A few summers ago, Stefano Piraino was walking along the rocky shoreline on a small island off the coast of Sicily when he spotted a washed up jellyfish. Naturally, he tore a piece off and popped it into his mouth.
Modern American society, and Western societies more generally, tend to look back on ancient Rome as the pinnacle of Western civilization. We emulate their institutions and cultural practices. Why? Are they worth it?
A new study shows that polarization doesn't poison the wells of information. On the contrary, they showed politically diverse editor teams on Wikipedia put out better entries —
articles with higher accuracy or completeness — than uniformly liberal or conservative or moderate teams.
Clearly, asking questions about consciousness does not prove anything per se. But could an AI zombie formulate such questions by itself, without hearing them from another source or belching them out from random outputs?