So what’s the point of pretending this is normal? The house arrests, solitary confinements, lack of any meaningful “speedy trials”, and eventual decade-long sentences for window-breaking suggest the one-party state is not yet done with you.Mark Steyn, The Real New Normal
This is what is being eroded: not just the ability to access “offensive” works of art, but something more fundamental. Social trust. Artistic sanctity. Our shared understanding, rooted in historical record, of what is true.Kat Rosenfield: Gaslight: The “Sensitivity Readers” Erasing Western History
The texture of this procedural innovation is Soviet. If books don’t adhere to the party line, they’ll not see print, and the authors will be re-educated.Lionel Shriver: We need to talk about sense and sensitivity
Literary revisionism is no accident. Civilization is not merely drifting away from its moorings, although no doubt that is happening, too. Instead, we are living through a dedicated program. Anti-western sentiment is ascendent. Revolution succeeds once people no longer perceive it is happening. The most powerful ideas are the ones taken for granted by those applying them.Bruce Pardy: Agatha Christie revisions are the writing on the wall.
We demonstrate that, beyond its mastery of language, GPT-4 can solve novel and difficult tasks that span mathematics, coding, vision, medicine, law, psychology and more, without needing any special prompting. Moreover, in all of these tasks, GPT-4’s performance is strikingly close to human-level performance, and often vastly surpasses prior models such as ChatGPT. Given the breadth and depth of GPT-4’s capabilities, we believe that it could reasonably be viewed as an early (yet still incomplete) version of an artificial general intelligence (AGI) system.Sparks of Artificial General Intelligence:
Early experiments with GPT-4
Pause Giant AI Experiments: An Open Letterhttps://futureoflife.org/open-letter/pause-giant-ai-experiments/
We call on all AI labs to immediately pause for at least 6 months the training of AI systems more powerful than GPT-4.
The Twitter Files finally confirmed what many suspected and brought attention to the disturbing material that had been left in the open, until then.
Benz speaks in a marathon Twitter Space: https://twitter.com/i/spaces/1vAxRARwNaPJl.
Jacob Siegel gives a sad history: A Guide to Understanding the Hoax of the Century
Aaron Kheriaty, MD discusses the progress of “Missouri v. Biden”: LEGAL UPDATE: Missouri v. Biden – Court Denies Government’s Motion for Dismissal.
Michael Shellenberger discusses “Why Renee DiResta Leads The Censorship Industry”. Curious how DiResta once kinda sorta worked for the CIA.
Lee Smith interviews Mike Benz: Is America’s Foreign Intelligence Service Interfering in US Elections?
It is interesting to re-read Curtis Yarvin from early 2021 with Big tech has no power at all.
There is much to discuss, also on Twitter:
Every once in a while a special phrase is used, so hopeful and yet so meaningless, so impressive and yet signifying something so contrary to reality.
So good it makes a great title for a song, or subtitle, or whatever: