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

Joe Rogan on a new type of human being: Instagram Whores and their ASSETS

On Joe Rogan’s podcast #1081 with evolutionary biologist couple Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying, around the 1:07 mark Rogan references his new standup comedy material about the emergence of “Instagram Whores”, a new type of human being cultivated by social media:

In our culture today, one of the things that is a big standout as being

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Reaching critical mass: does being the first to implement a big data solution guarantee a monopoly?

We hear it all the time: break up Facebook, Google, Twitter, et al. because they have an information “monopoly”. Add the manipulation of their algorithms to serve the ideological agenda of their management, shadowbanning and censoring search results for example, the more reason to break them up for abusing their “monopoly”.

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Propaganda journalism and misused prepositions: unnecessarily suggesting strong correlations

Stock market falls 10% as Trump suggests trade tariffs.

Gold stocks rise on rumours of Federal Reserve looking to inject more stimulus into the economy.

Oil tumbles around escalating tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

BitCoin falls 20% amid Korea talk about cryptocurrency regulation.

Do these headlines sound familiar? Mainly becau… 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

How much is social media group-think fueling financial bubbles like BitCoin? #HODL

I think now is as appropriate of a time as any to tie together two topics I’ve written about extensively on this blog: anti-social media and cryptocurrencies.

It’s hard to ignore the financial news from yesterday: cryptocurrencies with another double-digit percentage drop, stock markets dropping about 5%, volatility up 100%.

With regards … Read more

Thursday Thoughts: shadowbanning and Cathy Newman’s tells for cognitive dissonance

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.

Shadowbanning is not just a Twitter Thing — Google does it too
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The nefarious intent behind Facebook’s word choice: “friends” and “likes”

I signed up for a Facebook account nearly 13 years ago, but haven’t used it in roughly the past 7 years.  Since I have some software development tied in with the Facebook platform from the past, I chose not to outright “delete” my account.  For anyone else also hanging on to a dormant account, you begin to notice the barrage of e-mails spam… Read more

Jonathan Haidt video talking about the dangers of going viral on social media goes viral

The video clip I posted on YouTube about a month ago showing Jonathan Haidt discussing the catastrophic effects of social media has gained significant traction in YouTube’s home page and recommended video feed algorithms.

A bit of a paradox, I know — a video condemning the concept of going “viral” goes viral.  Trying to bring awaren… Read more