Category Archives: Arts, media & society

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If Humpty Dumpty becomes indifferent to word meaning …

At XKCD.com

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Musk calls for government regulation to ensure that market pressures to pursue AI are not civilization threatening

In calling for regulation and government leadership or direction on the matter, Musk departs from his typically unfavourable attitude towards regulation. He highlights manipulation of information (e.g. fake news, etc) as among major risks that an AI could be harnessed … Continue reading

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Pathways to power survey for administration to those who interrupt public conferences and other meetings with continuous blackmail hunting by use of triggers and observing responses

1) Do you think blackmail or similar forms of coercion are acceptable means of suppressing competition or scaring away those who are not willing to participate in blackmail? 2) Would a 360 camera in every pair of underwear be an acceptable … Continue reading

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When the logic of “periodically kick the bums out” is not enough

If there are major problems and the party in power has not only not solved those problems, but is unable to even acknowledge the existence of those problems, then many people will be inclined to go beyond blaming the party … Continue reading

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One way that neurotech can be dumb: “Any maybe leaders”, profiling relating to a policy position, and 20-year advance foreign suppression in an open country

The situation: A foreign group calculates a potential loss in the 20-year timeframe if Domestic Policy A becomes supported in government. 10,000 “maybe leaders” under the age of 25 have their social media accounts hacked for the purpose of finding … Continue reading

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Blackmail hunting should be an explicit crime. This is not at all the same as journalism or whistleblowing or any other type of non-blackmail activity.

Distinctions between criminal blackmail and journalism Intent: Journalism: Obtain information that would be of interest to the public, and then make money writing things that it is believed the public should know about Blackmail: Obtain information (whether involving embarrassing, criminal, … Continue reading

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The value of a leadership with independent authorities that goes deeper than Mr T

In response to the potential that Trump will basically not make use of diplomatic apparatus, which tends to be much cheaper than bombs in both the short run and long run in most matters of foreign affairs, key figures in … Continue reading

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Some Indians seem to have been persuaded to buy this line

(Among the extremely diverse traditions of the soon-to-be-most-populous nation on the planet) There were some fertility cults in India back in the day (perhaps including of the type that would dance around ceremoniously and then have a group orgy), and … Continue reading

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Any back any stab blackmail culture of 2017

In 2017, people do not want to give their name to a stranger. In 2017, people do not want to tell a stranger even which part of town they live in until relatively assured that you are not an adherent … Continue reading

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Thoughts relating to perspectives on “flexible labour” as pertains to freelancers / contractors / self-employed

What share of independent professionals would turn down a guaranteed 40 hour work week at 80% of the pay per unit output? The benefits of flexible labour supply should not be ignored, and potential lifestyle aspects will appeal to some. … Continue reading

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