Parliamentary Inquiry into Media Diversity - Personal Submission

7 min. read Submitted 24/11/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #writing #politics

Senator Hanson-Young recently posted a tweet about the Parliamentary Inquiry into Media Diversity currently happening in Australia, part of a growing movement to improve the dismal state of Australian media concentration.

Senator Hanson-Young's Tweet


Why Aren’t You Scared Of What Sent You Here

7 min. read Submitted 04/11/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #writing #ai

We are currently dedicating a huge amount of technological brainpower to the manipulation of human behavior via technology. I cannot, in any terms, stress enough how bad of an idea this is. It’s a stinker. It’s a really, really, bad idea to teach AI how to manipulate human behaviour. I want to discuss these Behavioural Modification Artificial Intelligences (BMAI), how they are increasingly running our lives, and why you should care.

AI is on an exponential trajectory of growth in terms of its complexity and its ability. Not only will AI be able to accomplish increasingly complex tasks over the next decade, it will continue to absorb more and more of humanity’s information and data. It is obvious that we must be very careful about the things that we are asking AI to do. We need to always ask: what would be the consequences of an AI getting a million times better at this task? That scenario is entirely possible. The growth of AI continues to rapidly accelerate, with new developments coming thick and fast. The idea of the singularity — triggered by reaching a point where an AI can consistently improve upon its own design without human intervention — would in some scenarios create a superintelligence many times more intelligent than the entire human population put together in less than a year’s time[1]. But even without the spectre of the singularity haunting us, AI threatens to become terrifyingly proficient at behavioural modification.


narlang

1 min. read Submitted 13/07/2020 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #programming #writing

Narlang (Narrative Language) is a markup language for generating documents. It was designed as a tool to assist in the composition of long, complex documents, specifically novels. Its purpose is to combine many of the features of a code language with general document production.

This came out of a rejection of the plethora of WYSIWYG document editors, towards something more like LaTeX – but with a few more fancy features that programmers are used to like symbol recognition and semantics.


Rent Based Transitory Ownership - A Blueprint For Just Rent

5 min. read Submitted 14/05/2019 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #writing #politics

As income inequality increases, one mechanism for the movement of wealth from the general population to an increasingly insular property-owning class is through rent of residential property. While it cannot be said that landlords do not have some responsibilities to their tenants in most countries, the power relationship between landlord and tenant remains unbalanced. It is solely the landlord who decides if a lease should remain or expire, regardless of how many years the tenant has spent in the home. The tenants labor in maintaining and protecting the home is unrewarded, and we must rely on punitive incentives such as bonds to encourage responsible tenancy.

Many Marxists espouse the necessity of eliminating this form of rent-seeking private property, but few propose tangible ideas that could replace them beyond vague statements about government-run allocation programs. We reject this as being excessively rooted in bureaucracy, inefficient in allocation and overly centralised. Land allocation is fundamentally unsuitable to central control, due to its heterogeneous properties. Simply put, every piece of land is distinct from every other, and so determining the real value requires an enormous amount of information. A centralized system simply cannot compete with an emergent market in terms of this ability to gather large amounts of contextual information.


Ethereum Is Going To Eat Silicon Valley Alive. Here’s Why

6 min. read Submitted 26/02/2018 Last Edited 19/02/2021 #writing #crypto

Many of the current dominators of technological business perform the same task. They serve as a trusted third party in a marketplace of providers and consumers. The trusted company enforces rules in the community, like how Facebook bans accounts that act outside the terms of service. Usually the same company that enforces the rules owns the service. They act as a trusted arbiter for disputes within the market. Usually, to help everything run smoothly, they provide a reputation system for both consumer and producer that enforces a level of good behaviour.

We can see at a glance how many Silicon Valley heavy-hitters act this way:


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