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Making the Inevitable Obvious


Cyberweapons: A Real Worry

by Kevin Kelly / 4日

There is not too much about technology that I worry about. But one technological area I do worry a lot about is cyber war, cyber security, cyber conflict. My worry stems from the lack of accountability and the lack of … Continue reading →

Recent Readings, 8

by Kevin Kelly / 6日

IMHO, reading this subReddit written by an AI feels very similar to reading a subReddit written by humans that post on Reddit. Link. Pregnant women operate at a the limit of human energy endurance, just slightly ahead of elite ultramarathoners. … Continue reading →

Arrival of the Babel Fish

by Kevin Kelly / 6日

In the very near future, maybe in ten years, we’ll have earpods that will do real time language translation. Someone speaks Greek to you, and with the slightest delay, you’ll hear English. You respond in English, they’ll hear Greek. It’ll … Continue reading →


by Kevin Kelly / 7日

We need a better word than smart. Or dumb. I’m trying to come up with the word that we’ll use to describe artificial intelligences that fuel our self-driving cars, or enliven digital assistants. These agents will be incredibly smart and … Continue reading →


by Kevin Kelly / 21日

Ingenic: Content created in the same media that it is consumed in. As an example, if one uses VR tools within VR to create a VR world, that content is ingenic. That is, the world has been generated within the framework of … Continue reading →

Recent Readings, 7

by Kevin Kelly / 21日

This a helpful summary of 5 lessons from history. Link. With remarkable accuracy this AI neural net from MIT can guess what a person looks like based on a short clip of their voice. It’s interesting research, but not clear … Continue reading →

Recent Readings, 6

by Kevin Kelly / 約1ヶ月

Sunsets on Mars are blue. Link. I too laugh. ” ‘Once we build a generally intelligent system, basically we will ask [OpenAI] to figure out a way to make an investment return for you.’” When the crowd erupted with laughter … Continue reading →

Recent Readings, 5

by Kevin Kelly / 約1ヶ月

This is a fun online comic (from Google) which explains the idea of “federated learning” — part of a solution for privacy. It’s way to share the advantages of aggregated data without aggregating the data, only aggregating the results. Cool. … Continue reading →

Progress and the Randomized Time Machine

by Kevin Kelly / 約1ヶ月

Here is a thought experiment. I give you a ride in a time machine. It has only one lever. You can choose to go forward in time, or backwards. All trips are one-way. Whenever you arrive, you arrive as a newborn baby.  Where you … Continue reading →

Recent Readings, 4

by Kevin Kelly / 約2ヶ月

Second thoughts on sunscreen toxicity. Link. The verification paradox: the best perceiving machines (AI) may not be verifiable by humans; but the most “trustworthy” algos may not be the best. Good intro: Link. This is very true: “Science Fiction Doesn’t … Continue reading →