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Interesting thoughts on the concept of "Intellectual debt" and it ramifications to systems such as AI where iteration upon unexplained correlations may become problematic and leave systems open to failures and adversarial gaming. ...Read More
When Black Mirror meets real life. This article describes one person's pursuit of building a digital interactive avatar of her deceased friend that she and others can talk to, by using old text messages and AI. Great discussion on the ethics and emotions of such an endeavour, how it can "When the engineers had at last finished their work, Eugenia Kuyda opened a console on her laptop and began to type. ...Read More
“I also watched MIT (...) [hosting a talk by] the former secretary of state and notorious war criminal, and giving input on the U.S. Department of Defense’s “AI Ethics Principles” for warfare, which embraced “permissibly biased” algorithms and which avoided using the word “fairness” because the Pentagon believes “that fights ...Read More
"EVERYONE AT THE DINNER given by Balmain for Cécile B. Evans, held on the candlelit stage of an otherwise empty 2,200-seat concert hall after the “unveiling” of Evans’s new video piece, A Screen Test for an Adaptation of Giselle, seemed to have the same question: “Who are these people?” We AT DAVID ZWIRNER’S ANNUAL Soho Beach House party, a charming pair of art advisors—Suzanne Modica and Ashley Carr—introduced us to one of their clients. Richard Mumby is thirty-five and handsome and calls us darling, nonsexually. He has good taste. He had purchased that week, for instance, a series of ...Read More
"Lil Miquela, who has 1.6 million Instagram followers, is a computer-generated character. Introduced in 2016 by a Los Angeles company backed by Silicon Valley money, she belongs to a growing cadre of social media marketers known as virtual influencers. Each month, more than 80,000 people stream Lil Miquela’s songs on Spotify. She has worked with the Italian fashion label Prada, given interviews from Coachella and flaunted a tattoo designed by an artist who inked Miley Cyrus. ...Read More
“while the goal of a left tech policy should be to strike at the root of private power by transforming how our digital infrastructures are owned, we will also need legislative and administrative rule-making to govern how those infrastructures are allowed to operate.”
“Why does every aspect of automated content selection have to be done by a single business? Why not open up the pipeline, and create a market in which users can make choices for themselves? we’re now beginning to have a computational language that has the scope to formulate “computational contracts” that can specify relevant kinds of constraints in computational terms, in a form that humans can write and understand, and that machines can automatically interpret. ...Read More
Most people know about the placebo effect, which refers to the power of positive expectations to induce pleasant sensations or symptom improvements. (Placebo roughly translates to “I shall please.”) Nocebo translates to “I shall harm.”
Is "Stakeholder Capitalism" an exciting new path forward or a last roll of the capitalist dice that is doomed to the same fates of croney capitalism? The World Economic Forum hopes its the former. "What kind of capitalism do we want? That may be the defining question of our era. If we want to sustain our economic system for future generations, we must answer it correctly. ...Read More
I would have l loved to see a discussion of extended mind theory and also how [our lack of understanding of] artificial neural nets informs the question of cognition. My two cents: “consciousness” is very poorly defined. I’m with Chalmers in that cognition is an emergent property of actively communicating networked nodes of any kind, and there are simply different levels of cognition.
“Platforms don't look like how they work and don't work like how they look.” “The Stack terraforms the host planet by drinking and vomiting its elemental juices and spitting up mobile phones.” -Benjamin Bratton ...Read More
A strange thing happens when human systems grow. They have a tendency to be guided less by relationships between humans and more by relationships between capital. At scale, capital is a standardized and reified token of trust that doesn’t require individuals to know each other as they would have in HUMAN COOPERATION HAS DIMINISHING RETURN AT SCALE. ...Read More