You Are Already Living Inside a Computer; Ian Bogost; In The Atlantic; 2017-09-14.
Teaser: Futurists predict a rapture of machines, but reality beat them to it by turning computing into a way of life.
- The Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in media studies
- A professor of interactive computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games
Ian Bogost; Basic Books; 2016-09-13; 288 pages; ASIN:0465051723: Kindle: $19, paper: $7+SHT; site
- Biography, by The Atlantic.
tl;dr → Computers are a fetish (just like any other). The “smart gadgets” are silly.
and → <quote>This new cyberpunk dystopia is more Stepford Wives, less William Gibson.</quote>
and → <quote>There’s some tragedy in this future. <snip/> It’s [computers] they might remain just as ordinary and impotent as they are today, and yet overtake us anyway.</quote>
- planned obsolescence
- fidget spinners
- connected toasters
- Smartphone-connected bike locks .
- Samsung TV
- Automated Content Recognition (ACR)
- hacked TVs
- hacked baby monitors
- Hampton Inn
- Denial of Service (DoS) attack
- Ring, a “smart” doorbell
- <quote>these are not the robots we were promised</quote>, attributed to Nicholas Carr, as a “wisecrack.”
- Alan Turing, paper, 1950
- Turing machine, 1936
- Silicon Valley
- Watson, an “Artificial Intelligence (AI)”, IBM
- Something about how Twitter will trial Watson to detect abuse.
- Earlier this year, Chris Moody, Twitter’s vice president of data strategy, because <quote>stopping abuse [as] the company’s first priority</quote>, attributed to Chris Moody, VP Stratego®, Twitter
- Turing Test
- reverse Turing Test (the CAPTCHA)
honorific: <quote>The ride-hailing giant</quote>
- the “disruption”
- intelligent machines
- robot apocalypse
- pleasure of connectivity.
- early dystopic scenarios
- the actions computers take become self-referential
- cyberpunk dystopia
- Stepford Wives
- William Gibson.
- Nick Bostrom
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- robot apocalypse.
- David Chalmers
- Ray Kurzweil
- the “singularity”
- Google, which operates
- a division devoted to human immortality
- Nick Bostrom
- Nicholas Carr
- David Chalmers
- William Gibson
- Ray Kurzweil
- Chris Moody, vice president of data strategy, Twitter
- Alan Turing,
- Joseph Weizenbaum
The editor has helpfully placed certain sentences of the essay in the 50pt font to develop a sort of “spinal navigation” to the piece; and so you can’t miss the point, given all the words.
- Computers already are predominant, human life already takes place mostly within them, and people are satisfied with the results.</quote>
- People don’t seek out computers in order to get things done; they do the things that let them use computers.
- People choose computers as intermediaries for the sensual delight of using computers.
- The Turing test works best when everyone knows the interlocutor is a computer but delights in that fact anyway.
- Doorbells and cars and taxis hardly vanish in the process. Instead, they just get moved inside of computers.
- The present status of intelligent machines is more powerful than any future robot apocalypse.
- A. M. Turing; Computing Machinery and Intelligence; In Mind; Volume 49; 1950; pages 433-460 (23 pages)
- garden hoses; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In The Verge; 2017-08-29.
- fidget spinners; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In The Verge; 2017-08-18.
- billions; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Spectrum of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); WHEN?
- might reach; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Forbes; 2017-01-29.
- hopes; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In VentureBeat; 2017-07-24.
- been caught; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Newsweek; WHEN?
- These Are Not The Robots We Were Promised; Nicholas Carr; In The New York Times; 2017-09-09.
- was rumored; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Wired; 2017-03.
- admitted; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In The Telegraph; 2017-03-23.
- claims; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In The Washington Post; 2017-07-20.
- seems to ignore; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Fast Company; WHEN?
- can be fooled; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Ars Technica; 2017-03.
- immediate business interest; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Engadget
- Eliza BASIC Listing; Some Cub Reporter (SCR); In Creative Computing; 1977-07 (July-Aug)
- some tweet, john_lam, on Twitter (the only venue where one can tweet)
- @internetofshit, a twitter account
- Master Forge Metal Propane Gas Level Indicator, promotional page, Lowe’s Hardware
- The Quick Lock
- Perspective API, by Google
- Calico Labs, a division of Google Alphabet, devoted to human immortality religious inquiry.
In Jimi Wales’ Wiki…
In The Atlantic…
- Commercial Content Moderation, 2017-03.
- When the Entire Internet Seems to Break at Once, 2016-10.
- The Internet Of Things You Don’t Really Need, 2015-06.
- Hyperemployment, or the Exhausting Work of the Technology User, 2013-11.
- The Great Pretender: Turing as a Philosopher of Immitation, 2012-07.
- Mind versus Machine, 2011-03.