…falsification was introduced not because it better captured the reality of how scientists justified their beliefs, but to sidestep the technical problem of induction that was most famously raised by Hume. Even today, if you look at the language scientists use, even in the most empirical sciences it is seldom of the form “we built this complicated hypothesis and failed to refute it” (unless it was the null hypothesis that was not rejected, in which case the paper is seldom published) but usually more like “we showed support for this complicated hypothesis that we built”. For Popper, corroborating a theory should carry no weight, so most publications would be deemed irrational. In fact, the only time scientists typically invoke falsifiability is when they need to make a powerplay, to degrade something they don’t like as ‘unscientific’ and thus not worthy of discussion. This is in direct opposition to Popper’s second motivation. —
Minimum Viable Block Chain -
"Cryptocurrencies, and Bitcoin in particular, have been getting a lot of attention from just about every angle: regulation, governance, taxation, technology, product innovation, and the list goes on. The very concept of a "peer-to-peer (decentralized) electronic cash system" turns many of our previously held assumptions about money and finance on their head. That said, putting the digital currency aspects aside, an arguably even more interesting and far-reaching innovation is the underlying block chain technology."
Transcending Complacency On Superintelligent Machines -
"Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. In the near term, for example, world militaries are considering autonomous weapon systems that can choose and eliminate their own targets; the UN and Human Rights Watch have advocated a treaty banning such weapons. In the medium term, as emphasized by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in The Second Machine Age, AI may transform our economy to bring both great wealth and great dislocation."
- Someone for Huffpo (who wrote this, does Huffpo even have bylines anymore?)
Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains -
"…imagine for a moment that it’s 1995 and you’re just beginning to notice that, over the last year or two, those weird crusty techies who sit in the corner have all started talking excitedly about “HTTP” and “HTML” and “cookies” … which apparently power this thing called the “web.”
- Jon Evans for Techcrunch
Ethereum: Freenet or Skynet ? -
This talk will analyse the interplay between distributed autonomous organizations and the law, with a view to explore the dangers and opportunities of Ethereum: could this new platform promote the establishment of an entirely decentralized society, or will its disruptive potential eventually be absorbed by the established system?
Use of Weapons
by Tennoji Kun
(Source: biutifuljeanne, via vortex-surfer)