Metis and .*-rationality

High modernism, spontaneous order, legibility, the Great Society, technocracy, local knowledge, normies and sects

George argues AI and automation are at odds:

… the vast majority of use-cases for AI, especially the flashy kind that behaves in a "human-like" way, might be just fixing coordination problems around automation.

AI, from this perspective, is something like β€œthe computational overhead of metis”.

Thus we end up with rather complex jobs; Where something like AGI could be necessary to fully replace the person. But at the same time, these jobs can be trivially automated if we redefine the role and take some of the fuzziness out.

A bartender robot is beyond the dreams of contemporary engineering. A cocktail making machine, conveyer belt (or drone) that delivers drinks, ordering and paying through a tablet on your table... beyond trivial.

I would like to return to this point. Is legibility just the simplest thing?

Legibility and communicative standards

See intelligibility as compatibility for an analysis of speech in terms of technical standards.


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