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Yuli Ban

Re: "cancer cure". This one's infinitely more legitimate than most, but it's best to hold out rejoicing until clinical trials are done: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41590-019-0578-8
Yesterday, 04:40 AM
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    wjfox
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3xY6Ffy_wE
    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
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    Cyber_Rebel
    @wjfox

    Aaaand the magic is gone : D Really though, a cancer cure is a nice way to start off the actual Future™.
    Yesterday, 08:45 AM
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    Erowind
    I am legend still gives me chills. The tone of that movie is so well done.
    Yesterday, 10:57 AM
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Yuli Ban

2020 has been so wild. Start of the month: World War III is imminent. Today: We've cured cancer https://www.bbc.com/news/health-51182451
Jan 21 2020 04:13 AM
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    Alislaws
    Yeah, one the one hand AMAZING but on the other hand more mainstream news sources are sometimes even worse when it comes to massive exaggeration.
    Jan 21 2020 05:04 PM
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    Maximus
    I've become too jaded by all the supposed "cures" that have disappeared, but let's hope this is something.
    Yesterday, 01:41 AM
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    Cyber_Rebel
    We have the power to either destroy ourselves, or uplift ourselves. 2020 is laying that road out for humanity to choose.
    Yesterday, 04:26 AM
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Yuli Ban

Unbelievable! GPT-2 may really be a proto-AGI after all! https://slatestarcodex.com/2020/01/06/a-very-unlikely-chess-game/
Jan 19 2020 02:00 AM
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    10 year march
    What will this actually mean in terms of how long for benifical Ai
    Jan 19 2020 07:26 AM
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Yuli Ban

So we started 2020 with Australia going full Mad Max and a teaser for the finale of the World War trilogy. What's next, an asteroid coming down in Europe?
Jan 11 2020 11:17 PM
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    caltrek
    Yuli Ban finally realizes that he has really been part of a simulation when he is awoken from this nightmare.
    Jan 12 2020 02:07 PM
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    caltrek
    Oh wait, that is my paranoid fantasy, so scratch that part about it being Yuli Ban's experience.
    Jan 12 2020 02:09 PM
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    Cyber_Rebel
    Your "lame" Cyberpunk is now transitioning into the actual thing. Not sure if want... less sexbots are involved.
    Jan 12 2020 02:13 PM
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    Erowind
    https://www.futuretimeline.net/forum/topic/21255-erowinds-containment-thread/page-3

    Response to some of the vibe of that thread here.

    With all my complaining in mind the lack of/shutting down of climate denialism was nice to see.
    Jan 11 2020 04:21 AM
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Yuli Ban

I don't even fucking know what's happening anymore. It's like reality gave up.
Jan 08 2020 05:10 AM
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    Maximus
    The aliens forgot to update their Windows, and now our simulated universe is shutting down.
    Jan 08 2020 07:55 AM
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    Jessica
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqtvbZwWl_0
    Jan 08 2020 09:44 AM
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    wjfox
    Same here, Yuli :(
    Jan 08 2020 10:05 AM
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Yuli Ban

This is it. Iran has retaliated (from their own territory) against MULTIPLE US bases in Iraq via ballistic missiles https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/07/world/middleeast/trump-iran.html
Jan 07 2020 11:37 PM
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    Raklian
    So far, no casualties.
    Jan 08 2020 12:53 AM
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    Raklian
    If no casualties, there's a chance for both sides to back off and deescalate.
    Jan 08 2020 01:17 AM
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    Maximus
    Iran has threatened to bomb any US allies that assist with retaliation. This could drag the whole region into all-out war.
    Jan 08 2020 01:50 AM
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Yuli Ban

Hot take: the modeling industry ought to be eviscerated by the end of 2021 as a sacrifice to prove technological unemployment is closer than it appears (and won't be as physical as we thought).
Dec 22 2019 06:00 PM
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    funkervogt
    I've long thought it should be eviscerated for abusing its models so much, and for contributing nothing of value to humanity more generally speaking.
    Dec 22 2019 07:12 PM
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    tomasth
    The technology isn't there yet.

    When it will , fashion industry isn't the only one effected (or the most importent one).
    Dec 22 2019 07:58 PM
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    Erowind
    Seems a bit soon, I agree that physical models are on their way out but we're not there yet.
    Dec 22 2019 09:30 PM
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Yuli Ban

China 2.0 | Govt of India builds Mass Detention Camps for 2 million people 'Stripped of Citizenship' in Assam https://www.sentinelassam.com/north-east-india-news/assam-news/govt-of-india-builds-mass-detention-camps-for-2-million-people-stripped-of-citizenship-in-assam/
Dec 19 2019 02:23 PM
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    caltrek
    Any reason for not putting this in the India and Pakistan Watch thread?
    Dec 19 2019 03:20 PM
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    Erowind
    Sad but expected news
    Dec 19 2019 06:09 PM
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Yuli Ban

I wonder if DeepMind, Nvidia, or OpenAI will formally create chatbots early next decades. I'm sure that Alphabet is aware of transformer capabilities by now.
Dec 09 2019 01:31 PM
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    starspawn0
    Google and Deepmind have a grown-up message about empowering users, improving the world, and so on. Chatbots are not tools of the sort Google wants to sell -- it's more like a playful diversion to them. And it carries potential for damaging their brand. If Google released a chatbot, it would be totally lacking in personality -- it would be the Enterprise computer.
    Dec 09 2019 02:20 PM
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    starspawn0
    Nvidia wants to sell computer chips. All the projects you see them release, like Megatron and video synthesis are about selling chips. These projects show what is possible if you throw more compute at problems, and if someone wants to *use* them they need to buy the latest Nvidia hardware. If Nvidia made a chatbot, its sole purpose for existing would be for selling chips. Perhaps they will show a *demo* of what kind of chatbot one can build; but would be afraid to put their brand behind it.
    Dec 09 2019 02:27 PM
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    starspawn0
    The companies that truly want to build chatbots are Microsoft and Amazon. Microsoft has been working on it for years, in fact; and Amazon runs the Alexa Prize competition. I'm not exactly sure why they support such projects while Google and Nvidia do not. It could just be due to the kind of research culture at both institutions. Microsoft seems to have a lot of people with the interest and requisite skills to build chatbots, for example.
    Dec 09 2019 02:31 PM
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Yuli Ban

Those old "You Will" commercials look so quaint now. So many things have come to pass, but they thought that we'd turn every surface into a screen when it turns out smartphones were more than capable. Same thing that limited the Internet of Things.
Nov 30 2019 10:04 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    Actually, across them all, they seem to have underestimated the power of smartphones and assume using technology would be more physically social than it actually is.
    Dec 01 2019 01:50 AM
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    Erowind
    These new cloud gaming services I think will face similar boom hype bust reality futures. Generally speaking people like owning their games, and Steam already capitalized on affordable gaming through sales years ago.
    Dec 01 2019 10:52 AM
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Yuli Ban

Cyberpunk 2077 and Half-Life: Alyx are coming out within a month of each other.
Nov 24 2019 02:57 AM
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    eacao
    Lol that was certainly bizarre
    Nov 24 2019 12:35 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    @Wjfox: That's it exactly.
    Nov 24 2019 06:02 PM
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    Outlook
    RIP Manson.
    Nov 26 2019 05:20 AM
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Yuli Ban

Input a song and then use an AI to extract the individual instruments (vocals, bass, drums, etc.) as separate tracks. It's not perfect but it does a pretty good job, and is a good start to a great idea. Warning: you do have to sign up to use it. | https://moises.ai/tasks
Nov 21 2019 10:15 PM
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    This is one of those early tools I envisioned when I had my "media synthesis" epiphany about two years ago about what might be possible by 2020. With an even better network, even the artifacts will be fixed and we can pull out even more stems (e.g. individual voices and instruments and whatnot) and then change the parameters in some way (e.g. turning a guitar into a synth, a male vocalist into a female one, etc.)
    Nov 21 2019 10:20 PM
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Yuli Ban

I just can't stop thinking about the Chelyabinsk meteor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpmXyJrs7iU
Nov 19 2019 08:10 PM
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    Outlook
    The footage gives such a war of the worlds feel. The ones with sound too, it isn't just a giant boom, the rumbles after it were so unnaturally eerie. Why can't this happen over my boring ass city.
    Nov 19 2019 09:18 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    @wjfox: On that note, there's also the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impact on Jupiter. I recall several people saying that watching it online back in 1996 proved to them of how influential the internet was going to be | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Shoemaker–Levy_9
    Nov 19 2019 09:36 PM
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    eacao
    If I saw that irl I would seriously think I was being nuked.

    Probably by the Russians.
    Nov 20 2019 12:52 AM
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Yuli Ban

The James Dean movie sounds like it'll be the first case of digital resurrection of the starring role.
Nov 09 2019 08:21 PM
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    kjaggard
    he's not the star of the movie from what I hear, also we've had commercials with recreated stars in them (there was a singing in the rain one) and they brought Tupac back for a concert. Everything about this just seems like a publicity stunt to me.
    Nov 10 2019 05:13 AM
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    wjfox
    I hope they do one for John Lennon.
    Nov 10 2019 06:50 AM