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That aforementioned concern is borne more from fears about the social and political ramifications of these developments. We're starting to actively discuss things like media synthesis, media manipulation, automation, and human genetic engineering in the mainstream. GPT-2 wasn't released precisely out of the fear it would be used for nefarious purposes right as the 2020 election season is winding up and Brexit is rapidly approaching

And imagine phishing scams with a refined version of thispersondoesnotexist.com! 

 

It's a scary reminder again and again that I'm not watching history happen, this isn't something that happens in some historic cycle, we're witnessing events unfold as they do unprecedented in the history of our world and so every bit of news is harrowing.

 

We're tied to the front of a runaway train.


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That aforementioned concern is borne more from fears about the social and political ramifications of these developments. We're starting to actively discuss things like media synthesis, media manipulation, automation, and human genetic engineering in the mainstream. GPT-2 wasn't released precisely out of the fear it would be used for nefarious purposes right as the 2020 election season is winding up and Brexit is rapidly approaching

And imagine phishing scams with a refined version of thispersondoesnotexist.com! 

 

It's a scary reminder again and again that I'm not watching history happen, this isn't something that happens in some historic cycle, we're witnessing events unfold as they do unprecedented in the history of our world and so every bit of news is harrowing.

 

We're tied to the front of a runaway train.

 

 

Absolutely. On top of technologically influenced events the world's economy and political situation are also unprecedented. Never before has the world been this intimately connected both in the physical economic sense as well as in the emotional information sense. I've seen countless people on various forms of media talk about the effect of the internet on our modern world. But what I'm coming to realize recently is that we are still very much children of the 20th, 19th and even 18th centuries. Unrestrained capitalist economic globalism truly started unfolding in the 1970s. Even without the internet the inequality and much of the divide we are witnessing would have still happened. The same applies to identity politics. Men's rights groups defined terms like toxic masculinity as early as the 1980s as did the third wave of feminism truly start to appear around the same time. U.S policy was well on its way to creating the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East by the 80s too. 

 

Truly, the 21st century hasn't even really started yet. The internet and all these technologies we talk about on this forum will definitely have an effect, but we're only starting to feel the nascent touch of them now. In earnest, the cultural effect of the internet probably won't be truly felt for another few decades at least. Yes, the Arab Spring was facilitated by information technology. But I still think it would have happened regardless as the conditions that caused it were present regardless of the internet. The internet may have helped amplify and or accelerate the movement a bit but it was not the cause. We have yet to experience a history that is caused by the rise of information technology. My feeling is that for better or worse a cultural paradigm shift is fast approaching on a historical timescale, we are likely already within the transition period. The world 50 years from now will be unrecognizable both culturally and technologically to what we experience today. 


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I got accepted into university while doing the absolute least, somehow. I'm actually really baffled. I just uploaded my highschool transcripts-- no equivalency, no essay, and I got accepted. Like, admission accepted. I have a mascot and everything now. And this isn't a community college, it's a popular accredited University.

 

God damn it, I don't want to go to University yet.

 

But I sort of want to. 

 

Well, at least I can try and enjoy myself this time with the hindsight I received from highschool.


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Have fun :)

I'm probably stuck waiting till I'm 25 so my mom's income isn't taken into account. U-mass Boston and University of San Francisco are tuition free for low income people. I've gotten scholarship offers from universities before. But it's like, a scholarship paying half of a 50k tuition is still 25k a year and completely unnafordable.
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Has anyone here had their genome sequenced? I am thinking of doing it. Though I'm a little wary in terms of data privacy/security.



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Has anyone here had their genome sequenced? I am thinking of doing it. Though I'm a little wary in terms of data privacy/security.

 

Nah, I don't trust those companies, and the whole ancestry craze has left a bad taste in my mouth about it.


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Your avatar doesn't seem to be working, Outlook.



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Your avatar doesn't seem to be working, Outlook.

 

That's strange. It's there for me. I guess it changed when I tried to check if I could change profile pics again. And since the topic is brought up, I'm wondering if I could get this profile pic now: https://i.imgur.com/ryLu58H.jpg


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I enjoy veganism, but there is this huge sympathetic, hipster, uber-morality thing that vegans are on. Like cruelty towards mammals, birds, maybe fish I can understand. Speciesism though? Ehhhh.


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Canadian Federal elections are supposed to happen this year. I might campaign for the experience, as it could help me later on. There's no harm in it I feel, whether I do or not, people are going to vote on their beliefs.
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Have a great weekend, everyone.

 

I'm off to meet a friend at a German restaurant this evening (a German restaurant in London that is, i.e. not a German restaurant in Germany).

 

Planning to write a couple of predictions this weekend, and also play some Elite.


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It's snowing outside again today. The big white fluffy sort of snow. My municipality recently replaced a good deal of the old street lights with LEDs so everything is nearly as visible as day outside right now even though it's night with all that light bouncing off of the snow. I'm going to miss the winter. My seasonal depression only lasts for the first few months of it and by the time I get used to the darkness and cold it starts going away leaving me feeling forlorn for the blizzards I was too depressed to enjoy when they came earlier in the year. 

 

And with all this research talking about the ecocide of the insect population there's a voice in the back of my head asking, "which spring will be the one where the flora doesn't return?" If it were possible for it to be winter forever I don't think I would mind that, it might even be comforting. 



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It is so damn cold outside.


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I'm a radical demo-publiacrat.

 

This is Scatman's world, and we're living in it.


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/\ You're in Wisconsin I see. Yah, that would be more intolerable. I'm from Pittsburgh so most of the winter here hovers between 20-37F. The low thirties are the perfect winter temperature imo. The snow stays on the ground but I can still take the trash out without having to worry about a coat. I don't need to layer when I go out either. I grab my paletot some gloves and I'm good to go. If I'm feeling super lazy I might even just take a hoodie and jump between the car and buildings. 



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Wow, Farenheit makes no sense:

 

Farenheit was apparently established by determining that:

  • 0 is the freezing point of a brine solution consisting of equal parts Ice, water, and ammonium chloride,
  • The freezing point of water is defined as 32 degrees
  • the avg. core temp of the human body is defined as 96 degrees. 

(at sea level pressures, avg room temp etc.)

 

Centigrade/Clesius was established by determining that:

  • Water freezes at 0
  • Water boils at 100. 

(at sea level pressures, avg room temp etc.)

 

‚Äč(I saw your Fahrenheit numbers, and went to convert them to something I understood, and while doing so I wondered what key temps were originally used to determine the Fahrenheit scale so I looked it up and... what?)

 

‚ÄčEDIT: Oh! Ok the brine/ice/salt solution somehow regulates it's temperature in a consistent way which makes it a good starting point for others to reproduce.


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True geniuses who carry more intelligent chromosomes than the rest of the population only use Kelvin for their day to day measurements. When you've forgone these basal units and accepted inpenetrable forms only present in the highest of institutions can you truly call yourself a temperature connoisseur.
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The earliest mentioning of Russia, from Arabic book called Hudud al-'Alam i.e. "Limits of the World":

 

It is a vast country, and its inhabitants are malicious, disobedient, arrogant, cocky and warlike. They fight with all the infidels living around them and come out victorious. Their ruler is called Rus-kagan. They wear hats made of wool with tails falling down behind their necks. Kuyaba (Kiev?) is the city of the Rus, closest to the lands of Islam. This is a pleasant place to stay of their ruler. It produces furs and valuable swords. Slaba is a pleasant city, from which always, when peace reigns, they go out for trade in the Bulgar lands. Urtab is a city in which foreigners are always being killed. It produces very valuable blades and swords, which can be bent in half, but as soon as you remove your hand, they return to their former position...

 

Sounds surprisingly modern: "they're the evil men with good weapon". It seems outside world never liked us.



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"Arrogant, cocky, and warlike." With you as an anecdote, PR, he's not very wrong.
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"Arrogant, cocky, and warlike." With you as an anecdote, PR, he's not very wrong.

 

Other hand, I like to feed pigeons and stray dogs living on the outskirts. They (dogs, not pigeons) admire my kindness and consider me a life-saving angel. In general, dogs always (since early childhood) loved me, they instinctively feel what is hidden inside.



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I understand. To be fair though, what a middle easterner used to describe the russians negatively as, are what the world thinks of us now. It reminds me of the stereotyipcal young lost Libyan male raised in anarchy. "malicious, disobedient, arrogant, cocky and warlike."
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