I liked the interview
with Cory Doctorow in The Guardian. For a science fiction writer and technology geek, he's a lot more grounded in reality than those who are driving the tech industry.
One of the problems with The Social Dilemma is that it supposes that tech did what it claims it did – that these are actually such incredible geniuses that they figured out how to use machine learning to control minds. And that’s the problem – the mind control thing they designed to sell you fidget spinners got hijacked to make your uncle racist. But there’s another possibility, which is that their claims are rubbish. They just overpromised in their sales material, and that what actually happened with that growth of monopolies and corruption in the public sphere made people cynical, angry, bitter and violent. In which case the problem isn’t that their tools were misused. The problem is that the structures in which those tools were developed are intrinsically corrupt and corrupting.Covid-19 thoughts
It's just typical of our era that when a pandemic strikes, it is possible to look at it from two opposite perspectives: that it's the most dangerous and deadly threat to public health in a century, and a kind of mass delusion that is less dangerous than the counter-measures used to protect us from it.Doctor Sleep
Regardless of Stephen King's opinions, The Shining works as cinema and you can enjoy it more than once. This one is almost unwatchable rubbish.