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Yuli Ban

Wow, it's been 10 years since Michael Jackson died.
Yesterday, 03:33 PM
  • Raklian's Photo
    Raklian
    Yeah, the older we get, time skips faster.
    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    IIRC, this is due to us having more and more time to reflect upon. When you're 10 years old, one year is a tenth of your life. When you're 40, it's 1/40th.
    Yesterday, 05:15 PM
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    Archimedes
    Billy Mays died about a decade ago too.
    Yesterday, 06:12 PM
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Yuli Ban

Hold onto your butts!! University of Oxford researchers present the world's first molecular printer: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BST670/postdoctoral-research-assistant-in-dna-nanotechnology
Jun 21 2019 06:51 PM
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    Raklian
    It's not a presentation of the technology. It's a solicitation for applications towards creating such technology.
    Jun 21 2019 07:50 PM
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    Erowind
    Good luck to them
    Jun 21 2019 08:40 PM
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    zEVerzan
    woa
    Jun 22 2019 04:17 PM
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Yuli Ban

YouTube links are listed as "scripts from unauthenticated sources", I just realized. And that's why they don't appear on the main forum.
Jun 09 2019 12:40 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    Now that I turned that off, videos are loading up just fine for me.
    Jun 09 2019 01:08 PM
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    Outlook
    I still prefer the shortened url linking. It makes the page less cluttered and clean.
    Jun 09 2019 01:51 PM
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Yuli Ban

Reason #1 why synthetic bodies are preferable to biology: proteins begin denaturing at 105.8°F. Our resting body temperature is 98.6°F. This is why fevers are so deadly— the proteins in your body are essentially being cooked. What's worse, if a protein only partially denatures and folds incorrectly, it may become a prion.
Jun 07 2019 04:54 PM
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    Raklian
    Thank god for the immune system.
    Jun 07 2019 07:14 PM
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    eacao
    Real men use celsius
    Jun 07 2019 07:24 PM
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    Raklian
    Exceptional men use Fahrenheit

    XD XD
    Jun 07 2019 07:40 PM
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Yuli Ban

Here's 1 byte (yes, just a byte) of RAM from 1946: http://i.imgur.com/qIUb1.jpg
Jun 04 2019 05:40 PM
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    Raklian
    Max, the interval between the times our minds get blown is getting shorter.
    Jun 04 2019 06:45 PM
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    Outlook
    That's a great picture. How far it's come.
    Jun 05 2019 01:49 AM
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    eacao
    I count 32B on that page
    Jun 05 2019 03:21 PM
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Yuli Ban

I'd like to imagine that in 20 years when contemporary life is utterly indistinguishable from science fiction, there will be a rise in media set in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s to tell stories that still feel contemporary but without a "sci-fi intrusion"
Jun 01 2019 02:41 AM
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    wjfox
    "America was in a state of Utopia at those times."

    When I think of the 2000s, I think of Bush (by far the dumbest President in history up to that point), the 9/11 attacks, and then the financial crash.
    Jun 01 2019 09:16 AM
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    Zaphod
    We are going to seem so so old when we talk to the kids of the 2030/40's about our childhoods.
    Jun 01 2019 09:46 AM
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    Erowind
    90s = PlayStation 1

    2000s = Xbox

    90s, 2000s hybrid = Dreamcast
    Jun 01 2019 10:20 AM
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Yuli Ban

Fun fact: Tibet is twice the size of Texas but only has 3 million people.
May 26 2019 11:41 AM
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    eacao
    That’s pretty sparse yeah
    May 27 2019 02:24 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    It's astounding how much of Earth *isn't* inhabited (or is sparsely populated). We have this idea that, in our modern age, we've spread to all corners of the globe and you can find people living anywhere. But humans are tiny.
    May 27 2019 03:03 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    Take Bangladesh. The most densely populated country with more than 1 million people in it (otherwise you'd have to include microstates), and its population is above 160 million IIRC packed in a country as small as New York state— and yet there are *still* sparsely populated rural areas.
    May 27 2019 03:06 PM
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Yuli Ban

My belief is that we must remove human control of this planet as soon as possible before we destroy ourselves and erase everything we've ever done and die as an echo fading into the cosmos for a bit of Romantic security.
May 26 2019 04:19 AM
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    Outlook
    and I think the way to show for this is that no human being in history, no matter how intelligent, has truly ascended the perspective and nature given to them by nature-- by god. If AI comes and shows itself as lost as us with existence, then what will really change?
    May 26 2019 05:09 AM
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    Outlook
    Will they not be people struggling with ethics, struggling with what is right, struggling with why do we exist, and why we do the things we do, and what is truly the meaning behind our actions if not to excite our reward system?
    May 26 2019 05:13 AM
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    tomasth
    AI will as they are built.

    Many will not agree with Outlook characterization for all people , and AI will be more different then humans.

    Because AI is more diverse then people , it could be more incompetent , more competent, and more irrelevant competencies ; then humans.

    So an AI could be a good government. or not.
    May 26 2019 09:43 AM
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Yuli Ban

Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models | This GAN can animate any face GIF, supercharging deepfakes & media synthesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1b5aiTrGzY
May 22 2019 03:44 PM
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    Outlook
    All this GAN stuff is really opening up a new door for fake celebrity porn.
    May 23 2019 05:44 AM
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Yuli Ban

I realize I haven't talked about transhumanism in a long time. There have been a few interesting developments in the field of BCIs, wearable technology, bionics, and whatnot, so perhaps I should get around to posting them.
May 20 2019 03:55 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    It feels like transhumanism in general is less discussed than it was 5 years ago. Now that renewable energy, commercialized machine learning, and data privacy issues have dominated discourse, at least.
    May 20 2019 03:59 PM
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    Casey
    I'm always in favor of a Yuli Banarity.
    May 20 2019 04:10 PM
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Yuli Ban

Scaling back my prediction. If GPT-2 is upscaled 1,000x, I think it may be able to generate coherent works that are 10,000 words long, but I'm not sure if they can go any longer than that within the next few years. Reading the full model's examples again made me realize that the generator is still a bit wonky, even at its strongest.
May 17 2019 12:03 AM
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    Yuli Ban
    For reference, 10,000 words is 25 pages single-spaced. GPT-2 Large still seems to have some trouble generating a single page of text at times.
    May 17 2019 12:11 AM
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    waitingforthe2020s
    But if it's shorter, wouldn't it be more coherent?
    May 17 2019 02:39 AM
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Yuli Ban

I've spent so much time on the GPT-2 text generator that now I want to compile a book mostly written by it.
May 15 2019 02:40 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    Funny, I've been getting solid bits fairly often. It's nothing professional, but it would make for a decent novelty.
    My intention was to find a way to get my hands on the full model.
    May 15 2019 09:22 PM
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    starspawn0
    Worth pointing out: a group built a chatbot around the small GPT-2 model (345 megs), and they claim it was so good as to be dangerous (could be used as a spambot or to hack), so they are keeping it secret and only released a weaker version:
    https://link.medium.com/tRNJJXIHIW
    May 15 2019 09:36 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    You know, at first I thought OpenAI were a bunch of fools for doing the same thing. But after using this medium-sized GPT-2, I get it. Some of the results are damn good. Run it a thousand times, and you'll get at least 50 results that are perfectly indistinguishable from something human-written. And at least 500 that are passable.
    May 15 2019 09:45 PM
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Yuli Ban

So I just read erotica "written" by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius & Plato (but actually written by an AI), and I don't know how to feel about my life anymore.
May 09 2019 04:24 AM
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    Alislaws
    ^ that's the true turing test!
    May 09 2019 10:27 AM
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    Alislaws
    "When you’re brave on the battlefield, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything."
    - Plato
    May 09 2019 11:04 AM
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    eacao
    Wise, wise words
    May 09 2019 04:28 PM
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Yuli Ban

OpenAI's releasing a larger model for GPT-2 to use: https://openai.com/blog/better-language-models/#update
May 05 2019 05:46 PM