The insanity of claiming everything is sentient and the collective delusions of modern scientists

According to some experts, everything is sentient these days, from computers to honey bees, but this is a radical redefinition of a term once applied to humans and perhaps a few of our close relatives.  Sentience used to require awareness and understanding.  Suddenly, merely adaptive behavior will do as activists start calling for insect rights,… Continue reading The insanity of claiming everything is sentient and the collective delusions of modern scientists

No, Google’s LaMDA isn’t sentient and didn’t pass the Turing Test

After a Google engineer declares the company’s latest creation is a conscious and sentient machine, The Washington Post claims the Turing Test for Artificial Intelligence is broken, measuring merely deception.  Both are incorrect in different ways as Turing’s genius remains applicable and relevant. Last month, The Washington Post proclaimed that Google’s latest natural language software,… Continue reading No, Google’s LaMDA isn’t sentient and didn’t pass the Turing Test

2112: Revisiting Rush’s prophetic masterpiece in the age of computers and the technocracy

The Canadian power trio’s fourth album was a turning point in their career and their most commercially successful effort at the time. It is also perhaps their most prophetic.  Long before our digital age, 2112 is a story of a world controlled by computers, where creativity and individuality is crushed by an all powerful government,… Continue reading 2112: Revisiting Rush’s prophetic masterpiece in the age of computers and the technocracy

Trump takes on big tech, media responds by claiming “companies can do whatever they want, more or less”

The former President files a class action lawsuit against Twitter, Facebook, and Google claiming that the infamous Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is unconstitutional and abridges Freedom of Speech.  Perhaps needless to say, the media completely misses the point and suddenly seems to think companies aren’t constrained by any laws or principles. Earlier… Continue reading Trump takes on big tech, media responds by claiming “companies can do whatever they want, more or less”

Surprise, you don’t own your phone, your tablet, laptop, or any part of the internet

Amazon, Apple, and Google wipe Parler from the web, our phones, and our computers, but have no problem supporting murderous regimes, protecting terrorists, and helping organize mobs tearing down statues.  What’s wrong with this picture? The internet isn’t free.  A top-flight phone costs around a thousand dollars, plus the monthly service fee to keep it… Continue reading Surprise, you don’t own your phone, your tablet, laptop, or any part of the internet

It’s past time to follow the money on coronavirus

Hundreds of billions of dollars is flowing, the media is making instant celebrities, and Big Tech is reaping huge rewards, can anyone say conflict of interest? The media and the experts refuse to talk about it, but coronavirus is big business in the United States. We’re currently conducting around 2,000,000 tests per day with the… Continue reading It’s past time to follow the money on coronavirus