- Oct 2019
Zachary Stein - "On the Ethics of Planetary Scale Measurement Meta-Structures"
"We measure what we care about and we care about what we measure."
"You could be handed a measure and start caring about something that you didn't care about before, just because you're measuring it now."
"... it's the locus of trust. It's part of the common wealth of the community is a trustworthy measure. The only way that a community can work. And then of course they encode power..."
"Measurements help certain groups understand things."
"In fact maybe we should pause and think very deeply about the whole domain of things that we shouldn't ever measure.... A meta-modern approach to measurement, respects the immeasurable and partitions off regions that are not to be measured."
"Once you start to factor all of these things (meaning, ethics, objectivity, efficiency) that's when you realize we should not measure some stuff."
"People who think about measuring new things should also think about the ontology of absence. ... Every time you measure something, think about what you left out."
"Measurement simplifies complexity by showing you "this" at the expense of "that". So the meta-modern approach is like I see this but I'm also aware of that"
"Who is measuring who? for what purpose? who is deciding what well being is?"
"Put the measurement tools into users hands. Don't come from behind the curtain and say ta-daa this is your score. Let them configure and play with the assessments themselves. This will lead to a better assessment system because a million minds are better than a hundred (or whatever your team-size is. Secondly, it empowers as opposed to just internalize."
"As much as possible empower the person who is being measured, let them see how they're being measured, and actually be able to augment the measure so it's like if you have a mirror, you want to be able to clean the mirror, adjust angles, magnify etc. you want to have that capability for them (measured ones). And then they feel like they are not a test subject, but participants"