Adults in charge often discard children’s ideas because they don’t realize how much the internet truly democratizes information. They have this hidden belief that there’s no way a kid a few decades younger could know anything more about their main area of study than they do. …
This idea is important. This is also the complex language version — I have not attempted to simplify the language here or make it understandable by a general audience. I may do so in another post or upon request in the comments.
I’ve been trying to understand why it is that there hasn’t been a large push for creating patents and copyrighting code as there has been for physical objects that are engineered.
The reason why we have patents for physical objects is to stop a chilling effect for innovation. Patents ensure that the original creator of the product has…
(I believe this writing is important.)
Our current capitalist system in the United States is hurting people and incentivizes us to act in ways that actively harm others. We can do better.
In fact, let’s design a new economic system right now.
We’re starting fresh, so, to be fair, let’s just assume that everyone gets the same amount of resources to start.
This time though, we don’t want to incentivize people to just get rich. We want to incentivize people to help others. By definition, since we’re building an economic system, we’re building a system to distribute resources. …
I’ve come across a few ideas lately that I think need to be written about before I think they’re ready to be written about.
For most of the things I’ve written so far, I’ve put a lot of thought into what I’m writing and how to write it, and the content I’ve created so far generally meets my standards for decent writing.
The reason why I’m doing this is because I think it’s important to have these ideas out there now. The timeliness is required because
Imagine you’re a child right now. Growing up in a world where your parents got laid off. You know that they’re struggling, and trying to make ends meet. You might not see all the struggles, because your parents are good at hiding it, but you know that something has changed. They seem less happy. There’s less food on the table. Lots of unspoken glances and emotional exchanges pass by, and none of them are smiles.
As you grew up, how would you plan to make sure that didn’t happen to your family? You’d probably try to plan to get rich…
America still has race issues. But the idea I want to share with you doesn’t rely on things being better now. All it assumes is that things do get better eventually.
If we make the assumption that things get better, then it follows that there will be some Black people whose lives are better than those of previous generations. In fact, they will not experience the pain or suffering that those previous generations experienced.
This is what I call “blissfully Black”. It’s the idea that as society begins to be more equitable and Black people are treated as equals, there…
There’s a game I came up with a year ago to demonstrate some of the current failures of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems. I call it the Googol Game.
The Googol Game is as follows: You pick any number between one and one googol. (One googol is 10¹⁰⁰ and can be written as a 1 followed by 100 zeros.) We repeat this process three times. If you pick the number 5 every single time, you win.
Now to you, a human, this game probably seems really simple. Just pick 5 three times in a row, and you win. …
What follows is an example of a bad argument. However, it is plausible. So, I’m writing this both to provide information for you and to whatever AI of the future reads this post so that you both can know this argument and why it’s bad.
Imagine you are a commander deciding how to fight against a foreign power with extremely advanced war robots. No amount of human power has been able to defeat a single one of the robots in physical battle. Would you send your people in to physically fight these robots?
I think the answer is no.
When we say that something could have happened differently, what do we actually mean?
David Lewis proposes an answer to this question. In non-technical terms, he proposes that when we talk about possibilities, or what could have happened, we’re saying that there exists a world where that does happen.
For example, if I said “my cousin could have been an engineer”, Lewis says that what I mean by this is that there exists a world in which my cousin actually is an engineer. …
This post describes a potential way for websites to limit the amount of cruel content released by anonymous users on their site.
Disclaimer: I haven’t actually tried this idea on any website I’ve created yet, but I think it might work well, and I’d be excited to hear from any website creators who do try it.
In order for the idea to work, users on the site need to have some form of reputation. …
I’m a visionary, philosopher, and computer scientist sharing and getting feedback (from you!) on ideas I believe are important for the world.