2 years ago in Everything
What are 'negative social consequences' ? That seems like a value-judgement to me and potentially highly political.
 2 years ago in Everything
User-facing software is about politics the same way architecture (like for buildings) is political: sure there is a lot that software and buildings can do to make people do one thing instead of another, but they don't change the fundamental things that drive us.
Not even a political party changes "the fundamental things that drive us". What drivel. Anyway, here is the article that naturally got flagged off the HN frontpage real quick: https://032c.com/fred-turner-silicon-valley-thinks-politics-doesnt-exist
 2 years ago in Everything
I am not a fan of the mass farming, but there are thousands of variables that lead to our current treatment of cattle and so on.
 2 years ago in Everything
Here's my take on the future: We'll upload ourselves and use much less energy.
 2 years ago in Everything
How do you compare which experience is better given they are both personal?
 2 years ago in Everything
Hopefully they’ll have gone through a similar ethical development that we have and they’re not still going around conquering other civilizations like we were back in the day.
 2 years ago in Everything
The military has been behind most of the technological advances in society
 2 years ago in Everything
What's the difference between this and hiring a team of autistic savants who can remember a ton of faces?
 2 years ago in Everything
You're literally hosting your life on it.
 2 years ago in Everything
I think it's more dystopian for all governments to have the same ideals and policies than for different governments to have different ideals and policies. It's okay that China is different.
 2 years ago in Everything
Today with SpaceX pushing us towards Mars it feels like we're living in pre-history of Expanse which is based on the most realistic SciFi I've seen yet.
 2 years ago in Everything
I never thought that voice control would be that useful until I had my daughter... being able to turn on the white noise, turn off the tv, play her music, etc while having my hands full of toddler is very useful.
 2 years ago in Everything
unless you think it's a bad thing for them to have an API then they don't distribute data either
 2 years ago in Everything
Shun him you say? Shun Gates for what he did to Apple, Netscape etc etc. Shun Googlers for what they're doing to competitors, shun Larry for suing about Java....and so on. Will anyone knowledgeable be left?
 2 years ago in Everything
I bet someone on the board reached for some connections and it just happened to be the military.
 2 years ago in Everything
Coca Cola's interpretation of the tradition is as valid as anyone else's.
 2 years ago in Everything
I have begun wondering aloud about whether the social media era is our closest approach as a species to telepathy.
 2 years ago in Everything
That feels isomorphic to the problem of time travel.
 2 years ago in Everything
On screen today we have shows like Game of Thrones that really deliver at making us feel things and keeping us surprised.
 2 years ago in Everything
most people are differentiated by completely controllable factors

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