Monthly Archives: September 2020

Solving climate change

Quora – Is the climate redeemable? Assuming there was political will, could humanity fix it if we started now? If so, how? [ 16/9/20 ] The answers by Paul Eshelman and Robert Knight are both wrong, and climate change is … Continue reading

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Hope

Quora – Is there any hope for humanity? Is there no chance to save the human species and is there no way to continue as a species? [ 16/9/20 ] Yes – most certainly there is hope, and there is … Continue reading

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Stability

Stability [ 16/9/20 – Laurie Asked “What provides your stability?”] Hi Laurie, There is a dual role to such devices. Yes, there is a sense of stability to fences, and there is also the role of providing a place to … Continue reading

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Governance, evolution and AI

When and if artificial intelligence gets to the point that it’s indistinguishable from sentient beings, how will humans know who governs them? [ 14/9/20 ] Why would anyone want to be governed by any external agent? What do we mean … Continue reading

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Comment to 2020 Clean Coders Keynote – complexity

Comment to 2020 Clean Coders Keynote [ 14/9/20 ] Reality does actually seem to be complex. What we need is programming languages that give power, and coders who understand when it is powerful to constrain that power and when those … Continue reading

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An odd question

Why do liberals brainwash our kids with climate change, evolution, socialism, and round earthing? [ 11/9/20 ] Because reality seems to be sufficiently complex that the old stories we have about it will be forever being revised as we gather … Continue reading

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Spinoff – Vesuvius and other risks

Comment to Spinoff on Vesuvius article [ 11/9/20 ] The Vesuvius-Pompeii article does not just apply to Auckland, it applies to most of the North Island. Last time Taupo erupted (which was more recently than Vesuvius), it essentially sterilised most … Continue reading

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Why longevity?

[ 9/9/20 Lifeboat Foundation Facebook Page – Eric Asked “Why do you want an unlimited lifespan?”] Having a personal stake in long term security seems to be the easiest way to ensure long term viability of complex systems. I already … Continue reading

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Complexity and risk reduction

[ 9/9/20 comment to Eric Klein on Lifeboat Foundation facebook page] Let me be explicit in what I was pointing to with that attempt at humour (sometimes autistic spectrum geeks don’t do humour well). Trying to stay out of the … Continue reading

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Information

[ 8/9/20 Facebook – Philosophy of Science – Is information inherent in the Universe?] Like others have said – it depends on the definition of “information” and the complexity of the model of interpretation one applies to it. For me, … Continue reading

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