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comment by zebra2
zebra2  ·  125 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to recognize AI snake oil

The Legibility link is very cool.

lil  ·  125 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In fact, so cool, I'll copy the recipe here:

    Here is the recipe:

    - Look at a complex and confusing reality, such as the social dynamics of an old city

    - Fail to understand all the subtleties of how the complex reality works

    - Attribute that failure to the irrationality of what you are looking at, rather than your own limitations

    - Come up with an idealized blank-slate vision of what that reality ought to look like

    - Argue that the relative simplicity and platonic orderliness of the vision represents rationality

    - Use authoritarian power to impose that vision, by demolishing the old reality if necessary

    - Watch your rational Utopia fail horribly

kingmudsy  ·  124 days ago  ·  link  ·  

You've put words to the thoughts I've had about some of my more Enterprising, Entrepreneurial, Mold-Breaking cohorts in the software world. I'm going to remember this next time I end up getting an elevator pitch I didn't ask for.