Glenn Hauman

Glenn Hauman

  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    And it turns out that not only investing in local news is cheap, it's needed: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/20/us/local-news-disappear-pen-america.html https://pen.org/local-news/ "In 2017, when work on the PEN project began, researchers planned to call it “News Deserts,” examining pockets of the country where local...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    "I don't have to outrun the bear; I just have to outrun you."...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    "I'd suggest there's a category error here, in that "a version of Cambridge Analytica whose ultimate goals I agree with" != "benevolent."" I was referring to promoting unity and collegiality, instead of stoking division and playing on hatred and distrust...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    "BUT .. you CAN sepnd silly amounts on helping to fianance, say proper controlled fusion poer, can't you?" Yes, but there's no guarantee fusion will work. In planning, you plan for what you know you can accomplish, not "and then...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    "Yes, maybe owning a newspaper and a TV channel would be useful, but don't go overboard: it's main role should be to provide a vehicle for stories that the microtargeted propaganda on social media can leverage, and somewhere to park...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Continuing plans: * Election machine reform. Again, restoring trust in the system-- voting machines are less regulated than slot machines. * Moon shot plan, with existing technology: ** Carbon sequestration via bamboo growth. Fastest growing plant form available, and I'm...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Possibly violating my own rule about inventing new tech, but one wonders if it's possible to create a benevolent version of Cambridge Analytica, to influence a lot of people at low cost. Certainly worth a hundred million or so to...
  • Commented on Sucker bet (a thought experiment)
    Wow, you're asking me to reveal a lot of story research here, but what the hell. Aside: $100 billion makes you the richest person on the planet (known legally, people like Putin probably have more and/or control more). While you...
  • Commented on Updating a classic
    Oh, you Europeans. You haven't lived until you've tried uniquely American solutions. 1. Arm your company security guards. Let them prowl the halls occasionally looking for problems. I mean, just look at how paranoid those employees are when you walk...
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    Medicalization of the normal range of human variation is a very dangerous trend: ask Alan Turing's ghost if you want more evidence. Or ask Alan Tudyk's ghost about Reavers....
  • Commented on A game of consequences
    I suspect you're going to have in vitro screening for psychopathic tendencies and a wide array of other birth defects, with mandatory abortions. Re: AI moderation-- you may end up with the plot of Harlan Ellison's "I, Robot" screenplay, where...
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