re: Real time democracy

Reading my own blog… I was a little under the weather that night of the company holiday party. I think I didn’t mean that it is the desire of the people for government to be anti-islam anti-muslim. What I meant was that perhaps Obama’s datawhiz should have seen that sentiment and made proactive action to try to promote more conciliatory atmosphere among Americans during his second term… I mean unless he knew and chose not to act… can’t imagine that being true though.

He should have been more real time so that we don’t have so much pant up whatever’s that now bubbles through the trump presidency. 

Now, of course, let me be reconciliatory, president Obama is not superman. And even Superman can only fight hatred with his brutally mighty alien force. Even superman has to drag out dying mother to establish commonality with Bateman! And they had to have the same English name: Martha!

What if superman had a Muslim mother? Ajlal! What if Superman uttered “save Ajlal?” Would Batman not smash his face in even harder instead of asking “who’s Ajlal?”

All that just to say thank you to Mr. president Obama, welcome Mr. president Trump, let’s toast to a bright happy safe 2017, and to the future, where we have fully deployed Democracy RT to production, to the future when it is conceivable that Batman might have had equally like chance of having a mommy named Ajlal, to the future, where America retakes the lead in having the most advanced government in the whole world.

Happy new year, everybody!!

Open AI Universe 

Just saw this, How long before it reads Jira tickets and makes pull requests, with tests, and performs code review and deployed changes?

Maybe I was too optimistic when I argued extreme evil is required to bring AI to threaten human intelligence?

Rouge one

Just saw Star Wars rogue one. The theatre is half empty on its 4th night, and admittedly for good reason.

I wish, as I often do, that I am born in another century or so… when everyone speaks the same language or everyone speaks everyone else’s language. Initially I was upset that Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, two Chinese actors had all mumbling lines. I cannot understand what they say! And then I realized, so does Diego Luna and Felicity Jones and Forest Whitaker. It’s just a bad mix or else it just wasn’t mixed for an XD theatre. Many times I can’t hear clearly what they’re saying, and Star Wars is one of those movies where dialog mattered.

Btw,Who is the leader of the rebel group to recover the Death Star designs? Was it capt ander or Jyn?

Well, at least Vader is still bad ass, but his hip moved too much! That’s great for dancing but not for a warrior! Old Vader’s belt did not move when he walked. And he struts like a model in this move and not a mean killing machine of the old! Man, I am trying really hard to find something good but it is just such a jarring movie.

Star Wars is not a universe where we explore perspectives of the war, violence, etc… Star Wars had been, for me, a unified universe, with some greatest thing already known. It is a universe where Faith reign supreme. Ethics of violence is NOT a concern here. jedis are violent but are self constraint and prefers civilized solutions. Yes there is our real world. But sadly, Star Wars is not a place to search for solution. Imho


The halting thought problem

One wonders if there are thoughts that people cannot have for those people who did have them did not continue on to be able to pass the thought onto others?

Just like a crashed computer cannot infect another computer with the virus that crashed it, could there be some group of thoughts inducible in normal humans that cause catastrophic problems so severe that those accidentally reaching it in the course of evolution actually never lived to tell?

Yoshua Bengio’s talk at the 2016 Bay Area deep learning school inspired this nightmare last night… What if just as we don’t need to drive a car and crash a thousand times to learn how not to crash a car, we have learned not to think of many things that would crash our own programming? Other somewhat subliminal messages that caused this nightmare was his computer crashing three or four times during the presentation.

What if the reason why we don’t know how human brain learn is because that knowledge would cause instability in human individual or society–to crash them–so severe that we have built-in mechanisms  that prevents us from understanding it? The same way it is easy for us to understand physics and logic and emotions, etc, etc, through same unknown mechanism, we are inhibited from having some class of knowledge or skill?

The obvious example would be for example if I derive a deterministic way to cause a person to stop peeing, or rather, if I learned to stop myself from peeing. That is an obvious example. But there could be other less obvious examples–things that cause psychological changes, inducing forgetfulness, ahh for example if I figured out how to forget and then immediately forgot how to do so. This kind of “bug” or boundary conditions seems very possible.

Aside from admitting that it is structurally possible, there is the added effect of evolution. If true, evolution theory tells us that those are precluded from happening strictly because those of us survives have evolved away these dangerous edge cases or otherwise developed very strong and redundant inhibitory systems to prevent them from occuring.

Lastly, is knowledge of how we learn such a dangerous knowledge? Do we constantly have mini-crashes, just as we are about to learn the secrets of knowledge, the learning of it, something peripheral, like a presentation software, crashes in us and prevents that thought from occuring?

Thankfully we know that we have not evolved away the ability to think about such possibility, perhaps there is still hope?

Real time democracy

Coming home from 2016 square holiday party. My thoughts are mixed but I find my self drawn to the question of real time democracy. Dorsey put up some Muslim, who declare that America is great, and paid him $XXX in equity in support of his Persuit of the American Dream!

This looming Trump administration anti-immigration and anti-islam principles are indeed troublesome. Alas I feel that the American 4-yr election cycle may have long delayed for popular opinions against immigrations. If Obama responded to these things, maybe we wouldn’t have a president whose big idea is to exclude aliens we want to exclude?!!

What if democracy is real time? What if people’s immediate decisions about matter are cast as vote and taken into consideration real time? What if campaigning is continuous operation necessitated by real time democracy? 

Great idea but how would it be implemented??? Let’s say that government actions are all completely transparent (much like square where staff meeting notes are sent to all company)

To instill democracy, commentary may be made on decisions and factors affecting them. Objections with sufficient support are voted on immediately by the entire population.

For one example, if police violence is perceived as a threat to basic human survival. We may find sudden objection to the social contract where police can st any time stop an individual in their car. With sufficient objection, the matter maybe put to a vote and the law may be changed right away that police can no longer make traffic stops based purely on “gut feeling”.

What’s a world where the law is that one does not have to stop when police siren rings behind you? By law, because popular opinion revoked the law police no longer have the right to operate their weapons. They have no super authority to exceed speed limit… etc.

This is not to pick on the police but merely to illustrate what could possibly happen. We may find that the entire population voted to displace this whole entire social contract. We may find this real time democracy abolished by real time votes. We may find that we abolish very brutal police laws in favor of no laws because everyone have become fearful of the brutal police laws that become in after when anybody commit crimes.

Real time democracy makes all of these possible. Of course social institutions live ACLU may be needed to speak for the few who have no voice. But I can now imagine it working.

For god sakes it’s not like the political offices don’t already use twitter/Facebook/social network to monitor popular opinions in real time. So if the politicians are ready for this, why are the populous kept from exercising their democratic opinion? 

We can handle it, follow our will! Now!

The world is ready for this! 

We have the technology!

We have the wisdom!

We have the idea to do so!

So let’s do this!

The addition of chlorine

The water in San Francisco stints of Chlorine. My own water on the peninsula is also supplied by the same Hetch Hetchy pipes. The smell has been around for a month now. Finding related information is difficult because this may happen every few months by various municipalities using said water supply.

One wonders if this is due to global warming? The winters are so warm that water needs additional treatment to be clean enough for tap?