The quintessential criticism of augmentation systems - as expressed by a Zen Monk:
Theory: In 90% of real world Machine Learning use-cases, the ML could be replaced with alternative techniques which are 90% simpler (to understand, deploy, maintain, etc.) and 90%+ as effective. The results of design driven by techno-fetishism, instead of real human needs.
The growing outrage about rampant economic inequalities and rise of total surveillance police states run by mega-corps more powerful than nations, is largely wasted energy if no practical actions follow: It's time for a p2p take-over of infrastructure - the kleptocrats bank.
Using Machine Learning for RTM ("Reality Tunnel Management") is a great opportunity ("show me how cities look like without cars" etc) but even greater challenge ("I'm so deeply invested in virtual reality, i don't care about climate change etc). The sirens from Greek mythology.
"First attempt at removing cars off the roads with neural nets":
Silicon Valley only works cause it leverages OpenSource Code (Linux etc), OpenAccess Science (Arxiv etc) & OpenPlatform Labour (Uber etc.). Yet, it then predominantly breaks the virtuous open cycle & siphons off the value generated by the commons to capitalist billionaires. Why?
Our current modus operandi of technology design is a key driver of catastrophic biodiversity loss. It's time to move from ego-centric design to eco-centric design.
For more than 25 years, i was occasionally upset about not haven gone through specific types of formal education to acquire specialised knowledge. Today, i acknowledge this perceived "lack of patterning of thought" as an advantage - as "not knowing" creates space for silence, intuition, care and play. A beginners mind is much harder to attain and maintain than any secret expertise, arcane knowledge. Living processes - not dead artefacts - line the path to equanimity.
Highly Accessible, Open-Source, Citizen-Owned, Low-Tech, Nature-Based Processes and Technologies that enable a resilient & regenerative urban infrastructure transformation - WAY more exciting & sane than all of the high-tech visions (AI, Bots, etc.) I've seen in recent years.
There should be a law (or incentive system) for all engineers to have to work in human-care (midwife, nurse, elderly-care, kindergartener etc.) for a minimum of 1 year during their education/career. Convinced it would have a tremendous positive impact on the discipline & society.