Bounty of bookmarks

This is a personal link catalog, nothing more than various articles that caught my eye over the years. It probably reveals more about myself than I care to say, but hopefully it can also help a few people. Enjoy!

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No One's Driving

Via FreePost, I just found this article called The Modern World Has Finally Become Too Complex for Any of Us to Understand, the start of a series called No One's Driving. To quote the blurb:

Vast systems, from automated supply chains to high-frequency trading, now undergird our daily lives — and we’re losing control of all of them

In other words, the technological singularity is here, and it sucks. Instead of benevolent AI gods taking us to transhuman heaven, we got algorithms all the way down, unable to explain their decisions if they wanted to. And everyone is obeying blindly, partly because we've grown dependent on them, but also because it makes us feel less responsible.

Enjoying life, eloi? Never mind being eaten by a morlock sooner or later. What happens when you simply fall through the cracks, right between two giant cogwheels spinning unsupervised, without emergency brakes?


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