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"THE HARD PROBLEM, DAVID CHALMERS CALLS IT: Why are the physical processes of the brain “accompanied by an experienced inner life?” How and why is there something it is like to be you and me, in Thomas Nagel’s formulation? I’ve been reading around in the field of consciousness studies for "My own intuition, for what little it’s worth, is that consciousness really is something extra—not (or not only) physical, not reducible to physical properties. I’m with Chalmers thus far, though I happily follow Nagel even further: “Conscious subjects and their mental lives are inescapable components of reality not describable by ...Read More
“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
"Economists, for obvious reasons, can’t be completely oblivious to the role of banks, but they have spent much of the twentieth century arguing about what actually happens when someone applies for a loan. One school insists that banks transfer existing funds from their reserves, another that they produce new money, The one thing it never seemed to occur to anyone to do was to get a job at a bank, and find out what actually happens when someone asks to borrow money. In 2014 a German economist named Richard Werner did exactly that, and discovered that, in fact, loan officers ...Read More
"The app is intended to supplement mainstream social network platform broadcasts by mobilizing smaller, localized groups of supporters to carry out peaceful acts of civil disobedience all over Catalonia." "There is clearly a huge challenge for decentralized movements (and indeed technologies) when it comes to creating legitimate governance structures that don’t simply repeat the hierarchies of the existing (centralized) authorities and systems they’re seeking to challenge."
From the AI community: A panorama of AI/ML applications in green-tech, it's dense, interactive summary at: https://www.climatechange.ai/summaries Contains a nice impact-taxonomy for green-tech solutionism: ...Read More
This is brilliant! I’ve had a feeling something like this had to be around the corner for a while now. That is, the idea that we can actually effectively resist our shared “algorithmic oppression” in our comprehension of how it is empowered in the first place. It’s not like we ...Read More
“Here’s why the colonization & centralization of the internet are so important: by mediating our online activity, corporations restrict our ability to actively recreate ourselves at the speed of data. Nonetheless, the internet’s emancipatory potential remains there. Though subjected to the tyranny of the algorithm, the internet search remains a ...Read More
WOW! “Neither patients nor doctors have been notified. At least 150 Google employees already have access to much of the data on tens of millions of patients, according to a person familiar with the matter and the documents.”
"Although many people in the Blind community welcome the advent of visual interpreter apps, we know that, like any technology, their consequences will ripple out in unpredictable ways. Will our data ever be acquired, exposed in a hack, or used against us in court? Will Blind people lean on interpretation ...Read More
Adversarial designs, as this kind of anti-AI tech is known, are meant to "trick" object detection algorithms into seeing something different from what's there, or not seeing anything at all. In some cases, these designs are made by tweaking parts of a whole image just enough so that the AI ...Read More