The Good Issues About All of the Issues

Publish from September 24, 2023, filed below Philosophy (feed).

In The Issues With All of the Good Issues I used “AI” to checklist issues with a complete assortment of issues—states of being, possessions, actions—we generally deem good. One level of the e-book was to inductively problem our notion of “good,” and one other to alleviate and empower who took that as an issue.

For a quick time period, I contemplated a counterpart or sequel: “The great issues about all the issues.”

It might have taken the identical method, simply to assemble the alternative: As an alternative of utilizing a language mannequin to establish issues, establish advantages.

However this quickly appeared to not be a good suggestion.

It was not that there was no philosophical advantage, even energy within the argument. (Removed from it, in the event you ask me.)

It was, and is, that we’re under no circumstances prepared to take a look at our expertise this fashion.

Now, many individuals could admire what may very well be good a couple of parking ticket, an upset abdomen, or a failed examination.

However come good issues about long-term unemployment, extreme illness, or premature loss of life—and these wouldn’t be the worst experiences to select—, it stands to motive that individuals aren’t as appreciative anymore.

I respect that. I relate to that, as a result of discovering the great in issues, disagreeable and undesirable as they appear, could be extraordinarily troublesome. In some circumstances, we would refuse any notion of fine in them.

And but, I consider it’s a mark on the meter of our growth (or lack thereof)—that good issues about issues can’t be meaningfully mentioned. We may have to unravel some metaproblems.

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I’m Jens, and I’m an engineering lead and author. I’ve labored as a technical lead for firms like Google, I’m near W3C and WHATWG, and I write and evaluation books for O’Reilly and Frontend Dogma. I like attempting issues, not solely in net growth, but in addition in different areas like philosophy. Right here on I share a few of my views and experiences.

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