Wired magazine, artificial intelligence and the progress trap

Chat GPT Progress Trap?A recent article in Wired magazine, ChatGPT, Galactica, and the Progress Trap takes aim at artificial intelligence generation tools like ChatGPT and Galactica, concluding "Although the choices of those with privilege have created these systems, for some reason it seems to be the job of the marginalized..

Infectious spillovers and climate change have the same driver: humans

UNEP On this (UN) World Environment Day (5 June), a global stock-taking is due. Most of us who analyze and fear the predicament in which progress has landed us were certain that climate change would be the big wake-up call. But no. The Covid-19 viral spillover has issued a more sudden and brutal reminder: we exploit Nature at our peril.

12. Audacious and brilliant intuitions

Eureka!Summary, Chapter 12: Having established that society and the human mind follow the same divergent path of overspecialization and failure, followed by cathartic re-engagement of intellect and sense, we can learn how to avoid the failures.

What it takes to end an environmental crisis

Progress Trap - health crisisCholera epidemic in London, 1858 (pandemic 1846–1860)
It takes hardship, observation, data, and in the case of London's cholera epidemic - a stench from the River Thames so foul that Parliament ceased functioning. The next order of business was for the members of Parliament to quickly enact legislation ordering the overhaul of London's sewerage system.

Pentagon accepts climate change (2010)

solar tent"Climate change is happening, and there is a large amount of evidence that this is in fact man-made...Climate change is a certainty" - Rear Admiral David Tetley, Oceanographer, US Navy

"A powerful analysis of our situation"

This book shows how societies and individuals can be victims of their own success, often unconscious of the effects of ingenuity on their environment. When changes are man-made and harmful, a downward spiral begins: development that excludes solutions to problems that arise from development.

11. A Fork in the road

SchizoidSummary, Chapter 11: Humans begin their development with a unity of intellect and feeling, however through specialization and over-use of the intellect, we stray too far from this natural integrity until a crisis results. Then the individual is brought to his/her senses. The collapse of problem-solving skills can be averted by preventing the mind from becoming overspecialized to the point of losing touch with natural human instincts and feelings.

10. Excuses, excuses.

Chapter 10 - Summary: These split-brain experiments show that a rational explanation can be an incomplete, inappropriate or incorrect rendering of the actual stimulus, and this raises the possibility that: Any experience can be rationalized, if the vocabulary is available.

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"The Progress Trap - and how to avoid it" Copyright Daniel O'Leary, registered at
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