"Language models can only write poetry" is an attempt to categorize the outputs of language models (from Tzara's newspaper cutups to Markov chains to GPT-3) using speech act theory. Touches on the immersive fallacy, Jhave's ReRites, Janelle Shane's AI Weirdness, Kristeva, etc. https://posts.decontextualize.com/language-model
(excerpted from my Vector Institute / BMOLab "distinguished lecture")
Perfectly Ordinary Stones, Carried For 1,300 Years
Six small stones are carried, one each, by six people, passed on every five years and simply carried for 1,300 years. This long series of actions commenced in the year 2014, starting from the Kunisaki Peninsula in Japan. It will be complete in 3314, 1,300 years after it began.
I out of sarcasm today, and you did a terrible job with #terreg, EU! Look at your neighboring Russia for what unrestrained censorship does to a democratic society.
It sure comes with a sweet air of imposing conformity.
Almost as due to Streisand effect, it will cause more terror as the unjustly censored parties would be fuming with rage after having their ability to express taken away.
On the bright side though, you'd get the ability to curb political opposition in one hour.
as we talk about the morality of vaccine patents
i think it is a nice time to also remember historical precident
jonas salk did not patent the polio vaccine. he went out of his way to make sure it was not patented.
he never got rich. he actively made sure he didn't get rich off of it.
but that history is full of stories about how for the rest of his life, jonas salk did not have to ever pay for a beer in any bar in this country. he would get on airplanes and once somebody recognized his name, the entire damn plane would stand up and clap for him. he constantly had hotel rooms comped, meals for free at restaurants, thus and so.
because he was surrounded by people who knew he had saved their children from having to ever consider the fear of an iron lung, and were overwhelmingly grateful for it.
he was always modest and demure when recognized thusly. but i think that when people start saying "well why else would someone make a vaccine, if not to get paid for it and hold the patent", i think it is good to remember these stories. the world did not punish jonas salk for not patenting the polio vaccine. the world loved him for it. maybe not in the structures that billionaires are most used to. but they did love him for it, in small ways, in humble ways, on the individual level.
Some journalists be good. https://pluralistic.net
Calling #billgates a philanthropist is really an euphemism for exploiting public health to further the pharma monopoly.
It's same greedy business he's been kicked in the butt earlier with anti trust cases in software world, but now it's properly bloodstained.
Seeing how so-called "GNU Assembly" proceeded with their forking, it seems it would suit them to fork #rms in the same fashion, and just announce that Ludo, Andy and a third undisclosed party is to be collectively called #rms from now on.
Maybe insert some zero width unicode space in there so as to dispel possible claims of identity theft. And onto the FSF board you go!
Hack the free software... right?! ...
Reading about a perfume business haggling over their cachet of quote IP unquote prompted me to chase more interesting ideas. Wonder if there is any sort of diy, hacker-friendly perfume #recipe s of formulae?
Not necessarily the 'smell of week-long hackerspace extravaganza with a borked shower'.
Eau de parfume du #libre?
A piece of browser innovation - wait, don't run just yet, i really mean it - scrolling with SPC in emacs-w3m (#emacs flavour of w3m) will navigate to next page once you reach the end of the current one. Multi-page forums or mailing list web archives are a treat to read that way!
Imho, much better that indefinite scrolling in du jour web apps.
Hey Europeans, there's a European citizens initiative going round right now for universal/unconditional basic income.
The deadline has just been extended to the start of May.
Be cool if you signed it!
“Grandma, I don’t really love you, I’m just here for the points.”
Lo and behold, #RMS comes forth as all around sensible person full empathy and self-criticism.
Bill Gates, Brad Smith and the rest of the big tech heads could have learned a good deal from this.
But, they're too concerned with profits and being a good human being is at odds with what makes you rich.
Squabble with complexity, love cardboard and brew teas.
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