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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:45 am

For the same reason, are Bernie and Joe Biden doomed to never win the presidency?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by huggle » Sat Mar 02, 2019 7:36 am

Isn't that likely, given the fact that many nations have an unfortunate tendency to always elect the worst possible candidate?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:03 pm

Should we hand over the election of our officials to robots, like Klaatu's people did?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:55 pm

Did you know that exact scenario has been proposed by author Yuval Noah Harari? And that he says a human figurehead is whom we'll be voting for when in fact it's the algorthms who are in charge?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Mar 03, 2019 8:55 pm

Was this proposed as a suggestion or a conspiracy theory?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sun Mar 03, 2019 10:19 pm

I think a suggested possibility. Harari is quite a visionary. Have you read any of Harari's books or watched any of his Youtube interviews?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:33 pm

No, what is it about his worldview that you think is important?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:44 pm

Did you know that Harari writes about future digital dictatorships, such that when “the biotech revolution merges with the infotech revolution, it will produce big data algorithms that can monitor and understand my feelings much better than I can, and then authority will probably shift from humans to computers”? (more here)

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Post by RJDiogenes » Tue Mar 05, 2019 11:44 pm

Do you think Professor Harari will ever decide to write fiction, like Carl Sagan did?
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Post by scottydog » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:51 am

Would it surprise you to know that he truly values science fiction because it gives us glimpses into imagined future worlds?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:57 pm

Would it surprise you to know that I bought two of his books with my Amazon windfall and read a chapter about Science Fiction?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:29 am

Seriously? Which books? I think he's written three.

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Post by RJDiogenes » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:09 pm

Which two would you have recommended if you knew I was about to buy them?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:58 am

They're all good, but how could I not resist recommending Sapiens and 21 lessons?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:19 pm

Well, I got 21 Lessons, but wouldja believe I went for Homo Deus instead?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:46 am

That's the one I haven't read yet. Can you let me know what you think of it?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:47 pm

Did you know that it can take me years to read a book?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:00 pm

Do you read yourself to sleep each night?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:28 pm

Is it reading myself to sleep if I have to fight to stay awake? :lol:
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:38 pm

Have you ever been so engrossed in a book that you stayed up all night reading it?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:09 pm

Isn't that the only way to read Arthur C Clarke?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:23 am

Should I feel badly about my books doing a better job of putting people to sleep than keeping them awake?

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Post by RJDiogenes » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:36 pm

But do you think your books will give people inspiring dreams?
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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by scottydog » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:26 pm

What do you think Arthur C. Clarke's secret is to writing a riveting book?

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Re: Questions Only V: Where's The Beef?

Post by RJDiogenes » Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:08 pm

Could he have been visited by a Monolith?
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