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Philosophy

The Value of Good Ideas

Fear to speak our mind tends to stifle and suffocate good ideas and give bad ideas and wilful ignorance free rein. It is also worth mentioning that bad ideas have an unfortunate tendency to self-replicate much faster than good ones. The only real solace here being that when there are many bad ideas in play, […]

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Philosophy

ChatGPT is Hollow

Context: How ChatGPT Will Destabilize White-Collar Work Aptitude sans subjectivity, a perfect business partner up until about the point at which the vacuum of comprehension becomes normative and all we end up with is symbol-shuffling automation, exponentiated for its own sake. The danger here, or at least a danger, is that the doubling down on […]

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Philosophy

AI and the Labelling Game

Context: Is your face gay? Conservative? Criminal? AI researchers are asking the wrong questions Beyond eugenic atavisms and endemic biases in contemporary technological (and downstream) cultural ontologies, it is worth reflecting that this kind of aspirational certainty in labelling features of identity and character is itself the amplified signal of a psychological reflex that existed […]

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Philosophy

Generative AI Creates, Negates and Alienates

Context: How ChatGPT Will Destabilize White-Collar Work Aptitude sans subjectivity, a perfect business partner up until about the point at which the vacuum of comprehension becomes normative and all we end up with is symbol-shuffling automation, exponentiated for its own sake. The danger here, or at least a danger, is that the doubling down on […]

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Philosophy

Healing Circles

The circle is and has always been a strong symbol of community, of culture, and of equality. When a person engages in the experience and living tapestry of shared value and responsibility that this geometry represents, the literal (or symbolic) circle of communication represents an optimal solution for equitable outcomes and adaptive growth. The Great […]

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Philosophy

Recursive Word Games

It is interesting to observe how all of our problems and transient solutions take the form of word games. Beyond the autocatalytic pathologies of self-regulatory perseveration, I think it is worth noting that the game itself is the sole beneficiary of this psychological and organisational recursion. Language itself is quite poorly suited to the complex […]

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Philosophy

The Philosophical Absence in Artificial General Intelligence

There is a vast and yawning ontological (as much as epistemological) abyss here. The axiomatic assumptions of current technologies are masked by their partial successes in the dissimulation of an intelligence, sentience (and life) that is not only poorly defined but that might in some profoundly intractable manner forever remain undefinable. This is an abyss […]

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environment

Deep Time and Shallow Machines

Astonishing beauty and entirely natural, expressed in the harmony and resonance of the (very) many parts with the whole. I enjoy this kind of photography because it also reminds us, much as does astrophotography, that wherever (and whenever) we look into the natural world we are staring into our own deep history. Contrast this with […]

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Philosophy

Self-Surveillance

There is, perhaps, as much to be said for an acquired art and experience of “self-surveillance” as there is of the orchestrated ubiquity of surveillance in information and (communications) technology that Orwell predicted. The longer arc and trajectory of human history has been one in which the inflating internal, interior spaces of memory and perception […]

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Philosophy

Democratic hetereogeneity is the winning gambit against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

An observation on the strategic utility of a “cat’s breakfast” as Ukraine’s harlequin coat of diverse systems and logistical support requirements is that the cost in maintenance and integration is at least partially offset by the complexity that Russian forces must themselves absorb to be able to counter this variety. The second-order consequences of a […]

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culture

Academic Stasis

Those artefacts, entities and systems that percolate to ascendance in any particular organisational context tend to be as persistent, as suffocating and as self-interested as they are brittle and prone to catastrophic disassembly when encountering significant environmental perturbation. The diminishing returns on disruptive science are a function of an academic system that has undergone pathological […]

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Philosophy

Automated Technological Malevolence

Context: Cybercrooks are telling ChatGPT to create malicious code Exponentiation… it’s a language game, all of it. The hyper-inflating state space of all combinatorial possibility has a tendency to drift, through entropy, into precisely those transient structural constellations that maximally reproduce: • not only the elements and instances or references, idioms, sentences, logical fragments and […]