6 years ago

we'll never peek our heads out of our own quagmire far enough to realize the depth of our tragedy


So completely out of left field, I stumble across this sentence that I suspect will now haunt me forever:

the sustained behavior of a species or group can shape the evolution of that species

update : https://science.slashdot.org/story/17/03/21/2256217/satellite-navigation-switches-off-parts-of-brain-used-for-navigation-study-finds

Keep it turned off, and there you go. Augmented reality anyone? Let's gamify the shit out of people, until they themselves are nothing but a thin client, a derpy blob without any inner or outer structure.
 8 years ago


Not every change constitutes progress just because it occurs later chronologically. If chronology is your only measure of something, that means you have no measure; and if it's not, why even bring it up? The idea of progress as a straight line is bullshit anyway. If anything, it's like a tree that goes into all sorts of directions from any given starting point; sure, we made progress along a certain route of branches, but that's pretty much all we know. We have no idea where other branches would have taken us, or wether we might be going in circles in some way.
Believing in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made.
The Third Notebook, December 4, 1917
 9 years ago

sinking suns, dwarves, long shadows and all that good shit

We're still happy to be in search, believe me. But one idea is that more and more searches are done on your behalf without you needing to type. I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.
Eric Schmidt

You know how in ancient times people who figured out how to predict an eclipse went on to play big boy with their oh so advanced, magic knowledge, and had that go to their head? We still live in those times.
 9 years ago


Progress is not a straight line. Imagine a tree, and every branch is a decision which leads to other possible decisions. Even if you were forced to "move forward", ending up in a particular spot is still not a foregone conclusion; "progress is inevitable" is just a lame excuse for the bad decisions we make, and the hot water it ends us, others, and those who come after us in.
 10 years ago
Why do websites seem to be evolving not like sneakers or buildings or toothbrushes (= usable, recognizable, but wildly varying in design), but more like an AK-47? Because "cheap and fast to produce, high rate of conversions" is all there is to making a website? Then why not skip to injecting ad-bots that assemble themselves out of waste directly in the brain?

How did the web invented by universities to exchange information and used by people to communicate turn this hellhole of pamphlets and parrots, and so fast? How the fuck is Twitter an actual thing, and not a joke in an advanced society about how primitive lifeforms might use computing machines? Not that I mean to pick on Twitter, I was just grabbing a random thing out of this bag of bullshit.
 10 years ago
Did you know that 100000 years of progress can be undone in just a few generations, by people not teaching and/or learning (even just one generation if, they're really good about not passing anything on)? I didn't, until that occured to me yesterday. Now I'm nervous.