Is the website of Jason Sutter. A sometimes User Experience Designer, frequent wanderer, and vegan soup aficionado. After stints in MO, NY, CA, NM, and New Zealand he currently resides in beautiful Portland, OR.
It's interesting to consider the detached performance Latoya and Danielle discuss in the context of the stories young affluent proffesionals tell around living in newly gentrifying neighborhoods (ie: The Tenderloin in San Francisco)…
“Well-meaning people have, for a good many years now, been forming a ‘consciousness’ about where their food comes from, who produces it, and how. This gets tedious. But it’s also sensible, given how important food is in our lives. Computers, it would seem, deserve similar attention.“
Half of all Americans are poor or impoverished. 40% of children enrolled in public school live in poverty. Irrespective of who is elected during the next political cycle, poor Americans will tip over to the majority of us. As a people, we are cruel and gleefully small minded.
While I agree with the headline, The actual article is willfully short sighted and demeaning in it's application of market thinking to the lives of actual people. Uber isn't the best we can do given natural circumstances. It's all we're collectively willing to do within a chosen status quo…
“There are no naked men in Ex Machina but actually this feels both deliberate and appropriate. The film presents its women as sexual objects to make a very clear point about how men react to this. There is nothing really to be gained from dressing the males down literally as well as figuratively.”
“More recent science fiction, however, has come to use the female form as shorthand for emotion. Unlike Cold War fears and fantasies, which centered on the possibilities of superhuman reason, post-millenial cinema has explored the terror and potential salvation within our own feelings.”
“Ava’s predicament really isn’t that different from many female AIs who have come before her, from Metropolis’ Maria to Her’s Samantha to Blade Runner’s Pris. She is an android in female form, and thus she simply reflects how Hollywood has been depicting women—robotic or otherwise—for decades.”
“The capacity to reason about emotions, and of emotions, to enhance thinking. It includes the abilities to accurately perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth.”
“[T]his whole question of ‘seriousness’ – which will dominate coverage of the Sanders campaign – should really be read as a profound indictment of our political system, which is now so openly an oligarchy that any politician who doesn’t have the blessing of the bosses is marginalized before he or she steps into the ring.”