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    SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY , NATURE & HISTORY In Superintelligence, a state-of-the-art book on the dangers of machine intelligence, Nick Bostrom reminds us that horses “became obsolete” roughly one hundred years ago. Horses are, of course, not obsolete in natural or metaphysical terms. But what Bostrom means – and he is right in this – is that (literal) horsepower has no structural value in fossil-fuel economies. Between 1920 and 1950, horses lost a status they had held in human societies since prehistoric times. Virtually overnight, they went from being a system-powering necessity to a class-signaling luxury. Cars displaced horses, which is to say, machines displaced living beings. From Leningrad to Los Angeles, the shift was signaled by a catastrophic fall in horse populations. “In the United States,” Bostrom reports, “there were about 26 million horses in 1915. By the early 1950s, 2 million remained.” The fate of horses in the twentieth century, warns Bostrom, might well prefigure the fate of humans in the twenty-first. It is entirely conceivable, he argues in Superintelligence, that “biological humans” (as he calls us) might soon be “outclassed” by machine intelligences, as horses were outpaced by cars. Bostrom seems not to know it, but this is the exact intuition that inspired The Glass Bees, a 1957 novel by one of Germany’s most formidable right-wing intellectuals, Ernst Jünger. Throughout this futurist tour de force, Jünger’s narrator – a disgraced cavalry officer, and, by the novel’s end, a tech consultant – broods over the disappearance of horses. For Jünger, the disappearance of horses in late-industrial society is emblematic of a new era (we could call it the “Machinocene”) when machine systems outmaneuver and displace natural beings. Jünger reasons that this machine-driven march of obsolescence will not halt at the horses. It will inevitably reach us. If we can trust Jünger’s intuition, then the much-hyped Anthropocene is a misnomer. It cannot be right to use the Greek word for humankind (anthropos) to name an age in which machines seem poised to threaten humans “in the way of whales and horses” (as Jünger puts it). The Glass Bees is a vivid conjuration of a near-future , a vaguely steam-punk Machinocene, in which Jünger anticipates several of Bostrom’s worries with uncanny precision. Take the insectoids that give Jünger’s novel its title, a swarm of “glass bees” that move (but do not live) in a garden behind the manor house (once a monastery) owned by a tech-industrialist named Giacomo Zapparoni. Jünger’s narrator realizes that a single glass bee could extract more nectar in one day than a swarm of real bees could in one year. This is the “tangible utility” of glass bees. But their menace lies in their utility. For he then notices that Zapparoni’s bees, unlike those of natural hives, “ruthlessly sucked out the flowers and ravished them.” For Jünger, the glass bees represent what Bostrom calls the optimization power of machines. Glass bees disrupt life in a garden precisely because they optimize bees’ nectar-sucking function. Wherever Zapparoni’s robots hive, “a failure of crops, and ultimately a desert,” Jünger predicts, are sure to follow.
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    Iran tensions escalate

    "Cold-Blooded Reptilian Psychopath" sounds like the name of a Japanese noise band.
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    the dick van dyke show

    The implication is you're racist against Obama or something.
  4. I don't think his first language is English. His question is about the ratio/ formatting, I think.
  5. Yeah, I agree with you. His "humor" really just falls flat to me. I don't particularly care for him and usually just mute him when he introduces. I'm glad that Malone hosts the Imports now. I much prefer her to Ben.
  6. They are in Mandarin for me sometimes and English at other times. Weird.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    "Iron ore has made the Reich strong. Butter and dripping have, at most, made the people fat".
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    I know what you mean and agree that the other candidates like Biden encapsulate that but what Warren supports will not be supported by the majority of voters in the EC at least.
  9. Watership Down is listed as a TCM Import.|1484406&name=Watership-Down
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    Elizabeth Warren Pres. Candidacy.....

    A "policy portfolio" doesn't mean squat if it can't be implemented or won't succeed.
  11. Yeah but if you're on a movie website you should at least be discussing movies every once in a while. Going years without even discussing movies at all is odd to say the least.
  12. They should ban the people who ONLY ever post over there and never discuss movies.
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    The Lasse Hallstrom Touch

    He has a directorial style, it's just a cheap, schmaltzy one.
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger gets attacked in South Africa

    Yeah, his bodyguards should be fired. That guy could have been carrying a knife or gun. That guy is lucky Arnold didn't kick his ****.
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    The Triumph of Donald Trump

    "A little Athenian Democracy is still far too much!" - Plato paraphrased
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger gets attacked in South Africa

    Yeah, or Batman & Robin. "Vut killed die dinozaurs??? Die ize age!!!!"
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2000

    From the foreign editions- The Bench, Per Fly, Danish edition Restless, Aku Louhimies, Finnish edition Mourning Rock, Filippos Koutsaftis, Greek edition The Bachelor, Nikos Panayotopoulos, Greek edition Wild Mussels, Erik de Bruyn, Dutch edition Jalla! Jalla!, Josef Fares, Swedish edition
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    Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2000

    1. In the Mood For Love, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong 2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ang Lee, China 3. Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku, Japan 4. Amores Perros, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Mexico 5. The Circle, Jafar Panahi, Iran 6. Souls Protest, Chun-Song Kim, North Korea 7. Werckmeister Harmonies, Bela Tarr, Hungary
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    The Lasse Hallstrom Touch

    I think I saw Cider House Rules when it was on TCM once. It was okay. Besides My Life as a Dog, this is probably my favorite Hallstrom production.
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    The Lasse Hallstrom Touch

    Well most of his directorial credits are ABBA music videos anyways.
  21. I don't take it seriously but let me write this tl;dr comment about how not offended I am by it. Okay....
  22. It really sounds like you're taking his thread too personally. I do see your point though. If you just type "classical music" or even just "classical" into the search bar, your thread is one of the first ones to turn up.
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    Classical Music(redux)...

    Well some did compose for theater. I'm sure if you explained the concept of films to them then they would understand. From -Le Bourgeois gentilhomme -
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    First movie that comes to mind. --- geography

    They Were Actors (1981) Next: Hawaii

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