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    We were predisposed to thinking direct manipulation was sort of a panacea.

    “Panacea.” Wow, what a word.

Unbelieveable. What an absolute twat.

The interview itself is reasonably interesting, though.

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Pretty stunning stuff, actually.

I'd somewhat reversed my opinion on McCain since he last ran for president (at which point I thought he was a piece of shit), since I'd seen him say some sensible things in various speeches and interviews. I thought he seemed like a good guy who'd had to represent some reprehensible views in order to stand for the republican party.

Judging by this article, it was just another case of a politician saying some nice fluff in public while mercilessly working against the public good in the background. The whole Keating thing is absolutely astonishing.

And yet all we hear about in obituaries is that he was such a principled and great man, even from Obama. The term obsequious doesn't even begin to describe the media.

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Interesting story. I actually thought it was real for a little bit, but then something tipped me off and made me look into dayjobs, and I realised it was fiction.

Reminds me a bit of the concept of neurolinguistic programming from Snowcrash. Combining that with the singularity, I guess.

It's a bit long-winded towards the end, but I enjoyed the ride.

Seems pretty fucking dodgy.

Somehow I think Trump will be able to weasel his way out of this, but then again when the FBI is working on a case as high-profile as the possibly treasonous past of the fucking POTUS, this really could go either way.

That's very interesting. I've always thought that Black Dog sounded a bit off time, but maybe it's not the case after all.

I've never been a big fan of Zeppelin, apart from a few songs, but this made me want to look into them again.

Discourse will obviously be swayed by the inherent assumptions of a culture. The more participants are uncritically internalising those assumptions, the more those assumptions will become taken as unquestionable truth.

Most people do not question their baseline cultural assumptions, so when "most" people join a forum, why would the discourse not automatically turn more and more into an echo chamber?

This assumes that our culture is inherently right wing, which I personally believe is the case for the US. I've however never lived there.

Hubski is also very small. There's like 10 people regularly posting.

I think the right-wing bias we're seeing these days is due to the pervasiveness of Capitalism in our society. It's so ingrained in our culture that people take it for granted, and by extension take its tenets as obvious truth. Even a leftist is likely to have a worldview which is merely a variation of the axioms of Capitalism, a branch off of our cultural trunk.

When the cultural assumptions we all share are so deeply rooted in this ideology, it's very difficult to make a coherent argument against it without spending serious time and column inches trying to reframe the debate. Even reframing only works if your audience/interlocutors are willing to challenge their own assumptions and try to understand what you're trying to get across.

That's a tall order for someone posting in an internet forum.

Who knows, really, but I don't walk around with fantasies of murderous robots, so I'm siding with the Uncanny Valley theory.

Absolutely. Those legs look like something out of an 80s horror movie, with the jerky movements of a stop-motion special effect. Honestly, I don't think I've ever seen anything deeper into the uncanny valley than that unholy abomination. The first time I saw it, I started imagining it walking towards me and accidentally ripping off one of my limbs or something.

I am however still impressed by the technology.

The movements still have a bit of the unnaural characteristics from the Mule. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't seen the Mule before, though.

For the record, I'm talking about this (which it turns out is actually called BigDog):

Much less terrifying than the Mule, since its movements have far less of the jerky horror of that foul beast.

However, it's still a bit creepy. Other than that, this is an incredible display of robotics, I'm very impressed!

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