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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Go with the flow

A salmon lives in oceans or seas but returns to the place it was born in order to lay its eggs (ie, to spawn). That upstream river swim towards the spot where the salmon was born is so exhaustive that salmon "usually die after spawning" (source). I suppose this explains the human adage: go with the flow. Most of us adhere to that adage. At times, we don't like that...

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Why does history repeat?

Last week, the following thought entered my mind: Are all crises caused by human stupidity? If so, does that explain why history repeats? I'm inclined to say "yes" to both questions. In general, geological processes take (very) many thousands of years (eg, glacial periods, interglacial periods, magnetic pole reversal, ocean current reversal, Earth's wobble). There's...

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Secretive Body Leads Xinjiang’s AI Policing, Report Finds (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: Secretive Body Leads Xinjiang’s AI Policing, Report FindsDate: 19 October 2021 [Summary:] CCP body diminished elsewhere gets big remit to police Uyghurs Beijing says camps stop terrorism, ASPI lies for sponsors "A secretive Communist Party organ is taking an unusually hands-on role in directing a vast predictive policing effort in Xinjiang,...

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The Great Filter in civilizations: a conclusion

For a long time, I’ve wondered about the Great Filter in civilizations. Why do initial successful civilizations eventually fail? It also relates to the Fermi paradox: if there is any extraterrestrial civilization, why haven't they contacted us by now? All civilizations seem doomed to fail after their initial success; often for unknown reasons (eg, Cahokia, USA)....

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Mechanization, Automation, AI & Robotics

Last Friday, I had an epiphany following my Dutch language blog of that day. I suddenly felt that there is a hidden trend in the development from tools to mechanization to automation to AI & robotics. It took me a while to digest that thought. Please find the resulting diagram below. The meta dimensions of How-What-When-Where-Who-Why are used to verify if my...

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Is a technological singularity realistic?

In 1993, Vernor Vinge, an American professor in mathematics and computer science, published his essay The Coming Technological Singularity, "in which he wrote that it would signal the end of the human era, as the new superintelligence would continue to upgrade itself and would advance technologically at an incomprehensible rate. He wrote that he would be surprised...

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