Watch Out

Anna and the Hacked Matter crew have a great (time) piece in The Atlantic on the latest escape route from real space. Getting the input interface right is going to be tricky, but the techno-commercial teleology guiding this development is surely inexorable. (I envisage the emergence of some kind of needle thingummy, to stitch the data in with.)

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May 19, 2014admin 15 Comments »
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  • Bryce Laliberte Says:

    I’m looking forward to the future. Complete integration of self with the cloud. Instead of wasting valuable brainspace on a set of memories, remember a minimal set of formulas for remembering how to find the information you need. I have every intent to stay ahead of the curve on this integration… as much as I can afford to, at least. (In the meanwhile, a lifestyle/occupation conducive to having Google/Facebook/Twitter/RSS only one or two clicks away at all times seems my best means to begin optimizing my mind to this future functionality.) It isn’t for everyone, but those comfortable with outsourcing or allowing technological assistance int the construction of the self have exciting times to look forward to.

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    admin Reply:

    OK, I promise never to try and prise your ‘neo-‘ off again.

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    JPOutlook Reply:

    L.O.L….

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    Konkvistador Reply:

    This reminds me that I am dissapointed in rxn not taking Robin Hanson’s futurism? Minds moving to the cloud, eventually completely, has important and easy to derive consequences, that are easy to predict if one applies economics and some sociology, instead of pretending anything at all might happen, and the results fall out. This is precisely what he did.

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    Posted on May 19th, 2014 at 8:03 am Reply | Quote
  • Konkvistador Says:

    You recently tweeted:

    “”Sweet-talking Capital — Communism: Gotta pack-rape comin’ bitch! Reaction: Burn you filthy slut! Squish NRx: I just want to protect you ..”””

    This predicts Capital thinks Reaction is a loser and creep, but occasionally quietly cries worrying he is right, she also thinks Anarcho-Capitalists is very sweet but shudders at putting out for them and that she gets very wet for Communism and makes excuses for him when at all possible.

    Seems about right.

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    admin Reply:

    So, I’m taking it the Twitter-boycott is continuing for the time being?

    Everyone is misunderstanding that tweet, btw, if they think ‘Squish NRx’ is anarcho-capitalism. The thesis that markets are too delicate to look after themselves is pretty much the opposite of anything I’d identify with an An-Cap attitude.

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    Konkvistador Reply:

    “So, I’m taking it the Twitter-boycott is continuing for the time being?”

    Yes.

    “The thesis that markets are too delicate to look after themselves is pretty much the opposite of anything I’d identify with an An-Cap attitude. ”

    This is a good point, probably because you haven’t used squish in this sense before.

    Also I agree that Capital *is* too delicate to look after itself, but you shouldn’t expect it to be truly grateful for this protection, women never are.

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    Steve Johnson Reply:

    Women are baby making factories – they’re inherently valuable.

    Women generally aren’t in need of protection from harm but from the threat of capture.

    Gratitude shouldn’t really be expected.

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  • Watch Out | Reaction Times Says:

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  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    Awful.

    I mean… Wow, just wow. The future. Dick Tracy, is that you?

    Get me my microstylus. The one without blood on it.

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    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    (By the way, these things are awesome for people who do heavily physical activities: they’re already a smash for runners. I can only imagine they would be good for soldiers and anyone else who moves around a lot. I would wonder if they’ve figured out yet that they aren’t for everyone)

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    j. ont. Reply:

    Everyone has misunderstood this developing area in tech. They think that when Apple eventually wades in they’ll be competing with Motorola or something, but I expect Apple is way more interested in taking on Suunto (http://www.suunto.com/)—who, as you said, is used by athletes, soldiers, divers, etc.

    I can’t say I’m super excited to see what happens. The utility of watch with a screen on it seem limited. Google Glass has more potential, Oculus Rift has more potential. Most people will end up just sort of staring at their watches rather than their phones.

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    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    I will probably never have one of these things, though I think people who never got smartphones, if the watch is cheap enough, might get one. There are other problems: as jewelry, it has jewelry-related durability concerns. What is cool (the only thing that is genuinely cool) is the miniaturization involved. The rest is shuffling things to make them look like they’re moving.

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  • Matthew Walther Says:

    “I’m looking forward to the future. Complete integration of self with the cloud. Instead of wasting valuable brainspace on a set of memories, remember a minimal set of formulas for remembering how to find the information you need.”

    Exhibit no. 343 in why so-called neo-reaction is not in the least reactionary. The internet, social media, and the almighty cloud advance, rather than hinder, the meliorist cause. Faith in God? “Meh.” Faith in the higher liberalism? “Not this San Francisco Jacobite.” But faith in the gods of tech., whose companies would not exist without access to government-subsidized cheap credit? “The future, baby.”

    It’s puerile, really.

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    E.Antony Gray (RiverC) Reply:

    If you didn’t sense the extreme sarcasm please get your irony detectors recalibrated

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