Work is the Mind-Killer

There’s a concept in the Less Wrong community when it comes to issues of bias and politics and it relates to how politics numbs or even erodes our sense of sanity when trying to discuss things “reasonably” (whatever that means). And although I sympathize with what LW type folks are saying and am clearly using…

What’s the “Ideal Game”?

When games are created or participated in, especially if children are involved,  we often launch criticisms at the designs of these so-called “games”. Children in particular may change the rules but when they do we don’t say they’re cheating (unless they’re obviously changing the rules to their benefit) and they may do so at the…

Jobs and Hopelessness

Whether it’s just a contributing factor or the main reason, much of the time our jobs can convince us that life is meaningless or that we don’t contribute much. I had a co-worker yesterday who told me that they felt useless even though they hate the job. Our jobs can convince us that we’re useless…

Boring Yourself Into Creativity

I’ve talked more than a few times about creativity and its relation to boredom as well as technology. Heck, I’ve even read and reviewed a whole book about that called Autopilot. There’s a lot to this newer notion about boredom that it’s helpful, necessary and gets the creative juices (via your default mode in your…

AI and Sociality

One thing naysayers of AI often repeat is that there is no way that machines could never replace humans in a care role or in some sort of role that is highly involving emotions. There’s a few ways to handle this kind of claim: Undermine the actual merit of humans doing these role currently, e.g.…