A personal website by Khürt Williams, with imagery, and inchoate ramblings on coffee, beer, and geekery.
Silicon Valley has long had a battle between IQ and EQ. Obviously, there should be a balance between these things. And certainly as the tech industry has gone mainstream, you’d hope to reach such an equilibrium. Instead, I fear IQ has won at the expense of EQ. And so the bile flows… I offer no answers. Just observations. Because I think this is a very bad, and potentially catastrophic trend. We need Silicon Valley?—?the people behind these companies?—?to wake up. We need everyone to act like human beings, not like rogue AI programs vomiting up delusions of grandeur. I’m honestly not even sure that some individuals?—?people I know?—?could pass the Turing test at this point. Facebook is but a taste of what’s to come, I fear.
It's a poem that, written down, unread by human eyes, causes havoc in the real world. You might as well apply the concepts of "deterrence" and "arms control" to a rumor. By calling them "weapons," politicians and the military, while reflecting the uses for them they desire and fear, misunderstand their nature. People who, in other contexts and issues, claim it impossible to control the production and distribution of something as solid as an AR-15, attempt to ensure the security of their computational infrastructure by controlling the production and distribution of pure knowledge, in an era where the circuits inside a car's door could drown out the output of any printing press.