‘Smart Cities’ & Architectural Character

Smart city discourse is increasingly prevalent and increasingly influential, thus, a interrogation into the design philosophy undergirding the concept (and its spin-offs) can prove instructive. IOT For All defines smart cities (also referred to as intelligent cities or digital cities) as "hubs that route IoT-produced data through public-private partnerships to solve real problems." Put another way, a smart/intelligent/digital city is… Continue reading ‘Smart Cities’ & Architectural Character

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Go Ahead and Worship Your New God

By all means, rebel your passionate little heart out—“Fuck authority!” “Down with evil robots!”—but at the end of the day, you’re the one made of expendable meat, and your robot overlord may not have the programmed patience to listen to your grievances. Instead, consider taking a lesson from an historical deity who prescribed, of all… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Go Ahead and Worship Your New God

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Salutations Addendum: Roko’s Basilisk

When greeting a superintelligent being for the first time, it may be worth your while to heed the warning posed by Roko’s basilisk. A thought experiment in the spirit of Pascal’s wager, Roko’s basilisk poses the scenario where an all-powerful AI retroactively punishes everyone who neglected to assist in bringing about its existence. So, while… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: Salutations Addendum: Roko’s Basilisk

THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: When There’s Not One but Many

If the one legitimate AI with general intelligence duplicates itself like a salmon lays eggs, that will spell the quick end to any talk of monotheism. Likewise, multiple teams of programmers might simultaneously develop an AI with general intelligence. Once the threshold of general intelligence has been reached, a pantheon of ancient Greek mythology-like AI… Continue reading THE SINGULARITY SURVIVAL GUIDE: When There’s Not One but Many

Technodialogics: Considerations of the False Ruins of the Future & New Models of Discursive Mediation

The False Ruins of the Future Conversations pertinent to large-scale change – whether positive, negative or unclear – are fraught with discursive problems, namely, those involving prevailing eschatological modalities, which drive up anxiety and fear and abolish any semblance of reason, thereby making effective, human-positive1 communication, and thus, adaptation, difficult or impossible, as the future… Continue reading Technodialogics: Considerations of the False Ruins of the Future & New Models of Discursive Mediation

Writing Prompts 9/6/18

Writing prompts - a word or sentence meant to act as the catalyst to a piece of prose or poetry - is a very useful tool for generating ideas, producing more motivation and increasing one's writing output generally. Most writing prompts, however, are just a single word, and usually, a word that can be used… Continue reading Writing Prompts 9/6/18