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This is a solid recommendation to read “Ruined by Design” by Mike Monteiro.

Learn about making ethical choices, understanding your role as a designer (even if you don’t think are one) and read real examples from the world we live in.

Found originally via @aral

#books #book #recommendation #ethics #morality #tech #privacy #programming #ux #ui #userexperience #saas #developers

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@tinytoydragon @lyskar
1998: IRC? lol anon, why don't you use ICQ instead, it's much better.
2002: IRC? lol anon, just install MSN, stop being such a nerd.
2006: IRC? lol anon, with Skype you can make phone calls for free.
2010: IRC? lol anon, Chat is all you need, everybody is there already.
2014: IRC? lol anon, you should try WhatsApp, you can even send voice messages.
2018: IRC? lol anon, that's prehistoric! you should checkout Discord and Slack, so much better.

This resonates so much with me. Why aren't things better now? The first PC we bought in my house had a 133MHz Pentium, 64 or 128MB RAM (honestly can't remember) and a 6GB HDD. My graphics card today has 8GB *RAM*. I use a Ryzen 3700 @ 3.6GHz with 16 logical cores. That's so far beyond my first PC it's not even funny, yet opening Spotify takes half of forever when WinAmp opened in a fraction of a second 20(!) years ago.

Things aren't getting better like they should.

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