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Systematized instrumental rationality

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:04:39 +0000

So AI and capitalism are merely two offshoots of something more basic, let՚s call it systematized instrumental rationality, and are now starting to reconverge. Maybe capitalism with AI is going to be far more powerful and dangerous than earlier forms – that՚s certainly a possibility. My only suggestion is that instead of viewing superempowered AIs … Continue reading Systematized instrumental rationality

Consider the possibility

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 11:15:35 +0000

I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit hanging around the online communities of the kind of people we are worried about reaching here, and I am here to tell you: They are using their critical thinking skills. They are fully literate in concepts like bias and in the importance of interrogating sources. They … Continue reading Consider the possibility


Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:08:18 +0000

Glad to see the debate on UBI is starting to get beyond the surface gosh-wow. From a bit at Teh Graun: In their incendiary book Inventing the Future, the authors Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek argue for UBI but link it to three other demands: collectively controlled automation, a reduction in the working week, and … Continue reading UBIquitous

A threshold phenomenon

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:05:13 +0000

This whole fake news phenomenon is hugely important and historically significant. At the moment I’m completely captivated by the strength of an analogy between the Gutenberg era and the internet era, this rhythmic force coming out of the connection between them. Radical reality destruction went on with the emergence of [the] printing press. In Europe … Continue reading A threshold phenomenon

The interface and the illusion of control

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:08:59 +0000

Most obviously, in using [smartphones] to navigate, we become reliant on access to the network to accomplish ordinary goals. In giving ourselves over to a way of knowing the world that relies completely on real-time access, we find ourselves at the mercy of something more contingent, more fallible and far more complicated than any paper … Continue reading The interface and the illusion of control