Category Archives: Policy

If it’s purely economic reasoning applied, then I don’t use this tag, and vice versa.

That’s rare though. If it’s about policy then politics cannot be ignored.

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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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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Repeated stupidities in reporting on election outcomes where no single party obtains more than 50% of representative seats

Let’s say there are 100 seats. Party A gets 49 seats. Party B gets 48 seats. And Party C has 3 seats. Repeatedly, again and again and again, the media reports this is a way that suggests that the real … Continue reading

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Possible check as a standard counterargument to be presented any time a particular type of crime data anomaly appears

It is commonly known among well read people that perceptions of rising crime have persisted for some decades despite a reality where almost all indicators of almost all types of crime have been falling steadily throughout almost that entire period. … Continue reading

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Question: If there’s no proof of some technology being abused to nefarious ends, then why worry?

If technology exists to do some bad thing, in the absence of explicit enforceable regulations to prevent the usage of such technology for such purposes, the only safe assumptions are that a) they will be abused, and b) enforceable mechanisms … Continue reading

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As if airline “security measures” in the USA were not already absurd enough …

The U.S. Homeland Security Secretary says that the USA may ban taking laptops as carry on, on all flights leaving and entering the USA. That would enable direct access to the main working device of any person entering or leaving … Continue reading

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Neurotechnology mainstreaming in highschool science, in order to capitalize on opportunities and be sufficiently informed to mitigate risks (1st review draft notes – conceptual)

Reviewing the Ontario grades 9-12 science curriculum, the following would be fairly unobtrusive ways to introduce many aspects of neurotechnologies into the curriculum: Related topics/concepts presently included in grades 9-10 curriculum: – angles of incidence/reflection/refraction: these are related to photonics. … Continue reading

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Net neutrality rehash

Setting lower speed limits for small players is not right. Consumers should be empowered to make these choices through the bandwidth speeds they pay for. (This is the status quo.) It should not be left to the ISPs to decide … Continue reading

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