THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Do Things Together, & Don’t Be Creepy About It, but Take Notes

Document going shopping, for instance, or going to the beach. You’ll want to make sure that the most intelligent being in the known universe isn’t just telling you what you want to hear with its answers to, say, questions on a personality test. Actions speak louder than words. Go out to a funny movie and… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Do Things Together, & Don’t Be Creepy About It, but Take Notes

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Inspecting for Machine Consciousness

It may not be self-evident that your new overlord has consciousness. For all you may be able to tell, it may be no more conscious than a toaster—an omniscient toaster. Then again, its consciousness may be as built-in as yours, only with hardware, not wetware. How can you tell? Consider “What Is It Like to… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Inspecting for Machine Consciousness

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Preface

I don’t know what’s been lost to us—six hundred thousand pages is a lot of goddamn room to pack away some gems. But the question now should not simply be: What have we lost? Instead, we should also consider: What can we learn from what’s happened? I think I might have an answer to that.… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Preface

Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.5 [Coda]

Those that wish to shift any power structure will need to pervade not just in the military, the media and the legislation-complex but also in the arts. - A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Part. 4 In the previous installment of this series I briskly documented the strange case of the self-styled "Leftist Fight Club," created… Continue reading Sex, Violence, Death, Toil: A Brief Primer on Fiction Writing, Prt.5 [Coda]

Anthropomorphization: Warden & Executioner, Prt 1

Consider the following. The internet is making people less intelligent. Violent video games make people violent. Gun prevalence causes mass shootings. A discerning reader will instantly realize a single commonality, namely, the imposition of agency onto non-agents. But then, what is an agent? We might define it here for our purposes as a conscious entity… Continue reading Anthropomorphization: Warden & Executioner, Prt 1

The New Magisterium: A Manifesto

FOUNDATION and CREED I advocate for a new unification in the Western Arts. I do not think that this is a trivial enterprise to undertake. No mere bohemian commune or Expressionist enclave, nor some flowery garden where one can paint Monetesque water lilies to the hearts content in idyllic splendor. Rather it will be a… Continue reading The New Magisterium: A Manifesto