Laser Robots, Afghani DJs, and… Ghosts.
Plus, shitposting for fun and profit!
I hope you’re having a nice fall, and that you have a great new year! I’ve got plenty of links to share, so let’s get into it…
If you’d like to peek into some Geocities-era websites that are miraculously still online, click through the gateway above!
Good bot! Artistic uses of machine learning tech continue to be my favorite.
Regular readers will recall my fascination with Solarpunk.
New carnivorous plant just dropped!
Another cool artistic use of ML (GPT-3). Great graphics on this piece too.
A Geopolitical Intellectual Property Boardroom Drama Heist!
Wikipedia is of course becoming a cultural battleground. Good review of the rules of the game, made gripping by the narrative of this story.
I never thought I’d see the day of ZDNet dunking on Facebook and me agreeing, but here we are.
Good bot! Pew pew pew!
Periodic reminder that telco megacorps are not looking out for your best interests.
A friend and reader sent me this (Hi, Jon!) and it’s fascinating how companies are dodging the end of Moore’s Law.
In case you’re thwarted by The New Yorker’s paywall, here’s a related piece from AnandTech.
Bad bot. This proprietary system is making healthcare decisions based on questionable premises, and preventing people with genuine needs from getting the treatment they seek. Another example of how small “AI” systems can create large negative effects without looking like Skynet.
This is not about individuals investing in property, but banning corporations from buying houses. This seems like a smart move.
Piece provides pleasant perspective on how our lives have changed for the better in the last 30 years.
Cool quiz to think about issues and see how our political parties could be decomposed into their components. NYT unfortunately remains paywalled, but if you can, try it.
There is certainly a growing group of men who don’t want to go to college and don’t know what to do with their lives. Feels like fertile ground for whatever can capture their attention and interest. Gaming? Crypto? We shall see!
A cool long read about the US’ use of radio DJs to spread propaganda. Especially relevant now that the military has withdrawn from Afghanistan.
I recently wrote that one of my hobbies is walking. I find it great for thinking, and talking. Turns out I’m in good company, as Darwin likewise was a walker.
It’s refreshing to see Mexico making choices that don’t prioritize US corporate interests.
Shitposting, defined… and somehow, it matters? I find this writer quite funny as well!