Berlin (1524)


If A. Swartz’s death teaches us anything, it’s about the fatal error of thinking: “they wouldn’t do anything extreme to me, it would be too obvious.” Because They are all about “obvious”… “obvious” is the new “mysterious”. Propositions that can’t be true because it’s too obvious that they’re true now represent more of the look and feel of the modern world than propositions that are merely false or merely true. And the brilliant Swartz, who made of himself a major nuisance by adding much to the successful effort to derail SOPA (and who threatened to metastasize into a full blown embarrassment by very possibly prevailing in the court case he supposedly hung himself to avoid… a court case that, if he’d lost, would have meant 3 months of actual prison time, max), was a good example of the kind of savant that can grasp the arcane fundamentals of machine intelligence at a pre-pubertal age… and yet was naïve enough to believe that his enemies would play by Civilization’s apparent rules. An error in thinking so obvious that I find it difficult to believe he made it. Especially since Ilya Zhitomirskiy made it first.

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