Author Archives: Ted Howard NZ

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) with reasonable security, tools, resources and degrees of freedom, and reasonable examples of the natural environment; and that is going to demand responsibility from all of us - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money

Artificial Intelligence

How might we control AI, before AI controls us? [ 3/April/22 ] Wrong question! How much do you like being controlled? How much better is it to work with someone on a purpose you are both aligned to? Any talk … Continue reading

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Is There A Way To Truly Be Comfortable With Death?

[ 1/April/22 – not a joke] It’s interesting and complex. I have had the experience of a leading oncologist telling me that there is nothing known to medical science that could increase the probability of my living, and that I … Continue reading

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Ukraine

A post by Richard on the Ukrainian situation [ 31 /March/22] This seems to be closer to reality: https://www.fairobserver.com/region/europe/medea-benjamin-nicolas-js-davies-ukraine-war-russia-ukranian-neo-nazi-fascists-azov-battalion-89292/ and Seem to both be clear that the situation is complex, with a significant degree of real democracy and some far … Continue reading

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Science

Sciences and Fiction [ 31/March/22 Walter Smith in Foundations of Logic asked:Choose 1 or 2 or 3:1.Everything that is not part of sciences is based on fictionor2.Everything that is not based on sciences is fictionor3.?] 3 Science is a process, … Continue reading

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Electric vehicles

[ 27 /March/22 Rick Slick posted in Lifeboat Foundation … “It’s time to lay down the truth on Electric Vehicles.” …] Some truth in it, but it hides things too. Yes – many current technologies are far from ideal, and … Continue reading

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Spirit/Soul

[ 25/March/22 Consider these two possibilities and the ramifications of each: We DO NOT have a soul/spirit/life force. We are created from nothing and go back to nothing. God, the afterlife, eternity, ghosts do not exist and morals, rules, and … Continue reading

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Will we all become democracies?

How many years will it take for humanity to evolve into every nation being a true multiparty democracy and integrated in the UN? [ 23/March/22 ] I hope never. The idea of existing multi party democracy structures being anything like … Continue reading

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Socialism/Capitalism – Hayek

Dirk posted a Hayek quote – If socialists understood economics they would not be socialists [ 22/March/22 ] I find both socialism and capitalism inadequate and overly simplistic. We have both social and individual natures, and the pattern is repeated … Continue reading

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Metaverse or real life?

Comment on Metaverse comment [ 21/March/22 ] Let’s make sure everyone is fed and housed first! [followed by Walter Lynsdale – …isn’t that orthogonal? …] I get that. And if 50% of the effort that has gone into game development … Continue reading

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What do Debt and GDP mean

[ 21/March/22 ] What is it actually measuring? If you look at computation, computation has been increasing exponentially for over 100 years. Real cost per computation is falling. Is that in any way reflected in the notions of “Debt” and … Continue reading

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