This month the tech industry’s lexicon is seeing a small but significant shift: Common technical phrases, most notably “Master/Slave” and “Whitelist/Blacklist” that have been red-flagged as offensive, or even racist, sometimes for decades, are getting updates.
Much like any other profession, the IT industry does not exist in a vacuum. Social upheaval will have as much impact on IT professionals as it does on any other. As conversations concerning race relations become more heated and, hopefully, elevated, many in the IT industry are reconsidering the use of terminology such as master/slave to describe the relationship between applications and devices.
It may seem like things are falling apart this year, but it’s actually a new beginning.
A bigger, long-term question may be how to implant greater transparency in an ever more automated and digital grid. And yet another challenge is how to acknowledge the true vulnerabilities of the American power system and get it what it needs to improve quickly.
Well-known tech journalist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols discusses the US electrical grid and the open source efforts to protect it.
Everybody is busy sorting out the paradigm shifts that COVID-19 has forced upon western civilization, and one of those impacts is already clear. In the US and elsewhere, patterns of electricity use have shifted dramatically. The new paradigm is actually good news for fans of renewable energy, because it has flattened the dreaded duck curve into more of a turtles-on-a-log curve.
Shuli Goodman dropped by Callaway Climate Insights headquarters Tuesday — via Zoom into my study in Marin, Calif. from neighboring Sonoma — to talk about how her non-profit, LF Energy, is working to help decarbonize the electricity industry.
Standing before a photo of a beach in Costa Rica, (as if Sonoma isn’t beautiful enough) Goodman explained how her climate journey took her from Deloitte Consulting, where she led enterprise management systems, to focus on using Linux and other open systems to help utilities upgrade their often ancient grid hardware.
Growing and supporting renewable energy through a truly collaborative open-source initiative is the objective of LF Energy. LF Energy is a nonprofit, vendor-neutral initiative from The Linux Foundation with an action plan to modernize electrical systems worldwide through open frameworks, reference architectures, and a support ecosystem of complementary projects.