Author: Lake Toba

Morning Feature – Who Are the Real DINOs?

A recent text exchange with a “D”emocrat exhibits a significant problem with the party. Some “D”emocrats don’t believe in Democracy (More) Recently I had a text exchange with a Bernie Sanders supporter. The exchange was distressing, but not totally surprising. I’ve known this person for some time now and I know how strong their feelings are when they come to politics. I get their passion. But I don’t get the attitude that they expressed recently in a series of text messages. The messages evince the same attitudes that impel the Tea Party. But, I’ll let the texts speak for themselves: Throwing Elizabeth Warren under the bus was the real clincher. Clearly this person doesn’t understand what is really going on in the world today, how powerful the forces arrayed against the middle class are, and how determined they are to protect the privilege and wealth they have accumulated since Reagan. These same attitudes meant that Obama was starved of support in the most critical election of the past decade, the 2010 midterms. These elections determined House redistricting, and secured the Tea Party’s stranglehold on the Republicans. If Democrats had voted in 2010, Obama would have achieved much more, and the House wouldn’t be teetering towards insanity. I am a supporter of Bernie Sander’s populist message. And I’m a supporter of Hillary Clinton’s pragmatic, professional and experienced skills. Whichever Democrat wins...

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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: Asimov, Computers and Ethics

YouTube Treasures continues with a truly profound insight into Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, and moral reasoning….  (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. Isaac Asimov famously developed the Three Laws of Robotics as a device to prevent the trope of evil computer takes over the world. This video talks about why the three laws are a intellectually and morally bankrupt approach to solving the problem of “what do we do when computers start thinking?” This moment in human history is known as the “Singularity” and is viewed by futurists as perhaps the most significant event that will ever happen: the day we create truly self aware computers. An important point to take away from this, irrespective of Asimov’s laws, or the Singularity, is the reality that human moral reasoning is inherently clumsy, prone to error and requires constant tuning, whether in law, or in cultural shifts. That struggle reflects the best of us, and often the worst of us. It is what fundamentally makes us...

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Furthermore! – Fix the Internet, Please!

It’s time to redo the internet. (More) When the internet first made a huge splash in the early nineties, it was a wild west of universities and a few businesses. Soon AOL joined, and the Web took off. Since that time, the internet and the Web have grown to vast proportions, and it serves our needs for news, shopping, banking and entertainment. The model of the internet, that of a collection of computing nodes connected by slow networks has little changed since then. The network speeds have improved, yes, certainly we are better off from the days of 2400...

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Midday Matinee – YouTube Treasures: Critters!

YouTube has trivia videos that are fun and quirky or even provocative. Today we continue the series with amazing human wildlife interaction…. (More) Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break. In this video, a passer by rescues a wolf from a fence where it had become entangled…. In this video, a wild fox makes friends with a man on a frozen lake… Wolves greet a man…. And another wild fox greets a human…. And a fox puppy playing with people…. And a grizzly and man in very close proximity…. And rescuing a baby...

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