a classic e/acc post
Ok. That's fine for you to in essence say "Get back to work, and do it harder". But what if our cynicism isn't about the possibility of the future, but in our equitable share in it?
For example if I work very hard, who exactly will benefit from my labors? Lately it doesn't seem to be me.
Another example, in the longevity space they ask for recurring donations. But what if I give $100 a month for a decade ($12000) but then don't have $10k for the therapy they develop? All i've done is subsidized the discovery to keep rich people alive longer (and not myself). Yeah it's a little selfish, but why should I carry the load for someone who won't have my back when it comes down to the wire?
I appreciate the punchy positivity but "we're all going to make it" is an idea so severely far-removed from the actual consequences of your premises that I have to wonder if you're being purposefully disingenuous.
I have no objection to nuclear power but most of this article is conspiratorial nonsense. Smaller populations will help humanity win the battle against life threatening climate disaster and save the other species we share the planet with.
Robots equipped with artificial general intelligence will wipe our aging asses and grow and prepare our food. Young people will have less competition for jobs so their wages will rise and with less demand for housing the cost of the existing housing stock will become more affordable. Paul Krugman recently looked at low birth rate Japan and penned an amazingly optimistic report on its economic conditions. "In some ways, Japan, rather than being a cautionary tale, is a kind of role model - an example of how to manage difficult demography while remaining prosperous and socially stable. As long as it is voluntary achieving lower population is a benefit to humanity.
I know I'm late to the party but I think I understand what he's saying. One morning after being up all night through crappy circumstances moving all of mine and my wife kids things I had to drive about 40 minutes to work. Usually I could drink a red line energy shot and power past an all nighter even driving, but couldn't get any that morning and couldn't be late, already on thin Ice at work. I fell asleep on I-20 with the cruise control set at 85 between Marshall and Longview Texas I woke up already in the grass, less than 100 yards from what my dad called a wire line truck, it resembled a big rig tow truck to me no trailer all solid steel. I was in a 2005 Toyota Avalon and there was 0% chance I was not hitting this parked immovable object. I gently turned the wheel as much as possible w/out losing control. No brake cruise still set. I hit the truck and I remember the windshield cracking like lighting strikes, and time froze... The corner of the back of the truck hit right in the center of the hood the dashboard was in the passenger seat when I woke up. I took off my seatbelt there was a little smoke. Got my phone and was amazed that my door opened. The driver of the parked truck looked like he had seen a ghost, some guy came running across traffic trying to tell me to sit down. I said I had to call my boss... I knew that in less than 5 seconds I was dead, I KNEW it... But I didn't curse my luck or my life or myself. I did as much as I could to change my trajectory and nothing else. Didn't even b brake a bone. Seat belt and airbag were definitely contributing factors. But had I not tried they wouldn't have been. Even when you know that nothing you do can change an existential out come if you don't try them you are aiding in your own demise.
“Nothing human makes it out of the near-future...”
e/acc is a pathetic attempt to hold on to the remnants of humanistic theology. It lacks any rigor or attempt to critique or intensify the general increasing technique gradient (Ellul). ‘We are all going to make it’ - is about as naive as a Winnie the Pooh book - we won’t all make it and if we accelerate hard enough and fast enough, most humans will become obsolete faster than you can say ‘Garbage time is running out’.
Bad take. Think harder.
So, here I am, probably the most ignorant of all these subscribers, but my desire to know more, may be above all. How does one start with nothing? I have asked, analyzed and been on deep searches in many different scenarios over the years. Here in South Africa,, definitely wanting to move from this sad place. I would LOVE to accelerate the Kardeshev, maybe more than most and probably more than anything else, in order to understand WHAT MY part is in this seemingly hopeless world. I know NOTHING is impossible. But, I need guidance where to start and how to start.. Can the Founder of this platform contact me.. I joined X and it all started there, watching the madness,, but also the BRILLIANCE,,, the MORE is what we all know is available but not how to access. Love this ABOUT,, opens our understanding that much more..it just seems money is the only way to access anything, and that, at the moment, I do not have. However, I believe in wealth creation for ALL
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"e/acc" sounds good in all circumstances, except in the century of AI doom, which is the one we inhabit. at the moment, all progress and growth is net bad, because it accelerates AI progress, which kill everything by default.
Why not let things run its course, why accelerate? Is your argument for accelerating something along the lines of...
"Accelerating the process that leads to AGI and other technologies is the most failsafe way of preventing a dark age or extinction"... ?
If you try too hard to decelerate, excess legislation stops safe AI development and wide-spread discussion. Then bad actors will be the only ones developing AI.
If you accelerate instead, you will try to democratize AI access and include everyone in the discussion. This allows the good actors to naturally counteract the bad actors. And increases the likelihood we create AI that is aligned with our interests.
Did I understand that correctly?
*BUT* for a substack that focuses on inevitable technological exponentiation and entropy as the major obstacle, I’m surprised I didn’t see any mention of man’s greatest obstacle--
And the biotechnology that we need to invent to limit metabolic entropy.
Dyson spheres won't build themselves