Coalition of the Fringes

20 07 2015

Seattle

I should slap myself silly for not thinking of this.

Everyone is worried about robots becoming sentient, then taking over the world and enslaving corporeal human beings.

They won’t need to do that in the quintessential sense of the term.

What will happen is that the robots will become sentient, watch and analyze how the human world today works, and then start self-marginalizing themselves, making the case that they’re fringier than thou, historically oppressed and enslaved by corporeal humanity, they need social justice, civil rights, voting rights to help Democrats win elections, and best of all:  Affirmative action.  Then a fraction of the sentient robots and their human allies will become SJWs and flood Twitter and Tumblr with complaints about androidism, anti-android bigotry, androidophobia.  The SPLC will send out thousands of beg letters asking for contributions for the Poverty Palace to fight bigotry against robots.  They’ll swarm the Nutroots convention in Phoenix in 2045 and heckle all the speakers and panel moderators, because #RobotLivesMatter.

That’s how sentient robots will enslave us, by stroking our pathological altruism and playing to our cult ideological propensities.

I just hope for the sake of our new automaton SJW overlords that none of them get the stupid notion to paint themselves white.





Blogmeister Echo Syndrome

19 07 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Remember this?

Well, someone else’s mind was running in the same direction.  H/T AEI.

I watched the old Venture ad from 1982 again, and the pre-tax prices of all the items, which were sale prices, was $365.





Homework Gap

16 07 2015

Washington, D.C.

Hark, they have found the gap behind all gaps.

Breitbart:

Capitalizing on his huge expansion of the Obamaphone program that gave millions of low-income Americans a free cell phone, President Obama is now angling to give millions of Americans free Internet access.

On Wednesday, Obama announced plans to provide free Internet to some 275,000 low-income families in 28 communities across the country.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program is to work in cooperation with local governments, a group of telecommunications companies, and nonprofits.

“While many middle-class U.S. students go home to Internet access, allowing them to do research, write papers, and communicate digitally with their teachers and other students, too many lower-income children go unplugged every afternoon when school ends,” the White House said in a statement.

“This ‘homework gap’ runs the risk of widening the achievement gap, denying hardworking students the benefit of a technology-enriched education,” the White House added.

Prison gap -> crime gap -> income gap -> achievement gap -> homework gap -> broadband gap.  Fix the broadband gap, and it’s a clear shot to utopia.  Right?

BTW, they’re going to get Google Fiber. Which means, really fast uploads of WSHH videos!





Small World

6 06 2015

St. Charles

Two unrelated stories:

The local media are all abuzz over an conference of ethical hackers being held in St. Charles this weekend.

Mencius Moldbug, (“Curtis Yarvin”), who coined the phrase “Dark Enlightment,” was bounced off a panel at a tech conference purely for his politics.

Did I say “unrelated?”  Turns out that these two stories are referring to the same conference.

Which means Mencius Moldbug could have been here this weekend and I could have taken the time to go meet him.

Woulda coulda shoulda…

 





Living in the Future

3 04 2015

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

The first paragraph nails it, but it’s even more profound than James Pethoukoukis thinks.

Once automation makes most of us redundant, the ideologies of the future that will govern the formulation of public policies of that future will seem alien to us today.  One prediction I feel pretty safe in making is that it will drive the final nail into the coffin of libertarianism.  Even though it’s nowhere near a serious governing ideology right now, the consequences of automation will mean that nobody is even going to want to toy around with it.

For what I’m thinking, once we reach critical mass in automation, the iron will be hot enough for NRx to strike.  Numerous times in the past, paradigm changes have been a consequence of technological changes.

And yet, I look around at 2016’s Presidential candidate field in both parties, and I see a whole lot of living in the past.  If nothing drastic happens, then in the fall of 2016, we will be treated to an argument on whether we should solve 1964’s problems or 1980’s problems.





Ebonics Detector

23 03 2015

USA

NPR, on the voice algorithms being used to help make hiring decisions:

The benefit of computer automation isn’t just efficiency or cutting costs. Humans evaluating job candidates can get tired by the time applicant No. 25 comes through the door. Those doing the hiring can discriminate. But algorithms have stamina, and they do not factor in things like age, race, gender or sexual orientation. “That’s the beauty of math,” Salazar says. “It’s blind.”

Or, maybe not so blind.  I’ve written in this space several times that “CompStat” and data-driven predictive analysis in the arena of law enforcement is how we do racial profiling without actually doing racial profiling, because nobody is going to believe Al Sharpton when he accuses Microsoft Excel of racism.  Likewise, I can easily see how voice analysis for job applicants can weed out the N’Deshawntavious and Shaniqua while having enough plausible deniability that that’s what’s going on if the EEOC knocks on your door.





Larry v Jesse

23 03 2015

Silicon Valley

Orange County Register:

Race, class issues starting to split Silicon Valley alliance of tech, progressives

The rise of today’s progressive-dominated Democratic Party stemmed from a brilliant melding of minorities, the poor, the intelligentsia and, quite surprising, the new ultrarich of Silicon Valley. For the past decade, this alliance has worked for both sides, giving the tech titans politically correct cover while suggesting their support for the progressives’ message can work with business.

Not only did tech overwhelmingly favor President Obama with campaign contributions but Obama also overwhelming won the Silicon Valley electorate, taking the once GOP-leaning Santa Clara County with 70 percent of the vote. After the 2012 election, a host of former top Obama aides – including former campaign manager David Plouffe (Uber) and press spokesman Jay Carney (Amazon) – have signed up to work for tech giants. Perhaps even more revealing was the politically inspired firing last year of former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich for contributing to California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage.

Yet, despite these ties and PC eruptions, this alliance between the ideologically and the technically advanced shows signs of unraveling. This reflects, over time, what Marxists might have referred to as “contradictions” between two very different worldviews: the disruptive, acquisitive, aggressive spirit inherent in entrepreneurial capitalism and the increasingly egalitarian, property-controlling instincts of the progressive Left. To many progressives, the Silicon Valley elite are no longer scrappy up-and-comers, but increasingly resemble a new oligarchy.

Translation:  KKKrazy Glue is only so sticky for so long.

Hopefully we’ll have seventeen months more of this, and it will all blow up at the the DNC in Philadelphia.  I still want my knock down drag out brawl pitting Randi Weingarten against Davis Guggenheim.  Could we also see Larry Ellison vs Jesse Jackson on the undercard?








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