Indifference to dark data

We should learn from recent experience of large data technologies the lesson that decision making can benefit from streaming data in addition to (and often instead of) the publication science of one-time experiments.    It is clear now that policy making needs access to a continuous stream fresh data about old ideas, especially when that data accumulates over time.   With access to the technologies to do this work, it is unacceptable to base policies on the failed approaches of the past that rely on published studies.

Declaration of indifference

The constitution was based on a population that accepted the concepts of individual independence.   The current government is of a population that accepts a concept of granted or not-yet revoked privileges based on merit and trust.    We reconcile the problem by operating a government for show that follows the canon set out by the constitution, and a government for real that operates largely independently of democratic control. 

Science Fiction: Archaic Fables

A genre that fills the role science fiction played by Blade Runner in early 1980s, would extrapolate from the trends of the past 40 years.   In this period, many of the trends of the previous 40 years have stalled or declined.   New more important trends have replaced the older trends.   In light of the current conditions, introducing movies such as the latest science fiction iterations (Blade Runner 2049, Star Trek: Discovery, or Orville) seems to miss the point of science fiction.   They may offer entertainment, but they are presenting futures based on abandoned concepts instead of alternative futures based on recent experiences and memories.

Intelligence Question (IQ)

If I take a month to come up with some solution, then it is hard to argue that a non-human animal could not come up with an equivalent solution over a longer period of time.   Given enough time, Darwinian evolution could come up with the solution without any IQ type intelligence at all.  A definition of intelligence that is unique to humans demands a time limit on coming up with an answer.

Crime and Punishment in Post-Scarcity World

Despite abundant wealth to support generous welfare benefits, we are fracturing into contentious groups that are turning against each other with increasing malevolence even despite individual’s assertions of conflict avoidance.  It is inevitable that humans will recognize communities based on shared traits.  The loss of a shared trait of an opportunity for paid work will be replaced with more specialized traits that separate different populations by cultural or familial identities.