When I first heard The Hillbilly Thomists, I recalled the words of GK Chesterton echoing in his smoky Beaconsville office, towering above me with his enormous gut of jolly while declaring, “it is the paradox of history that each generation is converted by the saint who contradicts it most” (6). Indeed, it was St. Francis’… Continue reading Bluegrass with a Heavenly Twist
The short answer is no. You don’t have to say, “I’m sorry to bother you” to your iPhone before unlocking it, just like you wouldn’t have to excuse yourself to a dog before you go to the restroom, and even less if it were a sad cactus in your home office. The long answer however,… Continue reading Should we be polite with our AI machines?
I usually let the monster that is the internet alone and distant. It’s a dangerous place to speak your mind because you never know if someone (or something) will bite back. However, after reading through Y Combinator founder Sam Altman’s blog post on the emerging singularity, I couldn’t help but notice the unusually dark statements… Continue reading The Divergence: a response to Sam Altman’s The Merge
Over and across the rooftops, the fall leaves from proud trees stand, glimmering like gold in the softening sun. Feel the rustling air that brings a deathly cold, the passing of time against all who feel so bold. Beneath the dancing leaves, of sweet red Maple, and quiet White Birch When our love blossomed… Continue reading A Fall Poem
“It’s not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest”. — Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations Blockchain fulfills the most basic principle of capitalism, trust, to a degree that’s without equal to anything else we have today. Without… Continue reading Blockchain & Capitalism
The first observation in Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations was on the division of labor. More specifically, how an economy, as it progresses, becomes increasingly compartmentalized into specialized divisions that produce a particular good or service. For example, a single shoe maker will not be as fast, or efficient as 10 shoemakers doing a particular… Continue reading AI: Savior or Curse?