The Artificial Intelligentsia | Aaron Timms


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My life and times as an acolyte in the mystical cult of predictive data.
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4 days ago by markhgn
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7 days ago by alexrudy
"The story of Silicon Valley is as much about donkeys as unicorns, entrepretendeurs as entrepreneurs. Like all good stories, this story has the capacity to surprise. Many of the tech industry’s most memorable flops were at one point seen as great successes."

So when the great and the good give their recipes for success, think 'survivor bias'

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7 days ago by keithpeter
“Sandhogs,” they called the laborers who built the tunnels leading into New York’s Penn Station at the beginning of the last century. Work distorted their…
24 days ago by jkleske
After a year in the company I discovered, to my horror, that I had begun to think about politics and policy almost exclusively in this bizarre, engineer-created jargon. “A spike in the sector rollup suggests heightened political risk over the coming two weeks, though judging by the relatively muted activity in the microeconomic subsector signal, it’s unlikely economic policy will be a driver”—that kind of thing. Just as the laborers working on Penn Station succumbed to a physical distortion at the end of each day—the bends—I began to feel the effects of a mental distortion: the delusion that says, yes, this is an acceptable way to analyze and think about politics. Inexorably, I was turning into a sandhog. Contact with technology was stripping away my creativity, my capacity for independent reason. I was becoming less, not more, capable. I was becoming less human. With time I understood that the point of the company was not to train and optimize the algorithm on human modes of thinking. It was not to humanize the machine, as the classical vision of strong AI would have it. Rather, it was to mechanize the human—to make the human learn to be more like the machine, a rigid taskmaster stripped of initiative and organic thought.
4 weeks ago by Vaguery
“Sandhogs,” they called the laborers who built the tunnels leading into New York’s Penn Station at the beginning of the last century. Work distorted their…
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5 weeks ago by rybesh
Inside the AI startup founded on a brilliant idea, with only one flaw — it didn’t work. A m…
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6 weeks ago by mikelynch
This by is already one of the articles of the year.
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6 weeks ago by david.nguyen