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Ford or Tesla? — a short story

April 30, 2017


“There’s a Ford and a Tesla available.” “How much is the Ford?” “About sixty cents a mile.” “And the Tesla?” “Maybe a buck.” “A dollar?!? Forget it. The Ford’s cheaper. And it’s a perfectly good car.” “Sure, but the Tesla has that terrific sound system. And the seats are super-comfy. Besides, this is our anniversary. […]

Will We Control AI?

January 8, 2017


. . . If we just build an AI without tuning its values, the argument goes, one of the first things it will do is destroy humanity. — Maciej Cegłowski We “live in interesting times” fraught with “dangerous opportunities”. But enough about China. Within the next 30 years or so, due to rapid advances in […]

Jeeves and Jevons — a short story

September 10, 2015


When we make something cheaper, we consume a lot more of it. — Alex Rubalcava In the dining room, the Owner turned to his butler. “Thank you, Jeeves. The supper was excellent. The guests seemed well pleased.” Jeeves inclined his head. “Thank you, sir.”  “In fact, I must say that, ever since I purchased you […]