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The New Atlantis 5h
For Martin Heidegger, technology (such as Twitter) abolishes distance but brings no "nearness."
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Zito 8h
Authoritarians’ love for digital technology is no fluke — it’s a product of Silicon Valley’s “smart” paternalism
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Algorithmic recommendations have led to filter bubbles and radicalization through feedback loops. Yet this result is not a curious fluke of Big Tech’s preference-maximizing dream, but its inadvertent realization.
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A conservative solution to climate change policy means promoting neither alarmism nor skepticism, but rather research and adaptability.
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The New Atlantis Feb 16
Thanks to fantasy writing, "imaginatively, if not in substantive belief, we are pagans once more," argues Alan Jacobs.
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The New Atlantis Feb 16
Tech companies claimed to perfect recommending “useful” content. But someone may say he wants to have a decent sleep schedule, and will keep clicking videos about the “deep state.” Which of these two conflicting desires is the truer one?
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The New Atlantis Feb 16
The historian Gertrude Himmelfarb recounts an early debate about evolution and ethics:
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Ari Schulman Feb 15
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The New Atlantis Feb 15
Much of what we stand to lose as automation progresses is immeasurable, somewhat subjective, possibly ineffable. From and :
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The New Atlantis Feb 15
Big Tech’s aim of merely predicting what is useful inevitably shades into *deciding* what is useful, and thereby shaping what kinds of people we become.
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Evan Selinger Feb 15
Glad reminded us of the "Selfish Ledger" vid. After the Verge first published it, the usual round of hot takes came out. Then, per new normal, in the blink-of-an-eye the collective attention went elsewhere. But it's the re-engineering blueprint! cc:
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The New Atlantis Feb 15
It shouldn’t have surprised us that a company that dreamed of creating a smart Big Brother — Google’s concept for a “Selfish Ledger” — would become a handmaiden to real-world Big Brothers.
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The New Atlantis Feb 15
The creeping substitution of virtual reality for reality is a prominent feature of contemporary life, but it also has deep antecedents in Western thought, writes Matthew Crawford.
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Adrian Chen Jul 27
This essay by captured my skepticism of the current tech backlash and points a way forward so succinctly that I got emotional. Read it if you care about creating a more humane technology
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Matthew Loftus Feb 15
The 80's tried to warn us about OmniCorp, Weyland-Yutani, and Cyberdyne Systems. We didn't listen:
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Mark Allen Feb 14
Been thinking *a lot* about this essay on techno-utopianism and paternalism which leads to "soft" authoritarianism. It rings disturbingly true to me. The hardest hitting paragraph is this one:
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The New Atlantis Feb 14
Tools based on the premise that access to information will only enlighten us, social connectivity only make us more humane, have instead fanned conspiracy theories, information bubbles, and social fracture. What happened?
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Avi Woolf, WTF Conservative🌍 Feb 14
"But when it’s the Internet that oversees or overhears your transgressions, the reputational damage can last forever, or until Google’s servers collapse."
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Ari Schulman Feb 14
Replying to @AriSchulman
Here is a more serious response: "Our wants and needs and joys and sorrows run too deep to be adequately imitated. Only those blind to that depth could imagine they might be capable of producing a machine like themselves. But even they are mistaken."
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The New Atlantis Feb 14
In an age of online shaming, all speech is political — and public.
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