Interesting point in https://pca.st/episode/d8f0ab10-ba87-0133-2e57-6dc413d6d41d
The academic who is interviewed suggests that something like a mindfulness retreat may be a traumatic experience in a way Buddhist meditation is less likely to be, because there's a lore in Buddhism that this is a divine path laid down by a benevolent force. That very expectation helps fill what you make room for.
I wrote another blog post, “Users want control” is a shoulder shrug – thinking about control vs value: https://www.ianbicking.org/blog/2019/04/users-want-control-is-a-shrug.html
I wonder if social media has become a convenient Other. I'm listening to people talk about the younger generation, their own children, and pinning the changes on social media and not at all on themselves... that the generational change is just some weird accident, not the change deliberately created by the generation before (or at least reacting to the generation before).
I think the arguments of UBI as a job replacement tool is misguided at best. But as a way to replace a wide swath of anti-poverty measures it could be great. By being universal it provides value and consistency that can benefit everyone.
In this I suppose I align with the older Libertarian arguments for UBI, it's one of the smallest-government safety nets you can provide. Decreasing the size of government isn't a top priority for me (and I'm not a Libertarian), but it's still a nice feature.
We already have solutions to that basic problem through a large number of social programs. UBI doesn't change the basic social contract, it just fixes a bunch of problems in how we try to achieve these societal goals.
Need-based programs create complicated bureaucracies, fickle providers, inefficient direct-service providers, and frequent negative rates of return when someone tries to better themselves or their family.
So I guess Andrew Yang wants a universal basic income pegged to the productivity of AI. Maybe that's just to counter AI's influence on the economy, or maybe you could think of it as a dividend on automation.
I don't personally see any good reason to link automation and UBI. I like UBI simply as a technical solution to a societal requirement: that in a modern wealthy society we don't want anyone to starve or be overly deprived, irregardless of anything about the person.
Any superheroes that take the law of equal and opposite reaction seriously? Like, you can imagine people being very strong, and I suppose you'd also have to assume various body parts could take extreme pressure, but you still need to support the weight you carry with something, and superhuman inertia doesn't really make sense.
I put up another blog post on a subject I've been thinking about a lot lately: http://www.ianbicking.org/blog/2019/03/open-source-doesnt-make-money-by-design.html
A retrospective on the things I would have liked to try in Firefox Test Pilot: http://www.ianbicking.org/blog/2019/03/firefox-experiments-i-would-have-liked.html
Inspiration for the concept: https://caw4hw.tumblr.com/
Video game concept: a simple shooting grinder where you collect treasure and experience points, and as you get more experience points you develop skills, until you eventually learn to understand your enemy's voice, hearing them say "no! You've killed my entire family, how could you?" or "please, just leave us alone." Or "spare me, please"...
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