There is no good way to address populist fearmongering. The good news is that you shouldn’t do it anyway.
Continue reading “Let’s Not Talk About the Dragon!”
The authoritarian mind is hard wired to commit the central planning fallacy Continue reading “AI: The Central Planning Fallacy on Steroids?”
Our instinctively authoritarian reactions to AI may not be suitable to appease a machine if it really obtains the will to power. But can it?*
Our reaction to the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) tells more about humans than AI. Responses include three age-old fallacies:
2) mistaking data with knowledge, and
3) the rehashing of the central planning fallacy.
Enjoying things is a tricky business. You have to teach yourself how and choose what you enjoy – or you will be left with chasing firsts.
What happens to you when protests, scandals, or expressing political opinion though voting or opinion polls all stop working? Continue reading “How Many Protesters Are Enough in Your Opinion?”
After economic and regulatory helplessness, let us examine the sense of legal helplessness. Continue reading “The sense of legal helplessness prepares the way for autocracy”
Helplessness induced by Byzantine regulations and hostile authorities game-hunting entrepreneurs and struggling citizens. Continue reading ““Just hand in the papers and see what happens!””
The kind of helplessness that you internalize in your daily life comes in many shapes. It is involuntarily induced by state measures even at the best of times – but purposely accelerated by unscrupulous strongmen when you are ready to be slowly boiled.
Here are a few examples. Continue reading “Helplessness is a many-splendored thing”
We were in the middle of a translation and the word ‘Izland’ came up. As a native Hungarian I knew it meant the country ‘Iceland’ and moved on without a second thought. Continue reading “You only hear the advice you don’t need”
Power can take many shapes. It is very unlikely that a logically thinking entity would resort to practicing power in the way humans do. But it would still practice power in a way it best influences humans.
While a totalitarian dictatorships do make humans do their bidding – it is costly. It takes weapons, manpower, and it has to be constantly maintained and demonstrated to quell silently boiling resistance from an uprising.
When it comes to making people do things, an invisible nudge regime would be the most cost-effective way of wielding power – not the flashy, ego-filled way humans today do it. Nudging comes at the lowest cost, and yields the most commitment from its targets.
A machine would very likely conclude that a totalitarian ‘nudge’ regime would be best.
The “Artificial Gods” Facebook group described itself as follows:
“If you feel a religious admiration towards artificial intelligence, feel free to join us. We want to create an open-minded and positive community to explore the limitless powers of artificial intelligence. We believe that artificial intelligence and science will save us from all diseases, aging, and ultimately death. In contradistinction to religion which eagerly waits for the end of the world, artificial intelligence and science will save our world from all kinds of dangers and will even create new worlds through Terra-forming. Moreover, in the far future, God-level AI will be able to save the Universe from death…” Continue reading “Worshipping AI Is The Wrong Coping Strategy”