1) Let's build an AI profiler! A thought experiment—on just how easy it is to know everything about YOU.
Where to start? Ah... Let's build the operating system...
Ah LINUX! Nope
Unix? Yep... For now...
Ultimately? We roll our own OS.
Next step... Close ALL ports. Zero communication with any outside network... later we'll open up a couple ports.
For now, we need a black box.
Ok... Time to start coding... But what language?
There is only ONE choice—a programming language even geniuses have a hard time with.
But what language is that? Is it new? Tip of the spear?
Nope... it was created in 1959.
Well... For one, Lisp can CREATE new programs itself... If you train it correctly, it will write its own programs.
Paul Graham said it best:
First, we need to create a social network... it's the easiest way to gather massive amounts of information about people—voluntarily.
If we want to know what people are saying, feeling, and doing, we need to provide a way for them to tell us.
How about "Life Journal," or "Friend Connect," or "Freedom Log." Meh... Let's go w/ Life Journal...
Ok... Now we build a Wall, a Message center, videos, photos, etc...
MOST IMPORTANTLY ... Emoji's.
The more choices, the more accurate our database...
They'll do it, gladly. They will segment themselves—for us!
Let's gather all the info we possibly can... Analytics, mouse movements, time on site, posts that were typed, but not submitted (the best stuff)—every keystroke, recorded.
Ok... What next? Gamification!
Let's also look to Freud, Bernays, Mises, et. al. more data
But it's so much easier to BUY profiling tools... We could simply go to Neilsen and acquire their PRIZM platform for a few grand...
Now we have "buckets!" Buckets for people types.
Pretty clever. We can now estimate—within a small margin—how people will react, think, or feel—All based on which "bucket" they most associate with...
Ok... Now we're cookin'!
Ok... We're ready to build our database...
Remember, our app is built with Lisp... Why would we use something inferior?
The database ITSELF must be written in Lisp...
No ledger. We need something far superior than a 2D matrix of columns and rows... That's so 1980.
Supremely granular. Ever-present.
Ready to go? Not quite yet... Let's make our life easy.
I mean... This is a commercially viable business, right? We need EFFICIENCY.
I mean... Hell, since we're at it, we could add Geo-Location features to all phones! We'll call it a "feature."
In fact, just to cover our ass, we will ASK the users if they agree, knowing 98% don't read 'em.
We'll show moderate profits as a kind of kick-back to the system. The real money is in the data. Data about YOU.
In our system, YOU are the node with 10,000 edges
Again, not much money is really being kicked upstream. The money is in the DATA.
How do we make a fortune off this? Hmmm... I know!
How many people will vote between the ages of 50-60 if it's cold and rainy? Bam!
How many used the word "Vaccines" in a search? Bam!
Possible? Nah... C'mon... Take off the tinfoil hat.
My apologies... Just a morning coffee thought experiment. Nothing more.
Nothing to see here.
Move along. Move along.
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We're basically fucked.
The tech world has gotten so huge, self-reinforcing, and insulated from reality they can no longer even vaguely look at themselves (and their actions) as others do. They just live on a different planet than most people.
Conversely, the average tech consumer doesn't understand the technology that has slowly taken over their lives, and their designated emissaries to figure it out--politicians, pundits, regulators, journalists--understand it barely better than they do, and have their own agendas.
To say more than generalities for a moment, here's what I think is likely the core problem.
Techies take weird, improbable visions, and make them realities: some BS pitch deck to a VC, mixed with money and people, really does turn into some novel thing.
Most people work inside a legacy industry that's evolved that way over time (usually for good reasons), and they think about the future via some analogy with their present (which is a function of a long-ago past). The interruption that tech will introduce is often hard to grasp.
PEOPLE: "He can't eat babies, that's super illegal."
TRUMP, on TV, eating babies, not even cooking them first: "People are saying that I really am the best baby-eater, folks."
NYT: "Trump Vs. Babies: The Rhetoric On Both Sides Must Stop"
Jeff Flake tweets: "It is a sad day in America when this callous man can eat babies live on TV"
Jeff Flake, 10 seconds later, votes to help him install a series of 4,000 new judges that are very, very pro-babyphagia.
Judge Kavanaugh, found drunk in a Capitol Hill closet: "I LIKE BEER. OKAY? I LIKE BEER AND I LIKE BABIES AND THAT'S NOT SO WRONG. THAT'S RIGHT. I LIKE BABIES DIPPED IN BEER. I JUST DIP EM. IN THE BEER. THE BABIES. THE BABIES I EAT. OKAY? THAT'S AMERICA."
Mike Pence, wringing his hands about the baby-eating: "We must take care of our children. Our youngest must be protected on this troubling day."
Mike Pence then invites a Baby Chef to say a prayer.
Twitter Users: "It's a distraction technique! Trump eating babies is trying to DISTRACT YOU from ALL THE OTHER HORRORS, which are themselves distractions from the BABY-EATING. It's DISTRACTIONS ALL THE WAY DOWN."
Trump: *eats tons of babies at a rally*
*literal tons of babies*
1/ I've had an unhealthy fascination with metrology (the study of measurement) ever since my 2nd year as a physics major when I took a class devoted to duplicating historic physics experiments, so please indulge me for going into heavy detail (get it?) about the kilogram.
2/ So what actually *defines* a unit of measurement? If you're American, you probably know a mile is 5280 feet and a foot is 12 inches and an inch is 2.54 centimeters etc. But where does this chain of definitions end? Is it turtles all the way down?
3/ It's actually not! For all units (even the imperial units used in America) the answers all end with the Système International (SI) unit definitions established and maintained for over 100 years by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIMP) in France.
4/ At the base of this tower are the SI base units. Just 7 SI base units define every other unit in existence. They are:
Kilogram, kg (mass)
Meter, m (distance)
Second, s (time)
Kelvin, K (temp)
Ampere, A (electric current)
Candela, cd (luminous intensity)
Mole, mol (quantity)
The story doesn\u2019t say you were told not to... it says you did so without approval and they tried to obfuscate what you found. Is that true?— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) November 15, 2018
In the spring and summer of 2016, as reported by the Times, activity we traced to GRU was reported to the FBI. This was the standard model of interaction companies used for nation-state attacks against likely US targeted.
In the Spring of 2017, after a deep dive into the Fake News phenomena, the security team wanted to publish an update that covered what we had learned. At this point, we didn’t have any advertising content or the big IRA cluster, but we did know about the GRU model.
This report when through dozens of edits as different equities were represented. I did not have any meetings with Sheryl on the paper, but I can’t speak to whether she was in the loop with my higher-ups.
In the end, the difficult question of attribution was settled by us pointing to the DNI report instead of saying Russia or GRU directly. In my pre-briefs with members of Congress, I made it clear that we believed this action was GRU.
1) Let's build an AI profiler! A thought experiment\u2014on just how easy it is to know everything about YOU.— T. Benjamin (@1FreeInhabitant) October 22, 2018
Where to start? Ah... Let's build the operating system...