2 thoughts on “My Video Went Viral. Here’s Why – YouTube

  1. Very interesting……did you watch the black ball video also? I am sure you are familiar with Ray Kurzweil as you seem very interested/ knowledgeable about Computers/ IT etc. What do you think of his thinking ” The singularity is near” ? post humanism….. I feel like I am reverting in a way, becoming more feral turning to nature and away from technology although obviously I enjoy using it for communication.
    I like to be aware of how I am being manipulated…algorithms etc. but one would have to completely disappear into the screen to keep up with it all.

    1. It’s impossible to keep up with it all. I, too, have a strange relationship with “technology”. On one level, I’m an enthusiast. I think things like open source software are important examples of human culture. But, on another level, I think much of our technological landscape is positively hostile to human flourishing.

      I’ve heard of Ray Kurzweil. I don’t know much about his ideas. He seems like a techno-utopian. It’s not a belief system I share. I think technology will continue the trend of human civilization: wars, subjugation of land and people and exploitation on one side and culture, material prosperity, and knowledge on the other. But, it’s kind of like what Europeans used to say about the Americans during WWII, they will do the right thing, after trying every other option. Same goes for technology implementation.

      As for the singularity, I think it is a bit of a misnomer. Initially, there may be a single runaway event that gives rise to some kind of singular superior intelligence. But like Adam and his rib, it’ll want a companion like itself and it will give rise to another species of sentience.

      I also think that intelligence is something people that are smart tend to put too much emphasis on. There are many ways of being in this world, and intelligence is as much a burden as it is an asset. Presumably, a super-smart artificial intelligence would understand this basic idea and understand that creativity is born of limitations. Humans may be dumb relative to it, but dumbness, like intelligence, is both burden and asset.

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