“This gets at the heart of what’s deeply wrong with this perspective: it prioritizes currently non-existent, possibly never-existent, hypothetical future possible people over living, breathing people today, because the former could possibly, maybe, perhaps far outnumber the latter.”
An argument by Phil Torres of how the Effective Altruism movement is an ideological front for white supremacy and eventual genocide.
I want to echo this and add that once you realize what the git `master` refers to, it is unconscionable that we reproduce it so often and so callously every day of our working lives. (Disclosure: Alicia reports to me.)
I’ve always felt that programming is more similar to languages than to mathematics. The number of hard maths problems that we solve as part of this work are really limited, the number of language problems on the other hand is immense.
We have to build these ultra rapid trains anyway, so let’s start on it tomorrow.
An interesting argument that uses Scott’s critique of high modernism to cast doubt on how beneficial machine learning will be for authoritarian regimes. Also a bit reminiscent of Weyl’s critique of technocracy.
Let’s hope it’s true.
A grand treatment by Arundhati Roy of the situation that India is in now.
A striking reconstruction by Jaap Stronks tracking the Netherlands’ faulty COVID strategy and the efforts of a group of activists (with whom I’m loosely associated) to bring to light the discrepancies.