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Geek Ethicist: YUCK! Maybe Not

“Dear Ethicist– A couple of months ago I was sitting in a waiting room, flipping through magazines when I found an article that said smartphones (and tablets!) have more germs on them than your average toilet: Here! Here!  Here! and Here! Of course, the very next day my co-worker wanted to show me some pictures […]

Geek Ethicist: Love’s Liars Online

“Dear Ethicist– What’s wrong with “sculpting” the truth on online dating sites? Women get breast implants, which is essentially false advertising (or “falsies advertising”) but men fall for that. So what’s the harm in shaving off a few years from your age or adjusting your photo on a dating site? I mean, sometimes no one […]

Geek Ethicist: Robot Wives and Android Prostitutes

“Dear Ethicist– How come I don’t have a robot wife yet? Sincerely– Still Waiting” Dear SW, You won’t have to wait long.  “Lovotics” Robot Love is already in the geek lexicon. http://youtu.be/48txxlf0OF4

Geek Ethicist: Murphy’s Law of Email

“Dear Ethicist– I recently received a long, personal email from a complete stranger. The email was not addressed to me, so I can only guess that they misspelled the email address and ended up sending this email to me instead of it’s intended recipient. This must happen pretty often. My question is: what should I […]

Geek Ethicist: Friend your Spouse?

“Dear Ethicist– Perhaps this is a question for the Internet Miss Manners, but I have yet to find her. So I’m asking you. Here’s my question: Should spouses be friends on Facebook? In my limited experience, what I’ve seen from the interaction of spouses on Facebook falls into three categories: 1.) The spouses are friends […]

The Dawning of the Age of Etsy

“I spent the morning reorganizing my board on pinterest. I feel like I really accomplished something.” Those are the words of  the social media customer, your next customer. These are the sentiments of the socially plugged-in mass marketplace of micro-manufacturing, the small one-crafter operation or even the massive disaggregated team of micro-manufacturers working for a […]

Indiegogo or Kickstarter: Crowdfunding Part 2

Indiegogo, Charity, Art, Revenge… “Artevengity?” My first exposure to charitable crowdfunding was Matthew Inman’s (the Oatmeal)  campaign to finance his counter attack to a $20,000 lawsuit from FunnyJunk using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.    “I’m hoping,” writes Inman in his description of his project “that philanthropy trumps douchebaggery and greed.”  It seems it did.  He […]

Geek Ethicist: Harm and Fortune

“Dear Ethicist: I was asked a couple of years ago if I could help a company who had some profitable apps for a prominent social network. They needed to bill people for sending presents and wanted to expand the market to teens. I wanted to help but ended up urging the company not to do […]

Geek Ethicist: Apples and Classes

“Dear Ethicist– I have been an enthusiastic Apple customer for over a decade now. I use Apple products in my work and have been very satisfied with their performance, design and corporate responsibility. However, I just saw this article and was very disappointed. After the news about conditions for Apple workers in China, I had started […]

Geek Ethicist

“Dear Ethicist, I have a new business and I need someone to host my website.  A close friend just started a web hosting business and wants me to use her web hosting company.  It would be good advertising for her, but I am not sure her web hosting will meet my needs.  Should I go […]

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