Posts Tagged ‘Robotics’

Chaos Patch (#112)

(open thread + links)

From the reality of virtue to virtual reality. “Perfect monarchy, then, tends toward market perfection.” Spiritual security. Against WN and 1488. Parable of the Raft. Path-finders. Neoreaction a Basilisk (a view from outside). Douthat article responses from Spandrell, Nydrwracu, Bateman — and Douthat. Darwinian overlords. Stop the tech-comms. The weekly round, plus outliers.

Sean Gabb on Jews (recalling). The left/ right divide, neoliberals, libertarians, and transhumanists. Dalrymple on decay. Against the arc. Stuck in cartoons. The calamity in the Vatican.

Rain is good.” Cash in the cross-hairs. Internet-thrashed publishing. Fixing stuff. Entrepreneurial earnings. The origin of slavery, and Silicon Valley feudalism.

Austria lurches right (1, 2) (meanwhile, in Hungary). Portugal teeters. Belgium looks on the bright side. Venezuelan death rattles (1, 2, 3). Iraq crumbles. Killer submarines. Inscrutable signals from China (plus, and comment). Undead history. Hang on to hegemony (despite the heartache).

Trumpenführer panic report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). “… don’t be surprised if the election of Donald Trump turns out to be greatest coup in Zionism’s history” (wait, what?). The Left, hard times, and annoying celebrities play their part. Who, whom. Trump’s foreign policy (1, 2). Revivalism.

Popcorn catastrophe. Owned SJWs (video). Candace Owens bites back (1, 2, 3). Atheist privilege (and response), and, also. Hugo Hell-storm (also). Hatin‘ on Tyson. Holocaust meta-revisionism. Poe’s coup. Satanic rage.

Over the cliff. Magnetosphere collapse. Winter is coming. Hacker mayhem.

Human Varieties top ten. Delicate to a fault. Intelligence genomics update. Natural born killers. HBD on the Left. More mystic racism. Why is Westeros white?

Smashing the Standard Model. The cosmic web. Graphic solar system catalog. Feynman for free. Fertilization effect. Spark of life. Conservative concerns about gene editing. The hidden Antarctic.

Cybernetic supremacy. Chinese robots (1, 2). AI Angst. Faster. Bitcoin stuff (1, 2), military blockchains, and smart contracts. The Wikipedia oligarchy (see). Where to make trillions. Rocket pr0n (video).

Psychedelic weirdness. Solitary immersion. Super-myths. Cranked-up civets. Theo-cosmic meditations.

May 1, 2016admin 27 Comments »
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Chaos Patch (#80)

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Left Singularities and restoration (plus, the Cathedral isn’t ZOG). Private cities (1, 2), and police. Swimming right? Chomsky’s methods. Babies and bathwater. Distrust. Liberated power. Welcome to the future. Migration. Fresh blood. A Moldbug-gloss for Marxists. The weekly round of doom.

America’s ideological divide. The Amerika Plan. Go Texas! The end of social democracy. Google-core. Death spiral in SA. Cathedral clean-up in Japan. Swedish discord.

High-popcorn diet section. Trump stuff (1, 2, 3). Corbyn stuff (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Refugee crisis stuff (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). Let’s compromise. The microaggression discussion (1, 2, 3, 4). Heterodox academy (Haidt-think, plus Briggs comment). Intersectional auto-cannibalism watch. The menace of libertarians Nazis. Matt ‘Lyncher‘ Damon. Taylor ‘1488‘ Swift.

Perspectives on African demography. Diversity Island. Annihilation (viz). Race against time. Heel-digging in Hungary. Was Mahatma Gandhi a racist? Dreher’s errors. On the way to the jury box? The case for leftist over-reach on race (plus commentary). Genetics of the American nations. Weird history.

Robots and jobs commentary, plus footnotes on America and Japan. Eating the Chinese journalists first.

Selective impressions. Time to start writing. Schrödinger’s bug. Tragedy of the commons. Pluto pictures. Climate discrepancy (also relevant). Where robots are at (video). Quantum chess.

Government intelligence. The claim of tradition. Against schooling. A Polish prophet. Cryptic aliens.

September 20, 2015admin 43 Comments »
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Terminator Genisys

A confession is necessary at this point, and it’s one that might disturb people a lot. I have seen this movie twice. (Once on DVD, alone, and once with the Better Half + friends under optimal 3D IMAX conditions.) So that’s the scary part over with. (Official trailers, 1, 2. Neither at all great, but the second is a little better.)


It is, undeniably, as schlocky as hell. Sometimes, though, that provides a window all of its own. In this case the crucial factor is the compact between AI-Singularity and time-travel narratives, which the Terminator franchise put together largely by itself. Terminator Genisys sticks to the knitting in that respect. Paying to see it is an investment in this story. If you think it’s an important one — however abstractly — then you’re doing the Lord’s work, or somebody’s, or something.

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September 4, 2015admin 11 Comments »

Chaos Patch (#73)

(Open thread + links)

NRx Disney. Passivism, and prospects. Species of altruism. Peace gets you eaten. Feedback sensitive. The GOP is just doing what it does. A month in Soros. Order patch. Sperglords. Criticizing Hoppe. The cannibalism begins. Exit advice. Friday frags. The weekly round.

Utah oil sands. Pining for the Fjords. Retardation. A reckoning? FedGov gigantism. Swedish vibrancy. A Trump prophecy. Camp of the saints latest (Jim comments). Oil pressure. Scenes from Venezuela.

The antiracism religion (plus). Pinker’s big hole. Eugenics panic (relevant). On dualization. Internet racists. Simba pathetic.

Please make it stop.

Biotech breakthroughs. No brainer. Space drones. Pluto wars. Zombie-bugs. God and aliens. Simulation Argument stuff.

Cuckoo-doodle-doo: XS top-pick (responding to this, but then there was this, and Alrenous comments), funniest (video), Wapo wades in, on the tightrope, appalled / gloating (1, 2, 3, 4), thrilled (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11More.). If you really can’t get enough of this stuff. “This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia’s deletion policy.” A giant sucking sound:

August 2, 2015admin 22 Comments »
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Great Decoupling II

The hushed question guiding the world:

“How much robotics escalation are we actually getting in exchange for those hamburgers?”

A (comparatively rare) XS prediction: The Great Decoupling is a transitional event that isn’t going away, and can be expected to accelerate. The ‘capital goods sector’ — today probably more reliably captured as B2B enterprise — has shifted to a permanently higher level of economic significance, indexing the secular decline in labor-power acquisition as a central resource requirement of automated capital. In strict reciprocal conformity with this, consumer goods production is steadily shedding its privilege as the ultimate justification for economic activity in general, and can be expected to undergo roughly continuous decline as a proportion of overall business activity.
Hail Mary Pass for status quo preservation: a basic income.
Cultural re-narrativization in compliance with the trend: the ‘new economy’ requires every individual to adopt a corporate identity. Tap into the B2B traffic, or drop out of the game.

May 27, 2015admin 56 Comments »
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Labor Power

Squeezy: Getting on OK with the robot, Prolius?
Prolius: Totally. I’ve doubled my hamburger output for no extra work, and even a bit less hot-fat splashing.
Squeezy: Great. It looks like it should pay for itself in three months.
Prolius: The thing is though, Mr. Squeezy, as I see it, I’m due a substantial pay rise.
Squeezy: Sorry, help me out here a minute Prolius, why is that exactly?
Prolius: Isn’t it obvious? My productivity has doubled.
Squeezy: Your productivity?
Prolius: No doubt about that Mr. Squeezy. I looked it up. Labor productivity equals economic output over employment.
Squeezy: But I thought you’d just said the extra output is down to the robot?
Prolius: The robot doesn’t count, because it doesn’t have a labor contract.
Squeezy: There’s a bank loan.
Prolius: We’re in the Aeon of ZIRP. Debt is free forever now. So that’s irrelevant.
Squeezy: But what motive do I have to pay you more?
Prolius: Please, Mr. Squeezy, don’t be simplistic. I’m not just a worker with rapidly accelerating productivity. Far more importantly, I’m a consumer. If you paid me more, I could make a greater contribution to aggregate demand.
Squeezy: You’re saying, if I gave you more money, I could get some of it back by also selling you more hamburgers?
Prolius: You’ve got it. That’s how the economy works.

May 26, 2015admin 30 Comments »
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Sentences (#9)

Elon Musk: “At this rate, the only thing that will be left will be robots …”

— Less a perfected sentence than an excuse to share the video. Musk earned his sentence-crafting chops last year, with this:

February 14, 2015admin 30 Comments »
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Uncanny Valley

State-of-the-art in Japanese android design. (Thanks to @existoon for the pointer.)

It’s not really — or even remotely — an AI demonstration, but it’s a demonstration of something (probably several things).


Wikipedia provides some ‘Uncanny Valley’ background and links. The creepiness of The Polar Express (2004) seems to have been the trigger for the concept going mainstream.

From the level of human body simulation achieved already, it’s looking as if the climb out to the far side of the valley is close to complete. Sure, this android behaves like an idiot, but we’re used to idiots.

ADDED: Some hints on how the inside out approach is going (and speculations).

July 8, 2014admin 20 Comments »
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Quote notes (#37)

Accelerate the process:

As with any modular- system, the hope is that the modules can be miniaturized: the ultimate aim of most such research is hordes of swarming microbots that can self-assemble, like the “liquid steel” androids in the movie “Terminator II.” And the simplicity of the cubes’ design makes miniaturization promising.

October 6, 2013admin 5 Comments »