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Favorite Rejects 2023-03-25
Whoa: tried to take over OpenAI in 2018, saying they had fallen behind Google. When rejected, he reneged on funding it. I did not realize has no equity in the for-profit OpenAI- he said was already wealthy & didn't need it
It’s tempting to think of humans as sentient, but their brains are just a bunch of nerve cells mechanically firing according to the laws of physics. There’s no there there. To really have a soul you need the purity and transcendence of matrix multiplication.
Is there really "overwhelming" evidence that smartphones and social media are having a "catastrophic" effect on kids' mental health? I don't think so! Here's my long article where I read though the relevant studies and note some serious weaknesses:
Everything is talking about here seems surmountable — WTI is below $70, it’s time to close the loop on Biden’s SPR releases through begin refilling with cheap oil so we can sell high again if needed in the future.
The ongoing US military activity in Syria which generates no controversy seems much more problematic to me than assisting Ukraine in its self-defense.
There were some fascinating conversations last year about how a lot of people, when shown DALL-E or Stable Diffusion, were unimpressed because they assumed software like Photoshop had been able to do that kind of thing for years
“Thanks to the invention of spreadsheets, we’re going to throw so many bookkeepers out of work!” “Actually, thanks to spreadsheets we’re going to see the growth of a new cohort of annoying people know as ‘fleece vest bros.’”