This week in Tech: $150,000 to track down the homeless and a freaky NFT gallery

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The city hires someone to run their cloud computing system to track homeless people. A job advertisement was placed at about a week ago Department of Homelessness and Assisted Living is looking for someone to lead the Online Navigation and Entry (ONE) system. The system attempts to aggregate data from various organizations and city departments to create a complete record of a homeless person. The idea is to better organize shelter and social service records so the city can better serve homeless people. But the word “tracking” also stands out in the ad: “The system should enable ongoing tracking and reporting,” it says. Salary is $124,000-$159,000. In the right hands, it could explore engineered solutions to one of the city’s biggest problems…

A trippy NFT art exhibition pervades the beautiful gallery The Old Coin next month. “Verse: The art of the future‘ will fill the posh old space with digital art, including augmented reality holograms and non-fungible token art. For the uninitiated, NFTs are one-of-a-kind digital works of art that stir up controversy because some people think they’re a complete rip-off. Others think they are the future of collectibles and a great way for artists to make money. This could be an opportunity to review the whole scene for yourself. Here’s my favorite description of the show: “A silent disco for holograms.” That sound you’re hearing is San Franciscans packing their edibles, putting on their groovy COVID masks, and getting ready to go: “Whoa, duuuuuude…”

If you are wondering when cryptocurrency burst into the national consciousness, I would tell you it was a decade ago when the night soap was “The Good Wife” revolved around virtual money in season 3, episode 13. Just like back then “Grey’s Anatomy” made a ransomware episode in 2017. You know you’ve made it when late night soap operas give you an episode…

Guess what year this headline appeared on a page in the San Francisco Examiner? “Why are so many computer engineers moving to Boston?” Did you guess 2021? 2008 maybe? The answer is 1959. I keep telling you, we’re just not that special. Then as now, tech talent was in demand, and Sylvania gathered programmers in The City and sent them to Beantown. One caveat: Sylvania was looking for “creative men from across the country.” …

Speaking of sexism in tech, new data from Startups Rating Company PitchBook shows that investors give male startup founders more than twice as much as women. That’s the biggest discrepancy in a decade. Startups with all-male founders generated a median of $5 million per funding round in 2021. Startups with exclusively female founders achieved a median of $2 million per funding round last year. It’s not 1959. Now what’s the excuse for not investing equally in women’s startups?…

Here’s another thing that will chafe your fur: Google was arrested again for treating its contractors like second-class citizens. This time because they don’t offer contractors COVID testing like they do with full-time employees. That seems like a lousy place to draw the line. I spoke to the contractor Christopher Kolley in the Cleveland area who says he has no health benefits and makes $10 an hour from his job RaterLabs to train Google’s ad algorithm, one of the biggest money makers for the $1.9 trillion company. “All workers are important enough to take their health seriously,” he told me. In this “two-tier workforce,” Colley says of his team, “As of April 2020, nothing has been mentioned about the pandemic from our direct employer.” Come on, Google. They’re a great place to work, say full-timers. Why not treat contractors better?…

The tiny unincorporated community of Remote, Oregon is listed on LinkedIn and other job boards as a headquarters for all types of businesses. (Photo by Peggy Ann Rowe-Snyder)

Ultimately, this is relevant in the age of the distributed workforce: remote control, OregonShe’s been getting some attention lately because LinkedIn and job boards often automatically localize remote job postings there. I noticed this on LinkedIn and googled the whole thing. Portland Oregonians notes that the actual town, which is about 100 miles south of Eugene, consists of a covered bridge, a gas station, and not much more. It got its name for a reason. Hey, this looks like a great place to work to me. In case you were wondering, you can also work from home — a city called home, that is—in West Virginia, Washington, Pennsylvania, and Kansas. I heard they cook really well there…

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