Jul 27

How Markets Crowd Out Morals | Boston Review -

"We live in a time when almost anything can be bought and sold. Markets have come to govern our lives as never before. But are there some things that money should not be able to buy? Most people would say yes."

- Michael J. Sandel for the Boston Review

Jul 26

How to Be Good - The New Yorker -

Parfit believes that there are true answers to moral questions, just as there are to mathematical ones. Humans can perceive these truths, through a combination of intuition and critical reasoning, but they remain true whether humans perceive them or not. He believes that there is nothing more urgent for him to do in his brief time on earth than discover what these truths are and persuade others of their reality. He believes that without moral truth the world would be a bleak place in which nothing mattered. This thought horrifies him.”

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Jul 04


US Government gets caught spying on German committee looking into the US Government getting caught spying on Germany

Jun 01


“…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.” — Artem Kaznatcheev in "Misunderstanding falsifiability as a power philosophy of Scientism"

May 05

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."

Apr 19

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