Water and Data

We've got water problems, data tracking problems, and problems with AI.

The Water is Off in Rio Verde

For decades, the community of Rio Verde Foothills was trucking in water from the neighboring city of Scottsdale. Now, Scottsdale turned off the water to the community leaving home owners to find new ways to get water out to their homes. But how did it get this way?

Well, on one hand you have the real estate developers who skirted Arizona law by building five houses per subdivision instead of six. Arizona law requires subdivisions of six houses or more to provide proof of a 100-year water supply.

On the other hand you have that anti-government mindset that prevented the community from developing their own water supplier.

It feels like this sets the stage for other rural Arizona towns that rely on neighboring city water supplies.

More: Skipped Showers, Paper Plates: An Arizona Suburb’s Water Is Cut Off

Trackers Gonna Track

A thing I do is rely on Apple's email relay service or use + emails to allow me to track who is selling or leaking my data. It seems like the international ad barons want companies to put an end to that so they can track you and give you more ads anytime you log into a service.

Sometimes it does feel like being on the

More: The IAB loves tracking users. But it hates users tracking them.

AI Lawsuit

I think in a more equitable society AI and automation wouldn't be the problems they are now.

"AI needs to be fair and ethical for everyone," said lawyer/programmer Matthew Butterick. "But Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt are appropriating the work of thousands of artists with no consent, no credit, and no compensation. As a lawyer who is also a longtime member of the visual-arts community, it's a pleasure to stand up on behalf of fellow artists and continue this essential conversation about how we the people want AI to coexist with human culture and creativity."

More: Stable Diffusion litigation

More: Class Action Filed Against Stability AI, Midjourney, and DeviantArt for DMCA Violations, Right of Publicity Violations, Unlawful Competition, Breach of TOS