Star Trek presents a future that is simultaneously much more technological but in which our relationship with technology is more human; the question that is of most importance to me (information retrieval) is practically omitted.
The Internet may be our finest tool for inculcating the highest values in ourselves—but before cultivation comes freedom.
The Internet is a big, strange, unique monster: one that all the usual suspects would have us carve up and lobotomize for all the usual reasons; we must prevent them from doing so.
Communications technology is the medium of modern consciousness: freedom of speech, thought and association are near synonyms for freedom of and with respect to the technology of communication.
I’d like to share with you a section from the famous book on software creation (and creation generally): The Mythical Man Month, by Fredrick Brooks. Why? This particular section is a proud example of our habit, as a species, of letting our tools dampen and simplify our thinking, rather than taking the time to build tools that are ideisomorphic—that is, sensitive enough to represent human thought—or even to build tools that actually expand the compass of cognition.
Be well, enjoy 2021, and illegitimi non carborundum.
Kind Words is not a meditation game, but a kindness game for which meditation is the optimal strategy.
Having taught computers humanity, perhaps they can teach us good faith.
Most people are stunningly irrational; falsifiability is a test and a tool that helps us to hew away unfounded mental models and leave behind what works (for now).
Less is more?