End of the Master Narrative and the Great Convergence: the Word of the Day is “Presentiation”

by Scott Preston Chrysalis Mar 3, 2019 We've discussed the migratory experience, and in the context of moving from one Age into another Age as an “unsettling” experience, which we are calling “chaotic transition” and “Age of Anxiety” or “post-modernity”, and so on. This, though, is something of a metaphor, for in one sense, we … Continue reading End of the Master Narrative and the Great Convergence: the Word of the Day is “Presentiation”

Rebirth of the body politic

Individualism is not a sufficient foundation for social life: the image of the body politic reminds us that we are all one by Nick Romeo  Aeon Feb 26, 2019 After escaping an assassination attempt earlier that morning, Cicero entered the senate under armed guard. It was 7 November 63 BCE, and the Roman Republic hovered on the brink … Continue reading Rebirth of the body politic

Crazy in Chief: Why Don’t the Media Discuss Trump’s Mental Instability?

  Medhi Hasan interviews David Cay Johnston  and  Bandy X Lee Deconstructed Jan 21, 2019 Audio of interview is here. DONALD TRUMP’S ROSE Garden speech last week announcing his emergency declaration over the “crisis” at the southern border was rambling, incoherent, and unhinged: in short, everything we’ve come to expect from the 45th president of the United … Continue reading Crazy in Chief: Why Don’t the Media Discuss Trump’s Mental Instability?

AI Writes Convincing Prose; Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Fed with billions of words, this algorithm creates convincing articles and shows how AI could be used to fool people on a mass scale. by Will Knight MIT Review Feb 14, 2019 Here’s some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the … Continue reading AI Writes Convincing Prose; Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

A Guide to Russian Propaganda: WhatAboutIsm Controls the United States

The Russian propaganda machine produces endless streams of fakes and manipulative stories. While at times they may seem outrageous or silly, they are far from being random. Russian propaganda for both domestic and foreign audiences follows techniques that stem from Goebbel’s times. Ultimately, it is a weapon of war. In our series A guide to … Continue reading A Guide to Russian Propaganda: WhatAboutIsm Controls the United States

“Newspeak” and “Doublethink” are Alive and Well

Newspeak is "politically correct" speech taken to its maximum. Newspeak is based on standard English, but all words describing "unorthodox" political ideas are removed. There is an attempt to remove the overall number of words in general, so to limit the range of ideas which can be expressed. by O Society Feb 14, 2019 During … Continue reading “Newspeak” and “Doublethink” are Alive and Well

New AI fake text generator writes George Owell fiction and is too dangerous to release to the public

The Elon Musk-backed nonprofit company OpenAI declines to release research publicly for fear of misuse by Alex Hern Guardian Feb 14 2019 The AI wrote a new passage of fiction set in China after being fed the opening line of Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (pictured). Photograph: Mondadori/Getty Images The creators of a revolutionary AI system that can … Continue reading New AI fake text generator writes George Owell fiction and is too dangerous to release to the public