Monthly Archives: December 2020

No blogpost. Just a poll on the design of my blog.

I’ve noticed that most other blogs are a bit less cluttered than my blog. Without things like the tag cloud or a list of blogs they follow. I think my blogs clutter could turn off some people, so I could remove some of these things. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea though since I don’t really care either way, so would you prefer my blog with less clutter?

A quiet night

In the deep quiet of the night, tranquillity is the norm.

A sound the sun might forgive, the moon deems a terrible offence.

In this quiet night the world, however strange it seems, feels more forgiving.

No judging eyes, condemning the weakness of mind or body.

In this special quiet night, things just seem to be alright.

Rise of the machines

The world is ever changing

Now we are on top

But machines are on the rise

They can already beat us at quite much

Games are no longer the domain of men

Here they have us beat

Sometimes they complement us at hard tasks

But how long until we’re obsolete?

If we play it right obsolescence might not be all bad

All relaxation and fun without real need for stress

Maybe some meaning is then lost

But we’ll replace it with something else

For a bit of a pessimistic but great explanation of this watch this:

A poem on existential risk

 The world is quite a special place
 One out of a countless many among the stars
 We should treasure deep this special place and not place it in harms way
 But we risk it in so many ways
 It is the way we live

 We breed livestock on a massive scale
 Risking both disease and more
 We risk disease in other ways too
 We could create them after all

 Some distrust is really quite apt
 But we fear each other so so much 
 We hoard the means to all lives' end
 An accident will never happen
 At least so we say

 Our other technology can betray us too
 Not just our bombs but our civil use too
 AI as far fetched as it might seem is one thing of which we should beware

 There's hope for all this though
 People are working on a cure
 They research safeguards and much more 

Edit: At the time of writing I didn’t know about this, but there’s a fund dedicated to projects which improve our long-term future. The fund focuses mainly on existential risk.

Learn some more about existential risk through the following links:

A summary of existential risks:

A list of projects governments could fund to decrease existential risk:

A YouTube video from the author of a book on existential risk:

A podcast on existential risk: