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critic of tech futures | host of tech won’t save us | writer of disconnect | my book “road to nowhere” is out now! | he/they

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parismarx, (edited ) to tech
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The photo of Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang signing a woman’s chest in Taiwan will be the image of peak AI hype. More on that in the Disconnect Roundup, along with recommended reads, labor updates, and other news you might have missed!

https://disconnect.blog/roundup-is-this-peak-ai-hype/

parismarx, to tech
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Germany’s AfD is so extreme it was kicked out of the far-right grouping in the European Parliament last month, but Elon Musk thinks their policies “don’t sound extremist.” That’s because he’s also a fascist.

parismarx, (edited ) to tech
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Criminals often use highly encrypted phones to coordinate their crimes. Or at least they did until the FBI made its own.

On , I spoke to @josephcox to discuss the story of Anom and the largest international sting operation.

Full ep: https://techwontsave.us/episode/223_how_the_fbi_tapped_the_encrypted_chats_of_criminals_around_the_world_w_joseph_cox

parismarx, to tech
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dreading the media cycle that will accompany a bill gates memoir, but fascinated to see how he twists his history

https://www.gatesnotes.com/Source-Code

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In this week’s Disconnect Roundup, Elon Musk has a grand (techno)fix for water shortages that includes desalination plants powered by solar with battery storage. But he forgot poor countries can’t afford it.

Plus, recommended reads, labor updates, and more!

https://disconnect.blog/roundup-elon-musks-naive-plan-to-end-global-water-shortages/

#tech #elonmusk #water

parismarx, to tech
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In 1922, Thomas Edison predicted motion pictures would “revolutionize our educational system.”

I can’t get over how Muskian he sounds (particularly on “efficiency” claims) and how — a hundred years later — we still haven’t learned not to fall for this kind of tech boosterism.

https://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/04/books/chapters/the-flickering-mind.html

parismarx, to climate
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never thought i’d find so much agreement with the wsj editorial board

parismarx, to tech
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“When I say ‘I am hungry’, I am reporting on my sensed physiological states. When an LLM generates the sequence ‘I am hungry’, it is simply generating the most probable completion of the sequence of words in its current prompt.”

https://time.com/collection/time100-voices/6980134/ai-llm-not-sentient/

#tech #ai #llm

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@hjoest “I will ignore the reality in front of my eyes because it’s much more exciting to tell myself I’m living in the early part of a scifi movie.”

parismarx, to tech
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When Sam Altman was ousted as CEO, Kara Swisher pushed a story that framed him as the victim of a board captured by AI doomers.

But as more detail has emerged about Altman’s lies and “toxic” conduct, it’s become clear she was a conduit for his narrative.

https://disconnect.blog/kara-swishers-story-about-sam-altman-is-falling-apart/

parismarx, to tech
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GoFundMe is increasingly becoming an integral part of how people access healthcare. But what are the tradeoffs of crowdfunding for health?

On #TechWontSaveUs, I spoke to @Kenworthy about how GoFundMe profits from people’s pain.

https://techwontsave.us/episode/222_gofundme_profits_from_peoples_pain_w_nora_kenworthy

#tech #crowdfunding #gofundme #health #healthcare

parismarx, to random
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My presentation about data centers at @republica in Berlin was included in this piece from @dwnews. I have an interview coming with DW too.

https://www.dw.com/en/the-dark-side-of-the-ai-revolution/a-69215220

parismarx, to random
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I was happy to speak about AI and European regulation with Astrid Berg for Deadline on Denmark’s public broadcaster when I was in Copenhagen last week!

https://www.dr.dk/drtv/episode/deadline_-politikernes-armlaegning-med-den-kunstige-intelligens_456113

parismarx, to tech
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I gave a talk at @republica in Berlin earlier today on the growing backlash to data centers.

As tech companies build more hyperscale data centers around the world, they demand even more energy and water — and some communities are fed up.

Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5xbjhYpklo

parismarx, to tech
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“The thing that really upset Dorsey: Bluesky users demanded moderation and Bluesky put it into place. Yeah, that was the whole issue.”

Good reflection on “decentralized” social media and what Dorsey really wants from it by @davidgerard:

https://davidgerard.co.uk/blockchain/2024/05/10/jack-dorsey-bluesky-decentralised-social-networks-and-the-very-common-crowd/

parismarx, to tech
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In this week’s roundup, the couple who’ve made themselves the face of pronatalism keep their kids in a freezing home (they say by choice) and slap them to teach them right from wrong because they saw tigers paw their cubs in the wild.

Plus, Google’s AI fail, Kenyan workers write letter to Joe Biden, and more!

https://disconnect.blog/roundup-pronatalists-who-defend-hitting-kids/

#tech #ai #pronatalism #ea #effectivealtruism

parismarx, to random
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Final reminder I’m doing a discussion with @tante and Sarah Grant in Berlin this evening!

https://ownw.de/event/otherwise-network-salon-v-resist-but-how/

parismarx, to ai
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parismarx, to tech
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African AI workers, mostly from Kenya, released an open letter to Joe Biden this week asking him stop US tech companies from “systemically abusing and exploiting African workers” and to end the “modern day slavery” they’re subjected to.

https://www.wired.com/story/low-paid-humans-ai-biden-modern-day-slavery/

parismarx, to ai
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They missed the most important part: And neither of them should be believed because AGI is just another tech fantasy.

#ai #agi #tech #elonmusk #baidu

parismarx, to tech
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Balaji Srinivasan is leading a growing tech movement to take over San Francisco and “ethnically cleanse” it of Silicon Valley’s critics.

On #TechWontSaveUs, I spoke to @gilduran about network states and tech billionaires’ turn against democracy.

Listen to the full episode: https://techwontsave.us/episode/221_techs_plan_to_ethnically_cleanse_san_francisco_w_gil_duran

#tech #sf #politics

parismarx, to tech
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Scarlett Johansson has dealt with deepfakes, robots in her likeness, and now OpenAI mimicking her voice because she wouldn’t license it.

She’s used to fighting these battles. The spotlight she casts on generative AI may finally prompt regulatory action.

https://disconnect.blog/scarlett-johansson-cant-escape-tech-exploitation/

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Another quick round of advertising: Saturday May, 25th, @parismarx and Sarah Grant are going to join me for a conversation on resistance: Is resistance against current tech even possible and how? The Berlin event is pay as much as you can and you can sign up here: https://ownw.de/event/otherwise-network-salon-v-resist-but-how/

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@fasterandworse Not for the moment!

parismarx, to random
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I’m doing a series of events in Copenhagen and Berlin over the next week. If you’re around, make sure to come to one!

Links for more info on my website: https://parismarx.com/

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