Slope of Hope Blog Posts

Slope initially began as a blog, so this is where most of the website’s content resides. Here we have tens of thousands of posts dating back over a decade. These are listed in reverse chronological order. Click on any category icon below to see posts tagged with that particular subject, or click on a word in the category cloud on the right side of the screen for more specific choices.

Don’t Fear the Future: Part Two

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To read Part One, click here.

Nick Bostrum’s Superintelligence is considered to be a seminal work in the artificial intelligence community. In it, he paints a rather dystopian view about where AI-empowered computers and robots are going to take us (or, more precisely, how they’re going to shove us all over a cliff).

One of the reasons these machines are supposed to be so terrifying is that they have nothing to lose. They don’t feel pain. They have no familial connections. You can’t threaten them, bribe them, or coerce them. As Bostrum puts it, these machines “might not have anthropomorphic goals”, which essential means that humanity’s final achievement will be to create the world’s biggest asshole. An object that will ruthlessly destroy its creator.

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Don’t Fear the Future: Part One

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When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was grab a random volume of the World Book Encyclopedia, flop down on the couch, and just read random entries (the modern day equivalent of this would be to click the Random Article link in Wikipedia). Some letters of the alphabet were better than others, and a favorite of mine was the “C” volume, since it had an article about computers.

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Silver/Gold Ratio is a Guide as Inflation Signals Fade Again

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The interplay between gold and silver is a critical component to understanding what is out ahead; to understanding whether long-term Treasury yields will rise and if they rise, whether it will be due to inflationary pressures. It is a critical component to understanding whether cyclical commodities and other aspects of a greater inflation/reflation trade will finally break existing downtrends. See…

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