China’s Military Power

Less Butter and Fewer Friends, But More Guns

As China’s economy slows down ahead of expectations and it loses its luster abroad, it’s hard power seems set to acquire a bigger profile.

Gaza War 2023: Enjoy Your Two Minute Hate

Taking sides in vicious tribal conflicts is dumb as fuck and is going to boomerang back on you.

Film Review: Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer (2023) ★★★

Although Oppenheimer is a solid and historically accurate film, it is overly long – making its missed opportunities all the more glaring – and the key dramatic tension rests on speculation that was considered entirely fictional long before 1945.

Film Review: Barbie

Barbie (2023) ★★★★★

This might be a “Woke” film, but it is Wokeness with a human cafe.

Genies, Golems, Demiurge

Some modest suggestions for AI terminology of a fantastical nature

AI x Crypto Risks, or: Is it TIME for Jail Szn?

The cryptocurrency space can provision a putative malevolent AI with discrete decentralized compute, storage, and opportunities for secure accumulation of cryptographic assets and social capital. Consequently, there might be an AI Control Trilemma: Ban further AI software development; cap hardware; criminalize crypto – pick two.

UBI Is Programmed. (Like It or Not)

The coming of AI has made Universal Basic Income a political and technological inevitability in the long-term, regardless of whether there are extensive attempts at AI control.

AI Safety Debate with Roko

Twitter Space debate with Roko Mijic about feasibility and desirability of AI control.

The Z of History: 13 Months of Commentary

In this podcast with Noah Carl, I make the case that a prolonged stalemate is programmed, assuming continued Russian mobilization prevents Ukrainian victory, and the materiel balance doesn’t shift sharply to either party.

Как тебе такое, Илон Маск?

> Как Россия может еще выиграть…