Saturday, June 22, 2024

Those Tempted To Conclude That Our Nation

Those tempted to conclude that our nation is experiencing "unprecedented" levels of political lunacy may want to revisit the several decades that ended our twentieth century.

...what is likely to be significantly different, however, is that those deploying such political lunacy will discover they've lost control of both the lunatics and lunacy (see the first presidential debate of 2024) reminds one of a paraphrase often attributed to Nixon: those following the rule that the "ends justify the means" often discover that their "means is the end."

...stated differently, the Republican Party (corrupt and dishonest) must immediately dissolve and replace itself if it's going to function as a credible counterbalance to the Democratic Party (old and confused) and thereby strengthen our democracy.


AP, GOP Targets a Biden Executive Order [EO 14019on Voter Registration Ahead of the Fall Election

EO 14019 should have been published decades ago and promulgated annually thereafter, funded by the Defense and SNAP budgets in alternating years. 

UPI, Sen. Bob Menendez says he won't resign after federal indictment [Whether the accused senator steps down is irrelevant because he confuses his right to be considered innocent with a nonexistent right to continue serving in the Senate. The senior United States senator from New Jersey must be immediately expelled from office, and the Democratic party must take all appropriate actions required to ensure that happens.]

APNews, Republican Texas AG Ken Paxton is acquitted of corruption charges at historic impeachment trial [This ominous warning has already been broadcast twice at the federal level; now the same warning has been broadcast at the state level!

There is nothing political about these warnings; when your existing political system is conducting repeated oscillating impeachment-aquital proceedings, your nation has no functioning political system.

Dissolution and replacement of the non-existing political system is the necessary and sufficient electoral response; fault, blame, origin of the problem, negotiating strategy, who's responsible for the dysfunction, who's strongest, which party is dissolved and replaced first or second, etc. is all irrelevant.]

APNews, GOP threat to impeach a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is driven by fear of losing legislative edge [i.e. The recently elected justice may provide a majority that requires the GOP to draw and use fair electoral district maps.]

Last Updated June 22, 2024

Friday, May 31, 2024

Are AIs Doing Something Like Human Reasoning

 You Judge

You may find this special issue of New Scientist: The AI Revolution (requires subscription) helpful as "you judge"...

"...First, these systems are not yet reliable. Nor are they conscious. They’re not deciding to do anything that might be harmful to us. The real potential for harm is in humans using them, and therefore we do need to regulate them.

Second, just because we don’t understand precisely how they work yet doesn’t mean they’re magic. It’s just that they’re very complex. We will be able to understand them. We just need to do the science, and to do the science we need these systems not to be entirely in the hands of for-profit corporations...

Third, ..."

--Melanie Mitchell, New Scientist 22 April 2023 p49--

The Right Way to Regulate AI by Alondra Nelson (download pdf)


I wonder if advanced aging senior "deep neural networks" will conduct a reflective retirement review of their lifetime work...probably not without a memory.

Other AI-Related Discussions and Information:

SF Pres Club, AI + Journalism (Vimeo)  [Moderator - Rachel Metz]

Current Biology, Primer on Neural network models and deep learning, Apr 2019 (article includes a downloadable link to pdf [406Kb], which includes a further reading section)

“...The problem is that the task of prediction is not equivalent to the task of understanding,” said Allyson Ettinger, a computational linguist at the University of Chicago..."

AI-Related Applications:

Last Updated May 31, 2024; added link to EPRI assessment of AI power requirement.