Autonomous robots can be bigots. Short-term payoffs work on machines, too.

❝ Showing prejudice towards others does not require a high level of cognitive ability and could easily be exhibited by artificially intelligent machines, new research has suggested.

Computer science and psychology experts from Cardiff University and MIT have shown that groups of autonomous machines could demonstrate prejudice by simply identifying, copying and learning this behaviour from one another…

❝ Though some types of computer algorithms have already exhibited prejudice, such as racism and sexism, based on learning from public records and other data generated by humans, this new work demonstrates the possibility of AI evolving prejudicial groups on their own…

❝ The findings involve individuals updating their prejudice levels by preferentially copying those that gain a higher short term payoff, meaning that these decisions do not necessarily require advanced cognitive abilities.

Your new self-driving car might not take you to the polls if it thinks you won’t vote for Trump or one of his lackeys.

Trump’s space suits – posted by Roger Stone


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“On Monday, Stone shared the now-deleted image, but, luckily, screenshots never die! The image featured the words “Space Force ― in space no one can hear you lie” with the accompanying caption: “I love this – proud to be in this crew – but the only lies being told are by liberal scumbags.”

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Fox — the channel for timorous white folks


Wee, sleekit, cow’rin’, tim’rous beastie, O what a panic’s in thy breastie!

❝ It wasn’t so much a dog whistle as it was an airhorn. Or perhaps a primal scream. But whatever it was, Laura Ingraham’s forceful denunciation of “massive demographic changes” served as another raw example of a Fox News host echoing white nationalist language.

Perhaps it was a glimpse into President Donald Trump’s well of support, too.

❝ The Fox News audience is almost 100% white, according to Nielsen. And on the channel’s highest-rated shows, the politics of white anxiety play out practically every day, as hosts and guests warn about the impacts of immigration and minimize or mock the perspectives of people of color

“The America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” Ingraham said Wednesday night. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted on the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like.”

Ingraham said “this is related to both illegal and legal immigration.”

Nixon’s Southern Strategy has come home. Another president who – no doubt – also deserves to be impeached has taken up the racist cudgel. The Fake President marches on in his campaign to squash democratic opportunity. His Republican allies in Congress, whether through cowardice or shared racist conviction, march proudly at his side.

Folks ignorant enough to believe “It can’t happen here” had better get off their rusty-dusties – because once the Klan-types are through with reinstalling racist officialdom they’ll be coming for anyone who isn’t wholly subservient to their version of law.