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They are terrified of AI. Yet still they cannot help but try and create it. Dr. Frankenstein's story, writ modern...only worse. Frankenstein's 'monster' was at least made of re-animated human biology, thus with inherent potential to perhaps experience compassion, wisdom, love...

Fleshless, bloodless, digital AI lacks that potential. They are wise to be terrified of it.

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There's some meta here worth pondering. "Deisgn Thinking(TM)" and its ilk are inevitable, in a culture built around 'products'. There has to be a simple, clear, marketable to a dumbed down population product of some kind to sell. But design as a fundamental human practice can't be packaged and sold.

Most people in our so-called 'modern' world have had their innate ability to observe, comprehend, and engage with systemic complexity beaten out of them since birth. Our professionalization of everything that used to be communally held and practiced adds to this pathology.

I imagine what Tim Brown might have meant is "everyone would (still) be a designer, if we hadn't thrown design as everyday human activity out the window long long ago in our mechanistic-deterministic cultures."

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In many (OK, all) other industrial nations, there is bullying, homophobia, gender sterotypes, racism, their own flavors of aggrieved entitled masculinity, and other similar psycho-social factors. You agree these are not unique to the USA, but then say they are important in understanding mass shooting frequency in the USA vs. other countries. So - how are they important?

If all these factors exist in those other countries, what then makes the difference in the USA? Not just in mass shootings, but in the drastically greater level of gun violence overall in the USA, compared to all these other countries?

It's got something to do with culture, for sure.

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John Schinnerer

John Schinnerer

A generalist in a hyper-specialized society. "How we do what we do is who we are becoming." - Humberto Maturana