124: Kratom’s Basilisk

Night Call

24-08-2020 • 54 mins

Molly and Emily delve into the world of kratom, the Midwest’s favorite legal drug! What is kratom and why are opioid users using it to get off opiods? Molly’s tales of caffeine psychosis. Will Emily try kratom for the pod? The outlook is good! For the second half we are joined by Tess and special guest tech journalist Nitasha Tiku to talk about unfriendly AI, the singularity, the paperclip experiment, the dark enlightenment and more! Why racist workplace culture thrives in Silicon Valley, and how employees get punished for calling it out. Are the promised imminent human linked neural networks just gonna be more vaporware? Who is Roko and what is their basilisk? Bad machine learning, racism at Pinterest, and other algorithmic fables about the limits of rationalism, on a new Night Call!

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