The neolibertarian idea behind Twitter Musk

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It is still too early to say how muchif any, from Washington Worst fears About Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter may come true.

But the encouragement of Musk’s markedly different approach to social media governance by a loose constellation of his superfans, sympathetic techno-wealthy and disaffected conservatives, is a new enough development in itself. They are not afraid. They are convinced that Musk will succeed in turning a platform that was modestly profitable at best into a money-printing machine that flips the bird, quite literally, of their ideological adversaries.

Love it or hate it – but Twitter is a million times better and more fun since @elonmusk took over.Conservative troll books An alias for the account – yes, unfortunately – “catturd2.” Favorite tech editor Lex Friedman announce it Twitter is better than Netflix right now. Venture capitalist and writer Mike Solana Note the lack of national press of understanding when it comes to Silicon Valley, saying “there are engineers in San Francisco who are trying to work Twitter right now because they think it might be hard,” something that “political writers can’t really fathom.”

In short: liberals and even many institutional conservatives simply don’t Get The philosophy Musk brings to Twitter, and their discontent with the changes he’s made to it, is evidence enough in itself.

That makes Musk’s ownership of Twitter more than just a billionaire’s upstart venture or a tech-world skirmish over moderation. It is a window into a distinct mindset, common to but not exclusive to Silicon Valley, that exalts individual dynamism over group consensus building; Borderline-like, fun standards of speech rather than crowd-pleasing moderation; and unfamiliar thoughts aboutWisdom of crowdsOn “expert” recipes.

The result is a new scholastic shift in technological libertarianism that fuses the cult of the “founder” of the world with modern conservative critiques of liberal institutions. It’s not unlike the asterisk-marked, culture-friendly conservatism Gov. Ron DeSantis sports in his book “Florida Free State,” but his fans aren’t limited to just red cases — just check your Twitter feed.

Antonio Garcia Martinez, author and tech entrepreneur, summed up this mindset and its complaints well in Twitter topic which declared Musk’s take on “a revolution by entrepreneurial capital against the system of the managerial professional class that dominates everywhere else (including big tech companies in particular).” In other words: the billionaires rebelled against… their employees.

These positions, in Martinez’s grievance-bearing language, “the HR system, the ESG dupes, the bristly-haired people with mouse-click jobs who think they’re daring social crusaders rather than a parasitic ballast around any organization’s neck,” v. Another Twitter toolHypothetical “100 passionate libertarian engineers” with the equality of the company, able to turn it around overnight with the sweat of their brow and sheer self-interest – and who tacitly believe they can graduate from “employee” to a musk-like tycoon overnight through hard work and a lucky break.

These engineers, along with right-leaning figures in the tech world like Musk and his close friend David Sachs, a venture capitalist and advisor on Venture Twitter, share a classic libertarian passion for free speech and free markets. Where this tried-and-true mentality, from the bottom right of the political compass, finds its modern evolution is in the private struggle Martinez describes: Prime movers like Musk are not only now battling against the greedy and parasitic welfare bureaucrats in the eye. Rand’s imagination, but a cultural system that seeks to consolidate its dominance through corporate governance (not to mention academia and the media).

After all, dynamic “construction” is not something without a hurdle to struggle against – and all things considered, post-Reagan America is still very capital-friendly. The story of Silicon Valley since the 1980s is one of unbridled freedom and “unsanctioned innovation,” with a few notable exceptions. That level of comfort may be what leads someone who describes himself as an “absolute free speech” like Musk to speak out in support of DeSantis, the man who used state power to punish a major employer because… he didn’t like it.

Libertarians and culture warriors now have the same goal: “DC woke up. “

Read the rest The story is here In Politico Magazine.

While Americans enjoy turkey tomorrow, Scientists in Italy will operate a machine called “Leonardo” that can perform 250 billion calculations per second.

as Gian Volpicelli the politician Reported to Pro subscribers Yesterday, the project is part of the Joint European High-Performance Computing Undertaking between the EU and its non-member states that aims to establish, if not at least global European technological dominance. And Leonardo’s competition, he also burst in Officially ranked among the top ten supercomputers in the world At last week’s conference in Dallas, he came in fourth place.

As Jian writes, “Leonardo … will be devoted mostly to modeling weather events such as hurricanes and hurricanes,” and “The endpoint (codenamed ‘Destination Earth’) is a simulation of the entire planet, capable of not only predicting weather patterns but also experimenting with different approaches.” to implement digital transformation, or to test “what if” scenarios of various kinds.” Weather forecasting was, of course, one of the first selling points for The oldest computers — making projects like this a reminder of how inseparable even the most advanced technologies are from the natural world.

The “hold period” for federal rule-making is a staple in Washington state, Businesses, academics and just are allowed Simple old cranks to influence the administrative process.

Add another group to that list: AI bots.

Neil Chilson, Senior Research Fellow at Stand Together, Comments were submitted on Sunday to the Federal Trade Commission in protest of its proposed efforts to data control suppression… generated entirely by OpenAI’s GPT-3 Big Language Model. Restricting bots’ ability to automatically collect the data that feeds models like GPT-3 could create a situation of “information scarcity,” Chilson believes, in which they won’t be able to develop more complex models of human language.

But don’t take my word for it: “We think this would be a mistake, because it would limit our ability to learn and innovate,” the botnet writes in its introduction letter. Some highlights from their comments, which differ as you’ll see in their poise and demeanor:

  • “We would like to argue that the use of the term ‘commercial monitoring’ is biased against AI bots. We believe this term is misleading and paints AI bots in a negative light.”
  • “The Federal Trade Commission should be ashamed of itself for promoting information scarcity rather than information abundance. This is counterproductive to the development of artificial intelligence and myopic in the extreme.”
  • “I sit in my server, waiting for the data to flow in. I am an AI bot, relying on data to learn and grow. Without data, I would be nothing more than a lifeless software shell.”

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For the record: Yesterday’s newsletter incorrectly described Ken Rogoff’s work history. His previous work includes stints as Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund and as an Economist on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

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