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  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    @145 Tom M: Yes, I agree that ad-monetized eyeballs are not the only thing of value on the internet. People are minting real power out there, too. Cf. Trump, Donald J. You guys may have already seen this, but I'd...
  • Commented on Eleven Tweets
    The never-ending Quest For Eyeballs may be part of the problem, but I don't think it's the big one. The big one is that the round-trip times on the news/information cycle have dropped from days/weeks down to hours. You can't...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    "Their definition of it is that everyone has access to everyone's thoughts and memories." This'll never work. "Access" drops you into the qualia problem almost instantly. Humans don't have well-normalized thoughts. My activation pattern for "I could really go for...
  • Commented on A purely theoretical dilemma
    Aren't we a group mind already? Doesn't our civilization exhibit emergent behavior that can't be attributed to individuals? Isn't there dispersed knowledge that isn't atomic to the individual? Why would we expect the components of a group mind to behave...
  • Commented on The paranoid style in 2016
    "2007 is when the human species accidentally invented telepathy (via the fusion of twitter, facebook, and other disclosure-induction social media with always-connected handheld internet devices). This gets an early nomination for most thought provoking sentence of 2016. Unfortunately, ever since...
  • Commented on Bombing Syria Considered Stupid
    "What we need is enough coastal desalination plants to relieve pressure on the Syrian water supply, combined with resettlement camps for refugees fleeing the war..." Since we're starting from reality now as opposed to, say, reality ten years ago, need...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    The idea isn't that one way of training is necessarily better than another; it's that lots of ways are better than a few ways. The more overconstrained your social system is, the less diversity of action you get, which is...
  • Commented on It could be worse
    Well, that was thoroughly depressing. Perhaps the Chinese (and everybody else) should think about freedom from a neuro-psychological standpoint for a while. Human brains are a finite resource; they can only learn so much behavior. Even worse, if you subscribe...
  • Commented on Cloud cuckoo politics
    Cameron had better be willing to ban transmissions of binary data as well, because it's trivially easy to obfuscate a key exchange in anything but text. (It's actually pretty easy in text, too.) After that, one hunk of binary data...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    "...but HST interception is more like ABM territory than 747 interception..." Agreed, but my point is that you have to have that kind of air defense anyway, because lack of such a defense leaves you vulnerable to genuine military hypersonic...
  • Commented on Why we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners
    I'm gonna push back on the security issue a bit. It's real, but it's not going to be something that represents any more threat than will be out there at the time of deployment. HSTs don't fly routes; they fly...
  • Commented on A nation of slaves
    I agree we need mincome in some form, but there are a couple of caveats. First, mincome is an uncontrolled system. If you're living in a genuinely abundant society, it's no problem if you wind up with the employable leaving...
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