5 groups for how people contribute to society: 1. neutral, 2. non-scalable builder (e.g. doctor), 3. non-scalable destroyer (petty thief), 4. scalable builder (innovator) or 5. scalable destroyer (Ponzi). How much do we stand to gain by diverting the 5s into 4s?
Machine learning systems are often mocked. They have, in fact, many qualities in common with (even smart) people: they make jumps between superficial aspects of what they’re looking at, can build something that can just about pass muster, but are, after real interrogation, unoriginal.
Christopher Hitchens, quoted from memory as I can’t find the source: “The war with irrationality and superstition will never be over; these things will return again and again, and we will defeat them, each time more profoundly than the last.”
“There are days when I miss my old convictions as if they were an amputated limb. But in general I feel better, and no less radical, and you will feel better too, I guarantee, once you leave hold of the doctrinaire and allow your chainless mind to do its own… Continue Reading
Realizing that giving is often feels better than receiving is part of growing up, as is the realization changing your mind often eclipses the satisfaction thinking the same way.
An Uber driver told me that the Republicans relate to the US like a noisy distressed toddler would to its mother, and the Democrats like a the same mother to her child. Cheap insults aside, the truth is in the synthesis: our countries are simultaneously petulant and our parents.
I read “The Great Shark Hunt” by the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson.
I love Hunter S. Thompson’s prose. Most focus their praise on the drugs and chaos, but his writing is just good ; it’s free from cliché, balanced, gripping — he’d be one of the best writers in history if he wrote about cars or the stock market. Twitter icon
Another UNIX aphorism: “Worse is better.” Richard P. Gabriel, who coined the phrase, does better work here than “Less is more.” It’s provocative, but silly enough for people not to get carried away with it.
Doug McIlroy, in The UNIX Philosophy, “Expect the output of every program to become the input to another, as yet unknown, program.” reminds me of Edmund Burke, on society as a partnership “between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.”