Monthly Archives: April 2017

Violence and the History of Inequality

Are mass violence and catastrophes the only forces that can seriously decrease economic inequality? To judge by thousands of years of history, the answer is yes. Tracing the global history of inequality from the Stone Age to today, the Stanford … Continue reading

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Reklāma

Vai reklāmā ir nozieguma sastāvs?: https://gunarsjanaitis.wordpress.com/2017/04/23/vai-reklama-ir-nozieguma-sastavs/#comment-252 Reklāma, hm, skaista tēma. Piedalīšos korī. Man ir tieši tāpat, kā to raksta GN2: Visas firmas, kas mani apmētā ar reklāmu, es neiegaumēju nemaz, bet ja kaut kas paliek atmiņā, tad tā ir skaidra izpratne: … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Western Civilization

Between 1935 and 1975, Will and Ariel Durant published a series of volumes that together were known as “The Story of Civilization.” They basically told human history (mostly Western history) as an accumulation of great ideas and innovations, from the … Continue reading

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The Economy Is Like a Circus

The economy is like a circus. It comes to town, and eventually it leaves town. We get paid in tickets to this circus. As long as the circus stays in town, we can use our tickets. Once the circus leaves … Continue reading

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Dažas domas par mums

Mūsu problēmām ir divi dažādi avoti: pirmais ir informācijas apstrādes likumi, no kuriem nav iespējams izvairīties; otrs ir cilvēka evolūcijas mantojums, kas nav optimāls, nav piemērots mūsu dzīvei, bet kuru var ieraudzīt, saprast, un savu izvēli nedaudz un uzmanīgi pakārtot … Continue reading

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Defining Intelligence

https://www.edge.org/conversation/stuart_russell-defining-intelligence: I worked on coming up with a method of defining intelligence that would necessarily have a solution, as opposed to being necessarily unsolvable. That was this idea of bounded optimality, which, roughly speaking, says that you have a machine … Continue reading

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