What storytelling has to do with our own need for identity and narrative.
I have been spending a lot of time at Blackwell's, recently. The bookshop as remedy, reading as a cure for the ailments of the mind. This accompanied by a desire to touch, smell, and possess books, which doesn't mean that borrowing books off friends is unattractive, but, still, not quite the same. My kindle rests, … Continue reading The bookshop as remedy
"Another writing challenge!?" you ask. Fair enough. Maybe I'll drop the word "challenge", to make it seem less grandiose. But it definitely seems to be the case that I deal better with work/research/thinking/writing sprints than with trying to produce a constant trickle of output. Even when I remembered that "write it down" was a good … Continue reading Zooming in: Writing Sequence Number Two
Are humans machines; frail bodies to be optimized and overcome? And what is this haunting sense of there being more to it? An exploration through the cocktail parties of my mind.
I have spent at least ten years in my life learning the grammar of music, and comparatively little on living and breathing, and using music as the language it is.This is mainly true for my relationship with my violin (which is turning into a fiddle nowadays), and not so much for singing. There is something … Continue reading Learning the language of music
A recap of benefits, regrets, and unexpected things that happened as part of my writing challenge. Also a taste of what is yet to come!
This morning, I read the 2014 FHI policy brief "Unprecedented Technological Risks". Unusually critically-minded today, I found it easy to notice some assumptions that were at least non-obvious to me, which in turn might point either to them lacking justification, or me not having looked at them well enough. Weird assumptions I don't have much … Continue reading Unclear assumptions in AI risk
What are the primary risks to society of failure for AI systems, and how can these risks be monitored and addressed at scale?DeepMind Ethics & Society I found myself cringing away from the question, while at the same time dismissing it - a sure sign that I should look at it for at least half … Continue reading AI risk: bullets, bullet-points, and poems
This painfully reminds me of my seventh-grade history teacher, who desperately tried to convince us of the importance of history, bringing in a song in one of our early lessons in the attempt to be cool. I remember of the 9th of November not only that it was the night of the nazi pogrom, but … Continue reading What can (and should) we learn from history?
Spoiler: I don't really know. There are a couple of examples that come to mind. Corporate innovation: the Bell labs (like described in this book - incidentally, I had never previously heard about them outside of phonology classes, so it took a while to realise that they were a big thing). Apple, I guess. Oh, … Continue reading How does innovation work?