Peter Thiel claims AI is "Leninist" and "literally communist" in a sprawling speech for a think tank

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/12/03/peter-thiel-claims-ai-is-len.html

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http://verbeat.org/laerte/2010/07/le-monde-02.html

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Peter Thiel and think tank in the same sentence is pretty funny.

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Except Stafford Beer was basically a con-artist and Cybersyn was just a mockup with humans rather than the claimed computers actually providing the displayed information. Rather than socialism, Beer pioneered the rigged demo, beloved of startups trying to get venture capital funding.

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God damn, Thiel is such a fucking prick.

Oh, I’m sorry, was I meant to take something else from this?

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In his hypocrisy, Thiel ends up exposing the true neo-feudal agenda of modern Libertarianism. The only liberty he’s interested in is that of the ultra-wealthy to control the (preferably uneducated and uninformed) serfs.

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I don’t disagree with you and have severe disdain for Peter Thiel, but can you please take the time to proofread what you write so that the sentences express complete thoughts?

I am starting to think this Thiel guy isn’t the genius he makes himself out to be.

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I can understand why Thiel would say that: he went to such a school, and he’s still an idiot.

But just because his intellect didn’t gain anything from Stanford doesn’t mean other people’s won’t.


I see your Cybersyn, and raise you one Red Star: a novel by Lenin’s rival for leadership of the Bolsheviks that discusses the necessity of using networked computation to achieve a communist utopia on Mars, written four years before Alan Turing was even born.

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There’s a saying I like, that “Libertarians have five minutes of good material”. When you speak to one, they open with something imminently reasonable, such as “the war on drugs has been a huge waste of money and we should legalize everything that doesn’t hurt other people”.

However, they always keep talking and while your face is nodding and smiling politely your brain is screaming, “oh god- you’re a monster

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Vaporware?

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And then, it is literally communist because China loves AI; it hates crypto.

If China loves something, it must be “literally communist.” That makes a lot of sense, China also loves professional basketball, rare earth mineral mining, and pork, which we all know are literally communist as well.

The fact that someone with this grade-school level of political understanding has a direct line to a President with an even more grade-school level of political understanding is fucking terrifying.

Listen smart guy, if you have a better way to assure the ruling tech class unfettered access to the blood of the young, I’d love to hear it.

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Yes, like a lot of libertarians, he thinks that you should get more liberty as you get more wealth.

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Isn’t he rich enough yet to go live on some island by himself and have his libertarian paradise? For both hilmself and society.

Speaking of naming conventions - this dude is such a Gollum.

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Hey, remember, under libertarian ideology, everybody’s free!

…to be exploited.

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Cryptocurrency is libertarian? Does he means a grift that is mostly used for money laundering?

Yeah the underlying tech is cool but they just built a modern tulip investing system that is a painful experience at being a currency.

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Communism is primarily an economic system.

What he’s describing is authoritarianism/totalitarianism, which can adopt (or pay lip service to) any economic form it likes.

There have been at least as many capitalist dictatorships as communist in the history of mankind.

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Peter Thiel is perhaps this world’s clearest expression of a comic book supervillain.

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Ooh +50 for solid nerdcore reference

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I was literally thinking this shit head is talking about the Eye of Sauron? when he runs Palantir? Peter Thiel needs to choke on some garlic.

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