Sunday Morning 2018-05-20

Lectures d’aquests darrers dies.

Chatbots are saints

Although chatbots have been presented as a means of humanizing machine language — of adapting computers to the human world — the real goal all along has been to mechanize human language in order to bring the human more fully into the machine world. Only then can Silicon Valley fulfill its mission of capturing the entirety of human experience as machine-readable, monetizable data.

Peter Diamandis on Overcoming Murphy’s Law | Quote Investigator

“If anything can go wrong, fix it! (To hell with Murphy!)”

These machines are not thinking beings who do our thinking for us

We have invented computers to save us the trouble of computing. These machines are not thinking beings who do our thinking for us, but rather devices that produce the results of calculations without anyone literally calculating or thinking […] We need not fear that our machines will out-think us — though we might well fear that they will lead us to cease to think for ourselves.

—Peter Hacker on Wittgenstein in Ray Monk and Frederic Raphael (eds.), The Great Philosophers (2000).

Cfr. Luciano Floridi: “AI is about decoupling successful problem solving from any need to be intelligent”.

Sunday Morning 2018-05-13

Photo by Liz Weddon on Unsplash

Lectures potser remarcables d’aquests darrers dies.

¿Quieres un préstamo? Dime qué móvil utilizas y sabré si vas a ser moroso

…una decena de aspectos diferentes… como el dispositivo desde el que se hizo la compra, el sistema operativo, el proveedor de correo electrónico del cliente o la hora a la que se llevó a cabo la adquisición.

Exercise Tiger: The Disastrous D-Day Rehearsal That Cost 800 Lives

General Dwight D. Eisenhower… insisted that live ammunition be used instead of blanks so that his soldiers could feel, see and even smell what a real battlefield looked like.

Jaime Miquel: La perestroika que necesita el Estado

…lo principal ya está escrito en los números de la sociedad: si no es perestroika ahora, será ruptura después.

De-Googling my phone

LineageOS, alternative app stores, free apps, file syncing, etc.

Corporate Surveillance in Everyday Life

How Thousands of Companies Monitor, Analyze, and Influence the Lives of Billions. Report + Web Publication.

“Cryptocurrencies will come to bad endings,” said Buffett…
“To me, it’s just dementia”, replied Munger. ” It’s like somebody else is trading turds and you decide you can’t be left out.”

Sunday Morning 2018-05-06

Algunes lectures d’aquesta setmana.

El ‘spam’ cumple 40 años: así se cabrearon las primeras víctimas del correo basura

Gary Thuerk (DEC): “Subrayé unos 400 nombres en el Directorio de ARPANET de unos 2.600 usuarios. Mi jefe de producto, Carl Gartley, las escribió [una por una] en el sistema de correo. Y yo escribí la invitación.”

Choosing a Responsive Email Framework: MJML vs. Foundation for Emails

Building responsive emails isn’t simple at all, it is like taking a time machine back to 2001.

True AI is both logically possible and utterly implausible

Luciano Floridi. Singularitarians vs. AItheists. “How some nasty ultraintelligent AI will ever evolve autonomously from the computational skills required to park in a tight spot remains unclear. The truth is that climbing on top of a tree is not a small step towards the Moon; it is the end of the journey.”

Are you really Facebook’s product? The history of a dangerous idea.

If anything, Facebook’s mistake in the Cambridge Analytica case was that it failed to treat users’ data as a valuable product.

La polémica de ‘Lolita’

La cultura la crean, básicamente, los grupos privilegiados, uno de cuyos privilegios –y no el menor– es precisamente el de hablar en nombre del conjunto. En el ámbito del género, ello se traduce en una equivalencia implícita que está en la base del patriarcado: la que consiste en tomar lo masculino por lo humano. Precisamente el artículo de Vargas Llosa nos ofrece de ello un ejemplo inmejorable, cuando reclama una literatura que ofrezca una “vía de escape” al “fondo retorcido de lo humano”.