Jason Polak

Meta-challenges of climate change

Climate change is the most difficult problem humanity has ever faced, because it doesn’t go away when civilizations die. We can’t start over and we can’t just move somewhere else. I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic, which is why I am expanding this blog to treat topics on technology and climate change. This Meta-challenges of climate change

A cidade

A cidade representa o ponto mais alto do civilização. Na verdade, as cidades fizeram a vida de muitas pessoas melhor, mas como tudo, os seres humanos estão levando as cidades a um novo limite e agora, as cidades estão começando a fazer a vida pior para muitos. Um único ser humano é uma agente com A cidade

Smartphones: First optional, now required

Successful technologies go through two stages: at first, they are optional. It is during this stage that people say “just don’t use it” when the technology appears. Later, the technology becomes mandatory and it’s almost impossible not to use it. The other day, we were at a restaurant when the waitor said, “you have to Smartphones: First optional, now required

I closed my LinkedIn account

I am happy to announce that I closed my LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is such a horrible website, but my personal reasons might not be what you think. I barely spent any time on LinkedIn, though I have used it in the past to look for jobs. However, in the future, I will try my best I closed my LinkedIn account

The Definition of AI

These days, people wonder about the definition of AI. Does it mean AGI, as in something truly intelligent? Does machine learning count as AI? When I tell people I won’t use AI, one of the first questions they ask is, “what is AI to you?” People who are wary of AI might also like to The Definition of AI

We should indeed ban single-use plastics including plastic straws

Some places, including Canada, have started making laws banning single-use plastics. There are also many laws for phasing out gas-powered cars and introducing electric vehicles. One of the arguments I’ve heard against this is that “China outputs so much CO2” that we should focus on big emitters like China, massive coal plants, and other huge We should indeed ban single-use plastics including plastic straws

Alem de objetivos específicos

A humanidade tem muitos problemas além da tecnologia, e um deles é o nosso clima. Desde que nós começamos a usar combustíveis fosseis, adicionamos CO2 na atmosfera e agora a terra está esquentando. Um outro problema é a nossa economia, que dá recompensas para pessoas que fazem produtos e serviços que ajudam as pessoas no Alem de objetivos específicos

Don’t distrust science, but have caution about invention

I have talked at length about how we should be extremely wary of technology. But that means being cautious about the social and environmental impacts of technology. It does not mean that we should be suspicious of the basic scientific method. The scientific method works. It produces results that rapidly and successful converge onto the Don’t distrust science, but have caution about invention

The Great Myth: More knowledge is better

One of the greatest myths in modern times is that more knowledge is better. Or, that more knowledge will help us solve all our world problems like climate change and species extinctions. That however, is very far from the truth. We believe it because it has become dogma and doctrine. At one point, it was The Great Myth: More knowledge is better

The two problems of capitalism and technological growth

Capitalism is basically a system based on a combination of property rights, private ownership, and various legal mechanisms that allow people to exchange goods and services for other goods and services and money. Capitalism has two large problems. The first is that a capitalistic and market-based system does not take into account the commons, and The two problems of capitalism and technological growth

Por que IA é ruim?

Há muitas razões por que a IA (inteligência artificial) é ruim para nós. Mas, a razão principal é que a IA funciona e se espalha na sociedade por meio do mecanismo de “Dilema do prisioneiro”. Essa é a situação na téoria de jogos onde duas pessoas podem escolher entre duas opções: em nosso caso, usar Por que IA é ruim?

A speed limit for technological progress?

Ivan Illich argues in his book ‘Energy and Equity’ that the ability to travel beyond a certain speed has caused inequality and ruin to humanity. Moreover, he proposes that the world would be better off with a speed limit closer to that of a bicycle. Cars, the primarily tools that we use to travel faster, A speed limit for technological progress?

Greer’s “The Retro Future” and Technological Determinism

Previously, I talked a little about technological determinism. Briefly, technological determinism is the thesis that technology is propelled along by its own strong force, and although we can influence its development somewhat, it takes a lot of effort to resist its march forwards. Determinism is a relatively minority view. Anyone who states that technology is Greer’s “The Retro Future” and Technological Determinism

What is technological determinism?

Technological determinism is a position in the metaphysics of technology that states that technology develops as a force in a particular direction which is outside human control, and this development determines and shapes human values. Determinism doesn’t say that technology is unstoppable, but rather, that it forecfully pushes itself in the direction of greater advancement What is technological determinism?

Prominent paper retraction in physics: the technological perspective

A recent post from the prominent journal Nature said the following: A prominent journal has decided to retract a paper by […] a physicist at the University of Rochester in New York who has made controversial claims about discovering room-temperature superconductors — materials that would not require any cooling to conduct electricity with zero resistance. Prominent paper retraction in physics: the technological perspective

Cerebras and G42, two more dangerous companies

Cerebras is a US based AI (Artificial Intelligence) company, and they recently announced: Cerebras Systems, the pioneer in accelerating generative AI, and G42, the UAE-based technology holding group, today announced Condor Galaxy, a network of nine interconnected supercomputers, offering a new approach to AI compute that promises to significantly reduce AI model training time. The Cerebras and G42, two more dangerous companies

How will AI destroy us?

In fiction, we typically see AI destroying humanity through physical acts like with the Terminator. Unfortunately, science fiction such as this has blinded us to the truth: AI is getting ready to destroy us, but in a far more subtle way. Namely, it will do so by removing two fundamental ingredients from human society: our How will AI destroy us?

Is technology just a tool?

One of the most frequent statements I’ve heard about technology is that it’s a tool, and that it’s how we use it that matters. Based on this opaque statement, some people claim that the development of technology is not the responsibility of its creators, and instead we should focus solely on developing ethics on the Is technology just a tool?

Which jobs further the technological system?

Before I really start this post, one could say and ask: society has many problems. Is looking at it through the lens of technology really the best way to help solve these problems? For example, although the contemporary philosopher Slavoj Žižek talks about the dangers of digital control and technology, he is much more focused Which jobs further the technological system?

Check out my new podcast with anti-technology themes

I started a new podcast: A Mathematician Goes Birding. One of its main themes will be how technology negatively affects our interaction with nature and what we can do about it.