“An image sensor isn’t a ‘camera’ that takes ‘photos’ – it’s a way to let computers see.”
“”The pleasures of ignorance are as great as the pleasures of knowledge”
- Aldous Huxley
(Even greater, perhaps. Just think of climate change denial.)
”A better system will not automatically ensure a better life. In fact, the opposite is true: only by creating a better life can a better system be developed.”
Václev Havel in “The Power of the Powerless”
”People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.”
“GDP measures everything, except that which makes life worthwhile”.
“Algorithms do not have ethics, moral, values or ideologies, but people do. Questions about the ethics of AI are questions about the ethics of the people who make it and put it to use.”
“The problem will never be solved, if solving it means getting rid of all the bad stuff, because we can’t agree on what the bad stuff is. Knowing that things won’t be perfect, what do we feel is most desirable? A system that errs on the side of caution, or one that errs on the side of being permissive?”
Rasmus Nielsen, Reuters Institute, Oxford.
”The age of party democracy has passed. Although the parties themselves remain, they have become so disconnected from the wider society, and pursue a form of competition that is so lacking in meaning, that they no longer seem capable of sustaining democracy in its present form.”
Peter Mair, Ruling the Void
“Mining and oil companies exploit the physical environment; social media companies exploit the social environment,” he said. “The owners of the platform giants consider themselves the masters of the universe, but in fact they are slaves to preserving their dominant position … Davos is a good place to announce that their days are numbered.”
George Soros, Davos, January 25, 2018
”We erect a statue in our own image inside ourselves – idealised, you know, but still recognisable – and then spend our lives engaged in the effort to make ourselves into its likeness.”