Reply to a Facebook post by David Whyte on Hiding

A facebook post by David Whyte on hiding

[ 13/4/20 ]


And one needs to be alert for new sorts of predators.

In New Zealand there were no land based mammalian predators (other than two tiny species of bats), prior to human arrival. Our birds are superbly camouflaged against avian predators, but have more smelly oils than any other birds in the world, so are easy targets for predators with a sense of smell (rats, stoats, hedgehogs, cats – all introduced by us).

Same thing goes for every level of human activity.

Advanced AI systems with deep neural nets can be trained to find things that humans cannot. Most of us leave digital “smells” behind us, patterns that can be analysed and traced, patterns of word use, vocabulary, networks, money use, appearance, etc.

It is now almost impossible to hide, at any level, and have any interaction with anyone. Even underground bunkers with their own energy source must leave a “thermal” signature that can be seen by satellites.

To me it is clear, there is only one survival strategy remaining, the one that is at the base of all levels of complexity in life, of civilisation itself – cooperation. That cooperation must be non-naive – it must have cheat detection and mitigation strategies at every level we are capable of attaining.

And we need to be very clear that global cooperation is very different from one world government.

Global cooperation is the mutual acceptance and respect of a diverse community of agents and classes of agents, all of whom acknowledge that there are social and ecological limits required for existence.

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