On the occasion of being reminded by Facebook of a post I’d made four years earlier re: our faith in prophecies blessed by magical black boxes.
Smart people become irrational around technology.
We want absolutes, purity and simple answers; whether it’s being anti-GMO or bullish on AI, the impulse is the same: to eliminate doubt.
Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling you religion not reasoning. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
The geniuses on Wall Street needed to be bailed out by the working stiffs on Main Street. The brilliant minds of Silicon Valley can’t figure out how to house elementary school teachers.
Here’s a responsible, pro-technology manifesto: Make society less brittle, invest resources in redundancy rather than trick shots, refuse to pay for silver bullets.
Instead of trying to cheat death, make dying dignified and gentle and graceful.
We should ridicule men who would rather become machines than confront their fundamental, ineffable weakness. That we err, that we die, is our fortune.
Learning to lose is our one chance at immortality.
The punchline above, a Google search for “David X Li copula function“, is still true. And it applies to more fields every day.
Below is an illustration of a wheel of fortune: