Handwringing and commiseration from the night of the 2016 US election. Discussed: democracy, epistocracy, and algocracy—oh my.
- If you have a question for the president-elect but can’t get ahold of him, a great alternative is DeepDrumpf, a neural network substitute.
- Fascinated by Roko’s Basilisk? Me too. Want to know more? Start here.
- Can Google’s search algorithm be improved to recognize facts? Ummmmm, I hope so?
- Many of us seem to want more choices, but having more choices also seems to make us more anxious and less content. Barry Schwartz sheds light on this paradox.
- Men continue to circle the drain—argued persuasively here and here.
- I suspect that algocracy—a topic covered thoroughly by John Danaher—and Yuval Harari’s “Dataism” are related concepts. The information content of our world is exploding. Only machine intelligence can keep up. Will we be left behind? Kirk Cameron, save me! I mean, save us! (But first me.)
- And now, because you probably asked for it, “The Case Against Democracy.”
- Nothing. Yeah, that’s right. Nothing.