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


105 bookmarks. First posted by briantrice january 2018.


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12 weeks ago by edsonm
We're living in yesterday's future, and it's nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers.

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.
2018  presentation  opinion  capitalism  surveillance  society  data-freedom 
may 2018 by bignose
really like the point about corporations being ai;
yeah: "Is that the app developer isn't a nation-state trying to disrupt its enemies, or an extremist political group trying to murder gays, jews, or muslims; it's just a paperclip maximizer doing what it does—and you are the paper."
ai  future  technology  society  culture 
march 2018 by teffalump
Charles Stross keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017
tech  future  writers  keynote  talk 
february 2018 by warrenellis
Today's : 'a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century'
longread  from twitter
january 2018 by miaridge
Favorite tweet:

Interestingly it echoes a lot of points from Charles Stross' keynote at the CCC late last year: https://t.co/pdJcu4RXDj

— Philipp Bayer (@PhilippBayer) January 22, 2018
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january 2018 by mdshw5
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. And the naive initial assumption was that the transaction cost of setting up a TCP/IP connection over modem was too high to be supported by per-use microbilling, so we would bill customers indirectly, by shoving advertising banners in front of their eyes and hoping they'd click through and buy something. Russian military cyberwar doctrine calls for the use of social media to confuse and disable perceived enemies, in addition to the increasingly familiar use of zero-day exploits for espionage via spear phishing and distributed denial of service attacks on infrastructure (which are practiced by western agencies as well). Large corporations such as Zynga (Farmville) exist solely because of it; free-to-use social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are dominant precisely because they are structured to reward frequent interaction and to generate emotional responses (not necessarily positive emotions—anger and hatred are just as good when it comes to directing eyeballs towards advertisers). You can't fool an iPhone X with a photo or even a simple mask: it does depth mapping to ensure your eyes are in the right place (and can tell whether they're open or
january 2018 by sechilds
This incredible talk by Charles Stross manages to out-Black-Mirror Black Mirror.
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january 2018 by orphu
RT : New blog entry: Dude, you broke the future! (Text of my speech at ):
34C3  from twitter
january 2018 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 
january 2018 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 
january 2018 by tomshen
It's the corporations. They're broken. And they broke the future
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january 2018 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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january 2018 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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january 2018 by agturnbull
Dude, you broke the future! – Charlie's Diary
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january 2018 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 
january 2018 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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january 2018 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 
january 2018 by kmt
... if you liked Sapiens:
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january 2018 by dermotcasey
... if you liked Sapiens:
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january 2018 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 
january 2018 by toorsdenote
Dude, you broke the future!
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january 2018 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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january 2018 by mshook
Dude, you broke the future! by Charlie Stross via Charlie's Diary http://ift.tt/2Csj5Hm
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january 2018 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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january 2018 by dalcrose
RT : New blog entry: Dude, you broke the future! (Text of my speech at ):
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january 2018 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 
january 2018 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 
january 2018 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 
january 2018 by zzkt
Edit:

Sigh. A 10min version would have been enough
34C3  via:popular  CharlieStross 
january 2018 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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january 2018 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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january 2018 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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january 2018 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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january 2018 by togdon