I don’t understand how COVID is spiking again after we’ve tried everything from pretending it’s over to pretending it never happened
I’ve stopped caring about new tech and become more political because in general we have sufficient technology to make everyone’s lives better.
The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough or good enough technology. The problem is that the people in power aren’t interested in making everyone’s lives better.
The bug in capitalism is the implicit assumption that people’s willingness to pay for something indicates it is of positive value. People are willing to invest in a Ponzi scheme because of the opportunity to get rich. That doesn’t mean Ponzi schemes have value to society.
The worst thing that ever happened in software engineering was when Kirk asked Scotty how long something would take and Scotty said thirty minutes and Kirk said you’ve got five and Scotty got it done in five and impressionable children watched this and grew up to become managers.
Ever since playing with ChatGPT, I’ve become sensitized to the way false rationality sounds … there’s a particular vibe to what is basically coherent nonsense. And now I’ve started to notice when people do it too. I get this crawly ChatGPT feeling when somebody is obviously making up an “authoritative” answer to a question they know nothing about.