Dr Ben Goertzel

Max, 2016/02/21 

This guy has become my favorite thinker of late. Clearly not for everyone as I recently tried playing this for Steve Green and Horsebadordies. Steve was clearly horrified and the Horse longed for a bird to perch on Ben and shit on his head for some strange reason. Regardless, it is my opinion that Goertzel is a f’n genius. This clip was kind of a pop distillation of his thoughts on where AI could be going. If the above doesn’t elicit the kind of reactions described above and you want to dive into something a little meatier, have a shot at the 23 page PDF linked here:

In a nutshell, which no doubt does his paper a great disservice, what Ben is saying – or at least implying – is that the future of AI is not something to necessarily fear. Rather, the great probability is that it will result in a sort of corrective to many of humanities greatest demons; our irrational tendencies arising from problematic programming which weights archaic and unhelpful value systems too highly (e.g., tribalism and puritanical attitudes toward procreation).

My tweet in response to Ben:

Ready for AI drivers

Max,  

Found Something Weird.

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Two VHS copies in a dusty old box, part of my mother’s estate.

One is the performance of the Jupiter Sheep at the Playwright’s theater, with an amazing version of Bound To You. Early, early early sheep. It’s freaky. Sky looks twenty-something and rips up reality with that hollow-body.

The second is a preshow scan of the Sheephouse and an interview with Max that ends up in the Jupiter Sheep tree, followed by a performance at the Candlerock Lounge with Jennifer Paige Ward. Max looks like he’s about sixteen. What a handsome and beamy fellow he is until the Trickster shakes the fucking tree.

I will digitize and post these tapes soon enough.

Startling, after all these years.

I do apologize for my long absence, but the number one rule of Fight Club is:

How to go viral

Max, 2016/02/12 

OK Go – Upside Down & Inside Out

Hello, Dear Ones. Please enjoy our new video for "Upside Down & Inside Out". A million thanks to S7 Airlines. #GravitysJustAHabit

Posted by OK Go on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Access to the vomit comet and a little imagination, that’s all.

This article describes how it was done.

A new wonder

Max, 2016/02/11 

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LIGO Sees First Ever Gravitational Waves as Two Black Holes Eat Each Other

As usual, Phil Plait at BadAstronomy has a wonderful description. I love it when he gets all nerd-gushy:

I know. There is nothing about this story that isn’t incredibly cool.

How these gravitational waves were discovered is astounding. Scientists kick ass.

New Hampshire Berns brightly…

SkyHarbor, 2016/02/09 

Bernie handily beat Hillary tonight in the Granite State by some 20%! – New Hampshire ROCKS!

Early ’60’s ‘synth’ noises…

SkyHarbor,  

What a cool series!

A noise & tone generator and a filter + a LOT of ingenuity!!

Bernie Sanders: Socialist…

SkyHarbor, 2016/02/04 

WOW! (Parental language advisory)

Jupiteers, oh Jupiteers… Where are you?…

SkyHarbor, 2016/02/03 

Gettin’ lonely out here!

It’s a Cat’s-Whisker Between Hillary and Bernie In Iowa…

SkyHarbor, 2016/02/02 

Whoever finally gets the highest delegate count is OK with me. Either one would wear the Dem’s mantle well!

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