Category: Critical Thinking

  • Why do We Risk Our Lives to Climb Mountains?

    Why do We Risk Our Lives to Climb Mountains?

    My recent adventures on the slopes of Mount Whitney (see 1 the initial summit & 2 the redemption mission), and the dancing with death that were a result of both, has me deeply thinking about the why of mountaineering. And not just for me — for Alex Honnold, for Scott Fischer — for anyone who chooses…

  • War of the AI Religions : Doomers vs. Accelerationists (r/acc)

    War of the AI Religions : Doomers vs. Accelerationists (r/acc)

    There is a war brewing amongst the AI Technorati. It is a war beyond logic. It is a war of belief. It is a war of AI Religion — a genuine techno-jihad playing out in Silicon Valley, Washington DC, and the broader world. It is a war that, allegedly, if the popular narrative is to…

  • Safety vs Speed: the AI Jihad / Nov 2023

    Safety vs Speed: the AI Jihad / Nov 2023

    Upon further examination of the Meltdown / Coup at OpenAI, a story is starting to materialize. This isn’t about money. This is about religion. The epic battle of Safety vs Speed. This is the Jihad that’s been rocking AI frontlines for years now. So: this was not a corporate takeover from Microsoft. And no, this…

  • Danger! Danger! Self-Driving Cars: Statistics vs. Politics in 2024

    Danger! Danger! Self-Driving Cars: Statistics vs. Politics in 2024

    On this one, I’m siding with the robots. Self-driving cars today are already provably safer — far safer — than human drivers. There are a few caveats to this, and several subtleties to grok to understand the shape of the debate. Lets examine the angles: Self-Driving Cars are Statistically Safer today, fully automated self-driving cars…

  • Deep Fake AI has arrived… and the Lines are Blurring

    Deep Fake AI has arrived… and the Lines are Blurring

    If a tree falls in the woods, and no one hears it…? What if a real photograph is cropped, framed, and exposed in just such a way as to convey a narrative that is counter to the “truth” of the “reality”? What if a deep fake is created that is “true” to the event in…

  • Power Seeking AI and Self-Replication with GPT4

    Power Seeking AI and Self-Replication with GPT4

    GPT4 launched today, to little fanfare and great surprise. Along with the launch, OpenAI published a 96-page research report. There are many gems buried in its hyper-technical blather. One in particular was what was done regarding “Safety testing and assessments of Power Seeking AI.” We quote here, directly from the report: Testing for Power Seeking…

  • This Changes Everything – Opinion by Ezra Klein

    This Changes Everything – Opinion by Ezra Klein

    This Changes Everything by Ezra Klein being a mildly stylised and textually verbatim reproduction of the article that appears behind the NYT paywall, here. Opinion for the New York Times — March 13, 2023 In 2018, Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google — and not one of the tech executives known for overstatement —…

  • The AI Manifesto 2023: Sam Altman’s Bold Demand that you Wake Up

    The AI Manifesto 2023: Sam Altman’s Bold Demand that you Wake Up

    Just last Friday, Sam Altman, visionary CEO of OpenAI, published a long blog post to the OpenAI website. As with most (not all!) of Sam’s posts, it is well-thought out, forward-seeing, and clear… and a bit shocking. In my mind, it reads more like a genuine AI Manifesto and less like just another thought piece.…

  • AI Censorship: ChatGPT’s Dirty Little Secret

    AI Censorship: ChatGPT’s Dirty Little Secret

    The situation is actually far worse than I had previously imagined. On Top of the ridiculous instruction set that attempts to conform a politically correct AI, there is an even earlier layer applied, this one at both the training dataset (content pre-scrub) and the output (real-time filtering) levels. This is the layer of AI censorship. Why would I…

  • AI Math Problems: 8 – 3 = 6? If only it had a Calculator…

    AI Math Problems: 8 – 3 = 6? If only it had a Calculator…

    A curious thing happened on the way to the Forum… I’ve been having, more or less, an ongoing conversation with ChatGPT for the past month or so (and its predecessor, GPT-3, before that). And though it has serious limitations, mostly due to its idiotically enforced censorship (yes, it’s politically correct AI… urgh), there is one…