A blog about the philosophy of technology

  • How(not)to do responsible AI

    How(not)to do responsible AI

    It is a good principle to be responsible. Everyone working with AI technology wants to be responsible, not least the big tech companies like Google, Microsoft and AWS. Unfortunately, such an assertion is not necessarily as straightforward as it might seem. “Principles are helpful to provide guidance to an organization, especially in situations where there…

  • “It’s alive!” Bitcoin Could Be a Hyperorganism that Resembles Fungi

    Current thinking and research about alternative life forms focuses on space. Exoplanets are analyzed for each and every possible indicator of life. Unfortunately, this search suffers from an acute lack of imagination. The view is that life must, in all possible worlds, follow the biochemical path that our lineage on earth has followed, consisting of…

  • Top five books 2023

    In 2023, I had the good fortune of reading around 40 primarily non-fiction books, not all new ones. Indeed, I delved into some classics. as a matter of principle. Even if the details of a book are dated, when it comes to facts of technology and science, it is often worthwhile to follow the thrust…

  • Fight, Flight, or Freeze? – how to respond to the threat of AI in the workplace

    At the start of the 19th century, a New England businessman called Frederic Tudor got the idea to sell ice in the Caribbean. After an initial failure (the ice melted), Tudor built ice houses to preserve the ice and succeeded. Ice trade grew into a lucrative global business that transformed the food industry and employed…

  • How the Bitcoin may solve the value alignment problem in AI 

    How the Bitcoin may solve the value alignment problem in AI 

    World leaders and technology experts are worried about the possibility of a malicious AI takeover, where an artificial general intelligence (AGI) escapes and starts exterminating humans. The ongoing debate has fueled the fear that the development of AI could eventually lead to its takeover of the world. Elon Musk, a prominent voice in the debate,…

  • Profiling Satoshi 3/3 – Matching Satoshi’s Profile

    There isn’t much that is certain about Satoshi, but we do have a few reliable clues from primary sources. Here they are: he is male, British, living in the UK probably in the London area. Probably born in the early 1970s with a long academic education most likely in computer science or mathematics. Programs in…

  • Profiling Satoshi 2/3 – Personal profile

    In our renewed investigation of the historical person behind Satoshi we have reviewed the demographic evidence, which points towards Satoshi being a male living in the UK probably in London. Now let us take a look at the personal profile of Satoshi. What can be gathered about him from the evidence we know derived from…

  • Profiling Satoshi 1/3 – Demographics

    The identity of the inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, has become a topic of great interest and mystery in recent times. However, this was not the case when the Bitcoin white paper was first published in October 2008. The initial reception of the publication was lukewarm, with only four contributors commenting critically on it before…

  • The difference between Oracle Cloud and AWS Cloud

    In recent times, Oracle’s stock price has experienced a significant surge, propelling its CEO, Larry Ellison, back into the list of the top ten wealthiest men globally. This success is largely attributed to the company’s successful transition to cloud computing. However, it would be a mistake to assume that Oracle is similar to Amazon, the…

  • What it would take for AI to take our jobs?

    What it would take for AI to take our jobs?

    AI-powered tools like ChatGPT and Midjourney’s image generator have incredible abilities, leading to mainstream fears of AI taking over the world. Talk on online media and social media alike is not about whether AI will replace humans but when they will do so and whether this will be good or bad or even leave any…

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