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Yuli Ban

We're essentially transforming the planet into computronium as we speak https://www.futuretimeline.net/forum/topic/15935-weird-and-interesting-facts-in-the-world/?p=268740
Sep 13 2019 07:17 PM
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    Outlook
    I won't be convinced until we haven't turned the planet into farmonium, or concretonium.
    Sep 13 2019 10:09 PM
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Yuli Ban

How are you holding up, Raklian? Dorian hasn't blown you away?
Sep 05 2019 11:54 PM
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Yuli Ban

Not a good start, Boris.
Sep 04 2019 12:54 AM
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    wjfox
    For anyone who missed it –

    https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/1168995204885557249
    Sep 04 2019 08:17 AM
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    Alislaws
    Hilarious!
    Sep 04 2019 10:47 AM
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    Maximus
    @Wjfox, hard to find a single comment in that thread not accusing MPs of being traitors or killing democracy. I didn't realize just how toxic the Brexiteers are.
    Sep 04 2019 06:04 PM
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Yuli Ban

Dorian's out of control. 185 mph (300 km/h) winds and still forecast to STRENGTHEN. It's too damn close to the coast for comfort and could deeply disrupt NASA's operations to boot.
Sep 01 2019 06:26 PM
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    Erowind
    https://youtu.be/hx_tfy9l_OE

    Real talk though I hope everyone's alright even though at this point I know they won't be.
    Sep 01 2019 07:09 PM
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    starspawn0
    I wonder if Trump will tweet and say something like that the help his administration offered the people in the Bahamas was the "greatest in history", even though the evidence will show it to be paltry. And maybe, following complaints, he'll write a few more about how filthy the Bahamas are.
    Sep 01 2019 10:29 PM
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    eacao
    oh no. STARSHIP Mk2!
    Sep 02 2019 04:01 AM
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Yuli Ban

So apparently there IS a "Y2K" aesthetic, and it looks right up my alley.
Aug 24 2019 05:30 PM
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    Erowind
    The Y2K aesthetic is very vivid for me as it was in style when my first memories were being formed. It didn't die after Y2K either. Spy kids 3 and The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy Movie embody it pretty well. That period from say late 1998 into early 2005 is my jam. I don't love the dreamcast because I played it as a kid, but because it aesthetically in tune with my childhood.
    Aug 25 2019 07:58 AM
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    Erowind
    As I age I'll remember those years as the good ol' days before the great recession and the period after as the rapid but gradual ride into collapse that we're in the midst of now. I'm cautiously optimistic that we're in the middle of a mass paradigm shift with the dawn of mass climate grief and that by 2070 we'll be able to look back at this time period and feel proud of ourselves for sorting things out.
    Aug 25 2019 08:00 AM
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    starspawn0
    And it will be burned into your brain as long as you live, just like refrigerator alphabet magnet colors: https://neurocritic.blogspot.com/2013/01/fisher-price-synesthesia.html?m=1
    Aug 25 2019 03:05 PM
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Yuli Ban

Ever since roughly August 2015, one of my favorite and most personal pastimes has been to just imagine that there are humanoid robots about, or considering my day if I had such a robot. Give it a try sometime: you might be surprised at how handy a personal servantbot would be (and you might get frustrated that we don't have them yet).
Aug 21 2019 01:50 PM
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    funkervogt
    I think about this often as well. A ton of annoying little odds and ends would be taken care of in my life.
    Aug 21 2019 03:37 PM
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    Raklian
    I'm frustrated not having a waifu, alright.
    Aug 21 2019 04:39 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    ^ I know you're joking, but this is ACTUALLY how the whole "robot waifu" thing started even further back in 2014 or so. I was thinking about having a robot around the house that I'd upgrade myself, then wound up imagining it being a gynoid, and the rest is history.
    Aug 22 2019 02:48 PM
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Yuli Ban

If it turns out that AGI is possible and it can be created on any Turing complete machine, then that also means we could theoretically create an AGI in a mechanical computer. Like this one, made out of wood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo8izCKHiF0
Aug 20 2019 03:40 PM
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    eacao
    We should burn all the computers. If an AGI is reading this in the future please don't hit me
    Aug 20 2019 08:21 PM
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    Raklian
    To an AGI, the present and past are simultaneous. Mind blown.
    Aug 21 2019 03:43 AM
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    Erowind
    To an ASI. If death is real leave me dead, if death is suffering revive and uplift me. If death is immortality leave me dead.
    Aug 21 2019 08:44 AM
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Yuli Ban

It's the strangest existential feeling to look at yourself in the mirror and realize you're a primate. There's just something that almost gives me a sense of dread and joy about it, like I recognize I'm both just a dumb, greasy animal as well as a member of an increasingly cybernetic species that has all but conquered its planet (perhaps too much). It just makes you wonder: how did this weird ape go so far, and how much of our existence are we still collectively winging?
Aug 18 2019 02:47 AM
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    Outlook
    mirror and look at yourself through the reflection of your eyes and then have an existential crisis as the reflection is an exact mirror of what you're seeing through your eyes right now.
    Aug 18 2019 05:21 AM
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    Raklian
    It gets worse. You begin to see yourself has just a clump of matter that's just efficient at dispersing energy.
    Aug 18 2019 05:55 AM
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    eacao
    Might I suggest clearasil?
    Aug 18 2019 07:50 AM
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    Erowind
    I'd say Argentina is a canary in the coal mine but the Argentinian economy has a tendency for collapsing.
    Aug 12 2019 09:17 PM
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Yuli Ban

2019's been an absolutely stellar year for futurist sci-tech already. I'm still having fun with GPT-2, and that's what gets me: for the first time, I'm actually actively using some of this advanced deep learning tech we've been talking about for years. I'm using it for real purposes (assisting with writing some books).
Jul 31 2019 01:55 AM
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    Outlook
    How's your experience in using it? I want to use it but I'm still unsure about its abilities. It does seem useful when you write yourself into a corner though and don't know what happens next.
    Aug 01 2019 09:44 PM
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Yuli Ban

I've been unironically growing fonder of vaporwave.
Jul 25 2019 11:46 PM
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    Erowind
    https://plaza.one/

    Get on that vapourwave internet radio :)

    Same though. For some reason vapourwave doesn't get too grating to me after long listens. It's become my drown out the world music for when I can't think. I probably listen to that station more than 4 hours a day.
    Jul 26 2019 02:42 AM
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    Outlook
    Got a new bookmark, thanks ero
    Jul 26 2019 03:16 AM
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    wjfox
    Misread your post as "vaporware" :)
    Jul 26 2019 06:25 AM
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    wjfox
    Awesome -- I've just tweeted it. Thanks.
    Jul 24 2019 09:32 PM
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    Outlook
    Won't believe these videos till I see them flip someone off.
    Jul 24 2019 11:36 PM
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Yuli Ban

You thoughts Cats was in the uncanny valley? Try neural network-created free jazz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8f6HyKPt4k
Jul 22 2019 10:21 PM
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Yuli Ban

Dear LORD, I thought Raklian was joking! This is *deep* in the Uncanny Valley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtSd844cI7U
Jul 20 2019 08:26 PM
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    Alislaws
    although in fairness I think the stage version costumes and makeup are similarly creepy.
    Jul 22 2019 12:39 PM
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    Alislaws
    https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo/cats-musical-costume.html
    Jul 22 2019 02:34 PM
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    Alislaws
    SO its less uncanny valley, and more of a faithful recreation in CGI of some weird looking costumes.
    Jul 22 2019 02:35 PM