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Physicist Max Tegmark Imagines How Artificial Intelligence Could Take Over
Their charismatic CEO had handpicked them not only for being brilliant researchers, but also for ambition, idealism, and a strong commitment to helping humanity. He reminded them that their plan was extremely dangerous, and that if powerful governments found out, they would do virtually anything—including kidnapping—to shut them down or, preferably, to steal their code. But they were all in, 100 percent, for much the same reason that many of the world’s top physicists joined the Manhattan Project to develop nuclear weapons: They were convinced that if they didn’t do it first, someone less idealistic would.
technology  ai  power  labor  fiction 
october 2017 by jomc
Eichmann in Jerusalem—I - The New Yorker
Despite all the efforts of the prosecution, everybody could see that this man was not a “monster,” but it was difficult indeed not to suspect that he was a clown. And since this suspicion would have been fatal to the whole enterprise, and was also rather hard to sustain, in view of the sufferings he and his like had caused so many millions of people, his worst clowneries were hardly noticed
power  fascism  nazi 
february 2017 by jomc
Resisting Trump from Inside the Government - The New Yorker
Posner told me that, with both houses of Congress in Republican control, the greatest obstacle to the President’s use of power would be not the separation of powers but, more likely, the isolated actions of individuals in government. “Sometimes they won’t actually do what the President tells them to do, or they drag their feet, or they’ll leak to the press to try to embarrass him,” Posner told me. “That’s pretty unusual, because when that happens the employees risk losing their job, or even going to jail if they leak confidential information.”
politics  dc  power  dissent  california 
november 2016 by jomc
The Most Important WikiLeaks Revelation Isn’t About Hillary Clinton | New Republic
This was October 6. The election was November 4. And yet Froman, an executive at Citigroup, which would ultimately become the recipient of the largest bailout from the federal government during the financial crisis, had mapped out virtually the entire Obama cabinet, a month before votes were counted.
politics  obama  power  wikileaks 
november 2016 by jomc
It’s not Cyberspace anymore. — Data & Society: Points — Medium
most of the non-tech people couldn’t do a reality check. They could only respond with fear. As a result, unrealistic conversations about artificial intelligence led many non-technical attendees to believe that the biggest threat to national security is humanoid killer robots, or that AI that can do everything humans can is just around the corner, threatening all but the most elite technical jobs. In other words, as I talked to attendees, I kept bumping into a 1970s science fiction narrative.
technology  power  fear  luddites  data  artificial-intelligence 
february 2016 by jomc
Kristy Tillman on Twitter: "People think Kanye is non-conformist. When the desire for acceptance by traditional mainstream power structures literally has him rattled."
People think Kanye is non-conformist.
When the desire for acceptance by traditional mainstream power structures literally has him rattled.
power 
august 2015 by jomc
Genius | The Art World’s Patron Satan - NYTimes.com
[my answer: Stefan forms paternalistic relationships with young artists that are marked by huge power imbalances. When the artists “grow up,” Simchowitz is unable to adjust the relationship. One thing that gallery system, for all its pageantry, does remarkably well is allow a mega-rich power player like David Zwirner to approach an artist like Jordan Wolfson and meet on a plane of near equality—Zwirner tells Wolfson he’s a genius, and Wolfson acknowledges that Zwirner is running the show. The problem is that galleries don’t like to help artists climb the ranks—the emphasis on an “equal footing” means that the artist is on her own until she amasses enough power some other way.]
art  market  power 
january 2015 by jomc
Elizabeth Warren was told to stay quiet, but she didn’t – and it’s paying off - The Washington Post
Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice. ... He teed it up this way: I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule. They don’t criticize other insiders.
power  politics 
december 2014 by jomc
Pope, "Epistle to Arbuthnot," ed. Lynch
 Peace to all such! but were there one whose fires
True Genius kindles, and fair fame inspires,
Blest with each talent and each art to please, [195]
And born to write, converse, and live with ease:
Should such a man, too fond to rule alone,
Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne,
View him with scornful, yet with jealous eyes,
And hate for arts that caus'd himself to rise; [200]
Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
And without sneering, teach the rest to sneer;
Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike;
Alike reserv'd to blame, or to commend, [205]
A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend;
Dreading ev'n fools, by flatterers besieg'd,
And so obliging, that he ne'er oblig'd;
power  poetry  narcissism 
october 2014 by jomc
The Test We Can—and Should—Run on Facebook - Kate Crawford - The Atlantic
“Manipulative experimentation,” according to Shils, “is not a relation between equals; it is a relationship in which power is exercised.” For him, the less a subject is informed about or agrees with the aims of the experimenter, and the less intelligible the means of the study, the more ethically problematic it becomes.
facebook  research  power  experiment 
july 2014 by jomc
Sexist Stereotypes Boost Male Performance
f you're a man looking for a performance boost, a dose of sexist stereotype may be all you need.

Scientists found that reminding a man of the stereotype that men are better at navigating than women can enhance his course-plotting skills, suggesting that even when a stereotype has no basis in truth, it can still influence performance.
gender  power 
june 2014 by jomc
Still “Naked by the Window”
Tomkins did point out that some of the women who were Andre loyalists were former girlfriends, but at the same time if you read the article it sounds like “some feminists” thought he was guilty and would harass him if they saw him in public places–that is, the implications is that only feminists thought he was guilty, you know, those harpies, whereas in fact the judge’s wording of the verdict (and implications in Katz’s text based on interviews) suggested a relation to the judgement available in British jurisprudence but not in the US, that is, what would have been a verdict of “not proven,” meaning he probably did it, but in the end the verdict was “I have concluded that the evidence has not satisfied me beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.” It was a “he said” situation, there would be no “she said.”
gender  art  power  carl-andre 
may 2014 by jomc
My wife was murdered by a 'monster' – but most perpetrators of violence are normal men | Tom Meagher | Comment is free | theguardian.com
What would make this tragedy even more tragic would be if we were to separate what happened to Jill from cases of violence against women where the victim knew, had a sexual past with, talked to the perpetrator in a bar, or went home with him. It would be tragic if we did not recognise that Bayley’s previous crimes were against prostitutes, and that the social normalisation of violence against a woman of a certain profession and our inability to deal with or talk about these issues, socially and legally, resulted in untold horror for those victims, and led to the brutal murder of my wife.
rape  sexism  power 
april 2014 by jomc
Andrew O’Hagan · Ghosting: Julian Assange · LRB 6 March 2014
If you told him to do the dishes he would say he was trying to free economic slaves in China and had no time to wash up. He stood at the centre of a little amateur empire and any professional incursions, from lawyers, from film-makers, from publishers – all of which he had encouraged – were summarily dismissed. His pride could engulf the room in flames. And if you asked him why he had no experienced people, nobody in their forties or fifties or sixties or seventies working alongside him, authoritative people who might contradict him, he would argue that those people had already been corrupted. I was often the only person over 35 near him, apart from himself, of course, and he didn’t see the problem....all his life he has depended on being the impish one, the eccentric one, the boy with a bag full of Einstein who liked climbing trees. But, as a forty-year-old, that’s less charming, and I found his egotism at the dinner table to be a form of madness more striking than anything he said.
assange  wikileaks  power  narcissism 
march 2014 by jomc
The GitHub Debacle and Why Holacracy is Bullshit | BraceLand
I’m starting to think all of the problems we’re seeing with Silicon Valley these days—the ineptitude at politics, the clumsiness with handling inequality in SF, the lack of gender and racial diversity in the industry—are actually rooted in a systemic failure to understand how power works
power  tech  sexism 
march 2014 by jomc
In Defense of a Loaded Word - NYTimes.com
But though we were born in violence, we did not die there. That such a seemingly hateful word should return as a marker of nationhood and community confounds our very notions of power... It tells white people that, for all their guns and all their gold, there will always be places they can never go.
power  race  words 
november 2013 by jomc
Silicon Valley Isn't a Meritocracy — And It's Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs | Wired Opinion | Wired.com
Digital elitism does not reconfigure power; it entrenches it. It provides justification for enormous gaps between rich and poor, for huge differences between average people and highly sought-after engineers. It idealizes a “better class of rich people” (as Kara Swisher put it) who evangelize philanthropy and social entrepreneurship — but it also promotes the idea that entrepreneurship is a catch-all solution, and that a startup culture is the best way to solve any problem.
gender  technology  bias  power  meritocracy 
november 2013 by jomc
Domination and the Arts of Resistance - Scott, James C. - Yale University Press
via kio

Play fool, to catch wise."—proverb of Jamaican slaves Confrontations between the powerless and powerful are laden with deception—the powerless feign deference and the powerful subtly assert their mastery. Peasants, serfs, untouchables, slaves, laborers, and prisoners are not free to speak their minds in the presence of power. These subordinate groups instead create a secret discourse that represents a critique of power spoken behind the backs of the dominant.
power 
april 2013 by jomc
The Triumph of Astana | Триумф Астаны
post-soviet kazak architecture. totally baffling
architecture  power 
may 2012 by jomc
Cherchez La Femme Fatale - What killed the queen of film noir? - Obit-Mag.com
There’s no denying that much of their work was occasionally and perhaps even fundamentally sexist, blowing up the stereotype of “feminine wiles” to almost comically sinister proportions. These writers’ heirs and acolytes, from Ross Macdonald to Mickey Spillane, took up where they left off. “It seemed to me then that evil was a female quality, a poison that women secreted and transmitted to men like disease,” Macdonald’s detective Lew Archer ruminates in his first outing, 1949’s The Moving Target. (Archer’s sexual politics, along with his understanding of human nature, would evolve considerably; by his final adventure, 1976’s The Blue Hammer, Archer’s sense of evil, if it still existed at all, was certainly without gender.) 
sex  power  women 
february 2011 by jomc

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