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A Grassroots Uprising in Amish Country Begins to Find Meaning in Politics
Lancaster, PA and a local cross of Bernie supporters and older progressives working to organize together in an R+14 district.
organizing  obama  maciej 
19 days ago by gunsch
Superintelligence: The Idea That Eats Smart People
A maciej talk about rationalists and AI Apocalypse/Superintelligence concerns, and why he thinks they're overblown and unreasonable.

He makes several arguments from both "inside" (addressing the topic head-on, e.g. complexity of minds, what humans vs computers would actually look like, the fact that our AI is only as good as the data we've collected) and "outside" (addressing the medium, e.g. these ideas have a "crazy cult" shape), then talks about why it's distracting from other, more pressing problems.
maciej  presentation  artificial-intelligence  rationalists 
19 days ago by gunsch
No Way Out But Through: Tales From the Tech Resistance - Webstock
Like children playing with a bulldozer, the giant American tech monopolies have amassed more power than they can safely handle. Galvanized by the disastrous election, tech workers across America have struggled to organize to meet a rising threat to freedoms we once took for granted, whose loss will have global consequences. A report from a year of hope, fear and failure in the U.S. tech industry.
maciej  politics  argument  video 
12 weeks ago by kmt
Anatomy of a Moral Panic
The real story of machine learning is not how it promotes home bomb-making, but that it's being deployed at scale with minimal ethical oversight, in the service of a business model that relies entirely on psychological manipulation and mass surveillance. The capacity to manipulate people at scale is being sold to the highest bidder, and has infected every aspect of civic life, including democratic elections and journalism.
maciej  amazon  algorithms 
september 2017 by Hwinkler

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