Dawn of the ‘Inherently Improbable’

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For the observer of language, phrases are the news. Today’s newsmakers are “inherently improbable,” “AI persona” and “crypto world.”

“Inherently improbable”

Florida wants to change the legal definition of actual malice to include any allegation that is “inherently improbable.” The bill targets press freedom, but one frets over collateral damage to poetry and theology. There’s more than one assertion in scripture and verse that’s inherently improbable. Actual malice? Noam Chomsky writes this:

The theory that apples fall to earth because mass bends space-time (Einstein’s view) is highly improbable, but it actually tells you why they fall. True intelligence is demonstrated in the ability to think and express improbable but insightful things.

(Editorial Board, “Florida Is Trying to Take Away the American Right to Speak Freely,” New York Times, 3-4-23. Noam Chomsky, Ian Roberts and Jeffrey Watumull, “The False Promise of ChatGPT,” New York Times, 3-8-23)

“AI persona” and “crypto world”

“In the short term, we’ll focus on building creative and expressive tools,” [Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg] wrote. “Over the longer term, we’ll focus on developing AI personas that can help people in a variety of ways…”

The journalist notes that legacy “remnants” of the extinct metaverse — such as VR headsets — will continue being developed for niche audiences “such as videogamers and the crypto world.”

(Luc Olinga, “Mark Zuckerberg Quietly Buries the Metaverse,thestreet.com, 3-2-23)

What gamer dudes and crypto bros have in common is moot, but it’s clear physical persons are on our way out. It’s a brave new world a-knocking.

(c) 2023 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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