The Intrinsic Perspective

Erik Hoel
Bridging the two cultures of science and the humanities
Created 11 Apr 2021
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  • All writing is centralizing onto Substack
    22 Jun 2022 117 106
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton If I compare my experience on the web now to that of 15 or 20 years ago, the obvious difference is centralization. Almost everything has been...
  • Humans see p-zombies everywhere
    14 Jun 2022 81 27
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton We live in strange times: there are now creatures made only of language. Contemporary AIs, like LaMDA, which is Google’s latest internal chat...
  • Desiderata #2: links and commentary
    08 Jun 2022 16 7
    1. The Intrinsic Perspective over the last month: Why watch other people play video games? On the weird world of Esports. AI-art isn't art: DALL-E and other AI artists offer only the imitation of art....
  • Why watch other people play video games?
    01 Jun 2022 49 25
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton All Esports is recursion. A human sits and looks at a screen at another human sitting and looking at a screen. What could possibly be interes...
  • AI-art isn't art
    18 May 2022 90 79
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. —Macbeth In Japan there’s a museum that collects rocks that happen...
  • Secrets of the publishing industry
    11 May 2022 89 59
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton At the age of 24, and worried about being driven out of graduate school due to a contentious relationship with my PhD advisor over our resear...
  • Desiderata #1: links and commentary
    04 May 2022 41 18
    ‘Tis the age when GPT-3 assisted essays are included in the Best American Essays anthology. But in this brief interregnum between AI’s development and its deployment to Earth-shattering consequences, ...
  • Corporations vs. the demarcation problem
    27 Apr 2022 73 48
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton Let’s say you are a psychiatrist. A good one, renowned in your field, although you aren’t a public name. At some point, you begin to suspect ...
  • How to prevent the coming inhuman future
    13 Apr 2022 67 77
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton “Of present dues: the future comes apace What shall defend the interim? and at length How goes our reckoning?” —Flavius, Timon of Athens by W...
  • The future of literature is video games
    30 Mar 2022 46 39
    Art for The Intrinsic Perspective is by Alexander Naughton In the early 2000s, when the TV show The Sopranos aired, it was heralded as ushering in a new age for the medium of TV. Critics called this “...
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