All Notes

AlphaZero

April 4, 2021

The games of AlphaZero and Stockfish are helpful in picturing the phenomenology of superintelligent contact. Stockfish is a current-generation chess engine, capable of beating any human player. What...
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...
Koko's Last Words

March 13, 2021

Suspiciously translated? Of course it is. I don't mind....
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

Philosophy will be unable to effect any immediate change in the current state of the world. This is true not only of philosophy but of all purely human reflection and endeavor. Only a god can save us....
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...