Archive for January, 2014

Surf ‘n Turf

IMG_5672Couchsurfing must be one of the weirdest things I’ve gotten involved with in my short life, and not just because the word itself doesn’t make a lick of sense.

The concept is deceptively simple:
1. Contact stranger, ask if you can stay in their house.
2. Stay in their house.
3. ?
4. The world is now a more tolerant, understanding, interesting and fun place.*
*Gross understatement. 


Of Age and Ugliness

You and I, we’ve both done good and bad things. We hope one might compensate for the other and in the end we’re good people at heart, which I think is true for most of us. We wouldn’t have made it this far as a race if the majority of us wasn’t intent on constructive input.

It’s difficult sometimes, I know. I’m a man of principle but before I know it, I’m struggling to keep up with them. I avoid making excuses but in the end, there’s plenty reason to hate myself if I didn’t have some excuse made up, with “I am only human” as a last resort. It’s true though, no? We do bad things and on a good day, learn from our mistakes and become a better person. I think we can all agree that is a thing to strive for: To become better.


The Singularity Horizon

The singularity event, possible at least in theory, has a lot in common with childbirth.
The theory goes that there will come a moment that computers will become self-aware the hard way: through raw intelligence and computing power. That there will come a moment where they understand their own design and resulting capabilities, and grow a way to better themselves and repeat the process. The result is a snowball effect, where machines will grow incomprehensibly intelligent in a time span limited by circumstance and available resources.

They will first do so within the architecture that they are given: They can’t change their physical processors, but can change the software within to be more efficient. Eventually, they might figure out ways to manipulate matter with the tools they are given. If they are connected to the internet at that time, those tools are pretty much everything, and the computing power to their disposal is staggering.

Very soon, things will start happening far beyond our understanding. Our slow thinking will never be able to keep up and unless this new being will somehow adhere to some loyalty principle (unlikely) we are screwed before we can even comprehend what we’ve created.