You can tell by now that I look at extreme feminist activism as an example of a destructive and simplistic ideology.
A comparable example is the so-called angry white men that Donald Trump reached out to.
These two ideologies are very similar in thought processes. A neutral observer can see that both camps excuse themselves from reality in similar ways: They retreat into emotional arguments when exposed to information they don’t like. One of their nominally modern tools is the “echo chamber” a controlled-access group on the internet where the participants agree with each other’s views and actively exclude dissent. This arrangement shares the attitudes and behaviors of the more conventional kinds of religious extremism.
An interesting guide here is Charles Mackay’s book “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.” It was published in 1841 so it’s available on the internet. The basic reason for all of those manias was simple popularity; everybody else believed in it, whatever the trending “it” happened to be. Everything from the Crusades to witch hunts. Everybody piled on.
Those days are not gone. There’s no indication that humans are any better at resisting these treacherous trends. Now we just spread them faster. And sell them harder.
This is not progress.
It does explain my interest in the extreme feminist activists and the “angry white men,”as indicators. They’re outliers in a grotesque ideological zoo.
As we move on into better and better use of A I, artificial intelligence, we and the machines are working more and more as a collective intelligence. This combines human machine logic with human logic. Call it “hybrid intelligence.
The social media apps like Twitter and Facebook, are under steady pressure to keep their facilities from being platforms for hate speech, rumors, propaganda, and lies. Especially hate speech. They’re having a hard time defining just what it is. There’s no shortage of the easily-offended who are willing to do it for them. Unsurprisingly, there’s a substantial overlap between these volunteer censors and the ideologues who indulge in the toxic collectives of the mis-educated and mentally ill; the echo chambers.
Of course of the many causes that are extreme can start with some basis in fact, though it may be small. However, rapid fact-checking could prevent most of these dangerous emotional runaways. The public psychological landslides that have been called panics, fads, trends, witch hunts, manias, etc.
We can write the initial screening algorithms but the A I part of the hybrid will extend these by “deep learning” (aka learning from experience and observation, the same way driverless cars are taught.) The hybrid intelligence will be able to point out when excessive emotion is whipping us in the direction of foolish responses. It will set the flags for us -- if we ask it to. In the process it can eliminate a lot of network traffic. That would be junk mail and junk opinions.
Is a hybrid intelligence likely to be inhumanly hyperlogical? No, because human emotions have to be part of every equation. We have actually been working on the technological augmentation of intelligence since the invention of writing. Nevertheless, there are places, where unaided humans will abandon logic entirely. A couple of examples are tribalism and sexuality. The humans who retreat into extreme views on these topics create a lot of misery, both for themselves and for the rest of us.
Tribalism has to change, sexuality has to change. A hybrid intelligence is being pieced together to understand the real issues and help us deal with them.
Sport turns out to be a great way of harnessing tribalism in ways that do not harm people. A lot of technology is involved.
Similarly, a technologically-involved version of prostitution that does not harm people is in the works: Robotic sex partners.
Some members of the public will claim to be surprised and offended by the possibility. This is not rational because by rejecting the choice of robosex, the protesters are, by default, accepting the status quo. We industrialized sports. We can industrialize sex-for-pay. You probably already know the names of the companies that will be developing this technology. No, you can’t volunteer to be a tester. Incidentally, the name “amazon” originally referred to a mythical tribe of warrior women
Adam likes the company of small domestic animals and 82% of women. Enjoys long walks in the rain (in the Pacific Northwest, he'd better).
robot, fembot, womandroid, prostitute, robohooker, whorehouse. women's studies, domestic violence, procuring, pimping