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Contemporary confederacies of dunces now coalesce around very stable genius it seems..

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  1. 7 days ago on Clay Bennett

    (OP you replied to reposted his deleted comment so I removed it from the reply to you here)

    The Hinton articles and interviews he has done recently give me some pause (my ID here is homage to the capsule CNN that he designed to be closer to bio-neural org). I agree with Hinton that his and other warnings about possible AGI should not distract from the more pressing ML/DL issues, of which (chat)GPT.x and the rest of the stochastic parrots are only one issue, and I cannot find anything in his recent public statements that points to any plausible pathway from what we are doing now to AGI..

    To me, the real fear is not the technologies per se, but rather the fact that – unlike ANY PREVIOUS technology we are now slurping the entirety of (another previous unprecedented technology) all of human social expression into systems that, for most of the population – right up thru some NLP engineers – are Turing indistinguishable from human consciousness..

    If we stop and think about the damage we have done with unthinkingly commercializing search, social media, etc, we may want to consider just what it might mean to have the infrastructure of ubicomp passing the Turing test in late stage surveillance capitalism – and in state run authoritarian Chinese ‘capitalism’.. Not so much deepfake video as creepy salesdroids with personal nudges in every interaction with every site, on every device..

    As to AGI, I will say that for all their fascination, the stochastic / generative systems can be safely ignored – the real concern is whatever intelligence is being developed now to organize hierarchical autonomous (military) systems of drones, IoT sensors, analysis agents, etc, which, regardless of any regulation we may finally manage, are definitely being developed right now in Ukraine – and for the future Taiwan battle theater..

    Interesting times ahead.

  2. 7 days ago on Clay Bennett

    I ran a systems development lab at the time, and even with our Sun support we were all hands throughout the week prior and post – no holiday season for any sys/admin staff – and then there were systems like legacy cross compilation servers that were running undocumented binaries we just had to set to flip over to 1972 (same Monday and leap year as 2K).. There was a LOT that happened behind the scenes to get thru Y2K.

  3. about 1 month ago on Ted Rall

    I agree with Ted. The 1992 consensus was BS and all the crass consumerist capitalism cover for the CCP since has done nothing but create a totalitarian behemoth that threatens to push democracy entirely out of the northern Pacific region.. Taking Taiwan would accomplish that in one fell swoop WRT the impact on Japanese and South Korean democracy.

    Let us resolve the US’s strategic ambiguity in favor of the democracy in the ROC and against the monster that metastasized on our addiction to consuming cheap crap from the CCP in the PRC.

    We have figured out (too late) how perilous the position of democracy is in eastern Europe. Let us act while there is still time to save the democracies of the northern Pacific.

  4. about 2 months ago on Jeff Stahler

    They are becoming a plague in the WNC mountains.. Comically easier to stalk than the deer that they scare off long before they get anywhere near noticing me or that they ruined my hunt.. There’s a reason why so many American “hunters” bait and / or sit in blinds.. Really disgusting that they refer to themselves as “sportsmen”

    Same situation on the TVA lakes and any navigable rivers where it is now pointless to even try to fly fish for all the bass boats packing more horsepower than collective IQ.. They blast into some cove or pool, fire up more electronics than an ASW corvette, haul some poor stripers up from below the thermocline, Instagram themselves and then “release” them to a slow agonizing and totally wasteful burst swim bladder death..

    I stick to the rougher terrain and smaller streams well beyond ATVs and bass boats these days.

  5. about 2 months ago on Jeff Stahler

    “Between October 1996 and September 1997, Australia responded to its own gun violence problem with a solution that was both straightforward and severe: It collected roughly 650,000 privately held guns. It was one of the largest mandatory gun buyback programs in recent history.”

    ..

    “What they found is a decline in both suicide and homicide rates after the NFA. The average firearm suicide rate in Australia in the seven years after the bill declined by 57 percent compared with the seven years prior. The average firearm homicide rate went down by about 42 percent.”

    https://www.vox.com/2015/8/27/9212725/australia-buyback

    “Coming from a country… with a very different cultural approach [towards firearms], we see guns as tools for the most part, not a means for self defence against tyranny. It’s always so jarring to see [U.S.] politicians defending the rights of guns and their owners over the top of the rights of those killed or injured by their misuse,” John Hart, a New Zealand farmer who handed his semi-automatic rifle over to be destroyed in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, told VICE World News."

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/93beya/new-zealand-gun-reform-mass-shootings

  6. about 2 months ago on Jeff Stahler

    BTW – to all the gun nuts who will inevitably crawl out of the woodwork to defend their military grade metallic manhood compensation cosplay decorations, I am proficient with – and regularly use – bolt and pump action firearms, neither of which would be affected by what I proposed above..

    ..they are tools for life in the woods, nothing more – and I challenge the gun nuts to name one legitimate civilian use of the weapons that I proposed making Title II that cannot be accomplished by manually actuated long guns.

  7. about 2 months ago on Jeff Stahler

    The 2nd (which the now openly and unapologetically corrupt right wing of the Supreme Court had misinterpreted to allow unrestricted access to anything that the NRA could get lucrative kickbacks from the gun manufacturers on is in fact restricted by the National Firearms Act of 1934, and the Title II revision of it in 1968:

    “Title II of the Gun Control Act of 1968 is a revision of the National Firearms Act of 1934, and pertains to machine guns, short or “sawed-off” shotguns and rifles, and so-called “destructive devices” (including grenades, mortars, rocket launchers, large projectiles, and other heavy ordnance)."

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Title_II_weapons

    Given that the now corrupt RWNJ packed Supreme Court is out of play for a generation, I think the only hope to solve what fast becoming an existential problem of American domestic violence is, ironically enough, a simple modification of Title II to include all semiauto (now just full auto) and all firearms under 26 inches in length (the short barrel and pistol definitions).

    This is a huge change, removing all handguns and blowback operating rifles from non ATF permitting, but, given the psychotic orgy of gun lust and gun violence which are TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN there is either going to be support for something like this in some future legislature or we are going to tear ourselves apart from within..

    Once these weapons are Title II, anyone in possession of them without the ATF background check will have a choice of tuning them in on becoming a felon and doing serious jail time. Of course this would also mean that any crime committed while in possession any firearm other than a manually actuated long rifle would be the equivalent of committing a crime with a fully automatic machine gun, which would up the stakes a bit..

    Pretty sure almost all of the cosplay commandos will turn them over in short order, despite their blustery bloviating here.

  8. about 2 months ago on Joe Heller

    Ah- The Most Righteous Church of the SubGenius..

    Layers of liturgical lasagna to you!

    I always listen to a little of Reverend Horton Heat on holy days like this..

    (Wiggle Stick and Martini Time are a couple of my favorite psalms :)

  9. about 2 months ago on Joe Heller

    Not to worry -

    Pastafarianism tells us that the Flying Spaghetti Monster will save us all – including the long dead.. Just get some of their mortal remains – which, if the conditions were just so, are like a heavenly cross between parmesan and cracklins and sprinkle them on a holy chalice full of noodles..

    This is especially holy if done on April 10th Alfredo Sauce Day, also known as the Ravioli Resurrection for a tasteful, tasty sauce full saucy salvation ;p

    Failing that, reviving the old Etruscan tradition of in home ancestor worship by propping their skull on a bottle of your favorite sangre de cristo (always remember that the blood of our saucy savior is marinara sauce!) on the mantle with a pasta strainer on top will certainly save their soul and bring everlasting favor from the noodly ones holy pasta appendages, which connect us all and without which the world would certainly end..

    Oh, and happy chocolate bunny day to all the poor people who have not seen the undeniable truth of the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

    Peaceful parmesan, priestly pancetta and paradisiacal pasta to our privileged promised people!

    (or, maybe the people taking your question literally will notice the bit about killing the immortal and stop trying to ‘save’ you, but I wouldn’t bet on that one ;)

  10. about 2 months ago on Prickly City

    I really don’t understand this debate..

    Want less bank regulation? Fine, but the banking industry will have to amortize the increase in the risk of loss (via FDIC in the US).. This, LIKE ANY OTHER BUSINESS COST will be part of the pricing and payment structure of the banks.

    Want less business costs from banking risk? Put the regulations BACK WHERE THEY WERE after the 08 crisis..

    Want less regulation and less cost? Well, you are free to bank offshore somewhere with none of the above.. Yeah, thought not.