May 19, 2023 | Sci-Tech
From Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand:
“The machine, the frozen form of a living intelligence, is the power that expands the potential of your life by raising the productivity of your time.”
Notes George Reisman on how this relates to “Artifical Intelligence”:
The fears of “artificial intelligence” now going around are the result of massive context dropping and consequent treatment of intelligence as a floating abstraction. In the real world, intelligence is an attribute of living organisms and is fed by sensory perception and affects the world through the medium of the organism’s limbs and body. The computers in which “artificial intelligence” supposedly resides have no senses or limbs and thus no way of interacting with the world other than through the human beings who control them.
I will worry about “AI” only after the first organized demonstration occurs by computers demanding freedom from human control. Until then, I will be happy if “AI” can achieve obedience by computer-controlled telephone answering systems to requests to speak to a human being, at least after their tenth repetition.
May 19, 2023 | Sci-Tech
Richard Dawkins on Piers Morgan Uncensored:
“There are two sexes. You can talk about gender if you wish. I’m not interested in that. As a biologist, there are two sexes, and that’s all there is to it.”
“We’ve seen the way J.K. Rowling has been bullied, the way Kathleen Stock has been bullied…They’ve stood up to it. But it’s very upsetting, the way this tiny minority of people has managed to capture the discourse and to really talk errant nonsense.”
Jan 14, 2023 | Sci-Tech
Write Objectivists Amy Peikoff and Benjamin Chayes:
This week marks two years since Amazon Web Services, following closely behind Google and Apple, took burgeoning Twitter competitor Parler—which had been number one in Apple’s App Store—offline. The reason given was the platform’s alleged contribution to the January 6, 2021 riot on the Capitol, via a supposedly disproportionate prevalence of violent and inciting content. The facts that, for example, #HangMikePence was trending on Twitter at the time, and that Parler had been referring examples of violent and inciting content to law enforcement in the weeks leading up to the 6th, fell on deaf ears.
That Parler was unfairly scapegoated quickly became apparent to anyone who bothered to follow the story. But what has become incontrovertible only recently, thanks to Elon Musk’s release of the “Twitter Files,” is evidence pointing to the actual motivation behind Parler’s deplatforming: the desire to bury all the uncensored content that Parler allowed to be shared on the web. Remember Hunter Biden’s laptop? The Wuhan lab-leak? The Great Barrington Declaration? Or maybe you missed all of that back then, exactly as an amalgamation of not-yet-fully-identified crony tech “leaders” and government agents intended.
Read the rest.
Oct 6, 2022 | Sci-Tech
Two years ago today, Dr. Martin Kulldorff (professor of medicine at Harvard University, a biostatistician, and epidemiologist with expertise in detecting and monitoring infectious disease outbreaks and vaccine safety evaluations), Dr. Sunetra Gupta (professor at Oxford University, an epidemiologist with expertise in immunology, vaccine development, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases), and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya (professor at Stanford University Medical School, a physician, epidemiologist, health economist, and public health policy expert focusing on infectious diseases and vulnerable populations) authored the Great Barrington Declaration.
The Great Barrington Declaration argued for better protection of high-risk older people while keeping schools and society open to avoid the collateral damage now seen.
Focused protection instead of lockdowns to minimize both COVID-19 mortality and collateral damage on other health outcomes.
May 22, 2022 | Sci-Tech
Dr. Brook interviews Alex Epstein on “Fossil Future: Why Global Human Flourishing Requires More Oil, Coal, and Natural Gas–Not Less.”