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Verge: Interview with Midjourney founder

I love this: “Right now, people totally misunderstand what AI is. They see it as a tiger. A tiger is dangerous. It might eat me. It’s an adversary. And there’s danger in water, too — you can drown in it — but the danger of a flowing river of water is very different to the […]

Current State of Fusion Tech

Interesting to see the number of privately funded fusion startups in the works.

VICE: Invasive Species Are Riding Plastics Across Oceans

The debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan went all around the world, carrying invasive species with it in a “mass rafting event”.

How to Cook That: A.I. Wrote an Oreo Cake Recipe…Is it any good?

This is a great illustration of just how un-intelligent “AI” is right now. It’s basically a sophisticated regurgitation algorithm…when you try to get it to write something like a recipe, it has no mechanism for making sure you actually use the ingredients it called for, or that the end result is any good. Your robot overlords, these ain’t.

RI with Anil Seth: Is Reality a Controlled Hallucination?

Rather than interpreting reality from sensory perception in a bottom-up way, apparently our brain is constantly making predictions about the world and just using sensory input to “error correct” its predictions. So we are all hallucinating, it’s just that most of us are checking our hallucinations so they stay relatively in line with reality.

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