Ricard An

Saarbrã¼Cken, Germany

About Ricard

Areas of Expertise

Computer Science, CGI, AI , Digital Technology

I'm passionate about

AI, practical utopia, sustainability, empowering of the individual, cutting edge technology, non-artsy arts and all that jazz.

Talk to me about

concrete, cool ideas and how to rock them into existence.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Ricard An
Posted 2 months ago
Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?
And now imagine a world with a benevolent AI. Just give it 50 years. Wars - solved Hunger - solved Production - solved Work - solved Health - solved Knowledge - solved Questions - solved Struggle - solved Aesthetics - solved Happiness - solved Life - solved Death - solved Our grand grand children will be born into a paradise. They will live without a reason to exist. They will live without purpose. No struggle. No goals. No dreams. No vision. No need. A thousand years later: A garden of eden - created and supervised by an AI. Amongst all their descendants, they will live for eternity. Everlasting bliss. Forever. Without an end. Without an end. Without an end.
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Ricard An
Posted 9 months ago
Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you
Regarding the youtube video. Of course that girl gets flamed! It sounds like she is fishing for popularity, views, upvotes and subscribers (which she does). There are so many good youtube channels: Inspiring, full of effort, information and entertainment. It's like a poetry slam. Creatives go there, presenting works on which they have worked for weeks and she is just going on the stage, saying "hi, plz pity me, I'm sad. That's it. Give me a standing ovation. kthxbye." I would boo, if she had wasted my time this way.
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Posted 9 months ago
Meaghan Ramsey: Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you
Starts with 'major problem', boys/men and girls/women. Continues to talk only about girls and women. Well thank you for realizing a problem, but only caring about your group... That's like 'This illness is affecting blacks and whites! Let's treat whites better. Look around you! This problem could harm your white friend, your white colleagues and your white children! Here are my solutions, how we can help whites.' Sexism is as bad as racism. Why is ted giving her a platform?
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Posted 9 months ago
Moshe Safdie: How to reinvent the apartment building
It's cheaper to find the best solution once and then reuse it several times than reinventing it again and again with minor variations. Given a world with an abundance of resources and few other problems, I'd affirm your objection, but we are really not at this point. And we might never reach this point, if we throw away our resources to fuel extravagance or nostalgia just for the sake of it.
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Posted over 1 year ago
Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating
Yes, one possible way to figure out how to make a profile is to analyse the bejeezus out of it. Another, more common approach is just ask some friends "Hey, Joe, I am trying online dating, could you give me some honest advice on my profile and tell me how to imrove it?" Every guy I know would've said "Wtf is this? Dating is not Xing. Brighten up, be more fun and sociable. By the way, those pictures suck." There. I saved you 20 hours. And why not just write to the guys in the first place instead of waiting for those dudes to come? What's wrong with being a woman and having initiative?
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Posted about 2 years ago
Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization
Guys, you are great! I would join you tomorrow :-) Have you thought about a collaboration project with other DIY-Wikis? (Like WikiHouse) Maybe even creating a DIY-"Eldorado", a project village, where all kinds of DIY teams can join for some days/weeks, share ressources and knowhow to speed up mutual progress and test done systems simultaneously.
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Posted about 2 years ago
Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people
"6 1/2 foot to 7 foot 2 1/2" please don't use archaic units. Once upon a time people said "you need xy floppy discs for this program", but they moved on, please do the same. "radiant floor heating system [..] has a negligible difference in heating costs based on height of ceiling because the heat is dispersed from the ground up." So if you put twice as much water in a cooking pot you have "negligible" energy difference to heat it up because the heat comes from the bottom? Well, actually you are kinda right in the room-case, IF you reduce air pressure by half and have walls with zero heat-conductivity. But you haven't, so you are wrong. Knowledge about thermodynamics should not be acquired from advertisements... "Also, just read a study that suggests that higher ceilings help occupants to "think more freely, more abstractly" -Meyers-Levy in the article found here:" No, you did not read this article. Or else you would have written "apropos ceiling heights: here is an article which has nothing to do with _living_ in a house with high ceilings, but which discusses consumer-perception and the effects of spending 1 minute in a room prior to solving puzzles. It has a laughably small amount of test subjects and unrealistic test scenarios (solving anagrams about freedom... lolwtf?), but give it a try. It is a funny example on 'how to derive any hypothesis if you screw around with basic laws of statistics' (like removing 2 out of 32 test subjects, because they failed the test, but you did not want them to fail...)" >>minivan, whole family I don't know how big your family is. An average American family fits in a Twingo. Personally I prefer using the bike for groceries, because European grocery stores in cities are very near (oftentimes about 500 meters). But I guess it depends on the environment and the diet. I prefer fresh stuff which makes me buy less stuff but more frequent.