Favorites June 17th 2023
ChatGPT has resulted in more, shorter, and higher scoring answers on Stack Overflow. Seems like evidence for the 'LLMs are to writing as calculators are to math' perspective.
On average, it's likely that this Canadian wildfire is an outlier, but climate change is definitely going to worsen wildfire exposure for Americans.
The stretch of I-95 that completely collapsed will be replaced in just 2 weeks! It's amazing what we can accomplish when we don't waste time on NEPA and related nonsense. We could probably replace the Golden Gate Bridge in a year, but a new transbay tunnel takes decades. We should apply this to other important priorities, like solar, wind, geothermal, and transmission lines
This is why you've gotta put up full dividers, not just little bumps. Ironically, it's fire departments who most oppose this (is that irony?)
• Great thread by Brian Potter about how one company that wanted to burn garbage for energy was a huge part of the boom in clean energy that has lead to solar and wind so cheap they're now more economical than coal. The whole thing is an expansion of a footnote from his recent article about the history of electrical deregulation in the US.
• Argument that the “ChatGPT aces a MIT” study (yesterday) is overstating the case. TL;DR: they seem to have tried new prompts for each question till it got it right. Not a great way of testing this
• The concept of a 'tech bro' probably doesn't relate to any appreciable number of real people. Spoiler: the villians in housing discourse are wealthy landowners, don't let them trick you into blaming other people with caracatures. Also, there's basically no white person in america more willing to vote for the leftmost candidate in any election than a tech worker.