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Using Artificial Intelligence to Augment Human Intelligence
"As discussed earlier, in one common view of AI our computers will continue to get better at solving problems, but human beings will remain largely unchanged. In a second common view, human beings will be modified at the hardware level, perhaps directly through neural interfaces, or indirectly through whole brain emulation.

We’ve described a third view, in which AIs actually change humanity, helping us invent new cognitive technologies, which expand the range of human thought. Perhaps one day those cognitive technologies will, in turn, speed up the development of AI, in a virtuous feedback cycle: "
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9 days ago by ssam
the bullet hole misconception
" The computer claims sovereignty over the whole range of human experience and supports its claim by showing that it thinks better than we can. The fundamental metaphorical message of the computer is that we become machines. Our nature, our biology, our emotions and our spirituality become subjects of second order.

For all this to work we assume that humans are in some ways like machines. From this we move to the proposition that humans are little else but machines. And finally we argue that human beings are machines. Thus it follows that machines become human beings. And from here the jump to a superintelligent artificial intelligence (AI) is trivial."

Another voice on this front in the spirit of Jaron Lanier, David Byrne and others. Lots of great links, well written.
technology-is-not-the-solution-for-everything  people  computers  future  life  ai  thought  quotes  research  innovation  society 
10 days ago by ssam
6 Years of Thoughts on Programming | Henrik Warne's blog
It is now more than 6 years since I started blogging about software development. It has been a great experience, and I thought I would reflect on what I have learnt. So here are my reasons for writing about programming, a bit on my process, and some statistics. Why Knowing what I think. Formulating or…
thought  programming  opinion  work  summary 
18 days ago by gilberto5757
Your company's Slack is probably sexist
Women tend to use conversation to maintain and build relationships, while men use it to exchange and display knowledge, says Deborah Tannen, a linguist, and the author of Talking from 9 to 5: Women and Men at Work. When Tannen implanted herself at various organizations, she noticed that men and women both use small talk to build friendships, but the topics differ: Women often discuss their personal lives, thoughts, and relationships, while men rely on playful insults and joking. The two tactics don’t always mix well.

“Women’s friendly, personal communication struck many men as a waste of time,” says Tannen. But what men miss is that such discourse isn’t just friendly—it’s strategic. “It keeps lines of communication open for women so they can call on colleagues for work when they need it,” says Tannen, “as it’s easier to receive help from someone you’re already friendly with.”

Meanwhile, women often took men’s insults and banter literally. “A man’s retorts were seen as evidence that he thought an idea was seriously flawed, or that he doesn’t like the person he’s arguing with,” she says. “But for many men, challenging ideas is sign of respect and playful insults are a sign of friendship.”
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4 weeks ago by bjr
RT : Call for Papers: Third Annual Conference
Theme: Matters
March 30-31, 2018,
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5 weeks ago by DocDre
Thinking Clearly With Alan Jacobs
And let me add to that something that W. H. Auden once wrote:
'In our culture, we have all accepted the notion that the right to know is absolute and unlimited. The gossip column is one side of the medal; the cobalt bomb is the other. We are quite prepared to admit that, while food and sex are good in themselves, an uncontrolled pursuit of either is not, but it is difficult for us to believe that intellectual curiosity is a desire like any other, and to recognize that correct knowledge and truth are not identical. To apply a categorical imperative to knowing, so that, instead of asking, “What can I know?” we ask, “What, at this moment, am I meant to know?” — to entertain the possibility that the only knowledge which can be true for us is the knowledge that we can live up to — that seems to all of us crazy and almost immoral.'

Bulverism is term coined by C. S. Lewis: it means simply assuming that people who disagree with you are wrong, and then speculating about why they are wrong (usually because they’re evil). Social media are the most fertile ground ever created for Bulverism.

This is why people who believe that thinking better is largely a matter of overcoming bias are mistaken: the real problem, as Hans-Georg Gadamer says, is distinguishing the true prejudices that help us to understand from the false ones that prevent us from understanding.

How do we make such distinctions? That question leads us back to almost everything we’ve been talking about here: becoming aware of the orientation of our will, noting the dangers of Inner Rings and the blessings of true membership, resisting the temptation to “talk for victory,” and so on. Follow those practices and you’ll gradually acquire a clearer understanding of which prejudices are reliable guides and which are impediments to thinking well.

Rebecca West once said that most people don’t have conversations, they have intersecting monologues. That’s what debate shows and social media are for: intersecting monologues.
7 weeks ago by bjr
In How to Think I argue that there is no point in telling people to think for themselves, because that is neither possible nor desirable. We always think with and in relation to others — and often trim our thinking to meet the approval of others — so the real questions that face us involve the construction and maintenance of thought-environments. Some of those environments are cognitively healthy — they encourage serious reflection — and those tend to be ones in which we can become genuine members of a group; others strive to rule us through the stick of threatened exclusion and the carrot of promised insider status, and those profoundly discourage thinking. (You can read about the former in C. S. Lewis’s essay “Membership” and the latter in “The Inner Ring”; and the two kinds of belonging, true and false, are treated side-by-side in his novel That Hideous Strength.)
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8 weeks ago by bjr
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