- I notice that you’re using a clickbait headline and I’m going to try and disincentivise you from doing dishonest things by not clicking it.
- I’m not going to click to find out what ‘this one thing’ or ‘this weird thing’ (etc.) is – you should have told me in the (…fucking) headline.
- By now I don’t believe a thing you’re saying, and so I’m not going to waste my time by clicking your headline.
An AI can create a plausible piece of writing or art
Perhaps it will eventually surpass anything that you or I could create.
But, no matter how good it gets
It will not understand what it is doing.
Understanding separates the humans from the machines.
And when it doesn’t, that will be another matter entirely.
Obsessed with scale and efficiency
And too lazy to do the work themselves,
Entrust important tasks to untested algorithms,
And seem surprised
When these algorithms
Occasionally produce disastrous results.
Don’t take any of your affiliations seriously enough
To have them used against you.
More effort is expended on attracting attention
Than on imparting useful information.
In this ‘post-truth’, ‘fake news’ world
(…please pardon the cliches)
Where everyone is their own PR person
Sharing the digital highlights of their ‘best life’
And where trust in the traditional bastions of journalism is waning
Your doubt is a defensive strategy;
Don’t want to be taken in? Then simply don’t believe anything you read, see or hear online.
So, I suppose the real threat is the slide into cynicism,
When you come to doubt everything unequivocally
Perhaps that is the real existential threat of the information war.
Not that we will be credulous, believing all of the ‘alternative truths’ and nonsense that bombard us on our numerous media channels.
But that we will become callous, perhaps nihilistic,
Sick of all of the bullshit.
Apathetic, unable to trust a damn thing
And entirely devoid of faith entirely.
And, instead of acting on the wrong things,
We don’t act at all.
Even when we desperately need to do something.
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If we look at the modern world,
The global labour market
And the relentless forward march of technology.
The fundamental growing economic problem
Appears to be
An increasing ‘oversupply’ of humans.
Here’s what I mean;
The trend of ‘human obsolescence’ seems to show
That less and less of us are ‘necessary’
From an economic perspective.
But, as we know,
There are more and more humans
More every year, in fact.
The question is, really,
Barring people making the conscious decision to ‘breed less’
(…which seems doubtful on aggregate)
What shall we do with this growing ‘oversupply’ of humans?
I don’t have answers
Though it would seem like
Some massive, mandatory redistribution of wealth would be required
From the few who are still ‘economically relevant’
To the many who are not.
And if not,
What becomes of the ‘have nots’?
And all of this
Is to say nothing of
The resources we continue to use up
The damage we do to the world
And all the spaces
That we swallow with concrete.
And it all goes without saying,
That there’s far more to life
Than being ‘economically useful’.
If the ratio of selfies to all posts is 33-49% – unfollow
If the ratio of selfies to all posts is 50-70% – unfriend
If the ratio of selfies to all posts is 70+% – block
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