"Uploading" and The Turing Con
Counting on general ignorance, insensitivity, and ineptitude to get away with the substitution of a counterfeit is, in plain terms, fraud.
Science fiction is a genre of literature in which artifacts and techniques humans devise as exemplary expressions of our intelligence result in problems that perplex our intelligence or even bring it into existential crisis.
The harms and crimes of automation are done by humans to humans. And framing these harms and crimes in terms of killer robots or out of control automation inevitably distorts the issues and the stakes at hand.
The Yearning Annex: Google Commits Millions for Robot Cult Indoctrination in Plutocratic Venture-Capitalist Dystopia
Their prose was all purple, there were VCs running everywhere, tryin' to profit from destruction, you know we didn't even care.
The idea of a ban on "existentially-risky" artificial intelligence -- a term which is concerned with quite a lot of stuff that isn't or wouldn't be intelligent -- is momentarily very much in the news right now (or what passes for news in the illiterate advertorial pop-tech press) due to a recent Open Letter from the Future of Life Institute --
In an enjoyable and widely-read rant, sf-critic Charlie Jane Anders recently declared herself Tired of "The Smartest Man in the Room" science fiction trope. Her delineation of the stereotype should be immediately legible. Futurologists, are you and do you really want to be that guy?
Once again we are confronted with another miscarriage of justice as another police officer kills another unarmed black citizen the police are supposed to serve and protect. And once again calls are ringing out on all sides to install more cameras: cameras on police cars, cameras on the street, cameras on the bodies of cops on the beat.
The futurological in my sense of the term is an ideological formation; it is essentially a marketing discourse amplifying the profits and authority of incumbent elites by mobilizing seductive and reassuring techno-transcendental wish-fulfillment fantasies in the form of unaccountable, apparently p
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The famous Austrian poet and novelist Rainer Maria Rilke once wrote,
The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
April 25, 2015 - It is good to know that we humans have done our audit and determined what the oceans are worth.
April 22, 2015 - The world needs more scientists, more people trained to understand the six principles behind scientific thinking. What are we talking about?
April 21, 2015 - I wonder how deeply this headline will get buried but it is one to which most of humanity need pay attention.
April 20, 2015 - Peter Diamandis, author of "Bold" and "Abundance" sends out a weekly email in which he describes a technology and its potential impact. This came to my desk yesterday and I had to share it with my readers.