As always, Hal Faber’s newscast wants to sharpen the eye for detail: Sunday’s newsreel is commentary, perspective and analysis. It is backwards and forwards at the same time.
*** Is hot! The earth is sweating. And earth mourns: James Lovelock, the environmental thinker who made the Gaia case for earth as a symbiotic planet with Lynn Margulies in the 1960s, has died on his 103rd birthday. Not a dead piece of rock floating around the sun, but a self-regulating system with millions of organisms co-evolving with the Earth in a co-evolutionary process.
In any case, what Lovelock clearly saw from his position was the damage with which humans were wreaking havoc on the entire earth system, the massive environmental pollution, the destruction of the ozone layer and the danger of global warming. When Lovelock published his theses, he drew the ire of both die-hard Darwinists, who accepted only the evolution of species by “survival of the fittest,” and those who explained existence in large part by the grace of superior beings. “The planet we live on only needs one contraction to leave behind a few million deaths. But that’s nothing compared to what could happen soon if we continue to abuse the earth into a hot state that was turned back to where it was 55 million years ago. happens, we all and our descendants will die.” In addition to the Gaia hypothesis, Lovelock developed sensors and technical systems to measure environmental pollution. He became famous with the electron capture detector (ECD), which could measure the concentration of CFCs in the atmosphere and thus determine the extent of the ozone hole. The device was also able to detect pesticides in agriculture using gas chromatography. In 2007, Lovelock caused a stir with a proposal to increase the production of algae in the oceans, which would in turn reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. He also strongly supported the expansion of nuclear power to save the earth. This prevented the Greens from accepting his case for Gaia for a long time. After all, he was one of the first researchers to work on freezing and thawing living things in the 1950s and is therefore considered the forefather of cryonics. His hypothesis about Gaia eventually led to experiments like the Biosphere.
*** David Warner, who played the villain Sark in Tron, has also died. Recognized in Germany as the villain of the Titanic, he also played the villain in “Time Bandits” and appeared in the Star Trek films V and VI and two episodes of TNG. And of course not forgetting Wing Commander, where he appeared exceptionally on the side of the good (humans) against the feline Kilrathi. In the Holocaust series The History of the Weiss Family, he played SS leader Reinhard Heydrich, who was tasked with the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question.”
*** “One thing is certain: the anti-Semitism contained in anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism, like the storm in the cloud, is in turn respected. It can speak vulgarly, then it is called the “criminal state of Israel”. It can do it with more gently and from the “Bridge of Imperialism,” while at the same time pointing out, in a regretful tone at best, the misunderstood solidarity that binds almost all Jews, with a few laudable exceptions, in the mini-state.” This is what Holocaust survivor Jean Amery wrote in 1969 about the respectable anti-Semitism gaining the upper hand in Germany at the time, especially on the left. Amery insisted on Israel’s right to exist: “I have never visited it, I do not speak its language, its culture is shamefully foreign to me, its religion is not mine. However, the existence of this state is more important to me than any other.” One should compare these sentences, which appeared in “Zeit” in 1969, with the current “Zeit” article, in which Lea De Gregorio, former editor of Amnesty magazine, explains her departure: The beautiful pearl diver the summarizes as follows: “Became increasingly suspicious of how strongly the organization celebrated its report on Israel’s Apartheid against the Palestinians, which calls for a right of return for all Palestinians with refugee status but does not recognize Israel as a sanctuary for all Jews”. It is the existence of Israel that is criticized not only by Amnesty, but also by other Documenta artists. There is one woman in an Israeli soldier’s privates, while in the background a bound child and a rape can be seen. All this is explained in a statement that although the photo deals with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, it does not contain any depiction of Jews “as such”.
*** Frozen silence and that in this heat. If I don’t make friends with these pointless comments about art, it’s sure to get worse with the next issue. Because there is no doubt that the linguistic philosopher and artificial intelligence researcher John Searle was a sex offender and therefore lost his title of Professor Emeritus. Still, the now silent Searle will turn 90 this Sunday. Articles about his Chinese room are published month after month, and even in Telepolis there are thoughts (from the point of view of brain research, not artificial intelligence) about this strange room, which should not be missing in any history of artificial intelligence. To put it another way: John Searle convincingly demonstrated with his thoughts in 1980 that Alexa and Siri will never understand each other. What remains of his philosophy of language that is bitterly relevant today is his 1969 theory of the language act, which emerged at the same time as the office worker debate, that is, the assumption that the transmission of commands is not an act. For Searle, beliefs, religions and ideologies are in no way constructed by facts, but by speech acts. Preachers of all kinds are pure beings of speech. Conspiracy theories are everywhere, rumors create facts, I have an untaught opinion, basta – and speech act! Anyone who wants can listen to John Searle before he is banned from the academies.
At least it’s not hot in Las Vegas. The city is fighting them water bodies, which push into casinos and prevent gambling. Of course, hackers won’t be impressed when the Black Hat Conference celebrates its 25th anniversary. The keynote takes a look at the next 25 years. According to the brief, things are not looking good at the moment: geopolitical dynamics and global market realities have upended almost all of our business plans and national strategies, it says. The escalator literally comes to the rescue: if it stops, it can still be used as a ladder. “Maybe in the next twenty-five years we can build a safer, more resilient technological future where systems and infrastructure behave more like escalators: when they break, they become stairs.” Stair endurance, that’s a step up, at least compared to an air taxi flying somewhere in Spain on the battery of a forklift. I bet that thing can’t be quickly converted into a forklift. It will take time, like the arms shipments to Ukraine. Although the financial collapse of the attacker may bring peace, but not a rosy outlook: “If the Russian economy collapses, it clarifies the question of what could be an incentive to return to peace. If Putin does not back down, Russia will become a second North Korea. A very poor country that only has nuclear weapons.”