July 17, 2023

Interesting Things on the Internet: July 17th 2023 Edition

  • A talk: How To Find Things Online. Great essay from v buckenham about the history and possible future of sharing and finding text on the Internet.
  • Permission. An interesting proposal from Jeremy Keith: should we stop Google et al. from indexing our sites? I wonder what a co-operative, opt-in search engine would look like instead; or whether we could build communities of federated search engines where I and friends of friends visit?
  • Fruit Of The Poisonous LLaMA? It seems that Facebook (and others?) might have used a pirated copy of my book (and lots of others) to train its AI. Maybe my publisher consented to that, but I suspect not. I definitely didn't consent to it.
  • On Technology and Degrowth. I think "degrowth" is a poorly-chosen name; I'd incorrectly assumed it was nearer to the hair-shirt environmentalism of the 70s, but it seems that's not the case and it's more sensible. "This brings us to a critically important point. We must be clear about what growth actually is. It is not innovation, or social progress, or improvements in well-being. It is very narrowly defined as an increase in aggregate production, as measured in market prices (GDP). GDP makes no distinction between $100 worth of tear gas and $100 worth of health care. This metric is not intended to measure what is important for people, but rather what is important for capitalism."
Posted by Adrian at July 17, 2023 12:44 PM | TrackBack

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