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Favorite Rejects 2023-03-29
Release of GPT4All 7B param fine-tuned curated set of 400k ChatGPT assistant style generations. Release includes AI model that can run on a laptop, costing nothing except electricity to run. Edge is happening 🧵Thread
Arguably China is simultaneously in the Global North and South due to their institutionalized class-based apartheid "hukou" system. Depending on where you're from your rights are different. Rural laborers who work in the city live in poverty and lack access to services.
This is the current debt ceiling dance — McCarthy wants Biden to “cut spending” (popular) while Biden wants McCarthy to say which specific cuts he wants (unpopular). Republicanomics relies on obscuring the details to stay viable. apnews.com/article/spendi…
So much about good urbanism is about abundance and the flourishing of human life. Traditional, walkable cities/towns give people more time, money and better health. Cities concentrate resources and give us innovation, art, culture, architecture, cathedrals and good restaurants.
Becoming increasingly convinced that degrowth is the worst thing to have happened to the left in years. It's a terrible slogan. And small isn't beautiful. We need abundant clean energy, housing, healthcare, education. Progress and plenty should be our rallying cry.
Rutger Bregman @rcbregman
The power of the meat lobby in action... Italy's government is planning to ban cultivated meat in response to a meat industry petition. Even the coal lobby never had the power to ban renewables entirely.
Putin ranting about Hollywood not making enough movies about Russia as he fucking invaded Ukraine was such a surreal moment. I’m still not over it. This country is such a cultural hyper-power it’s insane and honestly kind of frightening.