All Notes

AlphaZero

April 4, 2021

The games of AlphaZero and Stockfish are helpful in sketching out the phenomenology of superintelligent contact. Stockfish is a current-generation chess engine, capable of beating any human player. ...
RhyDin

March 27, 2021

RhyDin was a message board role-playing world on AOL in the 90s and early 2000s. From a Second Life message board: If you ever had AOL back in the day and were a role-player then you probably ended u...
Creolization

February 6, 2021

Originally particular to the Caribbean and linguists, "scholars in other social sciences use the term [creolization] to describe new cultural expressions brought about by contact between societies and...
Obamastalgia

January 31, 2021

The news is a pink cloud. A few days ago, a man played "God Bless America" on a trumpet as the sun went down. The reverb off the apartment buildings carried the sound across the island, applause ringi...
Heidegger's Last Words

January 31, 2021

The disgraced philosopher asked that this interview be published only after his death. Philosophy will be unable to effect any immediate change in the current state of the world. This is true not onl...
From Prometheus Rising, required reading, Robert Anton Wilson is discussing the way the vanguard of humanity always seems to rotate eastward over time: It all checks out. Later in the book he menti...
Where A is a David Abram-style animist perception (nature perceives us, it is a two-way street), B is our current epoch, and C is a hypothetical future dominated by artificial intelligence. Accordi...
Spring

January 26, 2021

A thousand flowers in their lovely bloom Blooming for what? Blooming for whom? An old Zen poem, from the indispensable Zen Training by Katsuki Sekida....
There's a hole in my attention where our president used to live. The knot in my stomach loosened, the devil in the clouds is gone. It is not an optimism, it's not an anything. It's mostly the end of a...
This is my first post to Sanity from Roam. I like picturing the data flying around, or maybe swimming through the ground floor of the ocean, fiberoptic twinkling, the network lighting up. Do you thin...