Month: June 2023

  • The Market Doesn’t Always Know Best

    MIT Technology Review has a fascinating, if depressing, article looking at the slow to non-existent progress that has been made on communication assistance technology, especially communication assistance technology apps for things like iPads and phones. Some parents had a great dela of hope that a portable computer would be a gateway to easy communications for…

  • Or You Could Just Make Search Useful Again

    Google is rolling out a new feature apparently aimed at replicating the experience of adding “reddit” to your search queries: “Tap the filter, and you’ll exclusively see long- and short-form videos, images and written posts that people have shared on discussion boards, Q&A sites and social media platforms,” Google wrote in a blog post about…

  • OpenAI Does Not Believe General AI is a Real Threat

    OpenAI has talked a big game about the dangers of AI coming to kill us all, but when the opportunity for meaningful regulations was presented to them, they fought to escape it: Prior to its approval, lawmakers debated expanding terms within the AI Act to designate all general-purpose AI systems (GPAIs) such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and DALL-E…

  • Rogan and RFK Jr. Have Already Lost the Debate

    Once, probably a couple of decades ago, an investment firm (I don’t remember precisely when or which firm and I am too lazy to go look it up for the sake of an anecdote) ran a series of commercials designed to make you think that they did deep research before spending your money. The commercials…

  • Why is there so much bullshit in tech? Part of it must be that we live in a golden age of bullshit.  Bullshit is easier to generate, easier to spread, easier to get into mainstream conversation than at perhaps anytime in the modern era, perhaps any era.  Part of it must be simple economics.  With…

  • Was the Blackhawks Last Victory over The Penguins the Most Influential Regular Season Game of the Draft Lottery Era?

    Hey, a hockey post! Despite the site’s tagline, I haven’t written much purely about hockey. But after the Stanley Cup Final, it occurred to me haw conditional everything in sports is. Not a new revelation, of course, but as a Blackhawks fan, the way luck plays out in the fate of sports teams was intimately…

  • AI Discrimination is a Larger Concern than AI Caused Extinction

    The EU passed a draft version of its AI Act, a law meant to reign in bad practices by so-called AI systems. It would require things such as disclosing training data and its sources, ban certain uses of biometric recognition, and require certain systems to identify risks before being put on the market, among other…

  • Apple VR Continues Trend in Isolation Tech

    One of the ads that Apple showed off for its new VR goggles has a man involved in some sort of meeting or virtual event standing in his home. A little boy kicks a soccer ball to him and the man is able to kick the ball back without taking off his VR rig. See,…

  • Why Does All The AI Write Instead of Doing Something Useful?

    There exists in the Pacific Ocean a kind of man-made island. No one will admit to attempting to create this island, despite its impressive size — larger than France. If pressed, though, or put under torture (say, having to listen to all of Barry Manilow’s greatest hits), many of the business executives responsible for its…

  • AI Hype is the Dot.com Bubble, not the Crypto Bubble

    This is pretty interesting, if a bit overhyped in the article: Sorting is so basic that algorithms are built into most standard libraries for programming languages. And, in the case of the C++ library used with the LLVM compiler, the code hasn’t been touched in over a decade. But Google’s DeepMind AI group has now…