This is concerning. "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson is usually taken to be referring to a bright future the rich are already enjoying, but it could be that the poor are already experiencing what is to be our distopian future...
The story goes that Amsterdam in the 1630s was gripped by a mania for Tulip flowers. But then there was a crash in the market. People ended up bankrupt and threw themselves into canals. This story is still being trotted out when people talk about financial markets lately as a comparison to buying and selling bitcoin. But how much of what we know of the Tulip craze is fact, and how much is myth? We speak to Anne Goldgar at Kings College London who explains all.
Waking Up Podcast #116 - Sam Harris speaks with Eliezer Yudkowsky about the nature of intelligence, different types of AI, the “alignment problem,” is vs ought, the possibility that future AI might deceive us, the AI arms race, conscious AI, coordination problems, and other topics.
In The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia, Bill Gammage sets out the case that Aboriginal people managed the land with fire. He says it is clear that from paintings and written records of the early European explorers and settlers that they found a land often described as 'park-like' or 'like a gentleman's estate'. This he says was the result of centuries of land management based on the use of fire.