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Philosophy

A new religion is born: are we living in a giant computer simulation?

Very recently, a theory has been gaining traction that ponders whether we are living in a giant computer simulation, not much unlike The Matrix:

The theory of life as simulated reality isn’t particularly new, but due to prevalence of computer technology in our daily lives, many agnostics and atheists attempt to fill their “God of the GapsR… Read more

Okay, maybe it’s time to fear, AlphaZero is here

In No need to fear, AI domination is not near, I stated:

Only when a self-learning AI can teach itself the complexities of the world from first principles should we fear AI growing a mind of its own.

In the world of chess, poker, Go and Shogi, I suppose we do have something to fear because there have been significant leaps in achieving game theory optimal play us… Read more

Time to fear, AI assisted domination is here

Yesterday’s article points out that AI is far away from having a mind of its own and robot domination is irrational and unfounded.

However, that doesn’t mean that the role of AI is diminished in today’s world. In fact, a dangerous precedent is set when AI is used to accompany nefarious human behaviour.

When not used in a nefarious manner, i… Read more

No need to fear, AI domination is not near

In light of the recent news of a self-driving Uber car killing a pedestrian and Computing Forever’s warning of a pending AI takeover, it’s time to take a step back as usual and look at this issue from an unemotional, rational perspective.

Most of the “breakthroughs” in AI recently have been the result of big data mining. Computers g… Read more

Communities work, Communism does not — Part 2: fear replaces trust

Yesterday’s article, I concluded with the observation that Communism (and socialism to a lesser degree) rely on lethal force as their primary motivator:

How exactly does one plan to move the Communist game theory optimum to one of maximum work yielding infinitesimal individual gain, from one that rewards laziness? It should be easy to see how “le

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Communities work, Communism does not

Pun intended.

Communist sympathizers and supporters in western society who have lived a life of relative comfort under a non-Communist system have little to no knowledge of how regimes led by Mao, Stalin, Pol Pot and countless others come about, constantly coming up with rationalizations for their support of an ideology that never worked and will never … Read more

Postmodern deconstruction and cultural Marxism all stem from a single paradox

At 0:43 of a video clip I posted, “Mathematics has a race?”, David Millard Haskell references the single paradox for which postmodern theory is entirely predicated on:

 

Haskell notices the absurd objective of the text “Race, Class and Gender”, a staple of all courses in academia driving the current wave of postmodernism:… Read more

Why reasoning from first principles is considered “contrarian”

I found the “Four Quadrant Model” developed by Eric Weinstein an interesting take on the current state of thinking. After the Cathy Newman interview with Jordan Peterson, Weinstein applied his model to describe the phenomenon of how the mainstream narrative interacts with the counter-narrative, or stated alternatively: group-think ver… Read more

Thursday Thoughts: cryptocurrency hype is dead, enough with Russia

Thursday Thoughts are a series of recent observations too short to merit their own article, but still important when analyzing today’s technological, economic and psychological trends.

A moment of silence for cryptocurrencies

Another 10% rout today brings the total drop-off over 50% within the span of six weeks for BitCoin and many other cryptos.  T… Read more

Echo chambers converge on Jordan Peterson’s Twitter, and the sad state of journalism

Social media rears its ugly head again, as it does on a daily basis.  While this blog inadvertently dissects the ideology of the “far-left” due to their prevalence in technology, media, academia and the government, it’s time to analyze the rhetoric from the “far-right”.  It goes without saying that the ideologues of bo… Read more