Sunday, 3 July 2022

Pursue Meaning, not Happiness

Our culture is in a dead end, the rise of the Safety-Nazis and the rise of mental illness go hand-in-hand. We need to pursue meaning, not happiness, we need to follow the path of self-development, not trying to be the best compared to others. As Peterson put it, compare yourself not with others, rather compare yourself with who you were yesterday, or indeed, last year.  

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

Does Flamingo Understand?

Ten years ago Andrej Karpathy lamented the state of AI vision research. He is now a lead on Tesla's autopilot vision team, probably placed better than anyone to have revised his opinion. Anyway, this led to a Deep Mind researcher, Roman Ring, to use the photo cited by Karpathy in a little experiment.

Saturday, 25 June 2022

Down the Harmonic Rabbit Hole Part 2: Synchronous Detection

In my prior post about harmonics I delved into the sine wave. In this post I want to show a practical use of this understanding.

Monday, 20 June 2022

No Reason to see Personhood in LaMDA

I've been doing an awful lot of thinking about Lemoine, LaMDA, and Google. I remain open to there being something like sentience in LaMDA and GPT3, because there seems to be evidence of intelligence and understanding in both systems configured as chat-bots. However I do not think the evidence goes as far as a sentience potentially requiring consideration of personhood.

Monday, 13 June 2022

Down the Sentient AI Rabbit Hole (Again)

As reported in New Scientist and elsewhere, a Google engineer has been suspended for going public with his opinion that Google's LaMDA transformer model is sentient. The experts say he is mistaken, are they just falling foul of Clarke's First Law?

Saturday, 11 June 2022

Down the Harmonic Rabbit Hole - Part 1: Sine Waves and Triangles

I want to go down a rabbit hole in the mathematics of harmonics in signals, but first I need to do some ground-work, so here is some explanation of sine waves.

Sunday, 5 June 2022

An Interesting Puzzle

Some time ago someone told me about a secret military bunker. Being a sceptical sort of person I took it with a grain of salt, however I did keep it in mind to investigate and many months on (I forget how long) I've completed my investigation.