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Blame the humans, not the machines


They say the AI-powered assistants are still dumb. Of course, they’re getting smarter every day as more data pours into the system until one day, they’ll start communicating with us like real human beings. We won’t even have to touch a device. Intelligence will be in the air, instructions and answers at every street corner.

Based on the election results last night, the prospect of a machine-operated might seem to be a smarter move — at least the robots will make more intelligent decisions than the American people.

Rome fell last night. And it’s not because of Siri, Alexa, Google, or Facebook. It fell because emotions are better storytellers than facts. Humans rather flee and yield to the natural fears of their own amygdala than stand up to coercion and do the right thing.

American gave up on the idea of ideas. Talk about building yourself up to tear yourself down. The majority of people have selected live a life of algae, shielded from the sun and living in their own world.

Keep hope alive. I wish you all the best.

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Exit through the polling station

If you’re worried about the future, you’re almost certainly living in the past. You’ve stopped evolving, impatient with change and acceptance. You’d rather close the lid once and for all. It’s not surprising that those who cling to old traditions and nativism feel hopeless.

Democracy is an experiment. The Civil War demonstrated its vulnerability but also preserved the system and birthed a useful philosophy. There’s a chance democracy’s durability takes a step back tomorrow and revives ethnic and jingoistic urges. America is a day away from losing its role as the shining example of hope on the world stage. Instead of validating the hodgepodge that it is, it’ll give other nations the permission to succumb to their own resistance. Realpolitik will return; civil rights rewound.

Outsiders are fun. They elucidate the flaws in the existing system. But when they become demagogues and contrarians, they quickly make shitty leaders who paint a bleak picture. Look at Berlusconi, Erdogan, Putin, and Nigel Farage’s bout for Brexit. Scaremongering and ruling with a big stick are failed tactics. Things like cooperation and openness push things forward.

The future is in your hands, America. It’s either a vote for absolute insanity–perhaps a Hollywood ending to what was an in the first place–or a continuance of the status quo which despite its predictability and idealism, is more likely to lead to progress.

Do the right thing, whatever you think that is.

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“It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”  -- Mark Twain #quotes #marktwain #politics #election #voting #marketing #twitter #retweet #quoteoftheday

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

— Mark Twain

You can’t sit this one out because you’re afraid of making the wrong choice. Indecision is still a decision. No fence-sitting.

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‘Coercion is natural; freedom is artificial.’


From Louis Menand’s The Metaphysical Club:

Coercion is natural; freedom is artificial. Freedoms are socially engineered spaces where parties engaged in specified pursuits enjoy protection from parties who would otherwise naturally seek to interfere with those pursuits. One person’s freedom is therefore always another person’s restriction: we would not have even the concept of freedom if the reality of coercion were not already present. We think of freedom as a right, and therefore the opposite of a rule, but a right is a rule. It is a prohibition against sanctions on certain types of behavior. We also think of rights as privileges retained by individuals against the rest of society, but rights are created not for the good of individuals, but for the good of society. Individual freedoms are manufactured to achieve group ends.

Democracy is an experiment, one that’s meant to keep going. Beware those who try to take it away like this, this, and this.