Bullshit begets bullshit, because no one wants to be bullshitted. In the bullshit wars, chatbots are weapons of mass destruction. None of this prose is good, none of it is really socially useful, but there’s demand for it. Ironically, the more bullshit there is, the more bullshit filters there are, and this requires still more bullshit to overcome it.
How you can help the Amazon Rainforest–today
Last week, Brazil’s Congress shocked the world by suddenly fast-tracking and passing PL2903, the Marco Temporal bill. This bill paves the way for the unprecedented destruction of the Amazon Rainforest by stripping Brazil’s Indigenous people of their legal rights to the land. How does it work? If it becomes law…
It is interesting to note the alliterative name of this phenomenon. Research shows that alliteration improves processing fluency for our brains, which results in a term featuring alliteration being perceived as truer than one without — see this for a nice overview of the processing fluency field. I believe that Quiet Quitting has become an important concept in the mind of the public because the processing fluency of its awesome new name has resulted in it being perceived as ‘the truth.’
Cat Playing Piano, in the style of
Here are 40 images I generated with Distropic, an interface to Stable Diffusion, a deep-learning, text-to-image AI. These are rather prosaic in the world of AI imagery these days, but I wanted to get a sense of what it was like to use these engines. …
New Decade, New Ideas
Next month will be the tenth anniversary of the launch of Medium. As we gear up for the next decade, I’ve decided to hand over the CEO reins. Back in 2012, I wrote: Now that we’ve made sharing information virtually effortless, how do we increase depth of understanding, while also…
…t in real effort to keep it online. After all, we don’t really buy domain names; we just rent them. And if you publish on somebody else’s domain, you’re at their mercy: Geocities, MySpace, Facebook, Medium, Twitter.
This is true.
This is true. But for the record, except for things removed by the author or in violation of rules, everything published on Medium since inception (10 years ago) is still accessible at its original URL (or it redirects if the author set up a custom domain or subdomain), same with everything put on Twitter (for 16 years), and even everything published on Blogger (if hosted on blogspot.com)—for 22 years.
Hybrids are a sham concocted by an antiquated industry to deceive the market and regulators, and one backed up by governments that subsidize something that should never have qualified for any kind of support. Consumers buy them because they seem to address their concerns for the environment. In short, hybrids are the last, poisonous, gasp of an obsolete and profoundly harmful technology.
Samsung has unveiled at CES its Eco Remote, a new, battery-less version of its TV remote control, powered by the energy it is able to capture from the WiFi networks around it (RF energy harvesting).