Eric Scott

The Smart Home: Choosing between Privacy and Progress

“Good morning Eric. It is 6:30 a.m. and today is November 18th. The weather forecast expects rain and cloud cover throughout the day. You have a meeting scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Coffee will be ready in five minutes.” I look up and jadedly acknowledge the glowing blue orb mounted on my bedroom wall. My mornings have gotten a lot easier since I installed the Optimal Fast Tracking Utility. The OFTU is ...

Debugging Diversity in Silicon Valley

Chloé Alpert believes that Silicon Valley’s diversity problem is not an easy one to explain. “How do you describe the ocean to someone who’s never seen it before?”, she says. Alpert is one of three panelists at Berkeley’s Engineering Week’s Fireside Chat who gathered to address tough questions about the undercurrent of racial and gender inequality in the tech industry. Good thing too &...

Xerox PARC in the 21st Century

Above is a famous photo taken in 1971 in Palo Alto, California. The photo shows a group of people sitting in a circle on beanbag chairs in a carpeted room, legs out-stretched, and relaxed. It is a picture of Internet pioneer Robert Taylor delivering a lecture to computer science graduate students, presumably from Stanford, who were doing work at Xerox PARC. At the time, Xerox’s Palo Alto Research ...

UC Fossil Fuel Divestment and a New Energy Portfolio

Despite widespread support among student groups, faculty, and alumni, the Regents of the University of California rejected the call on September 17th to divest its holdings of fossil fuel related companies. Of the $91 billion UC endowment, a substantial $10 billion are attributed to investment in fossil fuels. [1] Some action was taken on the front of climate change as the assembly approved to inv...

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