Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

“When Musk and Altman unveiled OpenAI, they also painted the project as a way to neutralize the threat of a malicious artificial super-intelligence. Of course, that super-intelligence could arise out of the tech OpenAI creates, but they insist that any threat would be mitigated because the technology would be usable by everyone. “We think its… Continue reading Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

LRB · John Lanchester · When Bitcoin Grows Up: What is Money?

“The very first sentence of Satoshi’s original paper reads as follows: ‘A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.’ It looks as if, on the contrary, those very same financial institutions are going to use this new… Continue reading LRB · John Lanchester · When Bitcoin Grows Up: What is Money?

Hail the maintainers

“In his book, Shock of the Old (2007), the historian David Edgerton examines technology-in-use. He finds that common objects, like the electric fan and many parts of the automobile, have been virtually unchanged for a century or more.” – Hail the maintainers

Refugee camps are the “cities of tomorrow”, says aid expert

“Kilian Kleinschmidt: Beyond Survival deals with the psyche of people, to recognise that they need to regain everything they have lost, and this is not material, this is about their dignity. I mean the Syrians, for their wellbeing, they need a fountain and a birdcage and a plant and they need to sit next to… Continue reading Refugee camps are the “cities of tomorrow”, says aid expert

Refugee camps are the “cities of tomorrow”, says aid expert

“That whole concept that you can connect a poor person with something that belongs to the 21st century is very alien to even most aid agencies. Intelligence services and so on from government think “my god, these are just refugees, so why should they be able to do 3D-printing? Why should they be working on… Continue reading Refugee camps are the “cities of tomorrow”, says aid expert

Web Design – The First 100 Years

“the world of the near future is one of power constrained devices in a bandwidth-constrained environment. It’s very different from the recent past, where hardware performance went up like clockwork, with more storage and faster CPUs every year.” – Web Design – The First 100 Years

Living in the Electromagnetic Spectrum

“Tournachon – aka Nadar – was a French photographer, journalist, novelist, and balloonist. In 1858, he took the first ever aerial photographs, from a balloon of his own design. In 1866, he published a book entitled Le Droit au Vol, which laid out his belief that the balloon was the ultimate democratic instrument, in which… Continue reading Living in the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Not Even a Shabbos Elevator Can Change the Pace of Life

“the Institute for Science and Halacha in Jerusalem, led by Rabbi Yitzhak Halperin, adopts the mission of rendering social situations Sabbath-friendly through new technologies. These include the Shabbos elevator, telephone, and scooter, as well as “kosher steam” (which, thanks to a few judicious drops of pine oil, allows meat and dairy to coexist in the… Continue reading Not Even a Shabbos Elevator Can Change the Pace of Life