RT @knappB: FBI Secretly Collected Data on Aaron Swartz Earlier Than We Thought—in a Case Involving Al Qaeda https://gizmodo.com/fbi-secretly-collected-data-on-aaron-swartz-earlier-tha-1831076900 via @g…
The older I get the more I am convinced that all forms of progress are only possible when we have free time. That is, when we are able to spend effort on things not essential to our immediate survival. We need to have spare resources to be able to risk spending them on something uncertain.
The main indicator of this to me is how the more pressure people are under to work just to survive, the less able they are to devote their energies to social or personal improvement.
Annalee Newitz's explanation of the Ashley Madison community being mostly isolated straight men talking to female-presenting chatbots reminds me of Donald S. Lowry's "Church of Love" scam: a pre-Internet pen-pal network pairing men with "Love Angels" (fake female personas, sometimes portrayed by actresses at face-to-face events) purporting to build the utopian haven of Chonda-Za. #SubtleDangersofAI
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