is the first ultra-Orthodox woman to serve in Knesset
, the Israeli legislature, representing the left-wing party Meretz
. Her 2001 book Hem Mefahadim
("They are afraid,") an attack on rightism and insularity among the ultra-Orthodox, drew death threats. Despite her sharp criticism of the religious community ("The big issue here is a very delicate one. That is children. Large families thirty years ago was six children; now there's 13 or 14 - from one wife. I believes the glorification of bringing as many children as possible is a definite way of ensuring women can't bring their advantages into effect - subjugation.")
she still lives an observant life in the ultra-Orthodox community of Har Nof
. "They disagree with my ideas but they know me as religious and halachic person. They cannot see any blemish in my practice except for one thing- we have a dog
." At least one haredi denies that Greenfield is Orthodox at all.
(The dog comes up.)
In the early 1990s Mark
at Xerox PARC coined the term ubiquitous computing
"ubicomp" to describe the way he thought computing ought to look in
the post-PC era: computers would be invisible, "in the woodwork everywhere around us." Ubicomp has been discussed here a few times before
(in fact a
MeFite went on to write a book
about it)...but with a flood of manufacturers
racing to offer
up their versions
of the so-called digital home
, is Weiser's vision moving closer to reality?
All watched over by machines of loving grace
is Adam Greenfield's take on the consequences for designers of ubicomp. Setting moral guidelines seems critical in these early days of technological encroachment-- but how long can decency hold out against the promise of profit? I was forwarded a recent email from the CEO a major bookseller that made it clear that it's possible for them to track everything I do in their stores and online, and thank goodness they choose not to take advantage. But how long will that last? And with homeland security crumbling our civil liberties, article's like Adam's that remind us about our responsibility are even more important than ever.