Mit or Mitout


When I was in sixth grade, I read a short story in my English class that has remained constant in my mind to this day. I’m fairly certain it is the only thing from sixth grade left in my brain. (Actually, I read two such stories. The other was Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron,’ which now seems almost impossibly prophetic.) The story was a study in American society by Peter De...

No, you did not have an amazing conversation with an AI


 ChatGPT is not an AI with an independent personality and plans of its own, like HAL or IBM.  Not yet. The wild popularity of ChatGPT ensured that if people might call a technology AI, they will call it AI. No matter how far the tech is from actually being AI. This is because AI is exciting. When most people hear the word AI, they think of something like Skynet or HAL. They think...

A nexus effect


or If Identity is the New Perimeter, Your Smartphone is Your New Identity A growing number of us live at the center of a technological web. Strands radiate out connecting us to our smart home, enabling us to do things such as turn lights on and off or lock doors. Other strands connects us to our vehicle, allowing us, for example, to start it remotely and then turn on the heater so that it is warm...

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