About Kathy E. Gill

I'm a writer and web developer ... motorcycle instructor ... transplanted southerner living in the damp Pacific Northwest. Love mysteries and science fiction -- philosophy and psychology. Also drawn to technical books on web design and usability.

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  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000Q6Z64S/ref=r_soa_p_i
    Newspapers in Taiwan reported last monththat a Trump Organization representative had visited the country, expressing interest in perhaps developing a hotel project adjacent to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which is undergoing a major expansion. The mayor of Taoyuan, Cheng Wen-tsan, was quoted as confirming that visit.
    Note: you have got to be kidding me
  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N8V3EQ/ref=r_soa_p_i
    The “future“ that has already arrived, that snuck in without anyone noticing, is not the tech-enabled utopia we spent the latter half of the twentieth century waiting for, the one we mostly see outside our windows, lacking only jetpacks and hoverboards and interstellar travel. The future is not the tech utopia where we carry computers in our pockets capable of accessing the sum total of human knowledge at any moment. That world, alas, is the past. The future that’s here, unevenly distributed, is the postapocalyptic wasteland. The future is dystopia, and its population is growing.
    Note: Much to think about here. What if ... the future is more accurately reflected by refuges than by riches and abundance?
  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N8V3EQ/ref=r_soa_p_i
    Given how cruelly and exploitatively humans have often treated those whom we consider different, much less inferior, to ourselves, it’s natural that we would worry how inhuman intelligences, much less a superintelligence, might opt to treat us.
    Note: Yes.
  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N8V3EQ/ref=r_soa_p_i
    “Far from being the smartest possible biological species, we are probably better thought of as the stupidest possible biological species capable of starting a technological civilization—a niche we filled because we got there first, not because we are in any sense optimally adapted to it.”
    Note: Reading about AI. Quote by Nick Bostrom.
  • Kathy shared from http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000N9KIIC/ref=r_soa_p_i
    “Oh, she talks up a storm, and if she’d lay off the temperance racket, she’d nearly convince me,” Kaynes said. “But who’s going to vote to close the saloons?
    Note: Makes me think of the essay making the rounds about women, society, and booze. The cultural love affair with alcohol is deep-rooted.
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Kathy E. Gill