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Jan 19, 2023

Will OpenAI End Google’s Search Monopoly?

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Search is possibly one of the main technological advances of the Internet era that did not change much over the past 20 years. Now, we are in for another disruption. The real battle for dominance in AI is on. Can Google maintain its monopoly?

Jan 19, 2023

Is the ChatGPT Fervour Premature?

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The success that ChatGPT has had, at least in generating public interest, has had the inevitable consequence of prompting some writers to question its credentials and generally pour tepid if not actually cold water over what it can do. The latest of these is Will Knight writing in the January 13, 2023 edition of Wired. “ChatGPT Has Investors Drooling – but Can It Bring Home the Bacon?”.

In that article he makes two observations that merit closer attention, one of which I think has merit and the other of which I think harks back to a Dreyfus-like What Computers Still Can’t Do mentality. And both can be seen as examples of Schadenfreude.

Right at the end of the article Wright makes a legitimate point that he has gleaned from Phil Libin who was the CEO of the note-taking app Evernote from 2007–2015. Wright, summarising some of the downsides Libin anticipates, says One is that ChatGPT and other generative AI models are currently created by scraping content made by humans from the web, but are increasingly contributing to the text and images found online. All of these models are about to shit all over their own training data, he [Libin] says. ‘We’re about to be flooded with a tsunami of bullshit.’

Jan 17, 2023

Chinese researchers employ powerful lasers to recreate solar flares

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The team recreated a turbulent magnetic reconnection, suggested to be a trigger of solar flares.

On January 10, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded a massive X-class solar flare. The blast hurled debris into space, and radiation from the flare triggered radio blackouts across the South Pacific. The solar outburst was the third X-class — the most powerful — flare in less than a week.

These intense bursts of radiation from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots can be dangerous — in February 2022, SpaceX lost 40 of its newly launched Starlink communications satellites due to a geomagnetic storm triggered by a solar flare.

Jan 17, 2023

SpaceX signs agreement with US National Science Foundation to prevent Starlink’s interference with astronomy

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SpaceX signed a new agreement with the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) to prevent Starlink satellites from interfering with astronomy.

SpaceX has long been criticized by astronomers for the brightness of its Starlink satellites. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, said in 2019 that SpaceX would ensure that Starlink has no material effect on discoveries in astronomy. “We care a great deal about science,” he said in a tweet.

Exactly, potentially helping billions of economically disadvantaged people is the greater good. That said, we’ll make sure Starlink has no material effect on discoveries in astronomy. We care a great deal about science.

Jan 17, 2023

Experience the Future of Browsing: GPT-3 as Your Personal Navigator

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Natbot is a Python program that enables GPT-3 to browse the web to perform a specified objective. It works by supplying GPT-3 descriptions of what is shown on the page, such as links and buttons, and then telling GPT-3 to perform an…

Jan 16, 2023

AI art tools Stable Diffusion and Midjourney targeted with copyright lawsuit

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The suit claims generative AI art tools violate copyright law by scraping artists’ work from the web without their consent.

A trio of artists have launched a lawsuit against Stability AI and Midjourney, creators of AI art generators Stable Diffusion and Midjourney, and artist portfolio platform DeviantArt, which recently created its own AI art generator, DreamUp.

The artists — Sarah Andersen, Kelly McKernan, and Karla Ortiz — allege that these organizations have infringed the rights of “millions of artists” by training their AI tools on five billion images scraped from the web “with­out the con­sent of the orig­i­nal artists.”

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Jan 16, 2023

The End of the Internet: An Interview with Geert Lovink

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Geert Lovink is a Dutch media theorist, internet critic, and author of Dark Fiber (2002), My First Recession (2003), Zero Comments (2007), Networks Without a Cause (2012), Social Media Abyss (2016), Sad by Design (2019), Stuck on the Platform (2022) and Extinction Internet (2022). In 2004 he founded the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. From 2004–2012 he was associate professor in the new media program of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam. In 2005–2006 he was a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Berlin. From 2007–2017 he was Professor of Media Theory at the European Graduate School. In December 2021 Geert Lovink was appointed Professor of Art and Network Cultures at the Art History Department, Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam.

In this interview, we talked with Geert Lovink about his latest essay Extinction Internet, Mark Fisher’s hauntology, the memory of Bernard Stiegler, the XR movement, and the phantoms of accelerationism.

Alessandro Sbordoni: Today, platform realism makes us feel like another internet is no longer possible. In your essay, Extinction Internet, you argue that the internet is ending and that it is time for theorists, artists, activists, designers, and developers to imagine what is after the end of the internet as we know it. What can we do as internet users?

Jan 13, 2023

What The Internet Looked Like In The 1990s | Flashback | NBC News

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A “Nightly News” segment from 1993 captures the early stages of how people were using the Internet.
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Jan 11, 2023

Reactions as First Robot Lawyer Sets for Launching, To Appear in Court Next Month

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The AI company has earlier created something similar earlier, they have in the past used AI-generated form letters and chatbots to help secure and recovers people’s fund for onboarding wifi that failed to work.

Many people have reacted to this new innovation citing that it may be injurious to lawyers’ legal business, particularly lawyers who have no knowledge about artificial intelligence.

Jan 11, 2023

Neural network expert explains NEURALINK (in simple language)

Posted by in categories: information science, internet, robotics/AI

00:00 Trailer.
05:54 Tertiary brain layer.
19:49 Curing paralysis.
23:09 How Neuralink works.
33:34 Showing probes.
44:15 Neuralink will be wayyy better than prior devices.
1:01:20 Communication is lossy.
1:14:27 Hearing Bluetooth, WiFi, Starlink.
1:22:50 Animal testing & brain proxies.
1:29:57 Controlling muscle units w/ Neuralink.

I had the privilege of speaking with James Douma-a self-described deep learning dork. James’ experience and technical understanding are not easily found. I think you’ll find his words to be intriguing and insightful. This is one of several conversations James and I plan to have.

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