Taleb: the casual investor who checks their portfolio too frequently will go berserk, worrying about minor price changes.
Lanier: if you prime a computer system to respond to quick changes in emotion, it will select for lust and anger (fast) over learning and friendship (slow).
Hardware idea: scanners/copiers should, after each job, emit a beep and display an on-screen message saying: “Don’t forget your original document!”.
When unimpeachably intelligent people literally “can’t find” the program (window, tab, etc.) that they were/are using, one must, I think, admit that it is the user interface that is unintelligent.
The devil is in the data structure.
Before stating that you believe something, try to name something that you would accept as evidence not to believe that thing.
Society remembers those who make a prescient, unpopular stand. We should remind ourselves that 1. today (as then) people like this seem quite odd or even dangerous to us, 2. there is a large, forgotten set who made a justified unpopular stand, but were wrong by chance.
“The whole world’s living in a digital dream
It’s not really there
It’s all on the screen”
—Joe Walsh, “Analog Man”
True, but don’t forget that the first “screen” is the retina and its mapping to the brain: our concious experience derived thus isn’t “real” either.
“It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.” The best Yogi-isms are superficially contradictory, the contradiction serving to illuminate what words actually mean to us.
People who act in a “serious” manner, often aren’t actually taking the world seriously.
We should stop conflating “sceptic” as in someone who doubts or requires evidence (a noble thing) with someone who simply does not believe a given position (whether rationally or not), e.g. “climate change sceptic.”