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Oct 16, 2023 15 tweets 20 min read
THE TECHNO-OPTIMIST MANIFESTO part 1

“You live in a deranged age — more deranged than usual, because despite great scientific and technological advances, man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.”
— Walker Percy

“Our species is 300,000 years old. For the first 290,000 years, we were foragers, subsisting in a way that’s still observable among the Bushmen of the Kalahari and the Sentinelese of the Andaman Islands. Even after Homo Sapiens embraced agriculture, progress was painfully slow. A person born in Sumer in 4,000BC would find the resources, work, and technology available in England at the time of the Norman Conquest or in the Aztec Empire at the time of Columbus quite familiar. Then, beginning in the 18th Century, many people’s standard of living skyrocketed. What brought about this dramatic improvement, and why?”
— Marian Tupy

“There’s a way to do it better. Find it.”
— Thomas Edison

Lies

We are being lied to.

We are told that technology takes our jobs, reduces our wages, increases inequality, threatens our health, ruins the environment, degrades our society, corrupts our children, impairs our humanity, threatens our future, and is ever on the verge of ruining everything.

We are told to be angry, bitter, and resentful about technology.

We are told to be pessimistic.

The myth of Prometheus – in various updated forms like Frankenstein, Oppenheimer, and Terminator – haunts our nightmares.

We are told to denounce our birthright – our intelligence, our control over nature, our ability to build a better world.

We are told to be miserable about the future. THE TECHNO-OPTIMIST MANIFESTO part 2

Truth

Our civilization was built on technology.

Our civilization is built on technology.

Technology is the glory of human ambition and achievement, the spearhead of progress, and the realization of our potential.

For hundreds of years, we properly glorified this – until recently.

I am here to bring the good news.

We can advance to a far superior way of living, and of being.

We have the tools, the systems, the ideas.

We have the will.

It is time, once again, to raise the technology flag.

It is time to be Techno-Optimists.
Jun 6, 2023 12 tweets 8 min read
Why AI Will Save The World
Screenshots edition!
🧵 twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Image Why AI Can Make Everything We Care About Better twitter.com/i/web/status/1… ImageImageImage
Jun 6, 2023 12 tweets 5 min read
Why AI Will Save The World
By Marc Andreessen

The era of Artificial Intelligence is here, and boy are people freaking out.

Fortunately, I am here to bring the good news: AI will not destroy the world, and in fact may save it.
🧵 twitter.com/i/web/status/1… First, a short description of what AI is: The application of mathematics and software code to teach computers how to understand, synthesize, and generate knowledge in ways similar to how people do it. AI is a computer program like any other – it runs, takes input, processes, and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Dec 19, 2022 6 tweets 2 min read
Sandbagger. Sandbagger!
Dec 11, 2022 9 tweets 1 min read
"Alas! There comes the time when man will no longer give birth to any star. Alas! There comes the time of the most despicable man, who can no longer despise himself. Lo! I show you the Last Man." "'What is love? What is creation? What is longing? What is a star?' -- so asks the Last Man, and blinks."
Dec 6, 2022 36 tweets 4 min read
Whitepill #1: The hysterics have only a negative vision to sell. Narrow, pinched, sanctimonious, endlessly critical, resentful, bitter, demoralizing, depressing. No normal person actually wants to live like that. Whitepill #2: Notwithstanding all the censorship pressure campaigns, information really is more readily available today than ever before.
Nov 24, 2022 11 tweets 5 min read
Most interesting telling of the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower: amazon.com/Americana-400-… @bhu_srinivasan @bhu_srinivasan
Nov 22, 2022 8 tweets 1 min read
New Twitter Terms of Service: gutenberg.org/files/10741/10… "The feelings of honor and shame exist in every man who is not utterly depraved."
Nov 21, 2022 8 tweets 1 min read
Many lands Zarathustra saw and many peoples; thus he discovered many peoples’ good and evil. No greater marketplace on earth did Zarathustra find than good and evil. No people could live that did not first esteem; but if they want to preserve themselves, then they must not esteem as their neighbor esteems.
Nov 3, 2022 14 tweets 1 min read
There are at least two sets of journalists continuing to contact my friends and acquaintances, trying to find out what I am up to. I tried to help them write their stories with my prior tweetstorm (), but I now realize I was insufficiently helpful. I only said what I was doing, not what I *wasn't* doing.
Oct 4, 2022 34 tweets 5 min read
An Internet news outlet is asking a lot of people I know, and some I don't, what I've been up to lately. Lord knows what they'll ultimately publish, so I thought I'd just write this instead. --> We are in my 14th year of working to build our venture firm, Andreessen Horowitz. The overwhelming credit for A16Z's accomplishments goes to Ben and all our partners, but I do what I can to contribute.
May 1, 2022 10 tweets 8 min read
Reading list for the Professional-Managerical Class and the managerial elite: The original papers by Barbara and John Ehrehreich defining the Professional-Managerial Class from the far left in 1977: library.brown.edu/pdfs/112540355… files.libcom.org/files/Rad%20Am…
May 1, 2022 15 tweets 2 min read
"The Professional-Managerial Class cannot be considered a stratum of a broader class of workers, because it exists in an objectively antagonistic relationship to another class of wage earners simply called the working class." "We define the Professional-Managerial Class as consisting of salaried mental workers who do not own the means of production." [But nevertheless control them through their managerial roles, per Burnham.]
May 1, 2022 8 tweets 1 min read
"The term professional–managerial class (PMC) refers to a social class within capitalism that, by controlling production processes through occupying a superior management position, is neither proletarian nor bourgeois." "This group of professionals is distinguished from other social classes by their training and education, typically business qualifications and university degrees, with occupations thought to offer influence on society that would otherwise be available only to capital owners."
Apr 28, 2022 9 tweets 2 min read
"Social fascism was a theory that was supported by the Communist International (Comintern) and affiliated communist parties in the early 1930s that held that social democracy was a variant of fascism because it stood in the way of communism." "At the time, leaders of the Comintern such as Joseph Stalin argued that capitalist society had entered the period in which a communist revolution was imminent, but this could be prevented by social democrats and other 'fascist' forces."
Apr 27, 2022 8 tweets 2 min read
"No right was deemed by the fathers of the Government more sacred than the right of speech. It was in their eyes, as in the eyes of all thoughtful men, the great moral renovator of society and government." "Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power."
Apr 27, 2022 11 tweets 2 min read
Excellent question! Professor Nyhan has forgotten more about these topics than I will ever know, but I will do my best as an amateur and citizen to respond. First, it is certainly true, as the Professor indicates, that the First Amendment and associated case law binds the government ("Congress shall make no law...") and not companies or individuals. But, the topic does not end there.
Apr 27, 2022 9 tweets 2 min read
"In the United States, some categories of speech are not protected by the First Amendment. According to the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Constitution protects free speech while allowing limitations on certain categories of speech." "Categories of speech that may be restricted include obscenity, fraud, child pornography, speech integral to illegal conduct, speech that incites imminent lawless action, speech that violates intellectual property law, true threats, and commercial speech such as advertising."
Apr 27, 2022 15 tweets 3 min read
"In all societies—from societies that are very meagerly developed and have barely attained the dawnings of civilization, down to the most advanced and powerful societies—two classes of people appear—a class that rules and a class that is ruled." "The first class, always the less numerous, performs all political functions, monopolizes power and enjoys the advantages that power brings, whereas the second, the more numerous class, is directed and controlled by the first..."
Apr 12, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
"I have a dear friend in Jerusalem. His name is Dr. Israel Shahak; for many years he did exemplary service as chairman of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights. Nothing in his life, as a Jewish youth in pre-1940 Poland and subsequent survivor..." "...of indescribable privations and losses, might be expected to have conditioned him to welcome the disruptive. Yet on some occasions when I have asked him for his impression of events, he has calmly and deliberately replied: 'There are some encouraging signs of polarisation.'"
Apr 7, 2022 8 tweets 1 min read
"Speak out against the Chinese Empire and you lose your head. Speak out against the King of Spain and you face the Inquisition. Speak out against Comrade Stalin and you get sent to Siberia..." "The great thing about western liberal democracy is that it has a free marketplace of ideas. Everybody criticizes some aspect of our society. Noam Chomsky made a career of criticizing our society and became rich and famous and got a cushy professorship..."