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April 20, 2014

Daily Archives: April 7, 2012

Music this weekend – VCMG

OMG! OMG! My friend Mikael pointed me to this, and I just remembered that Mykel mentioned it too (synth friends have to be named Mikael it seems). It and it is awesome. This is what Speak & Spell would have sounded like had it been released now, or like, a prequel to Speak & Spell. OK, that messed my music listening plans up. Now I will be listening to this for the foreseeable future. Vince Clark. Martin Gore. (Bows and says “iamnotworthyiamnotworthy”

Alternative Turing Tests I: The Double Test and the Network Test

Lately the notion of testing systems for intelligence has occupied some of my free time. One thing that interests me is alternative designs for the well-known Turing test. There are quite a few variants already out there, but I wanted to add two more. The first is the double Turing test, where the computer is tasked with determining if the interlocutor on the other side is human and the human is tasked with detecting a computer: The salient question becomes if the algorithms are different. We know they will be, since we have seen reverse Turing tests and captchas, but …continue reading

Commando capitalism a one cycle pony?

I have just started reading Acemoglu and Robinson on Why Nations Fail. It is an interesting book for many reasons, but one of the arguments the authors have explored that I find interesting is the notion that the commando capitalist economies that seem to be doing so well will ultimately fail. The argument has three parts. The first is essentially that growth in our society is Schumpeterian, that we need periods of creative destruction, and that is how capitalism grows: The authors then note that the process of creative destruction always pits entrepreneurs against incumbents. The incumbents will behave as …continue reading

The Barlow Theorem

The more I think about it, the clearer it seems to me that with the reduction in the cost of technologies comes the increased need for controlling people if you want to control the technologies. There is a tipping point somewhere, where a technology hits the mainstream and essentially through ease of use and availability becomes very hard to control. Think about mobile phones and regulating who takes pictures where, or go back further and think about writing. How would one regulate writing in our society? That is a technology that has passed the point of regulability in a sense. …continue reading

Cyberlibertarianism 2.0

Mathias Klang has written an interesting piece on my last post about the next Internet war. His theory is essentially that “power abhors a vacuum” and that the powers that exist now will re-assert themselves when they are challenged. I agree. I only think that the price gets higher in each iteration of that process. We have lived through the first cycle of Internet policy where Barlow gave way to Lessig who gave way to Wu&Goldsmith, essentially going from “the net will set us free” over “code will regulate us” to “nation states can still lock you up and torture …continue reading