Dude, you broke the future! - Charlie's Diary


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This incredible talk by Charles Stross manages to out-Black-Mirror Black Mirror.
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RT : New blog entry: Dude, you broke the future! (Text of my speech at ):
34C3  from twitter
3 days ago by adrianh
This keynote by Charlie Stross at 34C3 resonated with me. He argues that fears of technological AI is overblown—if compared to the very real, well established and very damaging effects of "the very old, very slow AIs we call corporations": "History gives us the perspective to see what went wrong in the past, and to look for patterns, and check whether those patterns apply to the present and near future. And looking in particular at the history of the past 200-400 years—the age of increasingly rapid change—one glaringly obvious deviation from the norm of the preceding three thousand centuries—is the development of Artificial Intelligence, which happened no earlier than 1553 and no later than 1844." It's an interesting take.

ps. The announcer of this talk, if you happen to watch the video (I'd recommend reading the transcript instead) tries to be welcoming to Charlie, introducing by nothing but "what can I say, he's one of us"; what a rude, silly, useless thing to say. Ah well.
newsletter  futures  technology  capitalism  ai 
4 days ago by thewavingcat
We're living in yesterday's future, and it's nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.

In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn't see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don't like it.
ai  technology  scifi 
5 days ago by tomshen
It's the corporations. They're broken. And they broke the future
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5 days ago by kevinmarks
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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6 days ago by johnrclark
Abstract: We're living in yesterday's future, and it's nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.
In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn't see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don't like it.
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7 days ago by agturnbull
Dude, you broke the future! – Charlie's Diary
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11 days ago by jackysee
How to predict the near future

My recipe for fiction set ten years in the future used to be 90% already-here, 9% not-here-yet but predictable, and 1% who-ordered-that. But unfortunately the ratios have changed. I think we're now down to maybe 80% already-here—climate change takes a huge toll on infrastructure—then 15% not-here-yet but predictable, and a whopping 5% of utterly unpredictable deep craziness.
writing  science-fiction 
11 days ago by aram
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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11 days ago by mrdan
Abstract: We're living in yesterday's future, and it's nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.

In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn't see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don't like it.
capitalism  technology  argument  video 
14 days ago by kmt
... if you liked Sapiens:
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14 days ago by dermotcasey
... if you liked Sapiens:
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14 days ago by topgold
Sci fi writer on corporations as the model for AI, our failure to regulate effectively, how attention merchants are creating a dystopia, etc. etc. Good stuff.
future  capitalism  ai  34C3  technology  via:popular 
14 days ago by toorsdenote
Dude, you broke the future!
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15 days ago by kejadlen
The prize this week (so far) goes to @kevinmarks for his link to @cstross talk: https://t.co/wkRS2YQcg4
#lue… https://t.co/o5Mm1deY5c
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15 days ago by mshook
Dude, you broke the future! by Charlie Stross via Charlie's Diary http://ift.tt/2Csj5Hm
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15 days ago by bjtitus
SF 작가 Charles Stross의 34C3 발표이다. "법인"이 어떻게 어떻게 느린 인공지능처럼 동작하는지, 그리고 종이클립 공장으로 대표되는 인공지능의 목…
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16 days ago by dalcrose
RT : New blog entry: Dude, you broke the future! (Text of my speech at ):
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16 days ago by arnaud
We made a fundamentally flawed, terrible design decision back in 1995, that has damaged democratic political processes, crippled our ability to truly understand the world around us, and led to the angry upheavals of the present decade. That mistake was to fund the build-out of the public world wide web—as opposed to the earlier, government-funded corporate and academic internet—by monetizing eyeballs via advertising revenue.
ai  capitalism  future  internet  technology 
16 days ago by max_read
"n this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn't see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don't like it."
designthinking  future  socialsoftware  society  facebook  twitter 
16 days ago by garrettc
We're already seeing alarm over bizarre YouTube channels that attempt to monetize children's TV brands by scraping the video content off legitimate channels and adding their own advertising and keywords. Many of these channels are shaped by paperclip-maximizer advertising AIs that are simply trying to maximize their search ranking on YouTube. Add neural network driven tools for inserting Character A into Video B to click-maximizing bots and things are going to get very weird (and nasty). And they're only going to get weirder when these tools are deployed for political gain.

We tend to evaluate the inputs from our eyes and ears much less critically than what random strangers on the internet tell us—and we're already too vulnerable to fake news as it is. Soon they'll come for us, armed with believable video evidence. The smart money says that by 2027 you won't be able to believe anything you see in video unless there are cryptographic signatures on it, linking it back to the device that shot the raw feed—and you know how good most people are at using encryption? The dumb money is on total chaos.
charles-stross  futures  prediction  weirdness  2017  black-swan  unknown-unknowns  pareto  AI  politics  advertising  Facebook 
16 days ago by zzkt
Edit:

Sigh. A 10min TLDR version would have been enough
34C3  via:popular  CharlieStross 
16 days ago by nodalpoint
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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16 days ago by spinnerin
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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17 days ago by granth
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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17 days ago by mattl
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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17 days ago by togdon
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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17 days ago by sevas
In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn't see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don't like it.
talk  future 
17 days ago by micktwomey
Scary stuff. Interesting concept of corporations as "slow AI".
ai  corporations  charliestross  future  capitalism  paperclips 
17 days ago by ids
"Elon Musk—who I believe you have all heard of—has an obsessive fear of one particular hazard of artificial intelligence—which he conceives of as being a piece of software that functions like a brain-in-a-box)—namely, the paperclip maximizer. A paperclip maximizer is a term of art for a goal-seeking AI that has a single priority, for example maximizing the number of paperclips in the universe. The paperclip maximizer is able to improve itself in pursuit of that goal but has no ability to vary its goal, so it will ultimately attempt to convert all the metallic elements in the solar system into paperclips, even if this is obviously detrimental to the wellbeing of the humans who designed it.

Unfortunately, Musk isn't paying enough attention. Consider his own companies. Tesla is a battery maximizer—an electric car is a battery with wheels and seats. SpaceX is an orbital payload maximizer, driving down the cost of space launches in order to encourage more sales for the service it provides. Solar City is a photovoltaic panel maximizer. And so on. All three of Musk's very own slow AIs are based on an architecture that is designed to maximize return on shareholder investment, even if by doing so they cook the planet the shareholders have to live on. (But if you're Elon Musk, that's okay: you plan to retire on Mars.)"
future  capitalism  corporate  ai  business  law  technology  scary  spying  politics  life 
17 days ago by ssam
I think transhumanism is a warmed-over Christian heresy. While its adherents tend to be vehement atheists, they can't quite escape from the history that gave rise to our current western civilization. Many of you are familiar with design patterns, an approach to software engineering that focusses on abstraction and simplification in order to promote reusable code. When you look at the AI singularity as a narrative, and identify the numerous places in the story where the phrase "... and then a miracle happens" occurs, it becomes apparent pretty quickly that they've reinvented Christianity.
singularity  sci-fi  capitalism 
17 days ago by whip_lash
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017.

Abstract: We're living in yesterday's future, and it's nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.

In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn't see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don't like it.
by:CharlesStross  futurism  capitalism  ArtificialIntelligence  democracy 
17 days ago by owenblacker
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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17 days ago by loganrhyne
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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17 days ago by anglepoised
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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17 days ago by zsoltika
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17 days ago by stinkingpig
This is the text of my keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017. (You can also watch it on YouTube, but it runs to…
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17 days ago by jdelStrother
"Nobody in 2007 was expecting a Nazi revival in 2017, right?" /me points at every single black person they follow.
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17 days ago by aleander
Dude, you broke the future (cmts )
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17 days ago by rukku
And the original web-sin. Excellent, except conflating singularity with transhumanism.
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17 days ago by jgordon
RT : New blog entry: Dude, you broke the future! (Text of my speech at ):
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17 days ago by libbymiller