[ by Charles Cameron — i’ve always thought Suits and Spooks would be a great conference to attend, but finances & health have never quite permitted me.. ]
Over to you:
Jeffrey Carr has opened Suits and Spooks DC to government employees for a nominal $5 donation to some mutual support group. So I raise my cup to toast him for an excellent response to the shutdown, and am passing his message along to any Zenpundit readers who may be interested:
This book by Kenneth Payne of King’s College is newly released by Georgetown Press. I saw it mainly by chance while perusing my twitter feed and ordered a copy. At first glance, it looks very promising, albeit I have a bias toward cultural evolutionary frameworks. Perhaps it will get me more up to speed on the implications of Ai for emerging warfare.
Just thumbing through, Payne has a solid bibliography and some intriguing chapter and section headings. For example:
The Hoplite Revolution:Warriors, Weapons and Society Passionate Statesmen and Rational Bands The Ai Renaissance ad Deep Learning Chimps are Rational Strategists, Contra Humans
Enough to whet the appetite. May discuss Strategy, Evolution and War further after I finish it.
What have you been reading in the realm of strategy or war lately?
YouTube is facing criticism after a new artificial intelligence program monitoring “extremist” content began flagging and removing masses of videos and blocking channels that document war crimes in the Middle East.
Middle East Eye, the monitoring organisation Airwars and the open-source investigations site Bellingcat are among a number of sites that have had videos removed for breaching YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
The removals began days after Google, which owns YouTube, trumpeted the arrival of an artificial intelligence program that it said could spot and flag “extremist” videos without human involvement.
But since then vast tracts of footage, including evidence used in the Chelsea Manning court case and videos documenting the destruction of ancient artifacts by Islamic State, have been flagged as “extremist” and deleted from its archives.
Without human involvement?
Humans were involved in the decision to let this AI proceed in real time “without human involvement”.
H Sap or AI? — who’s to trust?
YouTube, Nimrod — Barenboim conducts Elgar:
Compare “YouTube removes video documenting Islamic State’s destruction of Nimrud artifacts”, illustrated above
Are the thoughts that I am thinking as I look at this solid lump of fatty protein covered in blood vessels really made out of the same stuff? And the answer always comes back–they are–and the thought itself is too crazy, too incomprehensible, and I get on with the operation.
The purpose of the historian, to Coleridge, is the same as that of the poet : to convert a series of events, which constitute the straight-line of real or imagined history, into a whole, so that the series shall assume to our understanding “a circular motion — the snake with its tail in its mouth.”
Here’s one more:
Apparently, Donald Trump Jr’s version of the Prisoner’s Dilemma involves defecting from yourself.
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