On the other hand, why should anyone in our sport be reduced to the level of starving famine victims or escapees from a burning building, attemptinf to trample over everyone else to get rewarded. To hell with events whose entry procedures reduce applicants to the level of Macy's opening day specials that contribute to stripping one of any vestige of civility as the participants try to rip products out of the grasp of other's.
The most civilized model is the Hardrock run, where all entrants can get their application sent to the organization within a window of time, and then the lottery decides.
Personally, I would no more participate in the sort of "first come, first served at any price" than I would run in front of the bulls at Pamplona. The theology analysis of AI is, of course another matter, and The Troubadour is, as usual, excellent in pointing out the various absurdities!
--- On Wed, 9/8/10, The Troubadour <thetroubadour@...> wrote:
From: The Troubadour <thetroubadour@...>
Subject: [hr100] AI (Artificial Intelligence) & a Special Cancellation Announcement
To: "'Ultra List'" <ULTRA@...>
Cc: volstate@..., "Barkley List" <barkley@...>, email@example.com
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 2:55 PM
Earlier today, the following was reported...
From: owner-ultra@... On Behalf Of...
Sent: Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:17 AM
To: Ultra List
Subject: Re: ULTRA Digest - 8 Sep 2010 - Special issue (#2010-923)
hey guys, there was an unauthorized link for the Umstead 100 that appeared
this morning. We were able to shut it down but 29 people had already
The 29 people will still get in - I think we got it squared away with
Active, but we will probably need to contact them for any missing info. The
remaining slots opened at noon and filled within a few minutes
...and *this* is now sullenly wary disturbing.
On the one hand, apparent "cheaters" are being rewarded for inadvertently
cheating, but they did NOT in fact "cheat."
And on the other hand, the (perhaps) whole of ultra-society is being
damaged, or diminished, or at the very least falling prey to "outside
influences" which are at once "ugly, wicked, mean, and nasty" without
actually BEING so; because, really, without ACTUAL ugliness, wickedness,
meanness, or nastiness lurking behind and driving these things, how can we
say our society is being victimized?
Or in other words, is this merely an example of Artificial
Intelligence--which is now careening out of control?
WHO put that "unauthorized link" in there?
Any living breathing human being???
Was this a process/problem of programming?
Did, in fact, (while, as it was reported, Active-dot-com hadn't yet opened
for business and maybe all its principals were still asleep) Active-dot-com
simply come up with this "2nd link" all on its own?
Better computer geeks than me already know how--in all this Boolean
madness--"if this, then that"; "if not this, then not that"; and "if
such-and-such a condition is satisfied, then so-and-so will then be
enabled," and so on and so forth, all of which could have ultimately been
pre-programmed in myriad ways to unleash the cybertronic Apocalypse IF, for
example, just TWO lowly click-on sign-up hyperlinks that somehow exist for
the same exact event are inadvertently each activated at precisely the wrong
It's like that "Murphy's Law" which was conjured to offer this hypothesis
about programming: "If builders built buildings the way computer
programmers wrote programs, then the first woodpecker to come along would
What's disturbing here, IMHO, is that the "29" who were in fact able
(unwittingly) to capitalize on this glitch and GET IN--are now, in fact,
being allowed to STAY IN. Which, by definition, reduces the remaining
legitimate "slots" within the legitimate sign-up venue fully by 29 entries.
So whose fault is the glitch?
Nobody's, we suppose.
And yet, "the glitch" is allowed to stand. "The Glitch" got away with one.
"The Glitch" has proved deceitful--which, all by itself in most any
philosophy, automatically ascribes to it some measure of intelligence. Yes,
And the ramifications to be extrapolated from this will spell considerable
problems for our future. Yes? No? Can indeed inanimate computers rise up
to thwart our lives?
Can they go awry all by themselves--while their human masters are
sleeping--so as to generate something entirely different from anything
whatsoever that their programmers had imagined?
Can these funky, mo-fuggin' MACHINES rise to such sinister heights that they
eventually control us???
We have seen the future, and it is "the glitch."
But before "The Machines" overrun us completely, I, for one, would welcome a
little saner humanoid input here. Perhaps... someone "in charge" might just
consider this one situation as worthy of "do over"? Doesn't even the
International Olympic Committee occasionally reconsider medals unfairly won,
and rescind those awards?
Are we ALL quite ready to just "throw up our hands" and let "The Glitches"
And it is precisely for all these reasons that Today's Positivity
Wednesday's been cancelled. Or, at least postponed--while "the humans still
in charge here" take the time to decide whether or not to honor The
Fantastic Machine rather than another terrific human being.
Maybe this whole Wednesday concept should be let go in favor of "Moral
Dilemma Thursdays" instead.
Yankee Folly of the Day:
Steven Spielberg had it right. The machines WILL inherit the Earth.
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