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Yuli Ban

Just discovered that Jeff Bezos' net worth is nearly $200 billion. That's approaching even Putin's (hypothetical) wealth. It's damn likely Bezos will be the first trillionaire.
Yesterday, 08:19 AM
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    TranscendingGod
    Yeah, I agree that Musk might beat Bezos to the punch. Tesla is still nascent and if SpaceX were to ever go public it'd probably propel Musk to the stratosphere.
    Yesterday, 02:26 PM
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    Raklian
    Yeah, I agree. Also, we must assume Bernie Sanders won't achieve his tax proposal which involves taking a chuck out of the richest Americans' net worth.
    Yesterday, 04:15 PM
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    Erowind
    Microsoft committed tax fraud then changed the law in order to not pay https://www.propublica.org/article/the-irs-decided-to-get-tough-against-microsoft-microsoft-got-tougher
    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
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Yuli Ban

Lebanon is falling apart
Aug 11 2020 06:35 AM
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Yuli Ban

Yikes. Yield estimates on the Beirut nitrate explosion are as high as 1.3 kilotons. For comparison, Tianjin was about 21 tons. That's the difference between a tactical nuke vs a MOAB.
Aug 05 2020 06:24 AM
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    wjfox
    According to one estimate, the explosion had a TNT equivalent of 3kt. For comparison, Hiroshima had a yield of 15kt.
    Aug 05 2020 07:17 AM
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    wjfox
    Tianjin was 336 tons TNT equivalent for the actual explosion, 21 tons for the seismic shockwave produced.
    (source: Wikipedia)
    Aug 05 2020 07:18 AM
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    Outlook
    Thank god Beirut is largely made of of stone and concrete and not wood.
    Aug 05 2020 10:56 AM
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Yuli Ban

Herman Cain's died of COVID-19
Jul 30 2020 02:48 PM
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    wjfox
    https://i.imgur.com/YMTAhhU.jpg
    Jul 30 2020 02:56 PM
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    starspawn0
    Cain was too minor of a player, and had been sidelined for years following the election, for Trump to have seen his death as a threat to him personally. More likely, the bad economic news (GDP fell nearly 33% last quarter) is to blame.
    Jul 30 2020 03:36 PM
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Yuli Ban

When I think of a general purpose AI, I simply can't think of it as a human level intelligence anymore unless explicitly stated. General AI in my head now sounds similar to a general purpose Turing complete computer (i.e. any post-1947 digital computer): an AI that simply handles multiple tasks in multiple areas. An extremely complicated tool, but not necessarily anything more. Indeed, after reflecting on GPT-3, I can see developing a weak AGI being possible in the next couple of years, a...
Jul 22 2020 05:54 AM
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    Raklian
    ^ The human brain is only capable of perceiving a limited set of geometric shapes and planes, or whatnot. Consciousness in a higher dimension can mean a geometric shape we can't make sense of.
    Jul 22 2020 12:50 PM
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    Raklian
    While we can't make sense of it, we're still perceiving it somehow, hence the struggle to describe or explain it.
    Jul 22 2020 12:52 PM
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    Raklian
    This partially explains why each one of us has its own discrete experience of consciousness. The lower dimensions give us a way to experience a higher dimension from different perspectives.
    Jul 22 2020 01:02 PM
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Yuli Ban

A Request For Literary Style Transfer: When will we see the first stylistic editor? https://www.reddit.com/r/MediaSynthesis/comments/htvwwf/a_request_for_literary_style_transfer_when_will/
Jul 19 2020 06:35 AM
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Yuli Ban

2020 has been just an unbelievable time for sci-tech already. If only the geopolitical aspects weren't crap. It really reminds me of 2014, but with a pandemic rather than potential world war as the flashpoint.
Jul 17 2020 10:17 PM
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    starspawn0
    The AI that you can talk with on your phone might work as a standalone app by about 2024 or 2025; and it will be more impressive than what we've seen thus far from GPT-3. (Might happen sooner, depending on what comes of the BCI data approaches.) It will be like a guardian angel -- it will remember you; help you to learn and grow; and solve problems for you, like read over legal documents and help you keep your life in order.
    Jul 18 2020 12:44 AM
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    Yuli Ban
    Not gonna lie, while I am still very much anticipating a robotic partner, it's synthetic media that's completely captured my attention. Transformers' ability to synthesize media and potentially even replace transformers and encoders is the more interesting application, at least personally to me right now.
    Jul 18 2020 02:13 AM
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    Yuli Ban
    *GANs
    Transformers might even replace GANs and encoders
    Jul 18 2020 08:25 PM
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Yuli Ban

One proof of concept for GPT-3's wider applications could be to write a technical instruction manual for, say, an IKEA chair. It'd have to understand how pieces fit together and in what order, and how to communicate those instructions.
Jul 14 2020 05:25 PM
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Yuli Ban

If a computer was put up as candidate for mayor in your town (as a joke), would you vote for it?
Jul 14 2020 05:52 AM
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    Yuli Ban
    You might be thinking too far ahead here
    Jul 14 2020 07:19 AM
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    Erowind
    gpt 3 would be a funny politician if it didn't have any real power. Like that Alaskan town that elected a goat as mayor
    Jul 14 2020 10:42 AM
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    Raklian
    Most definitely will vote for it if it's put up as a candidate against a major who is a Trump clone. Unlike the mayor, it's logical since it uses transistors and a logical programmatic language. Most importantly, it cannot lie.
    Jul 14 2020 02:23 PM
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Yuli Ban

If OpenAI's secret project is trained on image data, then theoretically you could pull off text-to-image— and vice versa: image-to-text. I can see that being a popular app: take a pic and let the network describe it to you. Though I can imagine OpenAI getting in trouble when a selfie inevitably brings back some unfortunate words (probably nothing slurry, just describing a self-conscious person as "ugly")
Jul 13 2020 07:10 AM
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    10 year march
    When do you think this secret project will be shown to the world? I just want to humanity keep racing exponentially towards AGI :D
    Jul 13 2020 08:08 AM
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Yuli Ban

The fucking sun
Jul 12 2020 07:23 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    I'd gladly take another year without a summer at this rate. But the only way to get one is via supervolcano or nuclear war. Damn.
    Jul 12 2020 07:27 PM
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    Cyber_Rebel
    Yeah, I really don't miss the South's nasty humid heat.
    Jul 12 2020 07:40 PM
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    starspawn0
    There's a "heat dome" underway across much of the U.S. It's caused by a high pressure system. Pressure goes up, so does temperature.
    Jul 12 2020 08:00 PM
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Yuli Ban

If COVID-19 really does lead to long lasting physiological and especially neurological damage and we really aren't doing anything to contain it, then it borders on being an actual existential-level threat.
Jul 11 2020 05:19 PM
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    TranscendingGod
    Perhaps the closest analogue to your proposed scenario is industrialization. We are well aware of the effect of pollution and toxic chemicals in the environment on development and neurological capacities to the vast majority of the population and we are probably seeing a stunting of human potential, but I don't think Covid would approach the pernicious level of industrialization.
    Jul 11 2020 10:00 PM
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    Cyber_Rebel
    Perhaps a "positive" is that it could spur more development into neurology, neuro-psychology, & even BCI? Similar to how someone here posted the lung damage could lead to more investment regarding synthetic organs.

    Of course we're likely to see the negative effects first, but hopefully we'll end up realizing how important mental health is & the science regarding it.
    Jul 12 2020 12:06 AM
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    Erowind
    17 replies? That's something I haven't seen a while, good on you lads
    Jul 12 2020 03:52 AM
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Yuli Ban

Good mate of mine on another forum now has access to GPT-3. https://i.imgur.com/p6qglxv.jpg
Jul 11 2020 12:52 AM
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    R8Z
    Context? What is input and what is output?
    Jul 11 2020 04:50 PM
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Yuli Ban

Researchers build robot scientist that has already discovered a new catalyst https://phys.org/news/2020-07-robot-scientist-catalyst.html
Jul 08 2020 06:00 PM
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    Metalane
    You'll see these news stories popping up on a near daily basis in 10-15 years.
    Jul 08 2020 07:36 PM
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    10 year march
    This is really a mood booster (:
    Let's keep matching towards the singularity and hopefully get a utopia
    Jul 08 2020 08:50 PM
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    Yuli Ban
    @10 year march: 2020 is bipolar like that (it reminds me of 2014 in a lot of ways). Reading social and geopolitical news makes my face look like a sewage monster. Reading technological news, on the other hand, has been like watching sci-fi movie props be brought off set and somehow still work & then realizing "those aren't props..."
    Jul 08 2020 10:26 PM
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Yuli Ban

It really is fascinating watching AI undergo a Cambrian Explosion behind the scenes of 2020's relentless chaos. I can't wait to see what 2021 brings! (Technologically. Geopolitically, I feel like I'm strapped to a torture rack watching humankind masochistically self-flaggelate)
Jul 05 2020 12:00 PM
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    10 year march
    Quite bluntly I am desperate for AGI to rescue me soon. Letting me live in a virtual world of my creation instead of immense pain in the real world
    Jul 05 2020 01:47 PM
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    Metalane
    I know GPT-3 was an exciting advancement but what other major breakthroughs have seen thus far (in 2020)?
    Jul 05 2020 03:14 PM