1.28.19: I’d Like To Report A Glitch

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“The first thing that happens is the cleansing of the former character. I don’t think a lot of actors talk about it, but there is usually a process where you essentially purge yourself of the character played prior to the movie. Then you want to think about what the character represents, and you write down all of the elements about this character and then take the time to find some synchronicity and start breathing the character.”
–Vin Diesel

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1.19.19: Augurs And Elon

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“I would argue that inside your mind was some pattern of neurological activity that was not there before you exchanged e-mail with me. The ‘Root Representation.’ It is not me. I’m this big slug of carbon and oxygen and some other stuff on this cot right next to you. The Root Rep, by contrast, is the thing that you carry around in your brain for the rest of your life, barring some kind of neurological insult, that your mind uses to represent me.”
— Neal Stephenson, “Cryptonomicon”

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10.13.18: Ian Malcolm And Fox Mulder Might Be Crazy Persons

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“If I may…Um, I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you’re using here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now…you’re selling it, you wanna sell it!”
–Ian Malcolm, “Jurassic Park”

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Elon Musk Believes The Only Way Humans Can Survive AI Is To Become One With It

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It never fails to impress me how some the very same people who are pushing and popularizing and creating and making money off of increasingly advanced AI are also the ones continually touting their “dangers.” Case in point: Elon Musk, who recently reiterated his sentiment that advanced artificial intelligence is going to be a “dangerous situation” for humans.

In this talk at the World Government Summit in Dubai Musk went one step further: suggesting that humanity’s only hope might be to merge their minds with AI:

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The Great “Starman” Ritual

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I can’t even…fully wrap my brain around what Elon Musk did yesterday with the car and the Spaceman on the Falcon. This is the great confluence of Technology, Commerce, Pop-Culture, and Symbolism.

You had a dummy dressed in an astronaut’s suit called “Spaceman” in a Tesla car outfitted with shibboleths from The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series & playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” (Bowie of course portrayed the real-life Tesla in The Prestige); a car that was launched into space on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy towards Mars.

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Will The Dawning Of The Tesla Trucks Mean The End Of The Truck Driver?

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently teased that his company had big plans for the production of trucks, both semi and pickup:

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But will these new trucks—which, according to his “Master Plan, Part Deux” blogged last July, will include self-driving technology,—be the beginning of the end for human truck drivers?

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