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Let’s Not Talk About the Dragon!

There is no good way to address populist fearmongering. The good news is that you shouldn’t do it anyway.
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How Many Protesters Are Enough in Your Opinion?

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?”

Helplessness is a many-splendored thing

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.

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What Would Life Under AI Rule Really Look Like?

Power can take different 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.

Robots, robots, robots 1978
Robots, robots, robots from 1978 Image: archive.org / danismm.tumblr.com

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