Friday, May 5, 2023

spring 2023

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I have to quote from an interview today where the “godfather” of A.I. noted the dangers of accelerating the industry to the point where no one knows what the A.I. can do. Could it infer that its given goal can be best achieved by maximizing its power to control the instrumental processes of sub-goals associated with its given goal, such that human managers won’t know what it can now do, because part of A.I.’s inferential power is to protect its capability from discovery of what it can do? “We're entering a time of great uncertainty, where we're dealing with kinds of things we have never dealt with before. It's as if aliens have landed, but we didn't really take it in because they speak good English.” [full interview here]

Friday, March 10, 2023

notes home from a wilderness singing

Oh, you…

You want an accessibly well-formed narrative which is comprehensively credible (yet not too complex) for serving what most matters.

Too much improvisation intimates too much complexity, which looks ultimately incoherent (thus, losing promise for advancing given understanding), which is annoying (at the least) because you want specific orientation (not too challenging, not tedious) by permanently reliable leads.

Friday, February 24, 2023

winter 2023

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Today is the dreadful anniversary of tragedy in Ukraine.

If you want my opinion,...

Feb. 17 | I’m doing difficult conceptual work which doesn’t yet have a casual online mode, but the Work is going well … My harping about humanity in recent weeks has been to clarify a practical background (“What’s the point?,” you think?) for upcoming conceptual discussions.

Feb. 6 | I’ve combined (1) links to a few recent comments by me at NY Times articles, (2) a few links to earlier related postings, and (3) a short narrative about salient themes, titled “staying oriented by the better sense of Our humanity.”

Saturday, January 21, 2023

a polymathic, protean sensibility

Yesterday, I immersed myself again (after 30 years) in Howard Gardner’s Creating Minds. I’m amazed by [1] how influential (how implicit) his understanding of creativity has been for advancing my own conception
[2] beyond his, thanks to other influences and my own work.

Actually, many of his books’ foci have been integral to the kind of practical sensibility which I generally prospect, i.e., conceptually model, relative to others’ work, my own offline, and my improvisations shared.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

humbly marking a new year for humanity

We grow up, achieve a lot (at best), pay forward (please), and move on—maybe contributing to others’ lives.

Time tells. Learning never ends.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

autumn 2022

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Turn of the year is an open-ended time for me. I expect to get a lot of writing done offline. I have much conceptual work nearly ready for coming months. I’m happy.

Nov. 19 | Well, yes, I am making good progress through the forest, but depicting that now would distract me too much from enjoying my adventure. 

Saturday, September 10, 2022

summer 2022

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What can be the merit of “best” among conceptions (if the term isn’t ejected from discourse in our relativistic times)? It’s at least “the better conception” among available alternatives.

Sept. 5 | I’m glad to find that my approach to thinking about “self” is very corroborated by the diversity of others’ views: “more diversity of selves” (following up from the Sept. 3 discussion linked below).