This also more accurately reflects what I will be talking about; it will be a slower pace than I had originally anticipated, and will focus a bit more on some core philosophical concepts. But it will still be interesting to both hackers and non-technical users.
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# I Will Be Speaking At LibrePlanet 2019
-Please join me [this year at LibrePlanet][0] for my talk, tentatively
+Please join me [this year at LibrePlanet][0] for my talk,
titled "Computational Symbiosis: Methods that Meld Mind and Machine".
[0]: https://libreplanet.org/2019
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> Words like "wizardry" and "incantation" have long been used to describe
-> computational feats that defy understanding. But neither computers nor
-> their users are performing feats of magic---computers are merely dumb
-> machines that follow explicit instructions with no mind of their
-> own. For systems to think, we must tell them how.
+> skillful computational feats. But neither computers nor
+> their users are performing feats of magic; for systems to think, we must
+> tell them how.
>
-> While graphical interfaces have made certain aspects of technology more
-> accessible to users, they have masked some of the most powerful tools
-> available for solving day-to-day problems. Users follow a carefully
-> choreographed workflow that thinks _for_ them, limited by a narrow set of
-> premeditated possibilities. There exist concepts devised decades ago that
-> are still thriving and relevant today for simplifying and automating the
-> most basic to the most complex tasks. They offer virtually no limits on
-> freedom of expression or thought and they blur the distinction between
-> "user" and "programmer".
+> Today, users most often follow a carefully choreographed workflow that
+> thinks _for_ them, limited by a narrow set of premeditated
+> possibilities. But there exist concepts that offer virtually no limits on
+> freedom of expression or thought, blurring the distinction between "user"
+> and "programmer".
>
-> This fast-paced session demonstrates a range of practical possibilities when
-> machine acts as an extension of the user's imagination. Non-technical users
-> are encouraged to attend.
+> This session demonstrates a range of practical possibilities when
+> machine acts as an extension of the user's imagination, for the technical
+> and nontechnical alike.
For my previous three years' talks, see my [Talks page](/talks).