Rains on Different Worlds by Hashem Al-Ghaili
Moving to neptune then?
Shows how precarious everyday life is - live it to the fullest lest an asteroid falls on your head :)
Chinese theater accidentally displays fan photoshop poster of Thor cradling Loki in his arms.
It’s extremely refreshing to read a book about AI which presents a critique of Ray Kurzweil and his role in popularizing the concept of a technological Singularity. In your estimation, is Ray Kurzweil a dangerous man?
Barrat: Dangerous isn’t a word I’m comfortable using about someone who’s contributed so much to the world. He’s enriched countless lives, including mine, with his inventions and ideas. But he’s taken one idea—Vernor Vinge’s technological singularity—and rebranded it as a wholly positive techno-utopia, complete with freedom from disease and eternal life. It’s as if he doesn’t know that powerful technologies are often used for bad ends. Look at AI-based autonomous killing drones, being developed now. Look at how the NSA is using data mining AI to abuse the Constitution. Advanced AI is a dual use technology, like nuclear fission, able to lift us up, and to crush us. It’s different in kind from every other technology, from fire on up. Kurzweil isn’t himself dangerous, but to minimize the downside of advanced AI in the futurist narrative is reckless and misleading. I’m glad Our Final Invention presents the long overdue counterpoint.
Nerd approved. Volkswagen Imperial Walker.
Janeway is the New Red
SciFi Writer Ian Banks on Politics
(Source: futuristicsugar, via thisistheverge)
DC Women Kicking Ass: Dudes Being Dumb About Comics? It Must be Thursday -
Whatever high I had coming off of spending time at Boston Comic Con surrounded by comics fans of both genders and many races has evaporated into the air of white dudes bloviating about comics being anything but just for them.
That didn’t take long.
Over at Think Progress, Alyssa Rosenberg…
It’s refreshing to read someone finally calling out the idiotic rape culture perpetuated as the ultimate horrific storyline - it’s true, it is horrific and it should never be used in storytelling as a way to depict how evil a villian is. How shallow and immature can these guys be?
Hansolo carbonite USB hub
The High Likelihood That Future NSA Abuses Will Occur
The Guardian’s latest scoop concerns the ability of National Security Agency analysts to search vast databases of emails, online chats, and web browsing histories, among other online activity.
Glenn Greenwald notes that the NSA is lawfully required to obtain a FISA warrant if the target of surveillance is a U.S. person. But it provides analysts “the technological capability, if not the legal authority, to target even US persons for extensive electronic surveillance without a warrant,” he reports, and to reveal IP addresses of everyone who visits “any website the analyst specifies.”
That alarms many Americans.
The Guardian article doesn’t provide any evidence of NSA analysts targeting U.S. persons without a warrant, as critics of the newspaper are quick to note. Yet there is still ample reason to worry.
It is naive — in fact, it is absurd — to imagine that the scores or hundreds of NSA analysts given access to these databases will never commit abuses.
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The less transparent the government is, the more quickly we fall into the trap of a police state, designed to “protect” us from ourselves. Let’s not go down that rabbit hole again.